The Tjirrkarli community
The Tjirrkarli community is located northwest of Warburton. It is named after a native yam. Established in the 1980’s near a bore put down by the Shell Oil Company, Tjirrkarli became an incorporated member of the Ngaanyatjarra Council in 1987.
In the 1970s-1980s, with a reliable water supply, a growing number of traditional owners who had lived most if not all of their lives in the Goldfields region began to slowly return from Cosmo Newberry, Wiluna and Kalgoorlie. At present numbers fluctuate between 20 and 30 people.
Tjirrkarli is 125 kms from Warburton.
Services in our community
The community has an administration centre, a school, sports oval and basketball court, women’s centre, art centre, health clinic, hall with gymnasium equipment, community store, a workshop and an airstrip.
Our campus facilities
The campus consists of a demountable building moved to Tjirrkarli in 1980. It comprises two classrooms and an office with an attached verandah. There is a grassed play area and covered sand pit. The teacher’s house, in close proximity, has three bedrooms with separate kitchen and lounge room.
The campus has an enrolment of 5 primary and 3 secondary students though during the course of the school year a larger number attend for varying periods of time.
Tjirrkarli is staffed by a single teacher.
The school is considered an annex of Warburton campus and students are able to travel to Warburton in the school vehicle. Because of the small number of students the teaching is highly personalized. The school follows the curriculum adopted by the whole school. A two-way approach to teaching and learning is adopted.