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Towards tomorrow!

An Anglican and Uniting Church day and residential secondary college, Kormilda seeks to provide a high quality learning and living environment for its students from Early Learning through to Year 12.
Berrimah Road
Berrimah Darwin
08 8922 1611
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Dr Helen Spiers
  • Early Learning
  • Primary School
  • Secondary School
  • Primary through Secondary
  • Independent
Early Learning to Year 12
Anglican & Uniting Church
650 (approx)
BoardingBoarding Available

Experience the Kormilda Community!

At Kormilda, we combine our widely acclaimed international curriculum with a sense of community.

Our seamless transition from Early Learning, Primary, Middle and Senior Years combined with a proven track record of world-class results positions Kormilda as a successful leader of quality education within the global community.

With a strong focus on leadership, pastoral care, respect and values, Kormilda also offers unparalleled co-curricular activities that include an exciting Outdoor Education Program.

With over 25 nationalities on campus, blended with a rich Indigenous presence, we provide a unique fusion of cross-cultural harmonies that complements our innovative learning program.

Today Kormilda is a world-recognised, independent, coeducational, multi-cultural day and boarding college dedicated to the provision of quality education.

More information can be found on the Kormilda College website at:  http://www.kormilda.nt.edu.au

Our approach to learning

The Kormilda experience is like no other. It is a unique fusion of cultures and people who share a common passion for learning, coming together in a supportive environment underpinned by a strong Christian foundation. Our cultural diversity is a source of inspiration for learning and a reason for celebration.

We believe in ‘excellence’ as our principle measure of success. Excellence, by definition, refers to the quality of exceeding or going beyond expectations and standards. We believe that excellence is neither elitist nor exclusive and its benefits accrue to both the individual and the community. We seek to exercise compassion and to act with justice in every aspect of College life; in all that we say and do. We believe that students who act with justice will be courageous, critical, discerning, selfless, responsible, ethical, fair, thoughtful and understanding.

The College seeks to empower students to become wise and act with courage in shaping their own future and making globally responsible decisions and choices that will contribute towards a sustainable future for the entire community.

The Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET) is a two-year Certificate course for secondary students in Years 11 and 12. It provides pathways for future employment or for further education.
The NTCET also incorporates Vocational Education and Training program (VET). According to an individual’s abilities and needs over 30 subjects are available for selection.
The Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET) caters for all students and is recognised by universities throughout Australia.
NTCET requirements relate to literacy, numeracy, breadth and depth of study, the standard of study, plus free choices. All of these studies are determined by the SACE (South Australian Certificate of Education) Board of South Australia and include some compulsory requirements.
Nine free choice units allow you to customise the NTCET so that it opens your chosen study, career, or employment pathway. To qualify for the NTCET students must undertake specific studies at Stage 1, and undertake free choice units from the Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 subjects offered. A NTCET unit is 50 to 60 hours of programed school time usually taken as a half-year of study (one semester).

International Baccalaureate (IB)
Kormilda is the only school in the Northern Territory to provide the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. It is recognised as an ideal teaching methodology for students in Years 11 and 12 who are preparing for tertiary study. Over 75,000 students worldwide sit for IB Diploma examinations each year.
The scope of the curriculum, its academic rigour, emphasis on community service and international perspective ensures IB students are sought after or favoured by many universities in Australia and throughout the world.
For example, an IB student that achieves high marks in a particular subject may receive credit or advanced standing in that subject from some universities.
The IB provides a liberal education with emphasis on the philosophy of learning. It involves a range of assessment procedures in which external examinations are complemented by internal assessment. Examinations occur in November with results available in early January.
International Baccalaureate students receive a Tertiary Entrance Ranking (ATAR) that gives direct access to Australian Universities.

The VET In Schools Program offers Territory students the opportunity to learn and try a profession while still in secondary school. With a growing interest in the attainment of practical trade skills by our students, we have vastly expanded our on-site VET facilities for our Year 9s and 10s.
Courses include:
- Certificate I in Music (Foundations)
- Certificate II in Rural Operations
- Certificate II in Outdoor Education
- Certificate I, II in Business
- Certificate I, II and III in Automotive (Advanced Training International)
- Certificate I, II and III in Metals and Engineering (through Advanced Training International)
- Certificate II in Community Services Work (Child Care focus)

The majority of these VET courses are delivered at the Kormilda College campus on behalf of external Registered Training Organisations.
Some are delivered through partnerships that see shared use of these facilities and trainers, by students from other local schools.
- Child Care Training Centre (a unique facility in NT schools)
- Home Economics/Food and Hospitality Facility
- Automotive Studies Centre
- VET Music Studio with recording facilities
- Metals Fabrication Workshop 
Set on 52 acres, in the Darwin Suburb of Berrimah, the Kormilda College Campus offers vast state-of-the-art facilities, aimed at fostering academic excellence.

