The motto "Marima Ergurrai" which appears on our school crest translates to "Grasp The Things That Are Good" in Arunta language. Marima Ergurrai embodies a partnership of school and excellence in all endeavours, within a supportive and caring association of students, staff, parents and community.
Aranda’s aims were clearly established at its very beginning: “A major aim of the school is to utilise the school environment in the establishment of social values. Stemming from the major premise are general aims which include concern for the harmonious development of the child, the fostering of individual aptitudes, the nurturing of personalities and the maintenance of social community relationships.” (District School Inspector 1970)
Aranda Primary School opened in 1969. The suburbs of Aranda, Bruce (west of Hayden Drive), and Cook ( a shared enrolment suburb) are the priority enrolment areas.
The strong ethos of community support is a major feature of Aranda Primary School. The School has a high level of parental involvement in school programs and the Parent & Citizen (P&C) Association. In addition to strong community commitment and support, the school has a reputation for its academic achievements, environmental awareness, comprehensive arts and physical education programs.
The suburbs and streets of Aranda are all named after Australian Aboriginal language groups. The school emblem reflects this Aboriginal theme, while the school’s motto is an Aboriginal phrase “Marima Ergurirai” which means, “Grasp the things that are good”. The Aranda are a language group from the Macdonnell Ranges area of the Northern Territory. They have been one of the most closely studied of all Aboriginal groups and have also produced a number of well-known painters including Albert Namatjira. A display of prints highlighting the work of Albert Namatjira is located in the Admin corridor leading to the Library. The Aboriginal way of pronouncing Aranda is "ur-run-dta".
Aranda Primary promotes the study of Aboriginal history and culture.
The school’s Houses are named after Aboriginal language groups from the same area in the Northern Territory:
ILIAURA (ully-ya-ra) green team
KUKATJA (gug-u-ja) blue team
NGALIA (ng-a-li-a) gold team
UNMATJARRA (un-mut-jur-ra) red team.