Katherine School of the Air

Posted: 7 June 2019

Tour one of just three distance education schools in the Northern Territory

Katherine School of the Air has been operating since 1966 and is one of three Distance Education Schools under the 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 traveling or based elsewhere. Katherine School of the Air also caters for urban students that require alternative pathways and Fee-paying students.

The term “School of the Air” refers to the old style delivery of lessons via HF Radio; ie “airwaves”. Lessons are delivered via satellite, internet and telecommunications technologies. REACT software is used by the school to provide online lessons, wth paper-based materials still provided to students to complement their interactive learning.

Approximately 170 students are enrolled today, some living on cattle stations, remote communities, traveling Australia and Overseas, etc. 


Learn all about Katherine School of the Air with a fascinating, behind-the-scenes guided tour during when you can see the studios, lessons in actions and meet the teachers.

Tours are 1 hour in duration and cost $20 for adults and free for children under 12 years. What a great opportunity for kids to learn about other forms of education!

Please visit the website to find out more about visiting seasons (closed in the wet season) and tour times - head to Katherine School of the Air.

Katherine School of the Air is located at 101 Giles Street and is just a 2 minute drive from Beagle Motor Inn.  

Book Katherine NT accommodation staying at The Beagle Motor Inn  offering a choice of accommodation options including double, twin and family rooms.   
At Beagle Motor Inn you can also enjoy access to our outdoor pool and spa, complimentary WiFi*, onsite restaurant ’Stormy’s Bar & Bistro’ and our tour booking service.


Contact Katherine School of the Air for a tour!