The Wanarn community
Like other small communities in this region most of its older residents used live on the Warburton Mission. In the 1960s some moved to the Docker River settlement across the border with the Northern Territory. The Yarnangu originally used present day Wanarn as a campsite when they travelled on the road developed in the 1970’s to provide easier access between Warburton, Warakurna and Docker River. The Wanarn community is on the dreaming track of the “Kungkarungkalpa” or Seven Sisters.
A 15-bed aged care facility has been established in Wanarn that is managed by Ngaanyatjarra Health Service. It provides a home for a number of residents aged between 61 and 93 years of age requiring both high and lower levels of care. The facility allows frail older people to remain on the Ngaanyatjarra Lands.
The community was incorporated in 1989.
Services in our community
The community also has its own airstrip, office, school, youth drop-in centre, football oval, radio transmission room and modern new store.
Our campus facilities
Wanarn Campus has an ECE room, a Primary classroom and a High School room. Other facilities include a, library, music room housing musical instruments and amplifiers, an art room and a home economics room. These is also an administrative hub containing offices and a staffroom.The grounds are attractive with trees, grass and play equipment. The school buildings have been recently painted with attractive murals.
We have 26 enrolments in the K-6 years and 19 in the secondary years.
We have a campus principal, and teachers for the secondary, primary and early years. In addition two AIEOs work with our students.
The campus follows the curriculum adopted by the whole school with a strong emphasis on literacy. A two-way approach to teaching and learning is adopted. Art and music are featured strongly in our educational program.