Warburton Ranges Campus, Ngaanyatjarra Lands School

STREAM 1 - 2010


The Project

The original proposal for the school's AIR project was to engage the students in cross-curricular activities to build capacity within the school and community in musical performance and production. Artists Leon Ewing and Saritah would work closely with the students to develop song-writing skills, record songs, teach production techniques and deliver a musical performance.
During the life of the project, there was a large turnover of staff with a large number leaving and not all positions were able to be replaced. As a result the timetable had to be reorganised in order that the school could staff classes with fewer teachers. The working and living conditions also deteriorated throughout the artists time in the community due to the absence of maintenance staff. Despite these, and many other challenges, a project which defied expectation was carried out.
The male students guided by Leon, played, sung and composed music; they were also involved in video and sound recording workshops. During her visits, Saritah worked with the secondary school girls writing songs which were incorporated into their morning literacy sessions.

For more information about the Warburton Ranges Campus AIR project download the 2009-2010 Case Study Publication here or individual project chapter.

Principal at time of AiR project delivery: Mr Stephen Soames
School Tel: (08) 8956 7651
School profile available at http://www.det.wa.edu.au/schoolsonline/home.do

AIR Project Coordinator:
Former Principal (2009-2010) Mr Stephen Soames


Warburton Ranges Campus and artists Leon Ewing and Saritah