Welcome to Tiwi College

Located at Pickataramoor on Melville Island, Tiwi College is an exciting and dynamic secondary boarding school initiated and governed by the Tiwi people to provide quality education for the young Tiwi.

The College is owned and managed by the Tiwi people through the Tiwi Education Board, which is comprised of senior men and women from all Tiwi communities. Pickataramoor is located approximately 60kms away from the closest community. Our college IS the community of Pickataramoor!


Tiwi College is a weekly boarding facility where students are accommodated in Family Group Homes. The college caters for holistic learning; helping the young Tiwi become "work ready". At Tiwi College we value the life skills learned in the Family Group Homes as highly as our academic programs.

Tiwi College "Picka Family" -  2018 Red Dust Music Video

Ngawa Taykwapi - Red Dust Music Video - November 2016

SEDA 2015 Tiwi College

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How to Donate

The Australian Taxation Office has endorsed Tiwi College, ABN 13 965 779 046 a Deductable Gift Recipient (DGR) status, under Subdivision 30-BA of the income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

Name of fund to which endorsement relates:
“Tiwi College School Building Fund”.

Gifts including Monetary donations to this building Fund are tax deductable and will greatly assist Tiwi College sustain the standards of classrooms and associated school buildings the young Tiwi deserve now and into the future.

The Tiwi Education Board Incorporated (TEB) welcome philanthropic people and organisations who wish to share our vision for the young Tiwi into the future.

The Tiwi College Building Fund Fund is established and maintained solely for the purpose of providing money for the acquisition, construction and/or maintenance of a building used as a School.

Donations can be made directly into the following bank account:

Tiwi College School Building Fund (DGR)
Westpac Banking Corporation
BSB 035-302
A/c 365814




A tax deductible receipt will be issued to the donator.

For any further information please contact:
Mr. Anthony Parker
Business Manager TEB
08 89412390 
Jill Lees
Principal Tiwi College
08 89709024 (ext 436)











Upcoming events

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From the Principal

Welcome to Tiwi College, Pickataramoor. We have a very unique community at Tiwi College. We call it "Peaceful Picka". For the young Tiwi in our care, we are their Family Away From Family.

On behalf of my staff and current students, I would like to extend a warm welcome you from Tiwi College.


Here at Tiwi College we have students from all communities on the Tiwi Islands bringing with them a strong Tiwi culture and language. This is a unique gift to our college as it creates a school climate of mutual respect and support for each other.


Pickataramoor is located on the south eastern aspect of Melville Island. Students from the three major communities of the Tiwi Islands, namely, Wurrumiyanga, Pirlangimpi and Milikapiti choose to be educated here. The closest community is 45 minutes away, during the dry season – much longer in the wet! 


We have an outstanding attendance rate and excellent retention rate, giving testimony to the type of schooling and caring environment we offer. We also have a stable staff which helps build continuity for our students.  


Our school is 12 years old   Tiwi language and culture is very important to us. This is a unique gift and it helps us build our school climate of mutual respect and support for each other. We pride ourselves on our ability to care for the well-being of our students. This is an attribute of our school that is difficult to measure but certainly one you feel as you walk through the school and meet our students. Where possible we employ Tiwi staff to ensure that the strong linguistic and cultural link is strengthened for our students, and Tiwi staff are also as role models for young adults.


Ours is a secondary boarding Christian Independent College with a difference. Each Monday, students are bused in, and they live in Family Group Home situations within a family environment. On a Friday afternoon, students are dropped off back into their communities. We focus strongly on the holistic person. Our Family Group Homes provide the social foundation, our Academy provides the sport and cultural foundation and our Academic team provides the academic focus. Our aim is to remain faithful to the dream of the Founding Fathers in ensuring that every student has an aspiration to become a valued contributing member of the Tiwi community. Thus begin by focusing on Literacy and Numeracy with the goal of all our students leaving here at the end of their schooling with the necessary skills for living and working productively on the Tiwi Islands and indeed in any global environment. 

I hope that Tiwi College is a place that our students love to come to each week and you as a family enjoy being part of. One aspect that makes our school such a great place to be is the close links we have with our community, and I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to contact the school whenever you have a query. A close working relationship, built on mutually high expectations, between our school and the community we serve is vital to our students’ success.

 Warm Regards
Jill Lees Principal








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