Semester 1, 2017
School did not resume until Week 7, Term 2 in 2017 due to the heavy flooding across the Kimberley. The only way to access the school was by plane and even then people had to walk from the airstrip to the school in knee deep water. It was not possible to drive the car and food and luggage had to be transported in wheel barrows. Some students went to school at Yakanarra, others went to Noonkanbah or Fitzroy Valley High School.
When Ngalapita was finally able to open again we welcomed Ebony Scouler as the new teacher for 2017. She was taking on the difficult task of teaching students from Kindergarten to Year 6.
In the last few weeks of Term 2, NAIDOC was celebrated through various activities including artwork, cooking and games. Students painted a large wooden goanna which has been made for the wall in the Upper Primary classroom. New T-shirts with Indigenous designs were ordered for each student and worn throughout the week.
Semester 2, 2017
In Term 3, we had a student teacher from Notre Dame join us for 10 weeks. Cindy Brennan took on responsibility for the Upper Primary students but also worked with the whole school group. Her artistic talents were put to good use, resulting in a specialist arts program.
Students enjoyed a week-long camp with Djugerari School and Rangers out to Kurlka for cultural and on land learning experiences. Highlights included water testing at the local water hole and painting a large canvas with visiting artists.
Another fun excursion this semester was a trip to Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek, followed by a small sports carnival at Muludja. Students had fun counting the crocodiles, discussing the rock formations and history of the area. There were lots of bats in the caves and fun walking through the underground river. At Muludja, the students were divided into two teams for a number of individual and team races and games.