History and Traditions
Yarralumla Primary School was established on the leafy foreshores of Yarramlumla Bay in 1957 and officially opened by the Gallipoli veteran and Governor General at the time, Sir William Slim. There is a plaque in the school's foyer commemorating this event and one of the school's houses is named 'Slim'.
The school is renowned for its community involvement and specialist programs such as the Montessori early childhood program for children aged 3 to 6 years and its Italian Bilingual Program which was established in 2009 after migrating from the former Lyons Primary School. Italian language and culture are now a strong component of the school's celebrations and newer traditions including signage and appellations.The design of the school enables cross-year group interaction with its wide open corridor, ideal for the sharing of class activities and displays of children's learning. 'The Piazza' is also a meeting place for parents, children and staff as school begins and ends. 'See you in the Piazza!' has a special meaning for Yarralumla parents and their children.
Child Centred Approach
The school places a special emphasis on developing each child's self-esteem and sense of personal responsibility.
It does so by:
- whole school child centred activities in both English and Italian
- school focus days, assemblies run by children, carnivals attended by all in 'House groups'
- its buddy system
- Kindergarten and Year 1 children each have a Year 4 or 5 buddy
- buddies help the younger children with numeracy and literacy work, and provide them with a special friend at the school
- many children play 'across' Year groups in the playground
- school camps and excursions
- participation in music and drama performances (including special cultural events)
- weekly student representative council meetings
- school focus days such as Italian Republic Day, Harmony Day and Open Day which is held on a Saturday to encourage whole families to visit
- 'Enrichment' - multi-age activities on alternate Friday afternoons to nurture and extend students' extra-curricular talents and interests
The school logo represents the lake and trees so characteristic of Yarralumla. Students' original designs were incorporated into the logo design, which is used on school clothing. The shape of the tree canopy on the logo reflects the profile of Black Mountain, which dominates the skyline beyond the school grounds and the lake.
All students are allocated to one of three school houses named after famous Australians. They are McKell (red), Menzies (blue) and Slim (yellow). House members compete in track and field at the Athletics Carnival and in swimming at the Swimming Carnival, both annual school events.
William John McKell and Sir William Slim were Governor-Generals of Australia. Robert Gordon Menzies was Australia's longest serving prime minister, keeping the top job for seventeen years.
Year 6 Graduation
Graduation day is held at the end of each school year to farewell Year 6 students and present awards. Annual awards are made in various areas including: the Italian Language Award, Citizenship Award in honour of Mr Pat Pola - an early Yarralumla resident, an English award donated by Mrs. Dorothy Jauncey - a past principal of the school, the Principal's Award for academic achievement and sportsmanship awards. Awards are also presented for outstanding achievement in other curriculum areas such as mathematics and The Arts.