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About Us

Parnngurr Community School

The Parnngurr Community

The Parnngurr Community consists of a group of around 150 Western Desert people who have returned to their traditional land.

The community is built in the shadow of twin hills with particular significance to the people, at the southern end of the Karlamilyi (Rudall River) National Park, 380 km's north, north-east of Newman on a maintained unsealed road.

Our independent school was established in 1989, and at the end of 1992 community members moved into permanent housing with power and water facilities.

The community is firm in its commitment to maintaining traditional values in an alcohol free environment for their children.

 

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Our Mission

Parnngurr Community School aims to develop strong young Martu men and women by ensuring they attain educational outcomes that will provide them with a wide range of life opportunities while valuing their Indigenous culture.

It is part of the ethos and strength of independent, community controlled schools that they enjoy and maintain an excellent relationship with the community. It is school policy to support the cultural life and aspirations of the community.

The school council sometimes call upon both physical and human resources available at their school. At their request the school has assisted in various community activities, such as funerals, sporting activities, hunting and other bush trips, and emergency rescues. The Principal also assists less literate community members who need to use the telephone.

Because of this collaborative relationship Parnngurr Community School is well regarded and supported by the community. All school staff are encouraged to participate in appropriate community activities.

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Structure & Governance

Structure & Governance

The Parnngurr Community School Aboriginal Corporation (School Council) is the legal entity that is funded by government to run the school. The Corporation is incorporated under CATSI and operates with the CATSI legislation. The regulator is ORIC and the Corporation is strictly accountable under the ACT. 

Principal's Welcome

Principal's Welcome

The Parnngurr Community consists of a group of around 150 Western Desert people who have returned to their traditional land. The community is firm in its commitment to maintaining traditional values in an alcohol free environment for their children.