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Papunya School

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Papunya School is located in the community of Papunya, 250km west of Alice Springs. The population is approximately 350 and the main language spoken is Luritja. Papunya can be accessed via road all year round, although during periods of heavy rain the road can become impassable. The community can also be accessed via air through chartered air services only although after heavy rain, access to the airstrip can be restricted.

Papunya is a creative and dynamic community, which has produced many firsts. It is the birthplace of the Papunya art movement and the home of Warumpi Band. Many contemporary Indigenous bands perform and record in the Papunya recording studio. Currently, the school and the community are dealing with the legacy of a five-year period of extensive petrol sniffing. Papunya School is part of the Tanami Group School, providing education from early years to middle years. Students enter the school speaking and understanding only Luritja. The Indigenous assistant teachers bridge the worlds of home and school and play a vital part in the learning process.

Papunya has been identified as a Territory Growth Town (TGT) under the NT Government's A Working Future initiative. TGTs will become towns with comparable servicers to other country towns in Australia.


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