Aitkenvale State School is located in the Townsville District and services the community of Aitkenvale and surrounding Townsville suburbs. The student population draws from many areas of Townsville. Townsville is a city of approximately 160 000 people. A significant percentage of the population of Townsville is transient due to large army and air-force bases and a multitude of government offices. The community consists of a number of different groups including a large business community, defence force personnel, industrial workers, professional occupations, university students, unemployed people, or people receiving benefits.
Within the school community children come from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds with a growing trend towards single parent families.
The student community includes students from many different ethnic groups with a significant number of Aboriginal and Islander pupils. The are a number of families within the school who have English as a second language and quite a few of these children enter Aitkenvale with little or no knowledge of English.
There is a wide range of intellectual abilities including gifted children, children with learning difficulties, children with identified intellectual impairments, language disorders and autism spectrum disorder and at times a small number of children with physical disabilities.
There is a significant turnover of students throughout the year.
Generally, the students at Aitkenvale State School come with a vast array of life experiences, aspirations and interests.
Children attending Aitkenvale State School are provided with many opportunities and programs which enable them to develop holistically. Visiting specialists provide a music program which offers opportunities for students to learn musical instruments. All students participate in a dance and drama program which is facilitated by visiting specialists. Currently students in Years 6 and 7 are involved in LOTE programs in German. Gifted students are encouraged to become involved in a range of programs which are offered throughout the school. Students are also encouraged to become involved in the sporting activities that are offered. A swimming program is implemented in the first and last terms of the year. As well developed permaculture garden also allows students to become involved in many authentic learning activities.
There are many activities / programs which provide for the social development of students. These include:
* Schoolwide Positive Behaviour Program
* PeaceBuilders Program
* Gardening Group
* Buddy Classes / Activities
Parent involvement and participation is strongly encouraged and many parents are actively involved in many areas including school decision making.
The staff has a wide range of experiences, teaching styles, philosophies, backgrounds and qualifications. They are supportive, have a genuine interest in the wellbeing of the students in their care and demonstrate a high level of professional commitment and involvement.
The staff at the school is actively involved in many programs which enhance the school curriculum. These include James Cook University pre-service teaching program; middle phase of schooling, Early Years Network, ICT Committees and Townsville and North Queensland School sporting teams. All staff participate in decision making through committees.
Aitkenvale State School currently caters for children in Prep to Year 7.
The school has a twenty-five metre swimming pool, a double duplex tennis court, two basketball / netball courts, running tracks and two sporting ovals. There are two computer rooms (Junior/Senior) as well as computers in each classroom. All computers are networked. The resources in the library/resource room are constantly being updated. Teaching spaces allow single classes and cooperative strategies to be applied. We also have a hall for hire.