Mäpuru Christian School is located in the very remote area of north east Arnhem Land and is embedded in the Mäpuru community. The school commenced as part of NT Christian Schools on Monday 19 July, 2010. Under the leadership of Teaching Principal, Linda Miller and Yolŋu teacher Jackie Ŋuluwidi, 43 students were in attendance on the first day of school. There is a strong sense of team work between Balanda (non Indigenous) and Yolŋu staff at the school. Without this, and the leadership and direction from the Yolŋu teachers, Mäpuru Christian School would not be functioning as effectively as it currently is. With up to 58 enthusiastic students ranging from Preschool to Year 10, every day is indeed a busy one! The school is developing its curriculum to integrate Yolŋu ideas, protocols and knowledge in a true example of ‘two way learning’.
The Mäpuru community is a healthy and vibrant example of a traditional Indigenous homeland community. Whilst faced with many challenges of insufficient housing, extreme remoteness and very limited access during the ‘wet season’ (October-April each year), the community has finally seen its long-awaited vision for a Christian school come into fruition. Mäpuru Christian School is providing a beacon of hope for strong, healthy futures for the young people of Mäpuru, as their receive training and education on their ancestral land.
Principal, Mäpuru Christian School
Mäpuru Christian School
Mäpuru, East Arnhem
PMB 301, Winellie NT 0822
Ph: (08) 8987 9335