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El Arish is nestled in the Mission Beach hinterland just off the Bruce Highway between Tully in the south and Innisfail in the north. It is surrounded by rainforest, cane paddocks, banana farms and right next to a golf course. Mission Beach, Kurrimine Beach and Dunk Island are right on our door-step.
EL Arish is only a tiny population but many families still living in El Arish and surrounds have ancestors that came to this soldier settlement when it was established under “The Returned Soldiers Settlement Act of 1917”. Under the Act the area was first called “The Maria Creek Soldiers Settlement” at EL Arish and was established on the 1st August 1920. The school opened in 1922 with an enrolment of 5 students.
The learning environment focuses on teaching the whole child with a focus on numeracy, literacy and technology. In the multi-age classroom environment, students are able to work at their development level in all aspects of their learning. This often means, promoting their individual talents and catering for their individual learning differences.
Our school has a student population of around 50 children. The students are well educated with many teaching and support staff working at the school. The teaching staff includes 1 teaching principal, 1.3 classroom teachers, a physical education specialist, an arts teacher, an Indonesian specialist teacher, 3 permanent part time teacher aides, and 2 casual teacher aides. Parents and community members are active participants in the education offered at El Arish State School, regularly supporting students with learning in the classroom, coaching sports activities, and teaching specialist skills within the Australian Curriculum framework offered at our school.