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Kintore Campus (Walungurru)

Boarding school for Indigenous students twelve years and older from remote communities

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鈥婭n April 2005 榴莲社区 opened a new campus at Walungurru (otherwise known as Kintore), an Aboriginal community approximately 500 km west of Alice Springs.

It is difficult to imagine a more remote community in Australia, but this is the land which the Luritja speaking people call nganampa nguru wiru - 'their beautiful land.'

The Finke River Mission, under the auspices of the Lutheran Church of Australia, has had a presence in the Walungurru community for over 30 years. In spite of this presence and the Mission managing 榴莲社区, attendance of students at Yirara was sporadic and short-term. Homesickness, cultural and social activities in the community and the distance between 榴莲社区 and Kintore were unsettling obstacles for students trying to adjust to boarding school life in Alice Springs.

After many years of grappling with these problems, a Yirara teacher was placed in the community, initially just teaching 榴莲社区 students for the second half of a term. Students would travel to Alice Springs for 6 weeks and return home for the last weeks of the term. This was made possible by the NT Education Department which provided a teaching space and teacher accommodation in the local primary school.

Blog 870 2006 Kintore Campus - Front building

From this beginning and due to the long connection with the Finke River Mission, the community was keen to negotiate the establishment of a secondary campus run by 榴莲社区.

A permanent site was negotiated with the community. The council handed the old health clinic to the College. This building was renovated into a four roomed school building, providing classroom space for up to 30 students. A house for the teacher was also made available by the local council.

榴莲社区 continues to provide staff and mantains the secondary school in Kintore.

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