Western Cape College Mapoon

Western-Cape-Colllege-Mapoon-IntroMapoon community is situated on the traditional lands of the Tjungundji people. A church mission commenced near Cullen Point on 28 November 1891. Mapoon Mission was established under the name Batavia River Mission by Moravian missionaries on behalf of the Presbyterian Church of Australia, with Queensland Government financial assistance, on land reserved by the Government under the Crown Lands Act of 1884. Within a few years the mission became known as Mapoon, a Tjungundji word meaning 'place where people fight on the sand-hills'. Mapoon is also known as Marpuna. (Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council website)

Western Cape College Mapoon Campus is a modern and safe environment with a supportive community influence. The campus boasts vibrant, committed and skilled staff, that critically reflects on their pedagogy, hence, implementing a relevant and dynamic curriculum in a structured and disciplined way. All of this makes Mapoon an exciting place to live and learn.

Situated around 75 km north of Weipa, the Mapoon Campus has an enrolment of approximately 50 students. The Campus caters for Pre-Prep to Year 6 with Year 7 and beyond being offered continuing educational opportunities in Weipa with accommodation being provided at the Western Cape Residential College.

Artwork by the Mapoon Students!

Mapoon posterStudents from the Western Cape College in Mapoon helped out the Mapoon Land & Sea Rangers on a beach clean up at the end of April 2013. From just 150m of Back Beach, a massive 2460 items of marine debris were collected weighing 49.5kg!

The most common items included 68 thongs, 911 broken bits of hard plastic, 382 bits of rope cut offs, 547 lids and bottletops, 51 plastic drink bottles, 54 toothbrushes, 35 cigarette lighters - and yes this was from 150m of beach!

Most of the debris has washed over from South East Asia including Indonesia, China and Thailand. Great work to the students and rangers for helping keep this part of Australia clean!

After the clean up students made this comic of their day out on the beach. Click on the read more link to see a bigger version!