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The History of Larrakeyah Primary School


Larrakeyah is one of the older schools in Darwin, having first opened its doors in 1963. It was relocated to the old Darwin Hospital during a rebuilding phase following Cyclone Tracy and reopened again on its Packard Street site in 1985. Two additional permanent classrooms were opened in 1997 and these made it possible to accommodate children from the new suburb of Cullen Bay.

Larrakeyah School has experienced considerable growth over the past few years. The continued construction of several new high rise apartment buildings and the completion of new homes on the Larrakeyah Barracks have resulted in increased student enrolments. BER infrastructure funding has provided upgrades to many of the school’s facilities including five new classrooms, a new canteen and an extension to the school assembly area.

The Department of Education has supported the school with further infrastructure development and the design of a Master Plan by Hully Liveris for future development. A minor new works grant was approved last year for a flexible learning area and the NT Government approved the construction of two additional classrooms.

Larrakeyah Primary is a school of high standards and expectations. NAPLAN results this year continue to show school average results in areas of Literacy and Numeracy for Year 3 and Year 5 above the Australian mean. 

Larrakeyah Community

The Larrakeyah Community includes the suburbs of Larrakeyah, Cullen Bay, Myilly Point, Emery Point, Elliot Point, and Doctors Gully. The Larrakeyah Community is home to approximately 4500 people from diverse and multicultural backgrounds. Architecture of the suburbs consists mostly of high density townhouses, high rise apartment buildings and 350 single occupancy low or elevated homes.

Larrakeyah Students

The school has a strength of 497 students in 2018. Approximately we have 102 Defence families from Preschool to Year 6. A changing demographic for the school is that a third of the student population now live in unit developments. 


  • 2010 - Larrakeyah Primary won the state award for its ANZAC presentation and commemoration with a federal member presenting a special plaque.
  • 2012 - Larrakeyah Primary won both the national and state arts award for the ‘Bombing of Darwin’, modelling the 88 fighter planes which attacked Darwin Harbour. Displayed in the Chan Building. Also featured on the ABC.
  • 2013- 50th Anniversary celebration for Larrakeyah Primary School.
  • 2014 - School Excellence Award for the Darwin Region.
  • 2015 – Larrakeyah Primary was one of the six schools selected to become the first Northern Territory Independent Public Schools.
  • 2016- Accredited to become NT's First Public Cambridge International School

School hours: Monday - Friday

Primary School: 08:15 AM - 2:45 PM
Supervision is provided before school (8:00 AM - 8:15 AM)
and after school (2:45 PM - 3:00 PM).

Preschool: 08:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Front Office: 08:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Your independent public school right in the heart of Darwin
Your independent public school right in the heart of Darwin

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