Sunset School

Starting in April 2022 and funded by the NT Government, the Yipirinya Sunset School is an innovative and unique way to engage young people of Alice Springs outside of normal school hours.

Running after school, on weekends and school holidays, the Sunset School aims for long term positive outcomes for youth through relationships, culture and inclusion.

The Sunset School engages young people in activities and purpose.

Through engaging and supporting young people and their families, the program focuses on sports, activities, community participation and pathways to allow students to pursue their interests and passions.

Community and personal development activities such as participating in team sport, cooking, arts, craft and technology are part of the program which results in community engagement, social development and relationship building, while also learning practical skills for their futures.

In October 2022, just 6-months after launching the Sunset School, enrolment at Yipirinya School tripled and attendance rates almost quadrupled partially in response to its implementation. This shows the importance of empowering and engaging young people through innovative, inclusive and culturally responsive education.The success of the Sunset School program in boosting enrolment and attendance rates at Yipirinya School is a testament to the effectiveness of its approach in engaging and supporting young people and their families. By focusing on a holistic range of activities such as sports, community participation, and personal development, the program addresses not only academic needs but also social and practical skill development

Participation in team sports, cooking, arts, crafts, and technology fosters community engagement and social development and equips students with practical skills for their future endeavours. By providing a diverse array of activities tailored to students’ interests and passions, the program creates an environment where young people feel empowered and motivated to actively participate in their education and personal growth.

The Sunset School program focuses on the importance of innovation, inclusivity, and cultural responsiveness in education. By adapting educational approaches to meet the needs and interests of our students it creates an environment where all students feel valued and supported.

Overall, the positive outcomes seen at Yipirinya School following the implementation of the Sunset School program highlight the transformative impact that empowering and engaging young people can have on educational outcomes and student wellbeing.

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