Pia Wadjarri Remote Community School 


Our beautiful little school is set in a unique natural environment surrounded by sandalwood trees, rocky ridges and prominences, and culturally significant caves, in an ‘Ancient land under brilliant skies.’ right in the middle of the Murchison Shire, in Western Australia.

Our School Origins                                                      

When Pia Wadjarri Remote Community School opened its’ doors to students in August 2002 a dream was fulfilled for Rachael Papertalk. She and her mother began the original school in order to keep children in the community. Her role as AIEO was vital, assisting students, liaising with parents and guiding teaching staff. This role is now undertaken by Kylie Simpson and Claudine Gilbert. 




The school’s distinctive logo was designed by student Ike Simpson. The school motto “Live in Country, Learn Language, Respect Elders” reflects the community’s desire for children to grow strong in cultural knowledge.

Our Language - WAJARRI                                       

The schools’ ‘Wajarri’ language programme was originally directed by Brenda Papertalk. This role has now been taken up by Kylie Simpson. Students engage in storytelling, bush trips and cultural activities, welcoming local elders to participate in teaching culture


Our Focus                                                                      

Pia Wadjarri RCS focuses on developing bright futures for our students. Our teachers work to offer their students appropriate and contemporary educational experiences that are based on current research and up to date technology. At Pia Wadjarri RCS, you can expect to:


  • Our students learn enthusiastically in a broad range of activities.
  • Our staff with high expectations and uses a wide range of effective teaching methods and strategies.


  • Children’s laughter in the playground, enjoying games;
  • Music being played with sounds of different instruments by children of all ages
  • Confident and expressive children encouraging friends.
  • Teachers celebrate and praise students’ achievements.


  • Valued and welcomed into our school.
  • Our family-friendly culture ensures a safe and secure environment for all


Our Strengths 

Our unique school has a number of significant strengths which include:

Natural beauty with interesting sites and surroundings including water holes, caves, rugged rock hills, seasonal running rivers

  • Peaceful and quiet living environment
  • An intimate learning experience where teachers know each and every student with low teacher-student ratios
  • Experienced, caring and committed teaching and support staff
  • Adapted educational programs which meet the needs of students.
  • Well-resourced facilities and equipment
  • Fantastic, fun-loving students who care about one another
  • Close community ties
  • An interesting cultural diversity of experiences extended to students

Current Staff 

Current staff members include:

  • Susan Trigwell – Principal
  • Sonia Nelson – Manager Corporate Services [MCS]
  • Marea Billig - Junior Room Teacher
  • Gerri Thomas - Senior Room Teacher
  • Kylie Simpson – AIEO
  • Claudine Gilbert - AIEO
  • Jocelyn Pumpa – Cleaner

For More Information  

For more information about our school please go to our website or visit our Facebook page.