The Kiwirrkurra community
Kiwirrkurra is one of the most remote communities in the world. Located in the Gibson
Desert in Western Australia, it lies 1200kms to the east of Port Hedland, and 700kms to the west of Alice Springs. Though located beyond the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, the Kiwirrkurra community is affiliated with the Ngaanyatjarra Council.
Kiwirrkurra was formed as a homeland for the Pintupi people after the first bore was drilled and equipped in 1983. These people had been moved to Papunya in the late 1950’s and 60’s but returned to Kiwirrkurra to live permanently on their traditional land.
Many of the elder Kiwirrkurra residents experienced their first contact with non-Indigenous persons during the Homeland Movement of the 1950’s and early 1960’s. Kiwirrkurra is now home to some 150 residents, about two-thirds of whom are under 30 years of age. Cultural activities are of great importance in the lives of residents.
Services in our community
Kiwirrkurra has a school, office, store, airstrip, women’s centre, football oval and media centre.
Our campus facilities
The school contains an administrative block, a designated K-3 classroom area , middle primary and high school classrooms, a home economics room, a resource room, a library and an ablution block.
Kiwirrkurra has an enrolment of 24 students in K-6 and 16 secondary students. Our students attend school every day and have a great attitude. Kiwirrkurra staff and community are proud of their students.
In addition to the campus principal, the school is staffed with three teachers, a school administrative officer, and three AIEOs.
Our school values Pintupi language and culture and, thus, we strive to provide two way learning at school. Students and staff get to experience community, cultural and bush learning days, as well as classroom based activities.