Kalgoorlie School of the Air is the largest school in WA by area. The school's catchment area covers 750 000 sq km and most of our students are geographically isolated, living on farms, pastoral stations, roadhouses, remote communities and mining leases. Overcoming the isolation and distance to deliver quality education to our students, is the school's core goal. The base school is located in Boulder, in a charming building that is over 110 years old.
The school was established in 1962, using the Royal Flying Doctor Service aerials and radios, but since 2004 we have utilised digital communications - a computer and satellite solution that makes interactivity possible. In 2016 the school introduced Playgroup (three-year-old) and in 2017 the school said goodbye to the Year 7 student intake. In 2018 we installed a playground for students to use when in Kalgoorlie on camps and in-school visits.
The school has a Principal, Manager Corporate Services, general classroom teachers, a Support Teacher Learning (STL) and support staff, who are dedicated to supporting students, parents and home tutors. The classroom teachers visit students at their homes and provide a mixture of online and written programmes. They also organise four camps during the year and every third year the Year 4 to 6 students visit Canberra. Air lessons are an important part of the teacher-student interaction, and take place via the NBN, each day. The STL staff member, a position unique to the Schools of the Air in WA, supports teachers, students, parents and tutors, with planning, assessment and programming for students with learning difficulties or disabilities.
There is a strong focus on literacy, numeracy, integrating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools into the curriculum and collaboration with tutors, parents and students. The school seeks feedback from parents, tutors and students regularly, and uses that to drive its review of programmes.
Our students use a variety of ICT tools, including notebook computers, iPads, digital cameras, as well as the Internet and Office tools, email and the Connect portal, to overcome distance and isolation.
The school has several highlights throughout each year:
* Home Tutor Seminar
* Ongoing home visits by teachers
* Camps - Sports Camp, SOTA Muster, Junior Camp, Canberra Camp
* End of Year Assembly and school community luncheon.
* Competitions - Kaz Collins photography
* Book Week / Science Week