Jigalong Remote Community School (5224)

School Overview

Jigalong is an Aboriginal community 170 kilometres east of Newman on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert in the Pilbara. The Rabbit Proof Fence is located alongside Jigalong and the community was bought into the international spotlight with the movie - 'The Rabbit Proof Fence.'

The people are Martu and self-manage their community striving to maintain their traditional culture and values. The Jigalong School Council allows a community voice in the school decision making process.

The school and community buildings are located in the centre of the community.

Jigalong Remote Community school is a level 3 school with an enrolment of 75 Primary and 21 Secondary students.

Students first language is Martu Wangka with proficiency in Aboriginal English.

Transiency is a factor of the school population with considerable movement of the local people between Jigalong, Nullagine, Newman, Punmu, Parngurr and Kunawarritji (Canning Stock Route).

School Vision
Develop students who respect themselves and others and that strive to achieve their potential.