I’m currently the principal at Bayulu Remote Community School, a WA Department of Education school located in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The school is located on Gogo Station, 16 km from Fitzroy Crossing in the fertile Fitzroy Valley. It’s a 3 and a half hour drive to Broome, the Kimberley’s largest centre.
Of the 38 remote schools in WA, Bayulu is one of the larger ones, catering for 120 students. The vast majority of our students are indigenous and reside in the nearby Aboriginal communities of Bayulu, Gillarong, 8 Mile, Karnparrmi, Ngalingkadji and Mimbi. Most students come from an EAL/D background, speaking either Kriol, Gooniyandi or Walmajarri as well as Standard Australian English. The school has a principal, deputy, 10 teachers, 4 Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers, 3 Education Assistants, school officer, gardener/handyman, library officer and lunch program coordinator.
We are close to many well-known Kimberley tourist attractions including Geikie Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge, Mimbi Caves and the Gibb River Road. It’s very easy to fill up your weekends with camping, fishing and 4 wheel driving adventures!