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Pam BrownMy name is Pam Brown and I was appointed Principal here at John Pujajangka-Piyirn School this year, after teaching the senior class for the last two years.

I am of African Caribbean heritage. My parents were born in Grenada, a small island off the coast South America. They emigrated to England in the 1950s. I come from a large family with 5 brothers, 4 sisters and many cousins, nephews, nieces, aunties and uncles. I have lived on the land of the Wurundjeri people in Melbourne, Victoria, for nearly ten years with my husband, Nathan and daughter, Nadeen. Nathan works in family services and loves soccer. Nadeen enjoys visiting the Mulan Community and especially working with the students. She is in her second year at university, studying International Studies. She also enjoys running and is a soccer referee in her spare time.

Back in Melbourne, the school I worked at had a large Koori community. I was lucky enough to take part in an Aboriginal Education program called the Stronger Smarter Learning Communities  with Chris Sarra. This program really inspired me to work in a remote Aboriginal community.

One of the best things I like about working in Mulan is being part of a community of people who are welcoming, strong and determined. I feel really blessed to be in such a beautiful place with amazing children and a supportive staff. 

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AndreaMy name is Andrea Lloyd and I am the Reading Recovery and Literacy Support Teacher at John Pujajangka-Piyirn School. I have a passion for reading, and I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for books and stories with the students here in Mulan. The students here love books and listen eagerly to and join in reading their favourite stories. I get great pleasure from seeing the students progress in their own reading too, as they all move towards independence. I have discovered that the students here at Mulan are a lively lot, full of personality, and are wonderful to work with.

I moved to Mulan this year after teaching for ten years at a school in Melbourne that has a large Koori population. All students at Thornbury Primary School enthusiastically learn Woiwurrung, the traditional language of the Wurundjeri people. My work with the Koori students there was one factor that influenced my move to Mulan. The other factor was that my former colleague, Pam Brown, had moved to Mulan, and loved working and living here. It seemed as though it would be a great adventure, and it is.

My husband Kevin has moved to Mulan with me.  He spends much of his time working remotely from the University of Melbourne where he teaches creative writing. He also volunteers at the school here. He mainly helps out with the literacy programs, but also with swimming sessions, science lessons, doing the airstrip run to collect and drop off the many consultants and other visitors to the school, and supporting on excursions and bush trips. We have two children. Sophie is 27 and works in a book shop and studies law. She visited us here this year, and had a fantastic time in Mulan. Raph is 23. He is an engineer. He is planning a visit to Mulan next year.

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DavidMy name is David Mazza. I'm 23 years old and come from Bunbury in the South West of WA. I became a teacher in 2015, and am really enjoying my first year out. I've never been to the Kimberley before this and am thoroughly enjoying the land and people. I’ve enjoyed going out on bush trips and recently was very proud to catch two goannas with the help and knowledge of community members
I'm from a large family of seven children. I am the second eldest, and enjoy looking after my younger brothers and sisters and being a good role model to them. My mum and dad are incredible parents, who have always encouraged us to follow our dreams. My dad's family is of strong Italian heritage. I love visiting Italy to learn more about my family story and practice speaking in Italian.
When I have free time, I love to listen to music and play the guitar. I love cricket, and really enjoy going fishing. In the AFL I support the Fremantle Dockers. Traveling and learning about different cultures around the world is also something that I love to do. I also practice meditation daily and my hero is Thich Nhat Hanh

I am honoured to be part of John Pujajangka-Piyirn Catholic School and Mulan community, working to ensure that the children have a strong cultural identity, education and future.

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Lynn Hello my name is Lynn Larner. I am the Primary B teacher and Assistant Principal at the school. The students usually call me Miss Lynn. I have worked at the school for a year. Before that I worked at Luurnpa Catholic School in Balgo for two years and Kunawarritji School at Well 33 on the Canning Stock Route for four years. I really enjoy working in the desert schools. I particularly enjoy the weather in this part of Australia. In my experience people who work in remote schools are very special and always willing to go the extra mile.

I originally come from England and trained there. I am married to Tony who looks after the grounds and maintenance at Balgo and Mulan.

I moved to John Pujajangka-Piyirn School to improve my senior management skills. I had also heard that the students were polite and hard working which is very true. Life in Mulan is never boring. Teaching here is varied and exciting. Activities include local ladies coming to weave baskets and make clapping sticks, and bush trips with the IPA Rangers. (Indigenous Protected Area)

During my free time I enjoy a good book, catching up on television series and looking after our dog Bobby.  I often visit the UK to see our two sons and grandchildren. Both have been out to Australia and really enjoyed the experience.

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Yvette

My name is Yvette Kirk and I come from Old Tallangatta in North East Victoria. I became a teacher in 2008 and have taught in many places including Ltyentye Apurte and Darwin in the Northern Territory, Mooroopna in Victoria and Cambridge in England. I have a passion for teaching students who speak English as a second language and working with Indigenous Australian students. I am the Primary A class teacher and love teaching the young students. I love seeing their smiling faces in the morning.

This is my first time in the Kimberley and I love it. I have enjoyed travelling to the Bungle Bungles and Kununurra, and look forward to exploring more of the Kimberley. I’ve been lucky enough to go on a number of trips with community members to the lake and on Walmajarri country, and thoroughly enjoy learning about their culture and bush tucker.

In my spare time in Mulan I love walking to the hill and watching the sun set over the lake, watching TV and talking to my family and friends at home in Victoria. I have 3 nephews and 3 nieces and although I miss them a lot I do like sending them letters and paintings I’ve done in class and visiting them on holidays. I love sharing photos of my students with them and my students love hearing stories about my holidays with my nieces and nephews too.


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TonyMy name is Tony Larner and I work two days a week at John Pujajangka-Piyrin School and three days at Luurnpa Catholic School Balgo. I take care of the grounds and maintenance. This job often includes catching and removing snakes. It also includes helping build and maintain the garden area.

I have been married to Lynn, the Assistant Principal and Primary B teacher, for 34 years. We have two sons and four grandchildren.

I come from Doncaster in Yorkshire, England and my previous jobs included steel erecting and coal mining. We moved to Australia ten years ago and love every minute and only wish we came earlier than we did.

I enjoy travelling around Australia with Lynn and we have done many road trips.  During the weekends I explore the immediate area with staff and the local men who are full of stories about the history and culture of the area. Lake Gregory is a great place to visit and I have travelled lots of kilometers with the locals looking for number sevens, a particular shape of tree used to make boomerangs.

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