Djarragun College is dedicated to the improvement of educational outcomes for students from Prep to Year 12. Our holistic approach provides our students with the support they need to overcome barriers to education.
To support proficient literacy and numeracy goals, Djarragun College provides Direct Instruction from Prep to Year 9, which provides the basis for students to engage with national curriculum standards. Direct Instruction is a specific way of teaching literacy and numeracy and places students in ability groups rather than age clusters, monitoring each child’s progress through weekly assessments. This method allows students to progress at their own learning pace with steady success and ensures no student is left behind.
How Direct Instruction differs to traditional teaching methods
The Direct Instruction approach differs from traditional teaching in several ways:
- Class focus is on solidifying basic skills whilst also encouraging creativity and critical thinking
- Lessons are highly structured
- Lessons focus on multiple skills with new higher order skills being introduced gradually
- Students must master concepts before moving on (90% pass rate to moveforward)
- Student are grouped according to ability (rather than age)
- Performance is assessed very regularly
- There is a strong emphasis on school leader and teaching staff training, coaching, observation and feedback (including training in positive behaviour management)
Pathways to employment
The Direct Instruction approach is supported by a curriculum that delivers a range of subjects over an extended school day, which gives students many opportunities to develop their interests and skills beyond literacy and numeracy. Our senior students study standard national curriculum subjects towards gaining a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) with some students also undertaking study towards a certificate in vocational education. Djarragun College’s strong academic, sporting and cultural programs provide pathways to employment, professional careers and further education.
Best of both worlds education
Embedded into the curriculum is our cultural program which has representation from different community groups across Cape York Peninsula and the Torres Strait Islands. Family and community members are invited to engage in teaching traditional cultural dances, singing, language and arts. This is an important component of an indigenous school that moulds education and culture into an holistic approach to each child’s growth.