Port Hedland School of the Air was established to enable distance education students in the Pilbara to have peer and teacher contact on a regular basis.  The first radio lesson was transmitted on 7th September 1964.

In October 1998, staff moved to new premises located at the Port Hedland International Airport. This building was constructed as a joint School of the Air and R.F.D.S. facility.  This is the only such physical alliance of the two organisations in Western Australia, even though there has always been a strong relationship and common clientele.

The facility is characterized 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 years. It is one of the region’s oldest schools and forms part of the five Schools of the Air in the state.

A Memory From One of Our First Students

Philip Schubert wrote a memory of his days as a student of Port Hedland School fo the Air.

My name is Philip Schubert and I lived at Pardoo Station from 1962 to 1966 before moving to Louisa Downs in the Kimberley in 1966.  During that time I did correspondence lessons in 1963 and 1964, and remember well the opening of the School of the Air in Port Hedland. I was in Grade 7 when it opened and the oldest pupil. (Here are some Philip Schubert’s photographs of the original students on a camp at Mundabullangana Station, 70 kilometers west of Port Hedland).