There are eight schools in Circular Head. The municipality's two High Schools are located in Smithton.
Schools teaching from Kindergarten to Grade 6 are:
Smithton Primary School - http://www.education.tas.gov.au/
St Peter Chanel (Catholic) - http://www.stpeterchanelsmithton.com/
Stanley Primary School https://education.tas.edu.au/stanleyprimary
Forest Primary School - http://www.schools.education.tas.gov.au/forestprimary
Edith Creek Primary School - https://education.tas.edu.au/edithcreekprimary
Redpa Primary School - http://www.redpa.tased.edu.au/index.htm
Schools teaching up to Grade 12 are:
School Term Calendar
Information on term dates for Tasmanian Government School students is available from: https://www.education.tas.gov.au/About_us/Pages/Term-Dates.aspx
There is a Tasmanian Polytechnic in Smithton which runs various courses throughout the year. You can contact the campus on 6452 4984. Other nearby Tasmanian Polytechnics include Burnie (1 hour drive) and Devonport (1.5 hour drive).
For further information visit: http://www.polytechnic.tas.edu.au/
The Cradle Coast Campus of the University of Tasmania is located in Burnie. Other campuses are located in Hobart and Launceston.
For further information visit: www.utas.edu.au/
Tertiary Scholarships - the Mayor's Education Fund Bursary
Applications are invited annually for the Circular Head Council Mayor's Education Fund Bursary. The bursary was established in 2002 to assist a Circular Head resident to engage in further study by helping offset some of their costs.
One $5,000 Bursary is awarded each year. Applicants are required to demonstrate that they would find it difficult to access further education without the funding support. It is preferable that the course is relevant to the district.
For further information contact Council on (03) 6452 4800.
The Mayor's Education Fund Bursary is part of the University of Tasmania's West North-West Bursary Program. Visit www.utas.edu.au to view the range of Bursaries available.
The 2013 recipients were announced by Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam on Thursday, February 7, 2013 as Ellie House and Brock Cartledge. Click here for the full story.
In 2012 there was one recipient of the fund -
Lisa Ryan, of Smithton, Bachelor of Nursing at UTAS in Launceston.
Circular Head Education and Training Consultative Committee (CHETCC)
In 1999 the Circular Head Education & Training Consultative Committee (CHETCC) was formed. The group is responsible for:
- establishing recognisable and sustainable programs with young people
- supporting and liaising with community groups
- engaging and creating partnerships with business and industry
- promoting local learners
At the group's inception, key community and external stakeholders included:
- Circular Head Council
- Cradle Coast Campus of UTAS
- TAFE Tasmania
- Department of Education (Circular Head Cluster Group)
- Circular Head Business Enterprise Centre & industry members
- Cradle Coast Authority
- Department of Economic Development.
- Circular Head Non-Government Schools
CHETCC continues to this day with a core group of stakeholders.
For further information on the role and work of CHETCC contact Council on (03) 6452 4800.
Circular Head Federation of State Primary Schools
The state primary schools within the district have always worked very closely together. In 2009 the primary schools developed a formal working relationship, based upon the Federal Government National Partnership. From this has developed the current Federation.
This Federation is composed of the primary school in each unique town; Stanley, Edith Creek, Forest, Redpa and Smithton.
The purpose of the federation is to
- Promote school providing public education,
- Provide primary aged children with world class teachers and leaders,
- Ensure equity of resources across each school,
- Share expertise, skills and knowledge within learning areas,
- Provide suitable housing to school staff transferring into the district,
- Foster and provide local relevant aboriginal culture.
Further information is printed in a pamphlet available from the Council Chambers or the website for each school.