The History of John Pujajangka-Piyirn
is one of the most isolated Aboriginal communities in Western
Australia, being situated 300 km south of Halls Creek, close
to Lake Gregory on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. Its nearest
neighbours are the Aboriginal communities at Balgo Hills, to
the east, and Billiluna, to the north. Aboriginal people were
given the pastoral lease to Lake Gregory Station during 1977.
| When the people first settled in Mulan
in 1977, the only buildings present were two or three dilapidated
iron sheds, left from the brief period when the site was the
homestead for Lake Gregory Station. The first substantial building
was the school, which was opened by the Catholic education Commission
in 1979. At the invitation of the community, a Sister of Mercy
came to take responsibility for the education of the junior primary
children. At this stage the upper primary students boarded weekly
at Balgo, while they attended school there. By 1984 full primary
classes were established at Mulan.
| Glad to be back in their own country,
the community has grown quickly, and development in terms of
buildings and facilities has been rapid. In 1988, the community
requested that their children have secondary education at Mulan
rather than travel away. In 1990 the secondary section of the
school became officially registered.
| Through the Two Way Learning Philosophy,
the school community strives to be a means of 'giving and receiving'.