These are guided annually by student interest. The range of activities is broad and includes Debating, Tournament of Minds, Cricket, AFL, Basketball, Soccer, Netball, Rugby League and Union, Chess, Philosophy, Sailing, and Creative Writing to name just a few.

Indigenous Education
Kormilda College has been committed to educating Indigenous students from remote Australian communities for over 20 years. It is our vision to ensure that Indigenous students have access to a high quality secondary education.
At the forefront of ‘closing the gap’ for remote Indigenous secondary students, Kormilda’s ambitious target is to ensure that all graduates leave the College with the skills they require to become active citizens.
Kormilda has equal expectations of all its students. Intensive literacy and numeracy classes available in Middle School lead to mainstream, VET and apprenticeship opportunities in Senior School.
Indigenous students at Kormilda College are aspiring doctors, lawyers, nurses, childcare workers, engineers, construction trade workers, miners, policemen and women, teachers, politicians, rangers etc.
The opportunities that a Kormilda College education brings are only limited by the aspirations and dreams of the students themselves.
Clontarf AcademyThe Clontarf Foundation opened a program at Kormilda College at the beginning of Term 2 2011 with four staff and an initial sign up of about 100 young Indigenous men enrolled at the College.
A not-for-profit organisation, the Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Indigenous men and by doing so, equip them to participate more meaningfully in society.
Strong GirlsKormilda College also offers a program to engage and motivate Indigenous girls to become self disciplined and outstanding members of the community.
LeadershipKormilda College has a strong Indigenous Leadership Program developing a pool of positive role models and future leaders.

The boarding facilities at Kormilda College have been upgraded considerably in recent years, affording our students with the highest standard of modern accommodation.

A broad range of afternoon, evening and weekend activities and excursions are offered to residential students. Destinations range from the local shopping centres, movie theatres and recreational reserves to local and intra-state sporting or cultural festivals. Caring, trained boarding staff ensure a safe, happy, healthy and supportive living environment is enjoyed by up to 230 residential students at Kormilda College.

Housed in three residences with single, twin and quad share rooms, in addition to five-and-six bed dormitories, our residential students attend regular supervised homework sessions in support of their academic learning and they have access to extra tuition, including educational forums and guest speakers.

The pastoral care of students is of considerable importance at Kormilda. The College is committed to fostering an environment which ensures all students feel safe, valued, engaged, and connected to others. Relationships between staff and students are based on mutual respect. To ensure that each student feels connected and has a sense of belonging Kormilda has developed a ‘vertical’ House structure, where the mission of the College can be effectively lived by the students. The House structure enables each student to be known as an individual and to develop within the wider College community. There are four Houses: Baru, Djarrak, Nganabaru and Pumarali, each with one Housemaster/mistress, a senior tutor, and a number of tutors who lead groups of approximately 20 students. Students remain in the same pastoral house for the duration of their time at the College. The House system is designed to allow each student to: - Participate fully in the academic program and wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer at the College; - Undertake leadership responsibilities within the House; - Develop an understanding of service; - Experience genuine opportunities for reconciliation; - Be resilient and adapt to the challenges of a changing world. In 2011 Kormilda College was recognised by Kids Matter for its development of a ‘whole of school’ approach to pastoral care and for the myriad of approaches that the College takes to support students’ well being and positive development.

We take pride in providing a challenging learning environment that reflects these core values:

- Professional learning
- Reconciliation
- Partnerships with families and communities
- Accountability
- Integrity
- Sustainability
- Service to Community
To be recognised as an innovative leading education provider.
Kormilda College, from its Christian foundation and commitment to excellence, seeks to inspire its students to be life-long learners who act with compassion and justice through their understanding of others, and who develop the wisdom and courage to shape the future.

