Larrakeyah Primary School
How to build healthy lives and healthy futures
- Prize Category: Supporting Healthy Lives
- Format: Panel discussion
- Country: Australia
- Languages: Streamed live in English with automated captions in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and other languages to be confirmed later.
- Learn more about the Top Ten Shortlisted Schools in the Supporting Healthy Lives category on the World’s Best School Prizes website.
Larrakeyah Primary School, a public school in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, designed a model that helps prepare its students for the future by nurturing them holistically. Its programmes improve their overall wellbeing as well their career prospects.
Larrakeyah Primary School is an accredited Cambridge International School, the first to be granted such a status in Northern Territory. Its students come from diverse backgrounds with 40% speaking a second language at home while 20% have special needs and 2% identify as Aboriginal.
The school’s QUEST programme is designed to connect and inspire, bringing real life contexts to the classroom through the process of inquiry. The aim of QUEST is to allow students to prepare for jobs that do not yet exist by developing 21st Century Skills of Collaboration, Creativity, Communication and Critical Thinking. Teachers facilitate a small group of students and focus on an area of inquiry, working with industry professionals and members of the community to obtain specific knowledge and skills.
Students can choose projects they are passionate about, leading to higher engagement. Working with industry professionals allows students to explore and discover careers that are of interest to them, eliminating worries about their career prospects.
The school also has a cooking and gardening programme supporting health, hygiene and nutrition. Some of the food used in school meals is grown in the school garden and the students take an active part in helping grow the produce. The school runs a ‘Friends at Break Programme’ in the library during each recess to promote social skills and friendships between students.
Larrakeyah Primary School also uses an app to help students monitor their own social and emotional learning. It helps the user monitor their moods and has helped students become more self-aware of their emotions and gain the resilience they need to bounce back from setbacks more quickly.
Join us for an enlightening session on how health and technology can work together.
Moderator: Natasha Guse
Natasha Guse is an Assistant Principal at Larrakeyah Primary School in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. She has developed her love for the teaching profession, having taught for over 17 years in various schools. Throughout this time Natasha has overseen programs that have improved student outcomes through the collaborative development of teacher practice in the classroom. Natasha believes in ensuring the whole student is taught and catered for within the curriculum, as evident with her passions of 21st Century Learning, Student Wellbeing and the use of technologies in the classroom.
Speaker 1: Fathma Mauger
Graduated 1986 from Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory (NT), Australia. Completed Master of Education (Honours) and Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Executive Management. Worked in NT education system for 36 years and has been a Principal for 13 years. Highly interested in school improvement and is a trained ACER NT Lead Reviewer. This involves reviewing school performance against a national teaching and learning framework. Leadership resulted in Larrakeyah Primary becoming an Independent Public School and accredited Cambridge International School. Awarded NT Principal of the Year, Darwin Region 2021. Inspired by innovation in education and programs to extend students’ learning – 21st century inquiry programs, QUEST and STEAM. Partnered with schools in Singapore, China and Malaysia.
Speaker 2: Danni Mattiazzo
Danni Mattiazzo, Senior Teacher of Larrakeyah Primary School has over 10 years’ experience in the primary school system. During this time, she has worked across all year levels and developed extensive curriculum knowledge. Currently, she is the Head of Curriculum and Assessment and STEAM Coordinator, working with teacher to develop innovative programs that link to the Australian and Cambridge Curriculum. She provides numerous Professional Learning opportunities to her colleagues. Danni has an open and inquiring mind and constantly looks at change as an opportunity to improve student outcomes. In 2021, Danni was awarded Northern Territory Leader in Education of the year for the Darwin region.
Speaker 3: Carmel Spruhan
Carmel has been an educator for over 42 years and continues to enjoy classroom life. Listening to students and giving them the opportunity to express their thinking is gratifying for her. Carmel hopes that the learning opportunities she provides for her students arouses their curiosity, questioning and their abilities to problem solve, as she prizes these traits and has since…forever, it seems. The voice of young people is important, and Carmel feels happy knowing that many have found theirs and made a difference to their world. This is evident because many return and tell her about their journeys. She feels so very privileged.