Duranbah Public School is eight kilometres west of Kingscliff and is set in an enchanting rainforest environment. The school has beautiful gardens, tall shady trees, a vegetable patch, a fitness track and fixed playground equipment designed to promote the development of gross motor skills, and a large covered learning area. As a school established in 1892, we have a healthy respect for tradition yet embrace the future through the use of modern teaching practice and the integration of technology throughout all subject areas. Well-resourced classrooms with air-conditioning, interactive whiteboards and computers provide the opportunity for stimulating learning experiences. A dedicated and caring staff values quality education programs, student welfare, parent and community participation and open communication. Literacy and Numeracy form the core of the curriculum. During our dedicated literacy sessions students are seen in a diverse range of activities. Younger students are engaging in a wide range of games, guided reading, listening experiences and computer tasks. On closer inspection, it can be seen that the students are learning phonics, handwriting, spelling, grammar and a genuine love of literature. Yes, they learn the basics, but in a modern way. Parents, student teachers and volunteers provide support for different groups. The school is regularly visited by other teachers seeking to improve their teaching practice. Older students may be engrossed in analysing good quality literature using accelerated literacy strategies - learning to think how writers think and learning to write how writers write. They may be working on using word processing skills to publish a brochure, develop a PowerPoint presentation or send an email to another school. They will be engaged in a wide range of reading, writing, talking and listening activities. They will be learning spelling, grammar and punctuation, but will be also learning how to evaluate the efficacy of text in all forms. Numeracy sessions include games, hands-on and..