Enrolment Information

Grades covered by Katherine School of the Air

Katherine School of the Air caters for students from Preschool to Year 9.

Age of Entry for Preschool Students

Children turning four on or before 30 June are eligible to enrol in a regular preschool program at the commencement of the school year.
Children turning four after 30 June are eligible to enrol in a preschool program after their birthday, if places are available and with the understanding that the child will access more than 12 months of Preschool.

Age of Entry for Transition Students

Children turning five on or before 30 June are eligible to enrol in a transition program at the commencement of the school year.
Children who turn five after 30 June are eligible to enrol in a transition program from the commencement of the following school year.

Who may enrol at Katherine School of the Air

Students who are residents of the N.T. and who live in geographically isolated areas (as defined below)
 

Students who are residents of the N.T. and whose accompanying parents/guardians intend to travel interstate and overseas with the students and that intend return to the NT.

Students who are residents of the N.T. and whose accompanying parents/guardians are employed overseas with the family residing overseas and that intend to return to the N.T.

Students whose families' jobs are of an itinerant nature (e.g. road camp workers) and who have their point of origin or main work area within the physical area (as defined below).
 
Overseas full fee paying students. Details regarding overseas fee paying students are available through the Principal.
 
Under the Cross Border Enrolment Agreement, students close to the border in Western Australia or Queensland whose closest centre is Katherine may enrol with Katherine School of the Air with permission from the Principal. KSA Principal approves enrolments.

 

Students with special circumstances (eg medical, behaviour and diagnosed disorders) who reside within the physical area (as defined below), permission to be enrolled must be in writing to the Director of Schools Performance (DSP) for the residing area.

DEFINITION OF THE PHYSICAL AREA

The physical area of the Northern Territory covered by Katherine School of the Air is the northern half of the Northern Territory, from approximately the 18th degree south line of latitude (just south of Elliott) and all points north, including islands off the coast of the N.T.

 

To enrol in distance learning the student must be a N.T. resident AND geographically isolated or be a member of an itinerant (travelling) family or have departmental approval because of special circumstances.

Definition of Geographic Isolation (as defined in Centrelink booklet 'Assistance for Isolated Children;)
 
  1. At least 16 km from the nearest government school offering appropriate courses and at least 4.5 km from the nearest transport service to that school.
  2. If closer than 4.5 km to a transport service providing access to a government school but that school is more than 56 km away, or total student travel time per day would take at least 3 hours.
  3. Within the limits of (1) above, but; frequently isolated during bad weather by impassable roads so that, if they lived at home, they would be obliged to miss school on 20 or more days each year; or
  4. Students who do not have within 8 km of their home either a government school or a transport service providing access to a government school and whose parents, because of special circumstances such as bad roads, would find it very difficult to take them the necessary distance to school or transport.

How to enrol at Katherine School of the Air

Contact the Katherine School of the Air and ask for an enrolment package.