The Essington School Darwin is located in Rapid Creek which is approximately ten kilometers from Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is an independent, non-denominational co-educational day school. The school originated in the early 1980s as a Montessori Kindergarten catering for children from three to five years of age. In 1990 the school expanded to cover all primary years through to and including Year Seven. In 2000 the school has expanded to offer a program from Kindergarten to Year 10.
The Essington School Darwin is structured into six phases:
- Child Care – the School conducts two child care centre licenses, one at its Nightcliff campus (and attached to the Preschool), and a second one at its Rapid Creek campus (The Essington Early Childhood Centre, Rapid Creek).
- Pre-School – this program caters for Toddlers (two and a half year olds), and Pre-School (three to five years of age). This program is Montessori based.
- Early Learning Unit – children in Pre-Transition and Transition are located in our Early Learning Unit.
- Junior School – students in Years 1 to 5 are located in our Junior School and follow an enhanced curriculum program with specialist teachers and programs.
- Middle School – students in Years 6 to 9 attend our Middle School program with Years 6/7 being Stage 1, and Years 8/9 being Stage 2.
- Senior Secondary – students in Years 10 complete a Year 10/11 program at our Nightcliff campus. In 2011 our new senior college opens at Charles Darwin University.
- The Essington International Senior College – We are accepting enrolments for Year 11 in 2011, and Year 12 in 2012. This is a unique, quality, senior secondary experience for students designed to prepare them for post secondary and university studies.
In addition, we offer units from the Cert III and IV in Children’s Services, and also Diploma in Children’s Services on school holiday breaks at the school for adults training in child care. We offer this program as part of a partnership with Charlton Brown Institute, a private training college based in Brisbane.
The Essington School Darwin has single year classes. Class sizes are small and usually with a student : teacher ratio of 22:1. The school’s vision takes a holistic approach to education that ensures an effective and challenging educational program, which is based on the individual needs of the child with the emphasis being placed on the recognition of differences between children. The school provides a positive, nurturing environment in which children are encouraged to pursue their potential.
In 2011 The Essington School Darwin opens its new senior college at Charles Darwin University, The Essington International Senior College. This is a unique senior college experience for students and seeks to prepare them for post secondary studies and university. The new senior college is accepting Year 11 students in 2011, and Year 12 students in 2012. It has an international focus in its programs and will include a limited number of students from overseas.
With the addition of our new Senior College, The Essington School Darwin will be able to offer its students a seamless educational pathway from Preschool through to University.
Our focus on international standards and programs is increasing as is our links with schools overseas, particularly in Asia. Our membership of the Council of International Schools (CIS) provides us with opportunities to link with international schools in Asia
In 2001 our school signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Tamagawa University and School, Tokyo, Japan. We have had ongoing, active links with this school and enjoy annual visits by Tamagawa students. We have also had groups of our students visit Tamagawa University and School and stay with families at the school.
The school continues to expand its learning technology facilities and e-learning opportunities. In 2010 our new Computer Centre was completed. All Early Learning to Year 7 students attend weekly computer classes in this new Computer Centre. All Transition to Year 7 classrooms have up to eight computers in each classroom. Middle School students complete Information Communication Technology electives and classes in the Computer Centre. They also have access to computers in their classrooms. This teaching and learning centre includes two modern teaching classrooms four suites for students to do multi-media work. This multi-media work is based on our students work with community radio station Radio Larrakia. Students will use these suites for recording radio programs, and also for editing video for a new community TV station in Darwin.
A broad education is provided with classes in Indonesian, Physical Education, Art, Computer Studies, Drama and Theatre Studies, Music, Choral (School Choir), and Sport complementing the Core Curriculum of English, Maths, Science and SOSE. The school also has close links with the Charles Darwin University and shares their facilities, particularly science and technology. Middle School students use the University’s facilities for science, wood technology, fabric technology and cooking/hospitality.