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    Ngaanyatjarra Lands School

    Providing education across the Western Desert of Western Australia

    The Ngaanyatjarra Lands School comprises eight campuses spread across the Western Desert of Western Australia. Although the campuses are separated by large distances they are bound together by the culture of people from groups including Ngaanyatjarra, Pitantjatjara, Pintupi and others.

    About the school

    Originally our campuses were individual Remote Community Schools (RCS) and became federated into the Ngaanyatjarra Lands School through a one-school model in 2007.  This provided an opportunity to address the unique needs of our students, families and teachers.  We have common approaches to curriculum, assessment and reporting, student and staff wellbeing and behaviour management.  As many of our students move between our campuses we can maintain momentum in learning and provide the stability of known approaches.  Our teaching and leadership staff have a platform for collaboration and support also. 

    Our approach

    Ngaanyatjarra Lands School acknowledges that families have long been the first and most significant teachers of our students.  We understand we are providing a western curriculum in a language that is often foreign to our students or understood at a beginning or emerging level.  Therefore, we seek to engage with Yarnangu educators to facilitate teaching and learning through both western and Yarnangu ways.  We have senior advisors within our leadership and curriculum teams, as well as Yarnangu teachers (AIEOs) on each campus who work side-by-side with teachers and school leadership.  The Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework is the lens through which our operational and strategic planning is undertaken - and through which we reflect on our capacity as a culturally responsive school. 

    Ngaanyatjarra People

    The Aboriginal people (Yarnangu) who reside in the communities are part of a single social system that is referred to as the Western Desert Cultural Bloc. The Ngaanyatjarra people maintain a rich cultural heritage that is based on a close connection with the Land. They have a unique culture in society, economy, religion and outlook.

    8 Campuses in W.A.

    In 2007 the schools dispersed throughout the Ngaanyatjarra Lands were federated into a single institution. They became campuses of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands School operating under the leadership of an Executive Principal. This was done to enable them to work collaboratively, share resources, and better address the disadvantages that can arise from their geographic isolation.

    Join us

    Are you are teacher looking to immerse yourself in an amazing culture and take on the challenge of stepping outside of mainstream teaching?

    Ngaanyatjarra Lands Schools is looking for new teachers to join their teams.


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