Koobara Aboriginal and Islander Kindergarten and Pre-Prep

Welcome to Koobara Kindergarten and Pre-prep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation!

We primarily offer a service to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children of the north-side region. Children of other cultures are most welcome, and every effort is made to incorporate aspects of all children’s backgrounds into our educational program. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

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Our services

Koobara provides educational services in three distinct categories:

Kindergarten and Pre-Prep

Kindergarten and Pre-Prep

Kindergarten children have fun while they are learning. Koobara delivers a 5-day fortnight Early Years Learning program for children aged from 3-5 years. Your child will enjoy cultural learning, activities, making new friends and learning new skills in a safe…



Koobara Playgroup runs every Wednesday, 10am -12pm. The playgroup is free and is open to everyone with children from 0-3 years of age. Come along and join us for a fun time together, an opportunity for yourself and your little…

Community Program

Community Program

Community Program afternoon runs every second Tuesday. Starting at 3.30pm to 5.00pm. Come along for an afternoon of fun and activities for the whole family followed by dinner! Please call Joe on 3265 7171 by 9am on day of program…

About us


To provide culturally-responsive programs for the personal development of the diverse children of our community; and to provide a safe place where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are celebrated.

Koobara was established in 1974 by local Aboriginal mothers whose children’s rights to an early learning experience that reflected their diverse identities and cultures, were not being met by non-Indigenous services. 

Today, we benefit from the ground-breaking work of those women and their families, as our kindy continues to thrive and nurture the leaders of tomorrow.  At the heart of what we do is the assertion of a sovereignty over our programs, processes and ways of knowing and being. 

Koobara is community-controlled by a local, all-First-Nations board and our teaching, administration and ancillary staff are all Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people – many of whom who were either past Koobara Kindy kids, parents/grandparents of Koobara Kindy kids, or both!  We know that strong communities raise strong jarjums, and Koobara is still honoured to be working with the children and families of this community decades after its founding.

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Image of Koobara Aboriginal and Islander Kindergarten and Pre-Prepbuildings and flags in the foreground

Our community events

Koobara holds community events throughout the year. Events held include:

28  Feb
421 Beams Road TAIGUM QLD 4018

Welcome Morning Tea!

Koobara Kindergarten wishes to invite our Elders, families and community members for Morning Tea to welcome our new Jarjums and their family to Kindy. RSVP by emailing : director@koobara.com.au or calling 07 3265 7171.

28  Feb
421 Beams Road TAIGUM QLD 4018

Koobara Kindergarten Playgroup

Koobara Kindergarten's playgroup is held weekly during the school terms. We gather every Wednesday from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Each week we have a different activity planned and morning tea is provided. Come along and join us for a morning of…

19  Mar
421 Beams Road TAIGUM QLD 4018

Easter Raffle

Please HELP! Koobara Jarjums are seeking assistance from our families and the community in donations of Easter items and chocolates for our raffle. All donations are greatly welcomed.   Raffle Drawn on 19th March 2024. Tickets $1 each. Thank you Kindly 

Our history

The name Koobara is an Aboriginal word from which dialect has not been ascertained but it was Auntie Melita Orcher who suggested the name after reading a book with the word Koobara in it which translated to mother and child. The logo was designed by Hope Neil in 1984.

The story of Koobara is one of empowerment for all those who have been involved in its history, its journey and its future. Strong leadership, strong communities creating strong jarjums.

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Our staff

As per our licencing, all staff and board members hold a current Working with Children Blue Card.

Gloria Rankine
Gloria Rankine Co-Director/Administrator/Teacher
Sarina Peeters Teacher in training
Tashina Moore
Tashina Moore Teacher in training

Our blog

Read more about the happenings at Koobara through our blog.

24 Aug

Supporting our Community.

Koobara Kindergarten are fortunate to have a very supportive community. This week we received generous donations to support our kindergarten and playgroup programs as well as the community. Thank you to Nundah cottages, who contacted the Children's Hospital Foundation to…

24 Aug

Northside NAIDOC Family Fun Day 2023

On 4th of July we celebrated at Koobara the Northside NAIDOC Committee annual NAIDOC Family Fun Day! The rain didn't dampen the spirit of our community. Our community showed up in the hundreds, it was such a beautiful turn-out for…

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Contact Koobara

If you would like to contact Koobara, you may do so via the following means:

421 Beams Road, Taigum QLD 4034

Phone: 07 3265 7171