Kormilda College offers a range of Scholarship opportunities for new students:

International Baccalaureate

Kormilda is pleased to make a scholarship available to students who will be studying the IB Diploma at Kormilda College in Year 11 in the next academic year.To be considered for this special opportunity, applicants are to prepare a written submission of between 500-800 words on why they would like to study the IB. They will also be required to sit an ACER Test. (ACER Login for parents)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Scholarships attract a 50% basic tuition fee reduction and will be subject to an annual review.

Entry Level Academic Scholarships

Entry Level Academic Scholarships are available for new students commencing Year 7 to Year 11. Applicants will sit an ACER test. (ACER Login for parents). Test results are used to inform the decision to award a Scholarship.

Entry Level Academic Scholarships attract a 50% basic tuition fee reduction and will be subject to an annual review.

All Rounder Scholarships

All-Rounder Scholarships are available for students studying Year 7 to Year 11  next year and whose contribution to the life of the College in general has been demonstrated to be significant. Candidates are expected to possess an exceptional skill or talent, and/or outstanding leadership and service qualities.  Applicants are required to submit a portfolio which demonstrates their skills, leadership achievements and contribution to their community. 

All-Rounder Scholarships attract a 50% basic tuition fee reduction and will be subject to an annual review.

Important Dates for 2017 Scholarships

Registrations close midnight 20th May 2016

26 May 2016

Submit Portfolio for the All-Rounder Scholarship and the Essay (Written Submission) for International Baccalaureate Diploma Scholarship to admin@kormilda.nt.edu.au for the attention on Ms Fay Gurr

4 June 2016

  • Sit the ACER Scholarship exams at the College. Information will be sent to you.

  • Applicants will be sent notification of the outcome of this process

  • Sign the letter of acceptance and return to the College within 14 days All applicants are advised of the outcome of this process.

  • Following an offer of a scholarship the acceptance letter is signed and returned to the College within 14 days.

Please download further information here http://www.kormilda.nt.edu.au/sites/default/files/2016/Scholarships/KC%20Scholarships%202015%20P12.pdf

Please refer to our website for this information.

School Buses

Kormilda College supervises the transport of 650-700 students from the school Gym every afternoon in a 30 minute period. For this exodus to be safe and efficient and to ensure that students who need to catch a specific bus can do so, a Bus Card is provided by the College for some routes. This Bus Card ensures that students who need to catch that particular bus have first option. Only some routes require this special bus card. There will no longer be a requirement for a Rural Bus Card. Students travelling to the Palmerston Interchange will have sufficient time to catch their connecting rural bus. Buses and their routes for 2012 are, until further notice from the Department of Transport:

Rural Route
107 and 108 - buses leave no later than 3.00pm.

Route 208 and 208a leave 3.05pm for the Palmerston suburbs.

Route 57 - two buses are allocated to this route, leaving 3.08 pm to the Palmerston Interchange. A public bus also leaves later at 3.20pm

Route 105 - leaves for the Darwin Interchange no later than 3.00pm. A later public bus leaves at 3.20pm.

Route 59 - two buses allocated, leave for Casuarina Interchange at 3.05pm. A public bus leaves later at 3.15pm.

Route 106 requires a special Nightcliff Card. The Route 222 bus leaves a few minutes later on the same route but stops service at Lee Point Road. Only students living past Lee Point Road will be given a Nightcliff Card.

Note: The Department of Transport keeps a current listing of all bus routes.

Click here for details concerning your route to and from Kormilda College.

Kormilda College is an educational community like no other in Australia; where students from very different walks of life share and embrace the challenges of academic excellence, responsibility, leadership and service.

The true essence of a Kormilda College education is in the opportunity it gives to change one's life.

Too frequently this is viewed solely as academic success, and although strong examination results are a tangible measure and prerequisite as students compete for university places and future careers, it is not the sole measure of a person.

We believe that being "educated" is broader and deeper than results in exams can convey. At Kormilda we strive to instil a sense of value, character, resilience and optimism in our students. Our students are our greatest asset.

The word "Kormilda" derives from the Aboriginal language of the Kakadu region of the Northern Territory and translates in English as "tomorrow".

Our College motto – Towards tomorrow – befits the learning journey our students undertake as they strive to find their place in a complex and changing world, become active participants in the local, national and global community, and eventually shape the future as tomorrow's leaders.

Key Facts
- Kormilda is internationally accredited and benchmarked ensuring the educational experience goes beyond national standards.
- Kormilda graduates regularly gain places at top Australian universities and secure employment or apprenticeships in leading companies.
- Kormilda graduates rank among the top students in the Northern Territory, Australia and the world.

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