Flying visit to students of the air

Isolated Pilbara students from the School of the Air received a special visit last week, with Member for Durack Melissa Price calling in to talk about a few different topics.

Questions about growing up in Kalgoorlie, being a woman in politics and the difficulty of building a submarine were raised throughout the day as Ms Price impressed upon the students the importance of gaining a good education.

The school provides educational services to children living in remote and isolated locations in the Pilbara region and is based in Port Hedland. Students communicate with teachers daily via online conferencing satellite technology and complete learning programs, returning them to the school for assessment, feedback and incentives.

Hedland School of the Air principal Michael Jennings said it was great to have Ms Price in to speak to students.

“The children were interested to know what she liked about the Pilbara and hear about her experiences,” he said.

“In addition to discussing Pilbara matters, Ms Price spoke about her life before politics and in detail about her role as Minister for Defence Industry.

“Having left school herself at 15 before training as a lawyer in her mid-twenties she really highlighted the need for a good education,” Mr Jennings said.

Port Hedland School of the Air Principal Mr Michael Jennings and Melissa Price (Page 6 North West Telegraph – article)