More proof of Mount Isa’s resourcefulness is its School of the Air, available to around 200 isolated Outback students from prep to year 10.
It is in Abel Smith Parade and visitors can join a tour to see just how lessons are delivered using mail, telephone and the internet. The catchment extends from the NT border in the west to Richmond in the east, Burketown in the north, Birdsville in the south and Winton in the south-east. Although students only come together in person for sports days and other special occasions during the year, the wonderful sense of community and culture of encouragement is palpable throughout the school.
Tour Times: 10am weekdays during the school terms. On-air lessons are Monday to Thursday; tours operate on Fridays too, but without on-air lessons.
Location: 137-143 Abel Smith Parade, Mount Isa
Contact: Ph: (07) 4744 8333
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