I am currently teaching in a very remote indigenous school, Ampilatwatja, 320km (around 200 miles) away from the nearest town, Alice Springs in Central Australia (Northern Territory) I teach the Early Years - Transition (first year of schooling), Year 1 and Year 2 and have around 27 students enrolled. The school itself has around 100 indigenous students enrolled, although this number can vary as many families are transient. English is a second, third or even fourth language to all of the students in the school. I have been teaching in the Northern Territory for 2 and a half years now, with all of this time spent in very remote communities. I started my teaching career in New South Wales, in a small town in the North West of the state called Walgett. I then went on to become Assistant Principal at a school in a small farming community in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales called Bonalbo.
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Bachelor of Education (Primary) University of Sydney (1999)
A bit more about the community I teach in. Ampilatwatja (pronounced um-bludder-witch) is the name of the community. Access is by road via Alice Springs. The road is sealed for 100km and there is 220 km unsealed. The trip takes approximately 4 hours from Alice Springs in dry conditions. A Four Wheel Drive is required to make the journey after rain. Heavy rain will close the road. The population of approximately 300, are predominately Alyawarr speakers. Traditional culture is very strong and the community is governed by the traditional owners both through their cultural influence and as the Local Government Council. The strength of the traditional owners is reflected in the fact that substance abuse is virtually non existent and the community is very cohesive. Relationships extend north to Tennant Creek, south to Harts Range and across to Mt Isa in Queensland.