For Teachers

Making the decision to work in a remote community is not something to take lightly and although it is challenging it is a most rewarding experience. Teachers from Kalkaringi come from far and wide and are here for many different reasons but there is one thing we all have in common and that is the love of our students…
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Kalkaringi may be 460km out of Katherine and yes it is isolated however we are still very much in touch with the outside world with mobile phone reception, internet, online shopping and bush orders for groceries... You do need to enjoy your own company but there are many opportunities to create a social network with colleagues who also become your substitute family and friends.

So we thought we would share some of our teachers top tips and an insight into the life we experience in Kalkaringi.

TOP TIPS

  • Be prepared for anything
  • Come with an open mind
  • Be flexible and adaptable
  • Build relationships
  • Build up your bank of hands-on activities
  • Ask for advice
  • Bring your sense of humour and your sense of adventure
  • Stick to a routine whilst being flexible
  • Take the time to get to know families
  • Be patient - you WILL see results
  • Develop a productive working relationship with your Assistant Teacher
  • Don’t forget to have fun!

“Take time to learn” – Deanna Grade 2/3

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WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT OUR STUDENTS

  • Openness and directness
  • Keenness to learn
  • Forgiving nature
  • Stories of their adventures – including riding donkeys
  • Funny comments
  • Joy for life
  • Affectionate and cuddly nature
  • Ability to make you smile without trying
  • Their strength and resilience

‘Working with them every day is a constant reminder of why I am where I am and why I do what I do’ Alex, FaFT

CHALLENGES IN THE CLASSROOM

  • Meeting needs of children who want to learn while managing behaviour
  • Results aren’t instant
  • Being patient
  • Student engagement
  • Relevance
  • Inconsistent attendance
  • Language barriers when trying to explain concepts
  • Understanding that expectations need to be achievable yet high

“Accepting that the kids have had a very different upbringing and have a very
different concept of what constitutes ‘normal’ behaviour” – Jeff, Principal

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THE NATURE OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY

  • Friendly
  • There are a lot of characters
  • Supportive colleagues, families and students
  • Strong teamwork
  • Developing working relationships
  • Awareness and appreciation of Indigenous culture
  • The ability to have fun whilst facing challenges

“Relationships I have formed with the families and the ATs” – Melissa, Grade 2/3

OUT AND ABOUT

  • Wattie Creek
  • Black Rock
  • Seven Mile Creek
  • Possum Hill
  • Cultural ceremonies
  • Fishing
  • Walking tracks
  • Gregory National Park
  • Immense scenic beauty
  • Social Club for a drink and a chat with colleagues and community members
  • Dinner parties
  • Top Springs Ladies Day
  • Weekend trips to Katherine or Halls Creek
  • Camping
  • Art Centre
  • Church

“Fishing....when there is water around” – Jim, Grade 4/5/6