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About our School


First established in 1878 at Weaners Flat (where our town playground is now located), Yorketown Area School has been operating from its current site since 1976. In 2017, we merged with Edithburgh Primary School.

Currently, we have more than 170 students from Reception to Year 12 and we pride ourselves on being able to offer small class sizes and excellent facilities, including our commercially accredited Food & Hospitality Centre and our diverse Agricultural Block; inclusive of vines, fruit trees, chickens, a green house, a led goat and steer programme and machinery that allows our students to gain numerous licences.

With more than 30 staff members including more than 10 School Service Officers (SSOs) and numerous community mentor volunteers, we are a committed team of educators who possess a passion for positively influencing our young peoples’ future.

Our school community has embraced the symbolism of the World Peace Flame project.

Michael Beelitz, his wife Natalie and their two children joined the Yorketown community in 2021. He has a 5 year tenure as Principal of our school.

Michael comes with extensive leadership and community engagement experience from Coober Pedy and has embraced membership of the lower Yorke Peninsula education (and broader) community. He will continue the great improvement worked started over the last 5 years.

The school will once again have an external review in early 2021, and this will guide our decision making about our next improvement priorities, but Michael is also keen to hear what those associated with the school have appreciated and what they believe could be improved.

We are dedicated to being a responsive, effective and connected service to our community.


Yorketown Area School provides a progressive centre for quality learning that develops students intellectually, emotionally and socially to succeed in an unpredictable world.

We have trained staff and students in the principles of Restorative Practices and this will underpin all wellbeing services, activities and behaviour management.