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Nungalinya College

Jenkin and Kaylissa studying at Nungalinya

Jenkin and Kaylissa from Maningrida studying at 
Nungalinya College. © Nungalinya College, 2016.
Used with permission.
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Nungalinya College was established in 1974 on Larrakia land in the suburb of Casuarina in Darwin. The College offers courses in Literacy and Numeracy, Theology and Ministry, Music, and Media. Students are recommended by their local churches and travel from remote communities to Darwin for study blocks.

Nungalinya College provides invaluable support to Anglican communities in Arnhem Land and the islands of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Students usually begin their time at Nungalinya in the Foundation Studies course which provides a Certificate I in Education and Skills Development. Literacy and numeracy is taught in a way that is directly relevant to the student’s life and faith. It is a basic reading and writing course in English with the Bible as the main text. It also includes practical everyday numeracy, such as understanding money and doing basic sums. Students can start at preliminary level or advanced level. They are highly motivated to learn literacy in English because they want to learn how to read the Bible and also to go on to study the Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology.

Your support for Nungalinya College will contribute to the employment of a literacy teacher to help eager students develop fundamental skills for further study and for life. Funds will also support the overall work of Nungalinya College.

AU017NG needs $49,500 in 2017 (tax-deductible)



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News and images from Nungalinya College

Nungalinya College’s newsletters and other publications are available on their website:

Images from Nungalinya College may be found on their Flickr page



June 2017 – One of the many exciting stories coming out of Nungalinya is that of Galvin and his wife Ernestine. Read more.

February 2017 – Nungalinya College is preparing for the start of another exciting year, with the Teaching Team and College Deans meeting together earlier this month. The staff learnt from one another as they planned their classes, sharing knowledge of kinship and culture, and took time to pray and fellowship together over meals. Read more.

September 2016 – Nungalinya College is now in Graduation Season! Their latest newsletter has described the first graduation ceremony held on the 19th August, and the encouraging stories of two graduates. Read more.

July 2016 – Students in Certificate II in Media and Discipleship Studies have produced a couple of inspiring documentaries about their Assistant Teachers at the College.

Watch the videos here

For your prayers

  • Give thanks for Nungalinya College’s Indigenous Assistant Teachers – Yurranydjil, Maratja, Wangarr, Mandy, Marlene and James, and pray for them as they continue to develop their teaching.
  • Pray for Indigenous Christian leaders to continue to grow in their faith and be role models for their churches and communities.
  • Pray for the College while it undergoes a certification process to check whether their buildings are structurally sound enough to keep.