Kulkarriya Community School, founded in 1978, is situated on
the Noonkanbah pastoral lease which was transferred to the Yungngora community
in 1976. The settlement of Noonkanbah consists of approximately two hundred and
fifty (250) people and is located on the Fitzroy River, one hundred and seventy
kilometres (170 kilometres) south west of Fitzroy Crossing. Noonkanbah is
considered to be an isolated community. Access is limited in the wet season.
and secondary school population for the year 2005 is 72. Itinerant students add
to the population seasonally.
school employs 5 fulltime qualified teachers, a principal and 12 Aboriginal
staff. Aboriginal staff take on various roles such as: Kindy/Pre Primary
teacher, education workers, canteen manager and yard/maintenance workers. The
school also employ’s a part time administrator to manage the schools funds and
Nyikina and Walmajarri are spoken at home, English is the third language for
many of students. The curriculum follows the Western Australian Curriculum
Framework and the Curriculum Framework Progress Maps. The school’s major
emphasis is upon literacy and numeracy.
Many of the
students, up to 85 per cent at times, have an Otitis Media problem. This is an
infection of the middle ear which can severely affect hearing. Classrooms are
wired for audio control to assist students.
There is a
separate pre-primary, which includes a kindergarten. The primary school runs as
a lower primary class (years 1-4) and an upper primary class (years 5-7). The
secondary school runs as one class (years 8-12). The school also employs a
literacy specialist who works with all of the kids in the school.
is part of the National Accelerated Literacy Project. This highly successful
methodology is taught by all teachers. The school has received recognition from
the wider literacy community on some excellent progress made by the students.
This was through receiving a National Literacy Award in 2003. Considerable
professional development and support is offered to new teachers upon appointment
at the school.
The school is
independent and run by the Yungngora Association.
community assists with sporting activities, cultural programs and language.
Sport is emphasised, as this is a significant positive social activity within
the Fitzroy Valley. The school has a Toyota Coaster bus and personnel carrier
for cultural excursions, visits and sport.
community has a well equipped store with eftpos facilities. Fuel cards can be
purchased from the store for use in the community bowsers. Diesel and unleaded
fuel are both available. The store is also an Australia Post facility. Mail is
delivered by plane one day a week.
operates week days with two Aboriginal Health Workers. A doctor is in
attendance one day per fortnight. A registered nurse is in the community
approximately five days per fortnight.
broadcasting station also operates from within the community.
A Health and
Aged Care kitchen and office provides meals to the elderly. The youth are
catered for in the community youth centre which hosts bands, discos and other
also contains a workshop, TAFE centre and community building program.
Teachers taking up appointments are responsible first to
Yungngora Association (by-laws take precedence over outside authorities), then
to the school principal. Yungngora Association by-laws stipulate that no drugs
or alcohol are to be brought into the community.
Teachers are expected to care
of their house and gardens and are offered self contained private accommodation,
fully equipped with furniture and fittings. This includes TV, video, stereo,
linen, microwave, cooking utensils etc. Houses also contain laptop computers
and wireless access to the internet. Teachers need only bring clothing and
other personal belongings. Inventories of houses are available upon
It is the responsibility of the appointee to
maintain classrooms, houses and gardens to the highest standards.
is recommended that appointees have their own vehicle, a four wheel drive is
required for the wet season.
Kulkarriya Community School
Nookanbah Station, Yungngora Community
PO Box 3
FITZROY CROSSING WA 6765
ph: (08) 9191 4737
fax: (08) 9191 4785
Principal: Andy Cowan
Chairperson: Nita Cox