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Port Hedland School of the Air caters for the needs of isolated children from Kindergarten to Year 6. 

Port Hedland School of the Air provides educational services to children living in remote and isolated locations in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The school commenced operations in 1964 and is based in Port Hedland. Port Hedland School of the Air moved into a new, state of the art facility in 1999 reflecting the Department of Education’s commitment to distance education. The school shares this premise with the Royal Flying Doctor Service and is based at the Port Hedland International Airport.

The facility is characterised by a high quality, flexible workforce and learning spaces with a major focus on cutting edge telecommunications technology. On September 7, 2019 the school celebrated 55 years of providing educational services to the isolated students of the Pilbara. The school is now in its fifty-sixth year. It is one of the region’s oldest schools and forms part of the five Schools of the Air in the state.

Port Hedland School of the Air caters for the needs of isolated children from Kindergarten to Year 6, across an area of some 560 000 square kilometres, who do not have access to a mainstream school. These children can live on remote cattle stations, micro tourism industries, in small Aboriginal communities, out-stations and smaller rural farming blocks. Occasionally, we consider the enrolment of children from other circumstances if our capacity allows it.

The student population can vary across the dry and wet seasons, although is generally stable throughout the year. Around 40 students attend the school in 2020. Children resident at Warrawagine Station in the east, Balfour Downs Station to the south and Mallina Station to the west form the outer reaches of the school at the moment.

In 2019 the school commenced an innovative, online 0-3 year-old playgroup which now has eight students and their families from across the Pilbara attending. It is very popular among young parents.

Teachers communicate with their students daily via on-line conferencing linked to satellite technology. Students complete learning programmes put together by their teachers and return them to the school for assessment, feedback and incentives. Home tutor seminar, mini camps, teacher home visit, morning muster and the annual Year 4-6 School of the Air Muster in Perth are highlights of each school year. The biennial trip to the national’s capital, Canberra, is something that in highly anticipated by our Year 5 and 6 students. These are all programmes truly unique to Port Hedland School of the Air that make the school what it is.

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Play Group…

An excellent opportunity exists for parents to interact, play and build emotional confidence with their 0-3 year old child.