Our School - General Information


School Profile
Kalgoorlie School of the Air is a Level 3 West Australian government primary school. The school's catchment area covers more than 750,000 square kilometres, stretching 400 km north to the town of Wiluna, 1,200 km north east to the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia borders, 800 km east to the South Australia border and 350 km south to the coastal town of Esperance.
Enrolments vary each year around 30 to 55 students from Kindergarten through to Year 7 and we cater for a play group for three year old children. For a variety of reasons our students find themselves unable to attend mainstream educational institutions but generally, distance is the major factor in determining eligibility for enrolment. Traditionally, the majority of the students live on pastoral stations but there are also children enrolled whose families are involved in activities as diverse as gold prospecting and sandalwood cutting or where parents are providing essential services in some remote locations.

A common thread for all these children is that they are assisted in their education by a home tutor. Although the home tutor is in some cases employed by the families, more often the role of educating the students at home falls to one of the parents. This role is a demanding one, particularly so as many home tutors also assist in the running of their properties or businesses.
Our Vision
To work in close cooperation with the school community to provide the learning environment that reflects education as a shared responsibility of students, staff, home tutors and parents. The school supports a collaborative approach to student achievement of intended outcomes.
Focus Areas
Focus Areas are determined after analysis of NAPLAN and standardised test results, teacher judgments against the Australian Curriculum and WA Outcomes & Standards Framework, examination of data/evidence at the school level and keeping in line with State and National priorities and school community input. Currently, the Focus Areas at Kalgoorlie School of the Air are: English, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education & Health and SAER students.
Targets are set for each individual student and entered into a handover document at the end of each semester by the class teacher in consultation with the STL. Planning and learning program development are guided by these targets.
Teachers communicate with their students daily during online air sessions and also by telephone, dropbox or email when extra support or contact is needed. All staff members also support and regularly communicate with home tutors / parents via phone, email and on-line conferencing.
Online Air Sessions
Kalgoorlie SOTA uses satellite technology to deliver the online class sessions, assemblies and one-on-one teacher-student sessions. This technology is also used for meetings within the school community such as P&C or School Council, at various times of the year.
Students participate in daily online air sessions. The day commences with a Morning Muster session between all students and the principal, where they share news, discuss events and convey messages and information important to the running of the school. The formal air sessions with their teachers are very much a highlight of each student's day. Class air sessions and the accompanying lesson materials are designed to address school priorities, the prescribed curriculum and the particular students’ needs.
Teacher Home Visit Program
The Home Visit program provides support for students and home tutors. Teachers visit their own students twice per year or at least 3 school days per year, provided suitable times can be agreed to by all concerned. If needed, extra visits can be arranged.
Teachers use this time to develop positive working relationships and familiarise themselves with their student’s learning environment and facilities. They work with and assist students in areas of individual need, model activities to tutors, assess and discuss student progress with home tutors and parents. Teachers consult with home tutors, collaborating on programme modifications and giving advice. At the conclusion of a visit, the teacher will write a visit report and forward it to the principal.
The principal and Support Teacher Learning will also visit families, with or at times without the student's teachers, as required.
Other Face-to-Face Contact Times
Throughout the year there are several other opportunities for face-to-face contact between students and staff. At the start of the year there is a Home Tutor Seminar for all home tutors and students. In Term 3 there is a Sports Camp for all enrolled students and in Term 4 there is a Junior (ECE) Camp for Kindergarten to Year 3 students and the ever popular Combined Schools of the Air Muster Camp for Years 4 – 7 students. In addition, students and tutors have the opportunity to work in school with their teacher when they are visiting Kalgoorlie. This is another chance for home tutors to further develop their skills.
Support Teacher of Learning
The school has a Support Teacher of Learning (STL) who assists staff with students where Individual Education Plans are in place. The STL is an integral part of the teaching and learning team at the school. Teachers and tutors consult with the STL as to ways of improving programmes and processes to develop, support and extend each individual student.
The STL accompanies teachers on home visits as required and may visit families unaccompanied if there is a need. The STL also supports the school and the principal in data collection and analysis as required. A major aspect of the STL role is to plan for, and work with, the SAER students, their teachers and Home Tutors.
Information and Communications Technology – hardware, software and peripherals.
The whole school community uses a variety of technologies in the daily communication, in the classroom and in the preparation of learning programmes.  Teachers extend students and tutors in their use of technology as opportunities and needs arise. These technologies include CENTRA conferencing, email, Internet, word processing, PowerPoint, Publisher, digital photography, movies and voice recorders.
The school provides each family with a computer or laptop, a printer, a digital camara and an iPad. A satellite dish is installed near the school room or the family is provided with a whip aerial and a dongle, depending on circumstances at individual sites, to provide access to the Internet. 
We require that this equipment is maintained in good order and, if the need arises, is returned to the school in protective packing. If you are new to the school, a visiting teacher will assist you in setting up your computer equipment. All new parents will be added to our satellite installation list.
Book Club
The school takes orders for the Scholastic Book Club. At various times throughout the year, brochures are sent out listing the books available. If you wish to order you may either phone or fax your order through to the school. Families will be billed when the books arrive, unless payment has already been received. The school receives bonus points on all orders and these enable the school to purchase bonus books and resources for the library.
The teachers also run weekly online book club reading sessions with Year 3 – 7 students to instill and foster the love of reading for pleasure.
School Library
The school’s library contains a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books for students as well as books and resources for teachers. Students receive reading books as well as nonfiction books relevant to the particular programme they may be completing in each dispatch. Students can also send back and request more books at anytime during the term.
Please ensure that library books are cared for appropriately, whilst they are in your home and return them when you have finished with them.
Postage and Return of Materials
A student’s work and supporting materials is posted out at the end of each term for the next term. Blue vinyl and red canvas zip-up bags are provided for the return of completed work and associated resources. For the return address, open one of these bags, find the unsealed slot found on the inside of the blue bags and at the edge of the address cover on the red bag and turn around the address label to show the school’s Reply Paid address. However if the teacher is due to visit, please hold these resources and return them to the school with him/her, as it is a great saving on postage. The school pays all mailing costs, as long as parents use either the blue or red bags. If you have heavy items to return, please contact the Registrar to ascertain the preferred delivery method.
School Magazine
A school magazine is produced at the end of each year. Each student has a dedicated page outlining their highlights for the year or showcasing work which they may be proud of. Magazine pages are created in Publisher and older students display their ICT skills by designing their own pages. Teachers or home tutors help younger students with their pages. The magazine is posted to families in the last week of school for the year, along with Student Reports.
School Tours
Kalgoorlie School of the Air welcomes visitors to the school. Mornings are the best time to visit as you will be able to see Air Sessions in progress and even meet some of our students should they be in town. We would ask large groups to book ahead so that we can cater for you. The registrar will take the tour groups.
We stock a few small items which the P&C sell for fundraising eg pens, caps, thermos mugs at the school which can be purchased through the registrar.