From the Principal

Yakamia Primary School is located in Yakamia, a suburb of the City of Albany.

Translated from the local Aboriginal language, Yakamia means “Home of the long neck turtle”. In the school emblem, the concentric circles represent the watercourse of Yakamia Creek, which flows past the school. The profiles of two children enclosed by concentric circles symbolises a student-centred school, where our students are at the forefront of everything we do.

The school was recognised as Western Australia’s Primary School of the Year and has built a culture of being a place where children can reach their full potential and where staff and students have earned a reputation for excellence.

In 2012 the new Yakamia Primary School was officially opened following a complete re-build.

Four classroom blocks; science and art rooms; an administration block; library; dental therapy centre; covered assembly area and two hard courts were built on site.

The new classrooms are bigger and have more common areas for group work and collaborative teaching, which boosts learning and maintains students’ interest.

Yakamia is a positive behaviour school.

Students achieve because they:

Feel included and appreciated by peers and teachers
Are respected for their different abilities, cultures, gender, interests and dreams
Are actively involved in their own learning
Have positive expectations from others that they will succeed.

Yakamia community members honour three behaviour expectations. They are:
Respect Yourself
Respect People
Respect School
The whole school observes these expectations and staff and students work together to fulfil them.

Highly regarded and successful specialist programs operating in the school include: Physical Education & Health, Science, Indonesian, Music, Digital Technology, access to the Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) program, Oral Language Focus in Kindergarten to Year 2 Classes, Early Reading Intervention program and the Breakfast Reading Club.

Yakamia Primary School is equipped with the latest in computer technology to facilitate student learning. Staff have access to a wide variety of technology including interactive whiteboards, desk top computers, laptops and iPads. These devices are used to support student learning and are implemented throughout all areas of the curriculum.

We pride ourselves on the positive relationships that exist between staff, students and parents. The school has a very active Parent and Citizens Association, and a group of highly committed parents support the school in a multitude of different ways.

Yakamia Primary School strives to develop in each student a positive self-concept, to be respectful and confident to take on life’s challenges. We believe that all our students will be successful lifelong learners.

Welcome to the Yakamia Primary School community.

Gemma Larham
Principal

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