Dongara District High School, Dongara
Name: Dongara District High School
Type: Primary and Secondary School
Address: 13 Cave Way
State: Western Australia
Region Mid West
Phone: 08 9927 1179
Fax: 08 9927 1846
Dongara District High School is a Level 5 school in the Mid West Education District. The school operates on a single campus, 65 kilometres south of Geraldton and services the twin towns of Dongara and Port Denison as well as students bussed in on two services from the surrounding Irwin Shire. Most bus students come from 'hobby' farm and property developments between 5 and 10km from the school.
The school has a total school population at February 2007 of 455 students composed of 36 Kindergarten children, 44 Pre-Primary children, 278 year 1-7 primary children and 77 Secondary students years 8-10 and 22 Senior School students in years 11-12.
The Irwin Shire has a population of approximately 3300 persons with 2 percent being of indigenous origin. Population numbers have increased significantly over the past decade and Dongara is undergoing growth due to the activity associated with fishing, mining, tourism and diversified farming pursuits, as well as the area being attractive for retirees and commuters. The town appears to be benefiting from the demographic changes in Australia, which sees a shift from hinterlands to the coast.
The school has access to a school psychologist and other support staff through service contract arrangements with the Mid West District Education Office. A community nurse, speech pathologist, occupational therapist and physiotherapist make up the Health Services team regularly servicing the school and local community. The school also has a Chaplain who works 3 days per week on site.