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Erin Whiticker

Deputy Principal (5 & 6)

In Years 5 & 6 at East Kimberley College see the emerging talents of our students being enriched to prepare them with the skills that they will require to be prosperous in their secondary education.


Students study all Key Learning Areas, English and Mathematics and in targeted groups that enable both support and extension to be provided for all learners.


Camps are an integral part of our educational experience and the highlight for Year 6 is a five-night camp to Broome. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to develop their independence.


We offer specialist Music, Visual Arts, Physical Education and Science programs along with language (AUSLAN). Our students have a range of opportunities to develop their interests and talents as well as the traditional academic pursuits.

Our Student Councillors is an organisation conducted by students and supervised by adults undergo leadership training. The purpose of the student council is to give students an opportunity to develop leadership by organizing and carrying out school activities and service projects.  In addition to planning events that contribute to school spirit and community welfare, the student council is the voice of the student body.  They help share student ideas, interests and concerns with the school wide community.


Students are placed in one of four factions (Boab, Ord, Poinciana & Whitegum) for competitions, events and to promote school pride. The faction system is also used on a regular basis throughout the year to reward good behaviour. Faction captains operate as an opportunity for student leadership through assisting the Physical Education Team with sport equipment, events and initiatives and lead their factions at the College carnivals.


The Clontarf Foundation uses a unique, innovative and highly successful approach to target one of the most at risk groups in contemporary Australian society – young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men. Full-time, locally based Clontarf staff mentor and counsel students on a range of behavioural and lifestyle issues and heavily supports the college caters for their education needs. Through the use of supportive relationships and environment, the boys develop improved self-esteem and confidence which enables them to participate in education and society in a more positive way.


The art of music is a significant contributor to the cultural, social and economic wellbeing of all people. The college offers the Instrumental Music School Services where students learn to play an instrument Through access to high quality teaching, students can discover and explore their talent for music. Instrumental students experience the social, emotional and cognitive benefits of learning music as well as gaining opportunities for self-expression and experiencing the joy of music making.


Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) is a part time supplementary program for students in Years 5 and 6. Children are tested in Year 4 and are selected to participate in a range of innovative and challenging programs offered in a variety of ways.

Primary Extension and Challenge Program

The Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) program is a part-time withdrawal program for upper primary school Year 5 and 6 students in public schools.

Identified students are selected to participate in differentiated programs offered in a range of delivery modes.

Delivery modes include:

  • regional based PEAC centres providing a series of specialist courses or programs
  • co-ordinator/s who establish courses in a range of schools and/or other sites and teachers are released to teach the courses
  • allocation to schools and multi-age programs operate within schools
  • online delivery of programs.

Programs focus on:

  • social interaction with gifted and talented peers
  • intellectual rigour and challenge
  • pursuit of excellence
  • development of higher order process skills
  • in-depth investigations of real problems
  • open-ended activities which encourage choice and negotiation
  • opportunities to interact with practising experts
  • students working at their own pace
  • self/peer evaluation and reflection of performance.

Blanket testing of all public school Year 4 students occurs in term 3 of each year with individual schools testing their own students.  Parents who do not wish for their children to be tested can opt out by contacting their school in writing.

PEAC programs are managed at a regional level.