About LACEC and Santa Teresa

About LACS and Santa Teresa

Ltyentye Apurte Catholic School (LACS) is a K - 12 school in Santa Teresa, an Aboriginal settlement of approximately 600 people belonging to the Eastern Arrernte people. The people speak fluent Arrernte and use English as their second language. Ltyentye Apurte (pronounced 'L-Ginger Porter') means 'clump of beefwood trees' in the Arrernte language.

The community is located 83 km southeast of Alice Springs, in semi-desert country. Temperatures are extreme, ranging from -2 to 46 degrees and there is year round access via an unsealed road.

Santa Teresa was founded as a Mission in 1953 by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and the OLSH Sisters. The school is governed by the Catholic Education Centre, Diocese of Darwin and the Marist Brothers.

There are 49 staff at the school, 28 of whom are indigenous. With an enrolment of approximately 130 students from Pre-School to Year 12, the school has small class sizes and features specialist facilities such as a community library, workshop and visual arts, pottery and home economics rooms. Every classroom has access to the Internet and there are PCs, laptops, iPads and Interactive Whiteboards throughout the school.

English is the second or third language of most students at the school and the Arrernte language and cultural program is a key part of the curriculum at LACS.

Teachers work as members of a team in partnership with local indigenous people and Arrernte Assistant Teachers and tutors. Staff also live in close proximity to each other and the school. The standard of accommodation is good. 

LACS offers a Post-Primary Senior Pathways program and also takes part in projects of national significance, including Growing Our Own (GOO), Leading Aligned Numeracy Development (LAND) and Strong Foundations. The school has high student attendance rates (> 75%) and a successful literacy program showing significant student progress. With a full-time Curriculum Support Teacher and a School / Community Liaison Officer, LACS offers a student nutrition program providing a healthy, cooked breakfast and lunch for students and a student tutorial program out of hours.

The school hours are 8:30 am - 1:20 pm and 1:50 pm - 3:00 pm  On Fridays the school finishes at 1:00 pm. 

Ltyentye Apurte Catholic School as seen from the hill. (April 2016).

Ltyentye Apurte Catholic School as seen from the hill. (April 2016).