The School

Boy looking up at the sky in the outback during the day

Our History

The History of Indulkana Anangu School dates back to 1971, when Leslie Mingkilli wrote a letter to the South Australian Government on behalf of Indulkana Community asking for funding and help to establish a school. He wrote to the Government in the Pitjantjatjara language, insisting that a school be started at Indulkana. 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 Amery, 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 One of th, Emily Whiskey, Jimmy Stewart, Billy Everard and Peggy Pearson.

Boy painting while sitting on the floor

Learning Areas

Teachers provide high quality, differentiated teaching and learning programs across the Family Centre, Preschool and School. They plan with and refer to EYLF, Australian Curriculum and SACE as key curriculum documents focussing on TfEL to guide pedagogy and ensure quality practice. English, Maths and the Australian Curriculum Units of Learning are the major foci at Indulkana each day with classes working within the Anangu Domain whenever possible.

Each year a number of our secondary students attend Wiltja Boarding in Adelaide. Year 7 students visit once in the year to ‘get a taste’ of the Wiltja experience.
The majority of our students are EALD Learners. EALD Methodologies underpin all curriculum areas.
Significant numbers of students suffer intermittent hearing loss (Otitis Media). All work areas are fitted with sound field amplification systems.

Assessments and referrals are available through the Support Services Team. ‘One Child One Plan’ documents are written and adhered to for each of our students. An intensive reading support program is provided daily and verified students receive specialised support. Vocational education and programs are run at Umuwa Trade Training Centre and students can complete TaFE certificates and receive SACE credits as part of this program.

We run a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program which provides students with one lesson a week in the kitchen. Our kitchen provides breakfast and a hot lunch each day to students and there are numerous opportunities for students to develop their hospitality and nutrition skills.

In addition to these learning activities the school also undertakes a number of cultural learning activities as a part of our curriculum. These activities include participation in Ernabella Dance – which we participate in as a whole school and which has a strong cultural theme as well as incorporating learning in the areas of Arts, Performance, Design, Teamwork and Social skills.

Each class participates in two Bush trips per term. Bush trips focus on developing and sharing culture and the learning is led by Anangu staff, families and community members. Children participates in a variety of activities including digging for Maku (Witchetty grubs) and Tjala (Honey ants), making wiltjas, learning about traditional medicine, listening to stories and dancing.

Go to Department for Education
Go to SA Gov
Creative Commons button