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Welcome to The Arundel State School, an Independent Public School

Our school is a large primary school with 1150 students and 110 staff members. The school opened in 1994 to cater for the new developments in northern Gold Coast. Our catchment area is generally the suburbs of Arundel and Parkwood although some students live just outside our catchment. Our school grounds contain a number of playing areas, multipurpose courts, and playgrounds for the children and our ground staff endeavour to provide an aesthetic environment for the children with gardens, scrubs and trees growing extensively through our facility.  Courtesy of our P&C Association, all of our classrooms are now air-conditioned providing relief from the extremely hot, humid weather experienced during the summer months. We have an excellent tuckshop and a uniform shop that provides an efficient service for parents.

Arundel is proud of its academic performance as well as the strong extra curriculum programs in place for the students.  Academically our focus continues to be reading, writing and numeracy. Our school has three computer labs, a coding robotic teacher focussing on STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics), iPad classes in year six and a tech ambassador as part of the Queensland Tech Schools Program.

A wide range of extra curricula opportunities are available to students including dance and drama excellence, choral group participation instrumental music, athletics , cross country and swimming plus opportunities to participate in inter school sports such as soccer, rugby league, Australian Rules, touch football and netball.

Our school admin and teachers are always searching for the best practice to guide us in the classroom. Data and best practice guide us as we review and trial new ways of working. The Australian Curriculum guides our teaching programs and students are assessed against the achievement standards of the Australian Curriculum.

Parents are encouraged to become involved in our school through the P&C Association, through tuckshop volunteering, through student banking and at fund raising events such as school discos, fun runs and mothers’ day stalls.

Our school has a large before and after school care and vacation care program called Helping Hands, which operates out of the school hall.

Our school introduced a new behaviour plan for the students in 2017. This is called Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL). Our school staff are always watching the children to acknowledge positive behaviour and modelling of school rules by distributing a token – an Eagle. After students earn 100 Eagle tokens they are invited to a morning tea with the principal. These events are keenly sought after by the children.

We only have three school rules – be safe, be respectful and be a learner. PBL requires our staff to explicitly teach these rules and each week we have a particular focus for teachers to share with the children.

I am delighted that you have chosen our school. I am confident that my deputy principals will become familiar with your child and that your child’s progress is closely monitored. At Arundel we do not want any student to go unnoticed – regular data discussions between teachers and deputy principals and principal and deputy principals ensures a rigorous process is in place to  ensure “no child is left behind.”

Our school has a large special education program with teachers and staff engaged to provide support to children who have been diagnosed with a disability. Our staff deliver support in the mainstream classrooms as well as in a withdrawal situation.


    Michael Kelly