Above - School of the Air building
Left - map of where the families live.
The second school visit was to the School of the Air. Started many six decades ago and back then children in remote and outback areas were taught over short wave radios. Nowadays, primary aged children are taught via satellite internet connection. School is in session Monday to Friday with a live two-way broadcast lasting for less than an hour a day. The rest of the time children will complete workbook type packages and are expected to attend "school" 9 till 3. All exchange teachers were very keen to learn more about this distant education.
The third school visit was to East Kalgoorlie primary school. Again, another interesting tour. Again, a different type of school. This primary school serves students of aboriginal heritage. Started by an aboriginal principal to deal with declining enrollment, she started focusing on specific needs for aboriginal students that might have been missed otherwise. Sorry, no photos.
|5 Canucks, 2 Brits, 2 Aussies Teachers|
|Before electricity reached remote stations, |
people peddled to power up their short wave radios.
No tour of Kalgoorlie would be complete without a tour of the Super Pit. Originally, the 'Golden Mile' was independently owned and operated by many different underground goldmine companies. Old photos show dozens of head frames just on the outskirts of town. Then in the 1970s and 80s, a WA business man started buying up the leases for the idea of starting an open pit mine to extract what was in between. Set to dig until 2017, the Super Pit will eventually be almost one kilometre deep, 4 km long and 1 km wide. Look how tiny the big equipment looks now! Imagine in a few years time!
|Gold pouring demo at the Mining Hall of Fame.|
|Coolgardie Safe - an ingenious invention.|