Students soar into ‘24

This week signalled the start of primary learning for 15 kindergarten students enrolled at School of the Air, a dual-campus distance education institution with sites in Broken Hill and Hay.

While School of the Air offers an online style of learning to provide geographically isolated children with a full education, classmates and teachers got together in the Silver City this week to meet each other in-person before transitioning to online learning.

Kindergarten classroom teacher, Amy Black, says the children have settled in to the new year really well, with all but one student having completed pre-school. She says that doing satellite lessons last year really helped with the transition.

“Last year they did their lessons, and then we had a transition day where they came into school because they’re not familiar with the campus here, so they came and had a look around, and we spoke to their parents and supervisors just about what to expect,” Ms Black told the Barrier Truth.

“This is our orientation week this year so again it’s [about] familiarising the students and the supervisors with how the school operates. They’ve been really excited and settled in beautifully, so the transition is working well.”

Ms Black says students do a lesson a day for about half an hour in kindergarten using video classes via Microsoft Teams, with the remainder of the day involving paper-based activities individually programmed to them, and with their supervisors at home supporting them.

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