Ngutu - arts & cultural learning hub

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Ngutu cultural & arts experience – 20/21

Ngutu is an innovative learning environment with Aboriginal cultures as its soul, young people as its heart, and the Arts as its spine.

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Following on from our successful 2020 project to develop the concept and investigate ways of establishing Ngutu, we now seek support for the implementation of our programs as we work towards commencement in 2021.

Ngutu is a model for the seamless integration of Aboriginal knowledge and the Arts within the K-12 Australian curriculum. Children and young people have access to associated creative and expressive disciplines of design, sustainability, technology, numeracy and literacy.

Our founding Head of College, Andrew Plastow (former Principal of Alberton PS), has the vision and drive to open up opportunities for children and young people in strengthening the connection of the heart, mind and spirit in themselves, and with others.

Founded on Aboriginal knowledges and Arts practice, Ngutu is a symbol of reconciliation. We welcome children from diverse backgrounds into an environment where their learning is facilitated through the cultural practices of the oldest continuous education system in the world.

Based in Adelaide’s western suburbs, Ngutu responds to the cultural and educational needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and provides all children and young people with the opportunity to experience and learn from these communities.

Your donation contributes towards the employment of artists-in-residence and cultural consultants at Ngutu. Not only does this provide significant support for artists and Aboriginal leaders, but creates boundless opportunities for children and young people to explore culture and arts practices.

Our artists-in-residence and cultural leaders spend time working closely with children and young people, to share their story-telling, visual arts practice, theatre craft & music making. These rich creative experiences enable children and young people to take the time and space they need to explore their world and their relationships, and to discover ways for communicating their ideas and aspirations.

These elements are crucial to the core philosophy of Ngutu and our commitment to honouring and respecting the cultures of our First Nations people, their customs and practices. By creating a focus for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges we encourage everyone to experience Ngutu as a place for learning and discovery.

Ngutu invites you to make a tax deductible donation in support of this important and timely initiative. Ngutu is a model for child-centred, experiential, genuinely equitable and culturally-informed learning.

We appreciate your support and encouragement!

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Ngutu – arts & cultural learning hub integrates the arts throughout the curriculum and provide access to each arts discipline and associated creative and expressive disciplines.

Based in Adelaide’s western suburbs, Ngutu will provide an holistic child-centred and experiential learning environment that embeds Aboriginal and cultural practices endorsed by a number of Kaurna Elders. Ngutu will be a model for the seamless integration of Aboriginal knowledges and formal curriculum towards highly successful learning outcomes.

Ngutu College is not-for-profit, socially-just, non-demoninational, and independent, and will be offering K-7 in 2021, building progressively to K-12 in the first five years


Catherine Baldwin


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