Katherine School of the Air is a Distance Education School, one of the three NT Distance Education Schools under Northern Territory Department of Education (DOE). The school caters for isolated Primary and Middle School students who reside in the top half of the Northern Territory of Australia and Northern Territory residents temporarily travelling or based elsewhere. Middle Yeas students including urban students that require alternative pathways are also catered for under the new Flexible Learning team. Fee paying students are also catered for.
The term "School of the Air" refers to the old style delivery of lessons via HF Radio ie "air waves". Today the school delivers lessons via satellite, Internet and telecommunications technologies. REACT software is used by the school to provided online lessons to the students. Paper based materials are still provide to students to complement their interactive learning.
Katherine's climate is tropical. There are two seasons a wet season from October to April and a dry season from May to September. During the wet season it is hot and humid reaching 40 + degrees celsius, tropical down pours are experienced and rivers and creeks flood making roads to remote stations and communities impassable. The wet season is sometimes called the green season since the heavy rain ensures that the vegetation becomes a luscious green. During the dry season the vegetation dries out and the weather is idyllic with dry sunny days of around 30 degrees celsius maximum temperature.