About Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School
Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School is a modern, well resourced and aesthetically appealing school located amongst natural bushland and adjacent wetlands in Glen Iris, Bunbury. The buildings are unique and designed with Aboriginal perspectives in mind. The school provides a balanced education in a caring, supportive environment. The school curriculum and programs offered support the development of the academic, social, emotional and physical aspects of the whole child, working collaboratively with families to help their child to reach their full potential. At Djidi we cater for individual learning styles, set high standards and have a strong belief that all children can learn. The school believes in and fosters tolerance, diversity and working collaboratively. The promotion of Aboriginal language and culture in assisting Aboriginal children to accept and value themselves and their culture is central to the learning program.
Djidi Djidi caters for all children from kindergarten to year 6. The school is based on valuing diversity and inclusivity. We strive to ensure that all students develop an awareness and pride in their own culture whilst applying their knowledge, understandings, skills and attitudes to achieve their individual potential, thereby enabling them to participate fully in the school and wider community. The three key elements that guides the way we work are Stronger, Smarter and Safer.
Learning is developmental. The children are encouraged to be independent learners, with clear expectations and boundaries and are encouraged to be critical and reflective learners. The school works as a whole team with an expectation of commitment to improving outcomes for children and working within the school ethos. Children are encouraged and guided to make choices and be accountable for their decisions.
Connecting our families with the school community, promoting a sense of shared responsibility and building everyone's capacity to work together is vital to ensure that our students have the best chance of realising their social and academic potential.
Djidi Djidi employs an integrated approach to bring together community services and agencies to support our families and achieve our school goals. We believe that achievement of these goals can be supported through school based health clinics, youth service programs, parent education and other services to improve access to health and social services. Our aim is to address significant gaps in the students' health, social & academic skills with early intervention to support child readiness to commence formal schooling being a priority. Our focus is to affect a cultural shift within our school community through the provision of positive high-quality early childhood experiences, consistent, explicit instruction using evidence-based programs and wrap-around support to families.
The School is fortunate to have an active School Council. The School Council comprises of up to 9 parent-community representatives plus the Principal and two staff members. This group is responsible for helping set the school policies, directions and other areas relating to Aboriginal Culture.
Our school vision states that; "we are relentless in our approach to creating a culture of excellence for staff, students and our community where our school is anchored by high expectations".
All primary aged children within the Bunbury area can enroll at Djidi Djidi. We welcome new families both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal.
The main aims of Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School are:
- to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal students;
- to strengthen and affirm Aboriginal culture;
- to increase student attendance, retention and engagement at school; and
- to involve Aboriginal community members in school decision making and in the student's educational programs.