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Our school

Givelda is a small but great school. Parents, staff and students work in partnership to ensure every student achieves their full potential. The school structures challenging, fully integrated, multi-age programs to ensure our students will be responsible, confident lifelong learners. Our students benefit from positive community involvement and support which promotes our school and encourages all participants to ‘Aim High’.

Early history of Givelda State School

Givelda State School derives its name from the small, rural town Ghyveld, in France. Migrating to Australia on the boat ‘Glamis’ in 1877 was Marie Matton and Enos Newitt. They later married and named their Pine Creek farm “Ghyvelde”.

Marie, determined that her children be educated, drove her sulky around the district collecting funds for a school.

In 1895 Givelda opened with an enrolment of 23 children.

Rachel Hill, the grand-daughter of Enos and Marie Newitt, was educated at Givelda State School and is still a strong supporter of this school.

At Givelda State School we believe education to be most effective when strong ‘partnerships’ exist between home and school.

This we achieve through:

  • providing a curriculum which meets the individual children’s needs and takes into consideration the local communities expectations and values;

  • developing a commitment to lifelong learning within a caring and supportive learning environment;

  • actively seeking parental involvement within the school, with regard to both participation in school-based decision-making and resource sharing.

Parents at Givelda State School assist us to develop these positive partnerships in a number of ways each of which we equally value, e.g.

  • assisting in the classroom;

  • helping children with homework, speaking tasks, reading, writing and projects;

  • displaying support at home of school policies regarding uniforms and behaviour management;

  • participating in tuckshop rosters and homebake;

  • attending school social functions, and sports days;

  • reading newsletters;

  • attending and supporting the P&C through fundraising projects and functions;

  • answering surveys and questionnaires.