Cabbage Tree Island Public School

Cabbage Tree Island Public School is a unique school located at the eastern end of Cabbage Tree Island Aboriginal community. The school has a total enrolment of approximately 40 Aboriginal students, from pre-school age to Year 6. Cabbage Tree Island is located 22km south of Ballina. The school is isolated to services although Jali Health Services and Bunjum Co-operative are located on the island and provide community services on specific days of the week. The Transition To School program employs an early childhood teacher and an Aboriginal teacher's aide. The Kindergarten to Year 6 school employs one permanent teacher, a teaching principal, an Aboriginal education officer, a senior administration manager (4 days per week), a school administration officer (1 day per week) and a general assistant (1 day per week). The majority of educators employed are Aboriginal. These educators are important for providing a culturally relevant curriculum and link to the community. The island has a rich cultural history that has been a part of the school since it was established in 1893. Partnerships with the local community and other service providers are extremely important and quality teaching is our core business.

Flood recovery updates

A project is underway to rebuild Cabbage Tree Island Public School after it was extensively damaged by floods in early 2022. To stay up to date visit the flood recovery project page.

Return to top of page