Growing strong and forging ahead

AIM: Minimbah aspires to adapt and evolve to maintain its currency and position as a vibrant leading Aboriginal school offering a broad education that prepares for life.

AIM: Minimbah aspires to adapt and evolve to maintain its currency and position as a vibrant leading Aboriginal school offering a broad education that prepares for life.

Minimbah Primary School is a small, yet growing independent school in Armidale for Aboriginal children that was established in 1996.

NURTURING: Minimbah staff encourage a team approach involving parents, Elders and community members.

NURTURING: Minimbah staff encourage a team approach involving parents, Elders and community members.

COMMITTED: Minimbah has active teachers and support staff working to help each child reach their potential.

COMMITTED: Minimbah has active teachers and support staff working to help each child reach their potential.

The school welcomes all students, from preschool to year 6, into its family orientated school community.

"At Minimbah Primary School our aim is to deliver an educational program that meets the needs of individual learners in an inclusive way," principal Jenny Brown said.

"We believe that the education of our children must be holistic.

"We recognise our children have a unique heritage as the First Australians, which must continue to grow and develop into the future and for generations to come.

"At Minimbah Primary School, we value a nurturing and respectful environment and encourage a team approach involving students, staff, parents and care givers, Elders and community members.

"We provide opportunities for students to develop into confident citizens capable of making a positive contribution to their and the broader community.

"The commitment to maintain and build on what is good at Minimbah is at the cornerstone of our understanding of our future."

Pastoral Care programs have seen similar commitment and this is expressed in the recruitment of Dixie Skuthorpe as the school chaplain.

"Dixie is trained in counselling and has a chaplaincy role at Uralla Central School, as well as at Minimbah," Ms Brown said.

"She is a great asset to our school."

Minimbah Primary School has committed active teachers and a dedicated support staff working to help each child to reach their potential.

At Minimbah Primary School the differences in children's learning styles are recognised and supported.

"Our staff set high expectations and implement a wide variety of innovative teaching practices," Ms Brown said. "All staff members are active in pursuing professional development.

"At Minimbah we are fortunate to have such a committed staff, both as teachers and in other support roles, and it is appropriate they are thanked now."

The Transition to School program, which is run each year in terms 3 and 4, has been very successful.

The Indigenous Advancement Strategy, through the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, funds the program.

For the school the continuing stream of enquiries gives indication that numbers will continue to rise into next year.

All Minimbah students are expected to attend school every day and to treat staff, other students and members of the school community with dignity and respect.

Students must also behave safely, considerately and responsibly.

The ultimate ambition is to ensure the school is able to adapt and evolve to maintain its currency and position as a vibrant leading Aboriginal school offering a broad, challenging education that prepares for life.

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