Teaching Level: Combined
Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) is an Aboriginal community belonging to the Eastern Arrernte people, and is located 83 kms south east of Alice Springs in semi-desert country. Temperatures are extreme from 0 degrees to 45 degrees. The Aboriginal residents speak Arrernte and use English as their second language. It is a dry community (no alcohol permitted on the property). No special Permits for the consumption of alcohol are granted. There are penalties for breaking the law.
Santa Teresa has a fully equipped garage and workshop facility. Postal facilities are available and a general store and a well equipped health clinic operate. There is a Recreation Centre which children and youth of the community access most days. A 25 metre swimming pool is operational during the summer months.
The people of Santa Teresa have a long association with the Catholic Church and are currently served by the Divine Word Missionaries, the Sisters of the Good Samaritan and the Marist Brothers.
The School is an Indigenous Catholic Community School and is administered by the Catholic Education Office based in Darwin and the Marist Brothers in partnership with the community. It is centrally funded by the Federal Government and NT Education Department. It caters for children from Preschool to Year 12. There are approximately 120 students.