Bayulu Remote Community School (5190)



School Overview



Bayulu Remote Community School caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 6. The school is located on Gooniyandi country, 15km from the town of Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley region.

The school's vision is to provide a safe and stimulating environment where Aboriginal culture is embraced and celebrated, and students are encouraged to reach their academic potential so they become strong, resilient members of the community.

Our priorities are:

* Success for all students
* High quality teaching
* Early childhood education
* Relationships, partnerships and community

There's a deep sense of belonging at our school with staff building strong relationships with students and the community. Our school's commitment to every student's learning is tangible. We focus on reading, writing, mathematics and Aboriginal culture from the moment children start school, to ensure every child achieves their best.

The community has a strong affinity with our school that goes back generations. It is visible in school assemblies, NAIDOC Week events and sports carnivals where the generations prior - parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts - come in to reminisce, look at old photos and share stories with our students.

The majority of our students live in one of six nearby indigenous communities: Bayulu, Gillaroong, Karnparrmi, Joy Springs, Ngalingkadji and Mimbi. Indigenous students comprise 92% of the student population, most of whom speak Kriol as their first language and Standard Australian English as an additional language. Connection to culture is very strong, with all students participating in either the Gooniyandi or Walmajarri language and cultural program.

We are proud to be one of Western Australia's leading remote schools having won the WA Premier's Excellence in Aboriginal Education Award in 2017 and been recognised as a finalist in 2016.

The school has a rich history as the first station school in Western Australia. Gogo School was established in February, 1957 and began in a cave on the side of the Parmarrjarti hills on Gogo Station. The children of the Parmarrjarti people who came to live on the station were the school's first students. In 1962 the Education Department constructed a single classroom and some teacher accommodation on a site 400 metres from the 'Cave School'. It is on this site that the school now proudly sits.

For more information about our school, please call (08) 9191 5093 or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BayuluSchool/.