The Yipirinya School is a two-way (bilingual and bi-cultural) school. It caters for students from Child Care to Year 10. It is a school primarily for Indigenous students, but is willing to take enrolments from non-Indigenous students whose families want their children to become more acquainted with Indigenous Languages and Culture.
The school follows the Australian Curriculum, the Early Years Learning Framework and the Northern Territory Curriculum Framework. These Frameworks have been localised and indigenised to suit the school’s clientele. We concentrate on the basics of literacy and numeracy, but also include other Learning Areas in the Curriculum.
As all the students are learning English as an additional language their literacy levels tend to be low. However, the school has developed an Early Indigenous Literacy program based on the Australian Curriculum in conjunction with the Ann Morrice Literacy Cycle.
The School has an ungraded Middle School (Years 7-10), which focuses on practical activities. The curriculum includes Wood-working, Mechanics, Catering, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, Film-making, Personal Grooming, Computers and other Technology, Health, Theatre and Production, Leadership Skills, along with consolidation of Literacy and Numeracy in both an Indigenous Language and Standard Australian English.