Yipirinya School has been teaching two ways, in Alice Springs since 1978. The community-controlled school was founded by key town camps elders to teach two-ways in both Aboriginal and Western curriculums. For over 40 years Yipirinya School has been keeping Aboriginal language and culture alive.
It is the only school of its type in Australia, teaching five languages (Central Arrernte, Walpiri, Luritja, Western Arrernte and English). Culture is at the centre of all we do.
Yipirinya means ‘caterpillar’ in Arrernte.
The school takes its name and ethos from the Caterpillar Altyerre Dreamtime story of the Arrernte people of Mparntwe (Alice Springs).
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The school is registered as an Independent non-government school and is governed by a School Council.
The Members of AISNT acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Custodians of the Land on which it is based, and pays respect to the Elders – past, present and emerging.