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Julatten State School started with 16 pupils in 1924 and was founded in a room of Mr Bill Mildren’s house, which he loaned to the Education Department until Bushy Creek State School was built. The district’s name was changed to 'Julatten' in 1926.  This name was given to one of the railway sidings, which was opened on 7 December 1926 and closed on 30 April 1964.

Julatten is a quiet, rural country setting located 25 kilometres from Mossman in Far North Queensland, 100 kilometres from Cairns and is surrounded by world heritage and wet tropics rainforest. Julatten has a sub-tropical climate. Mount Lewis in Julatten is an internationally scientifically significant site.

We belong to the Douglas Cluster of Schools and work with other schools to ensure we can achieve what is best for our students.

The school has an Administration building, which includes an office and resource centre, two modular double classrooms, a double classroom, a highset music room plus an amenities block.

There is also an undercover play area, junior and senior playground structures, tennis/basketball court and an oval. The block across the road from the school is an outdoor Learning Garden with rainforest beds, an undercover area, and fruit and vegetable garden. Our facilities allow all students the opportunity to access learning opportunities to enable them to reach their full potential.

Education is a partnership between the home and the school and parents and teachers work together to ensure our children achieve the best they can be. You are your child’s first teacher, and can continue to be a significant part of your child’s education. Your support will make a positive difference and we encourage you to be involved in whatever capacity you can. You can assist by:

  • Ensuring your child attends school every day: ‘Every day counts’.
  • Ensuring your child has adequate sleep and nutrition and is organised for school.
  • Reading to your child/hearing them read regularly.
  • Setting aside quality time each day to talk to your child about school.
  • Encouraging, praising and supporting your child’s learning.
  • Communicating with your child’s teacher.
  • Ensuring that your child has adequate time and space to complete homework.
  • Volunteering in your child’s classroom, tuckshop or P&C.
  • Attending parade or assisting with excursions.

We have high expectations of behaviour in and out of the classroom. We expect Julatten students to be well behaved, well mannered and respectful. We are a School-Wide Positive Behaviour School and our rules are:

  • Be safe.
  • Be a learner.
  • Be respectful.

We have built an atmosphere of respect and trust at the school through positive relationships and clear expectations. We value diversity in our school and strongly believe in the principles of inclusion and equity. 

Julatten State School offers a quality curriculum that emphasises the importance of explicit teaching and learning in all key subject areas. Our school is focussed on delivering academic, sporting, Information Communication Technology (ICT) and social standards in innovative ways that enable students to be active, involved and positive about their educational journey at Julatten. Our teachers set high standards and expectations teaching and learning. Through professional development and curriculum meetings, our staff are constantly striving to enhance their teaching skills and knowledge, to deliver the most engaging, quality curriculum possible. We continue to place a strong emphasis on literacy, numeracy and ICTs. Students also participate in weekly lessons with specialist teachers in music, health and physical education and Japanese (Year 6/7 only). There are also opportunities for students to participate in instrumental music and various extra-curriculum programs. 

Julatten State School has begun its journey in Explicit Instruction Pedagogy which means we have high expectations of what we think our students can do, and our curriculum is delivered through worldwide research evidence of what works. Through our whole school approach, we aim for each of our students to achieve to the best of their ability and ensure no student gets left behind. We are already seeing improvement in our student performance data and are very excited to be a ‘moving school’, constantly striving to achieve the very best for our kids.

We hope that you enjoy your time here at Julatten State School. We think it’s a wonderful supportive school environment and have a reputation for high academic, social and sporting outcomes. We continue to produce some excellent leaders at Julatten and our students go on to great things. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our school.

Warm regards,

Martina Leiter

Principal