Media statement – Temporary school closures – Update 2 February 2017

Following extensive heavy rain throughout the Territory, access to a number of remote schools in the Alice Springs and Barkly regions has been affected.

Due to impassable roads the following remote schools remain temporarily closed until further notice.

Following extensive heavy rain throughout the Territory, access to a number of remote schools in the Alice Springs and Barkly regions has been affected.

Due to impassable roads the following remote schools remain temporarily closed until further notice.


Alice Springs Region

  • Haasts Bluff School

Barkly Region

  • Irrultja Homeland Learning Centre (Arlparra)
  • Mulga Bore School – school did reopen however due to overnight weather, the road to the community has closed, resulting in the temporary school closure.


SCHOOLS REOPENED

The following school/s will reopen on Friday 3 February:

Barkly Region

  • Ampilatwatja School

The following school/s will reopen on Monday 6 February:

Alice Springs Region

  • Bonya School

The following school/s will reopen on Tuesday 7 February:

Alice Springs Region

  • Nyirrpi School
  • Walungurru School 

Students who are unable to access their community and are in Alice Springs will be able to attend an educational program at Sadadeen Primary School. 

Students who are unable to access their community and are in Tennant Creek will be able to attend an educational program at Tennant Creek Primary School and Tennant Creek High School.

Teachers whose communities remain inaccessible will continue to be accommodated in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek. They will either provide additional support to run the educational program at Sadadeen Primary School, Tennant Creek Primary School or Tennant Creek High School or attend professional development activities.

The Department of Education will continue to closely monitor the weather and road conditions in these regions and provide regular updates on the status of the affected schools. 

Contact Us
To enquire about alternative educational programs contact:

Sasha Robinson, Regional Director Alice Springs - 0409 481 682

Bill Armstrong, Regional Director Barkly Region – 0408 274 361

Media enquiries contact: Hayley Green: 0459 801 149

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