People often ask me, where the name Dinjerra came from? Dinjerra is an Aboriginal word meaning west and also refers to the fish species, Pseudocaranx Dinjerra, found in northern Western Australia.
Dinjerra Primary School started life as Tottenham North Primary School back in 1953 and over the years has been called Tottenham Primary, Tottenham Crossing Primary and Maidstone Primary before settling on Dinjerra. These different names were as a result of mergers with other local primary schools that occurred as demographic changes impacted on the number of primary aged children in Braybrook, Maidstone and Tottenham.
Today, Dinjerra Primary School is the only neighbourhood government primary school in Braybrook with a proud history of teaching local children for over 60 years.
Our school’s vision is to prepare young people to become active, engaged and responsible citizens of the local and global community. It aims to prepare students to contend with a very dynamic 21st century in which creativity, cooperative work, connectedness to the world and adaptability are key features. The school aspires to provide a contemporary approach to teaching and learning in its purposeful learning environment.
Dinjerra is proudly multi-cultural with over 25 different nationalities represented among our student cohort. We aim to keep our classes small so that we can maximise our impact on the teaching and learning program and we strategically use information and communication technology such as iPads and computers to ensure a stimulating and exciting learning experience for all our students. In addition to our strong literacy, numeracy and EAL programs we offer Inquiry Units, Art and Physical Education to ensure a well-rounded comprehensive program. Our senior students are involved in inter-school sport and there is a before and after school program to cater for parents whose work hours make it impossible for them to drop off and pick up their children at school times.
My work background in education is as a secondary teacher and principal. I started my teaching career at Sunshine Technical School, then Windsor Technical School and then Ardoch Windsor Secondary College. In 1991 I moved to Williamstown High School, first as assistant principal and then as principal. I was at Williamstown for 20 years finally leaving to go to the Western Metropolitan Regional Office as a Project Manager in 2009.
I really missed working in a school and I jumped at the chance to come to Dinjerra as a relieving principal at the start of Term 4, 2012. When the job was advertised mid-2013, I took the plunge and was lucky enough to be selected for the on-going position.
With my secondary background, I know what students need to know when they transition to secondary school. Our aim is to have all of our Grade 6 students performing at or above the expected standard for Year 7 before they leave us.
Dinjerra isn’t perfect but then no school is. We have been gradually growing and it is anticipated that the school will continue to grow to accommodate the many new families moving into Braybrook and surrounding neighbourhoods. The school has been working with Hede Architects to plan for the redevelopment of the school. The planning is finalised and now awaits a commitment from Government to start the $7M first stage.
Our front buildings are the originals but out the back is an almost new Learning Centre and vast playground space including soccer and basketball courts, playgrounds and a covered sandpit. Our school operates on three key values: We are Learners, We are Thoughtful and We are Safe and these values inform everything that we expect from our students, staff and families.
We welcome visitors and I would encourage you if you are considering a school for your child, to ring and make an appointment to do a tour. You will not be disappointed.
Graeme Smith. Principal
The Pseudocaranx Dinjerra.