Baniyala Garrangali School is located at the Baniyala (Yilpara) community on the shores of Blue Mud Bay in north east Arnhem Land. Baniyala is 200km from Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsula. Baniyala was settled around forty years ago. Until the beginning 2010 Baniyala Garrangali School was known as Yilpara Homeland School and was a part of the Yirrkala Homelands Schools network and serviced by that school. For a number of years, 'visiting' teachers, from Yirrkala Homelands School came down to Baniyala for two or three days each week. In 2008 NTDET built two houses on the community and in 2009 the school had two full-time, five days a week, teachers for the first time. In January 2010 Baniyala Garrangali School was formally gazetted as a school and a Teaching Principal appointed. The school has quickly become an integral part of the community and community life. Planning and curriculum delivery alike reflect both the Federal and Territory governments' learning performance targets as well as the community's vision and aspirations of respecting language and culture. Baniyala Garrangali School's Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP) details the specific expectations and commitments to be addressed, with the Annual Operational Plan the tool with which the SIP is reviewed and amended during the course of its four year life cycle. The focus at Baniyala Garrangali School is on Attendance and Literacy and Numeracy. Baniyala Garrangali School is singularly committed to ensuring our students are given a literacy and numeracy foundation that will give them opportunities to make choices about what they do with their lives after school and enable them to make their contribution to a Smart Territory and their community.