Nyikina Mangala Community School

Contact Details: 

Jarlmadangah Burru Aboriginal Community

Mount Anderson Station
West Kimberley
P O Box 759
DERBY  WA   6728
ph:   (08) 9191 4620
fax:  (08) 9191 7185
e-mail:  principal@nmcs.wa.edu.au

Principal:   Mr Ian Edmondson
Chairperson:  Ms Linda Nardea

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Nyikina Mangala Community School was established in 2000 to provide an appropriate educational service for Jarlmadangah Burru Aboriginal Community.

Nadooniy mandajarra lyan yiramany kool wanganiyjiy nayan Jarlmadangah Burru.  Yadjaray babanil wangadijiy janganoo janganoo birlikajara naya boorroo. Nirla wangarra wangka badoo wangka lbalay koowiyayoonoo nirla wangadiyjiy. Kaliya maboo.
The community members wanted a school to be built here at Jarlmadangah Burru because they want their kids to stay in the community.  Then they can learn how to speak their languages and be strong young people in themselves, so when they grow up they will be able to know what to do with their lives.


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Physical Setting: 

Jarlmadangah Burru is located in the West Kimberley region of Western Australia. It is approximately 120kms South East of Derby off the Great Northern Highway, on Mt Anderson station.

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The Community 

Cross Cultural Initiatives 



The community has a population of 90 residents that run various community enterprises including a store, aquaculture facility, JBAC Adventures Camel Safaris, cultural mapping, a women’s centre, workshop and clinic. Community members also take an active role in the running of our school which was recognized when we received a National Award for Excellence in Family School Partnerships in 2007.

ImageThe school provides educational programs with a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy as well as teaching the traditional languages and culture of Nyikina and Mangala. The school is part of the National Accelerated Literacy Program, which is specifically designed to help Indigenous students achieve mainstream levels of literacy.

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Physical Resource 


Nyikina Mangala Community School is registered from K - 10 and currently caters for 35 students. Students are grouped into Junior Primary, Middle Primary and Upper Primary/Secondary.
Also located at the school is a new Daycare facility catering for 0-3 year olds.

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School Aims: 

The school aims to support the students in developing the necessary skills to be able to contribute within Jarlmadangah Burru and to confidently succeed in the wider community where Standard Australian English is spoken. Many of our senior students go on to complete their secondary education in schools such as Tardun Christian Brothers Agricultural School, Presbyterian Ladies College and Wongutha CAPS.

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Teaching Conditions: 
  • Principal
  • 3 Full Time Teachers
  • 3 AboriginalEducation Workers
  • 3 Child Care workers
  • Maintenance and Kitchen staff


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Working in our school 

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The second wing of the main school building was opened in March, 2007 with the school now boasting modern classrooms, a basketball court and a landscaped lawn and oval.

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