Barellan Central School is a K-12 school with an enrolment of approximately 80 students located in the Northern Riverina of NSW approximately 60km from the regional centres of Griffith and Leeton. The school aims to develop positive, caring students who set high expectations and persevere to achieve their potential in all areas. The holistic philosophy at Barellan Central School recognises and supports the individual academic needs of each student whilst also focusing on the development of creative, cultural and sporting pursuits.
Barellan Central School has developed an outstanding technology platform to integrate technology into teaching and learning and has an intense focus on the delivery of a high quality curriculum to meet the needs of all students. The focus is reflected in our school plan through an emphasis on Quality Teaching and the effective integration of technology into teaching and learning via our 21st Century Pedagogy for E-Learning action research project. The school utilises a Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (MOODLE) to coordinate learning programs that can be accessed by our learning community at all times. The focus on 21st Century teaching and learning also calls for a focus on digital citizenship which is a major focus on our student wellbeing program.
Our School is also a member of the highly successful Riverina Access Partnership (RAP) which utilises video conferencing technology to deliver the Higher School Certificate curriculum across six schools. Our school plan reflects the use of NSW Smarter Schools Centre for Excellence resources to support Quality Teaching throughout the Riverina.
Barellan Central School has a highly professional and dedicated staff that utilise their strengths to provide outstanding opportunities and support for all students. There is an established culture of continuous improvement and ongoing professional learning with significant investment in staff training and ongoing, strategic professional learning in school priority areas.
The school maintains excellent community partnerships and is actively involved in a wide range of community activities. Effective communication and enhanced external partnerships with parents and the wider community remains a focus due to the changing nature of our school enrolment demographic and the increasing use of new communication technologies throughout the broader community.
The school is currently receiving additional resources from two National Partnerships initiatives: Low Socio-Economic Status Communities and Smarter Schools Centre For Excellence. Although all resources are tied to various reforms, they are also linked to the overarching school goals of enhancing student outcomes and improving quality teaching.