Moil is named after the Aboriginal tribe 'MARINGAR', who lived in the middle waters and swamp lands of the Moyle River and its tributaries in the lower Daly River/Port Keats area. The name 'MOIL', although not a valid tribal name, means 'plain' or 'plain country' in their language. Moil Primary School and its attached Pre-School opened in 1972 and have been in operation since that time except for a short period after Cyclone Tracey. The school has mostly traditional, separate classrooms. Some renovations and additions have been carried out over the years, and the school now has wet areas in the Early Childhood and Primary sections, extended library and office areas, disabled access and ablution facilities as well as a newer building which houses our Outside School Hours Care program and Health/P.E program. The school lies within large, attractive grounds which are being developed and landscaped on an ongoing basis. A collection of photographs showing the development of the school from before its opening in 1972 until the present day is on display in the foyer outside the library. There are also photo albums of past staff and students in the display cabinet in the foyer.


A former parent of the school and lecturer in Fine Arts at the NT University, Mr Dennis Schapell, designed our original school emblem. The emblem represents the interdependence and the need for care between children and adults. The emblem incorporates the school's motto of ‘We Care’ and the school colours; Green, White and Black. The emblem was updated in 2020 by graphic designer / Moil School ICT Coordinator Clare James.

Remembrance Garden

A remembrance garden is located out the back of the Administration/Library wing on the Moil Crescent side of the school. The garden respects the memory of several Moil students who have passed away either whilst enrolled at Moil or after that time. We know that all members of the school community will respect this special place.