About us

Roebourne Online Learning is an educational  website designed to support the staff and students at Roebourne District High School.

The need for this website was born out of the Covid-19 Pandemic as Roebourne DHS explored ways to engage with our students with the potential of long term social distancing measures in place. Roebourne DHS partnered up with BIG hART and Ngaarda Media to create an online learning platform that was context specific and culturally appropriate. 

Roebourne District High School

Roebourne District High school is located in the town of Roebourne, the oldest settlement between Geraldton and Darwin.  Roebourne is approximately 40 Kms from Karratha and 1563 kms from Perth, in Western Australia’s Pilbara Region. 
The school caters to students from Kindergarten to Year 12, with approximately 98% of the students being Aboriginal.  Most of our students come from three main language groups – the Ngarluma people who are the traditional owners of the land, the Yindjibarndi people and the Banyima people.

Big hART is Australia’s leading arts and social change organisation, supporting communities to overcome disadvantage, and driving long term social change.

WE MAKE ART: We produce compelling, authentic, high quality content telling hidden stories of injustice.
WE BUILD COMMUNITY: We develop positive, non-welfare initiatives for and with communities.
WE DRIVE CHANGE: Our projects promote generational change through local action – shifting cultures, changing attitudes and leaving a legacy.

Big hART seeks to tackle injustice anytime and anywhere, and deliver exceptional, community driven solutions to entrenched social issues. We envision an Australia where everyone, everywhere has the right to thrive.

Big hART was invited to work in Roebourne in 2010 by senior women Elders, and since this time have been resident in the community, delivering intergenerational, inter-cultural projects working with 80% of Roebourne’s young people.

Ngaarda Media

Ngaarda Media offers a platform for Indigenous and Non-indigenous people across the Pilbara to tell their stories through radio, photography and videography. It is dedicated to nurturing and keeping culture strong. Ngaarda Media presents Aboriginal culture in an inspiring and meaningful way, across all digital media, to allow more people to experience the oldest living culture on earth.

Let's Learn! 

A good education is like our songs - it is our dream for our children, grandchildren and future generations. 

It was our parents and our grandparents dream for us.  We want the dream to be strong again.  We want our children and our community to have strong bodies and minds and get their belief in themselves back again.  Strong bodies and minds and a good education enable you to be strong in both worlds: white man’s ways and Aboriginal ways.