Yipirinya School
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Curriculum

The School has a two-way (bilingual and bi-cultural) approach to education.

The School teaches four Indigenous languages (Central and Eastern Arrernte, Western Arrernte, Luritja and Warlpiri). The students' families choose one of these languages and the students then attend one Language and Culture lesson each day.

They learn to read and write in their first language. In addition each Language Group has a cultural excursion every term where the students travel to a local area and learn about their culture and land from Indigenous elders.

The school also follows the Northern Territory Curriculum Framework, concentrating on the basics of literacy and numeracy, but also including Science, Social Studies, Health and Physical Education, Art and Music.

As all the students are learning English as an additional language their literacy levels tend to be low. However, the school's adopted approach to literacy is the Ann Morrice Cycle and there have been significant gains in benchmark results in recent years.

 

Adam Giles MLA (Member for Braitling) presents books to students

Camel Train ride