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Principal's Welcome

Fran Dawning

Welcome to Neville Bonner Primary School!

Our school opened in February 2013 to serve the community of Bonner in the fast growing north Canberra region of Gungahlin. Since its opening, our school has expanded to also serve the suburb of Forde.  Our school is a primary school catering for children from Preschool to Year 6. The school and its suburb are named after Neville Bonner, Australia's first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander member of federal Parliament. Senator Bonner served the people of Queensland form 1971 to 1983. The street names in our suburb honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and influential community members.

Neville Bonner Primary School provides a welcoming, safe and nurturing environment which supports children to excel as learners. In partnership with parents and carers we strive to build our school as a community of learners who treat each other with respect and regard. ‘Respectful Relationships’ is fundamental to our school philosophy.

The Australian Curriculum and The Early Years Learning Framework  provide rich and broad learning opportunities for all children at Neville Bonner Primary. The curriculum, including the methods that the teachers use to teach, support high quality learning programmes for all our children - focussing on their gifts, talents and specific learning needs. Our school fosters inclusion for all and celebrates the diversity of learners within our community.

The neighbourhood learning centres, innovative IT infrastructure, designer library and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Learning and Cultural Centre (inclusive of our environment education/kitchen facility) provide the children and community with outstanding opportunities in a contemporary and vibrant learning environment.

Our school embraces the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective in the Australian Curriculum as a centre point of our curriculum focus:

"ensure that all young Australians will be given the opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, their significance for Australia and the impact these have had, and continue to have, on the world. " (Australian Curriculum)

Neville Bonner Primary School has a current enrolment of approximately 850 students. The school is proud of its active and involved parent/carer community, representing over forty countries of the world.

I warmly invite you to contact me if you would like more information about our school. (see Contact tab for details).

Fran Dawning
Principal