Our school is part of the Anangu School’s network. Through clustering, we are able to create project officer positions to support initiatives. Current officers exist to support secondary education, teaching English as a second language; resource based learning, induction, curriculum development, information technology and financial management. Officers are based at the Anangu Education Service offices in Ernabella or Adelaide. The schools work under joint management of DETE and the Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Education Committee ( PYEC). PYEC consists of both Anangu Coordinators and community representatives who make decisions about the directions of schooling. From these directions strategic priorities are developed between PYEC and Leaders Group. Schools are able to determine their local priorities from within these frameworks. The Director of PY Education works in close cooperation with the Coordinating Principal.
The Anangu Teacher Education Program, as part of the University of S.A., provides teacher and AEW training for indigenous people with a Lands based program. AnTEP provides this service through a funding agreement reached with DETE. All schools run AEW training using the AnTEP resourcing.
A typical student at our school would have the following profile- ESL learner, school card holder, suffers from significant hearing loss and other health issues, is relatively mobile and has numeracy and literacy levels significantly lower than his/her mainstream peers.
School facilities are of a reasonable standard and include a CPC, JP, MP, UP, Secondary and Senior Secondary classrooms. Other facilities include a library, computer room, staff preparation area, reception and administration section, art room, home economics area, AnTEP room and a large multi-purpose area suitable for dance, PE., assemblies etc. Outdoor sports facilities are a Rage Cage with variety of sports features and access to the community’s football oval.
Anangu presence within the school is significant with an Anangu Coordinator working jointly with the Principal; AEWs working with teachers in all classes; School Governing Council and other community members contributing actively to school life. AEWs also have their meetings with teachers for planning and together for school business. The school actively involves itself with all community agencies. AnTEP is continuing at Indulkana and is actively supported by AEWs. Student numbers are increasing, especially in CPC and Reception.
Indulkana Anangu School seeks to provide our students with the skills, knowledge and experiences that will enable them to be self-determining in both Anangu and non-Anangu cultural contexts.
2003 and beyond will see greater development in terms of school/community cultural activity. These events will enhance staff, student and community relationships.
The school delivers 7 areas of study using the SACSA Frameworks. Science, English, Mathematics, Society and Environment, The Arts, Technology, Health and PE. These are being programmed into SACSA Frameworks.
The Child Parent Centre uses the “ Foundation Areas of Learning” as its Curriculum framework and will develop the SACSA model.
Our focus is on teaching and learning in an environment characterised by community support and involvement. We have the following structures, processes and programs in place to achieve our goals.
The History of the Iwantja School dates back to 1971, when Leslie Mingkilli wrote a letter to the Government on behalf of the Community asking for funding and help to establish a school. He wrote to the Government in Pitjantjatjara insisting a school be started at Iwantja. Leslie was educated at Ernabella (“Pukatja”) community where he learnt to read and write English and Pitjantjatjara. This dream finally came true when Leslie went to Adelaide and returned with David Emery, the first Principal and three teachers. The school began with tents and sheds made of timber and brush from the surrounding bush. Teachers were assisted by the first A.E.W’s who included; Leslie Mingkilli, Bessie Baker, Nellie Coulthard, Kanakiya Tjanyari, Emily Whiskey, Jimmy Stewart, Billy Everard and Peggy Pearson.
A short while later the school was so popular that students from Mimili community travelled daily to the school. Today the school has facilities, which are the envy of many other schools. The School has a computer facility with 24-networked computers with Internet access. Other community organisations (such as Iwantja Arts Centre, Nganampa Health, radio 5NPY and others) have been very supportive in regards to the funding of school projects and assistance with services.
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