About Us

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 Years 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 provided to students to complement their interactive learning.



Sharni Wilson

Assistant Principal (Middle Years)

Nick Lovering

Assistant Principal (Primary)

Salli Thomas

Senior Teacher 

Leanne Bugg

Senior Teacher 

Kate Haddow

Business Manager

Madi Budarick 

ICT Manager

Melinda Sauer

Teaching Staff

Deb Carlon, Michael Keefe, Manuela Andrew, Kerryn Window, Melinda Shepherd, Clancy Snell, Alysia Bader, Sarah Dohl, Samara Wilson, Rhiannon Lehman, Breanna Doohan

Administration Staff

Shirley Watson, Kelsie Wilson, Melinda McCormick, Jacinta Aisbett

Katherine School of the Air Facts

  • KSA has been in operation since 1966
  • KSA offers Distance Education from Preschool to Year 9
  • Enrolments are approximately 250 students; who live on cattle stations, Aboriginal communities and families who are travelling throughout Australia and overseas
  • KSA borders are from north to the Tiwi Islands, south to the Barkly Tablelands district, east to the Queensland border and west to the Western Australian border
  • Total kilometres travelled by either road or plane averages over 120,000 kms per year

About Katherine

Katherine has a sub-tropical climate. There are two distinct seasons a wet and a dry. The wet season is from October to April and the dry season from May to September.

During the wet season it is hot and humid with temperatures occasionally exceeding 40° celsius, tropical down pours flood rivers and creeks, making many 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 on average between 25° to 35° Celsius.

Katherine School of the Air is located in the town of Katherine in the “Top End” of the Northern Territory of Australia, approximately 300 kilometres south east of the city of Darwin.

The school is surrounded by lush gardens and is situated on Giles Street (the road to Katherine Gorge) and is approximately three kilometres from the town’s centre.

Geographically Katherine School of the Air covers a huge area (approx. 800 000 square km.). To gain some concept of the area the school covers, this is more than three times the size of the United Kingdom or New Zealand, more than twice the size of Japan or 40 times the size of Switzerland. It extends from the islands off the north coast to the 18 degrees South parallel. East to West, it extends to the borders of Queensland and Western Australia. The school also accepts, where appropriate, students’ interstate in Western Australia and Queensland under the ‘Cross Border Enrolment Agreement’. In addition to this the school caters for NT residents travelling overseas and within Australia. Currently the school works with families as far away as Mexico and as close as Indonesia. Families cover the full socio-economic range with KSA catering for cultural diversity. Katherine School of the Air is also a registered educational provider to overseas fee paying students.

Most of the school’s patrols, School Camp and In School are scheduled for the dry season when travel is easiest. Swim School is conducted at the onset of the wet seasons in conjunction with the end of year Christmas Concert.