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Coconut Island - Poruma Ngurpay Lag

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Head of Campus: Timothy McKee

Phone: (07) 4069 4209 | Fax: (07) 4069 4316

Email: the.principal@porumass.eq.edu.au

Campus enrolment: 34 Students

Year Levels: Kindy to Year 6

Community Snapshot 

Population: 167*

Cluster: Central Islands

English Name: Coconut Island

Poruma Island is a narrow coral island bounded by shallow fringing coral reefs. It is approximately 1.4kms long with a width of about 400 metres. 

The traditional language spoken is the Kalaw Lagaw Ya.

The Poruma Campus has a vision that “Education Holds No Boundaries”. We have a consistent enrolment of around 40 students. Located in William Street, the school was re-built in the late 1980’s and opened in 1987. The school consists of three well maintained buildings - an office, resource centre, three classrooms and an amenities block. There is also a new tuckshop. Our latest programs include a collection of songs, dances, stories and film footage of the culture and traditions of the Islanders on CD and DVD put together by Townsville University’s Dr Karl Neuenfeldt and our Community Gardening Project.

Tidal encroachment in the 1930’s resulted in the emigration of many of the islanders to other islands.

*Source: 2016 Census

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Last reviewed 22 May 2020
Last updated 22 May 2020