Wilcannia Central School

River of knowledge and learning | Ngurtaana Paakna-na

Telephone08 8091 5801


Acquiring skills (7-10)

Stage 4 – 5 | Year 7 – 10

Wilcannia Central School aims to provide brighter futures for our students by supporting them to develop their talents, unique skill set and strong understanding of their culture that will shape them into a valuable member of the community. We aim to do this by creating life changing opportunities at ‘the river of knowledge and learning – Ngurtaana Paakna na’ that challenge students to consider their past, present and future. We strive to provide a dynamic education for all students to instil a life-long love of learning and grow the leaders of tomorrow.  All secondary subjects are delivered to students in a way that they can understand how the content is relevant to career pathways and work settings. 

Subjects currently offered at Wilcannia Central School to Stage 4 students include:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History and Geography
  • Technology Mandatory
  • Visual Arts
  • LOTE – Paakantji
  • Physical Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)

Subjects currently offered at Wilcannia Central School to Stage 5 students include:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History 
  • Geography
  • Design and Technology
  • Visual Design
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Physical Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
  • Work Education

Maths Pathways

At Wilcannia Central School, we recognise each student is on an individual learning journey and develop Personalised Learning Support Plans for each student in collaboration with their family. Maths Pathways is a holistic learning and teaching model combining a range of evidence-based practices and tools used in Stage 4 and 5. The school is dedicated to improving numeracy outcomes throughout the school. Maths Pathway creates an individual learning experience for every student, targeting their zone of proximal development. Good learning practices are encouraged through individual feedback, setting goals and by fostering independent learning skills. Learn more about Maths Pathways.

Art and Design

To increase engagement in the secondary school, project based learning activities have been implemented with a focus on Technology and Visual Arts. Students have demonstrated a keen interest and skill set in Textiles and Design. On a recent art and design excursion to Sydney, students were exposed to contemporary Aboriginal art forms and participated in a Shibori dyeing workshop. These experiences encourage them to think of how they can use their culture to produce contemporary designs for the Australia market. Students in Years 7 – 10 have designed and produced bags up-cycled from denim jeans as a sustainable response to the impact of cotton farming on the Darling River and Menindee Lakes. They have also worked collaboratively to create a patchwork quilt using recycled and naturally dyed material that captures the landscape and community of Wilcannia. 

Excursions and extra-curricular activities

Wilcannia Central School strives to provide a dynamic education where excellence in learning and teaching is paramount. We aim to improve student learning to provide a successful transition to future learning and employment. We recognise that our curriculum is enhanced by learning alliances with the community, other schools and organisations. Opportunities for secondary students include an Excursion to Sydney, photography workshops with Flashpoint Labs, hip hop program with Desert Pea Media and regular visits to Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery. If your organisation is able to contribute to creating diverse learning opportunities for our students, please contact us. 

Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is an internationally recognised program for young people, building their skills to equip them for life and work. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development. From 2019, secondary students at Wilcannia Central School will be supported to attain their Bronze Award through participation in community service activities, health and fitness challenges, personal skill based projects and adventurous outdoor excursions. Learn more about the Bronze Award.