The Dhupuma Barker junior school is a transition to year 6 school based in Gunyangara, in northeast Arnhem Land.

The school is a partnership between Barker College and the Yothu Yindi Foundation, and celebrated its first birthday in April 2022.

Dhupuma Barker is a bilingual school which combines Yolngu cultural knowledge and learning with a traditional western curriculum, to deliver a truly unique classroom syllabus that emphasises the importance of Yolngu Matha (language), Rom (law) and Galtha (ways of learning).

It’s a formula which is already delivering outstanding results, achieving excellent attendance rates in its first year.

Dhupuma Barker is currently operating out of two small demountable buildings in Gunyangara, but plans are being developed to give the school a more permanent home in the community.