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Our History

1960 - 1970

1970s Showing students how lessons are delivered
1970s Showing students how lessons are delivered

Teachers show students how they use the studio to teach lessons.

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1966 Original Radio Towers
1966 Original Radio Towers

Radio towers were erected in 1966, pathing the way of UHF radio lessons.

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1969 Contact Event
1969 Contact Event
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1969 Contact Event
1969 Contact Event
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1969 Contact Event
1969 Contact Event
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1970 - 1980

1972 First KSA gymkhana
1972 First KSA gymkhana

The first School of the Air gymkhana was held at Victoria River Costello yard. The gymkhanas’ were run annually until 1981. Student 35, Principal and 1 Teacher

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1974 Plans for new building
1974 Plans for new building

The issuing and marking of correspondence sets commenced with Preschool course being added, aerial patrols were carried out by Ian McIver as teacher/pilot. Plans for the new school building commenced. 267 Students, Principal, 11 Teachers, a Librarian and 2 Administration Staff.

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1977 Toni Walters Teacher
1977 Toni Walters Teacher
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1978 School opening
1978 School opening

The new school building on Giles street adjacent to Clyde Fenton Primary School was completed and occupied. Electives were introduced; News, Play Reading, French, Overseas Pen friends and Speech/Drama. 236 Students, Principal, 13 Teachers (including a teacher/pilot), a Librarian, an Art/Craft Teacher and 4 administration staff.

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1978 Official Opening Day
1978 Official Opening Day

The official Opening of the new building is held on 15th August with Honourable J Robertson the Minster for Education carrying out the opening ceremony. On-air visitors for the ceremony were HRH Princess Alexandra, her husband Mr. Angus Ogilvy and Governor-General Sir Zelman Cowen.

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1978 Contact Event
1978 Contact Event
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1970s Students are shown studio operation
1970s Students are shown studio operation
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1970s Christmas Party
1970s Christmas Party
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1980 - 1990

1980 In the beginning
1980 In the beginning

Bi-annual school excursions began with the first visiting Melbourne. The “Bush Telegraph” publications commenced twice per year.

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1981 Historical radio lesson
1981 Historical radio lesson

Mother Teresa (Sisters of Mercy – Calcutta) visited the school and spoke to the children on-air and answered their many questions.

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1983 Studio Video Production Comments
1983 Studio Video Production Comments

Studio video production comments. Trial programs start around satellite communication. First Inschool is held which included the first school Sports Day. 200 Students.

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1986 Popes Flying Visit
1986 Popes Flying Visit

Pope’s Flying Visit – Pope John Paul II spoke to three Katherine School of the Air children from the plane as he flew to Alice Springs. 217 Students, Principal and 16 Teachers.

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1988 Year 6 & 8 Excursion
1988 Year 6 & 8 Excursion

Grades 6 and 7 Excursion to World Expo Brisbane. School of Air is transmitted from the Expo site. 192 Students, Principal and Assistant Principal.

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1989 John Waters Performs in studio
1989 John Waters Performs in studio

John Waters performed a impromptu Play school performance in the KSA studio during a Christmas concert

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1980s Various forms of Technology at KSA
1980s Various forms of Technology at KSA

Over the decades, KSA has utilized a wide variety of technology to provide distance education to students wherever they may be.

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1980s School camp at gorge
1980s School camp at gorge
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1980s 1980s Sack race
1980s 1980s Sack race
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1990 - 2000

2000 - 2010

1991 25th Anniversary of the first On-Air lesson
1991 25th Anniversary of the first On-Air lesson

The 25th Anniversary of the first On-Air lesson is conducted in the main studio on 12th September. The KSA Tourist Room was established allowing visitors to the school to view teachers conducting On-Air lessons. Mini schools/camps were introduced as well as the annual camp.

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1994 Yr 6 & 7 Excursion in Vic and Tas
1994 Yr 6 & 7 Excursion in Vic and Tas

Year 6 and 7 Excursion Victoria & Tasmania Discover Tour was the first time most students had seen snow. Students 253, Principal, 21 Teachers and 9 Administration staff.

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1995 First School Swim week
1995 First School Swim week

First Swim School week is held at the end of Term 4 and included a Christmas concert.

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1996 30th KSA Anniversary
1996 30th KSA Anniversary

The 30th Anniversary of Katherine School of the Air is held.

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1997 Commonwealth countries tour
1997 Commonwealth countries tour

A display of Katherine School of the Air is setup up at the Parallel Convention of Commonwealth Education Minister in Botswana and then tours 10 other Commonwealth countries

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1998 Floods at KSA
1998 Floods at KSA

27th January the second day of term 1 the town of Katherine was flooded. A meter of water ran through the school. Teachers taught from their homes in the unaffected area of the town. School resumed as normal on 9th March.

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1990s Opening Day
1990s Opening Day
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1990s Opening Day Speech
1990s Opening Day Speech
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2000 Judith Green visiting KSA
2000 Judith Green visiting KSA

Judith Green an elite paralympian visited the school in February and again in November to show the students her gold medal. The official opening of the new Library, mailroom and print room building was carried out in December.

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2003 IDL Trials
2003 IDL Trials

The Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) Trials begin.

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2005 Temporary IDL Studio
2005 Temporary IDL Studio

A temporary IDL studio is set up. Radio lessons gradually begin to fade out and are ceased at the end of the year.

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2006 Opening of new IDL studio
2006 Opening of new IDL studio

The new Interactive Distance Learning Studio is officially opened in March.

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2010 Yr 6 Leadership Conference
2010 Yr 6 Leadership Conference

Students travel to Darwin for a leadership conference.

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2000s Katherine George Excursion
2000s Katherine George Excursion
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2000s Swim Week
2000s Swim Week
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2010 - 2020

2011 Opening of new Top Classroom
2011 Opening of new Top Classroom

Territory Open Education Centre in Darwin. The Prime Minister was joined by Minster for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, Peter Garrett MP, Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Senator Chris Evans, Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon MP and NT Minister for Education and Training, Dr Christopher Bruce Burns.

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2012 Flexible Learning Team
2012 Flexible Learning Team

Flexible Learning team is introduced due to the need to cater for Middle Years students who require alternative learning pathways who reside in regional settings in Katherine and Darwin. Flexible learning covers medical, behavior, diagnosed disorders and disengaged students. The Flexible Learning team works with the other agencies to meet the students’ educational needs. 248 Students, Principal, 11 Primary Teachers, 5 Middle Years Teachers, 4 Flexible Learning Teachers, 1 Community Engagement Te

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2016 Celebrating 50 Years of KSA
2016 Celebrating 50 Years of KSA

Celebrated 50 years in distance education. Previous principals, families and students joined current KSA staff and families in celebrating the miles stone by hosting a Gala dinner. The time capsule was dug up and viewed throughout the year with a new capsule being laid by current students. The tourist room was reopened to celebrate the milestone. 170 Students, 1 Principal, 5 Early Year Teachers, 6 Primary Teachers, 5 Middle Years Teachers, 1 Learning Support Teacher, 2 Tutors and 5 Administratio

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2017 Linked Learning Project
2017 Linked Learning Project

Linked Learning Project course material is launched for Preschool to Year 6.

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2020 Upgraded Teaching areas & studios
2020 Upgraded Teaching areas & studios

The main studio used for teaching online lessons is retired. The studio had been in operation since 1977. Teaching areas are upgraded to facilitate new video conferencing software and the ability to teach any where.

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