The latest on what has been happening or is coming up at the Alice Springs School of the Air!
Come and enjoy our unique visitor experience...Maggie, a recent visitor gave this review on Trip Advisor: “It was an amazing experience to 'sit in' on a class.” It was easy to visit the bus stops at the door! It was moving to see the extent of the area and the number of students the school covered. The students art work on the walls was amazing. The staff at the centre were so friendly and helpful.
Great gift from visitor Judy Crocker from the USA
Posted Mon, November 13, 2017 - 11:33am
Judy Crocker visited us from Los Alamos in New Mexico, USA and donated a fascinating book and DVD about the Bandelier National Monument. Los Alamos is part of the Bandalier National Park (Anasazi sttlement) and the Valles Calders National Preserve, the site of a mammoth volcanic explosion 11,000 years ago. Thank you Judy!
‘Peregrine Puffin’ flies in the the Visitor Centre
Posted Mon, November 13, 2017 - 11:27am
We were delighted to receive this very special book 'Peregrine Puffin' for our students and all lovers of Planet Ocean from the author, Indigo Blue. A very warm thank you to Indigo Blue for her beautifully written, illustrated and meaningful book about Pippin and Rocky, which will have pride of place in our school library.
Fun for the Melbourne Cup Day
Posted Fri, November 10, 2017 - 5:38pm
ASSOA staff had fun on Melbourne Cup day...the Visitor Centre team took the opportunity to dress up in their finery; whilst the School staff dressed up in an outfit that reflected the name of one of the past Melbourne Cup winners ( drawn from a hat of winners dating back to 1861!) and in their morning tea break had a 5 minute challenge to make their own headpiece from craft materials to go with their outfit. They had lots of fun guessing the name of the horses...and the winning dress up was 'Brew' by Shirley.
HAPPY WORLD TEACHER’S DAY
Posted Fri, October 27, 2017 - 12:48pm
HAPPY WORLD TEACHER'S DAY to our fabulous teachers and staff at ASSOA. We are so proud of you all and the energy, commitment and enthusiasm you bring each day to your lessons, enriching the daily lives of your students. It is an honour to showcase your wonderful work to all our visitors from across Australia and the world. A very big thank you from the Visitor Centre team.
We’ve done it again!
Posted Sun, September 17, 2017 - 5:10pm
The Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre has again been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in 2017.
The Australian Boys Choir is coming to visit!
Posted Sun, September 17, 2017 - 11:48am
As part of their tour to the Red Centre, the Choir will sing for us at the School of the Air. Join us in the Visitor Centre on Tuesday 19 September at 9.30am to be part of this wonderful experience for our students.
Thank you to our generous visitors.
Posted Sun, September 17, 2017 - 11:17am
We are always touched by the generosity of our visitors through their kind donations to our school. These gifts are many and varied and include through our library donation scheme, our donation box, online donations, gifts of books for our library, stationery and other fun or educational items for our students. Harold 'Corky' Logsdon from Maryland, USA sent 4 copies of his beautifully written and illustrated book ' Marsh Mallow' following his visit to our school for our school library. As did Lynn Peters from Pennsylvania who sent us 3 copies of her delightful book '‘Brownie & Bo at the Big Wood Diner’. Judy Parker and Jim Morton not only donated to our library whilst they were visiting; once home they sent in a delightful book 'Baa Baa Smart Sheep' for our library too. A very big thank you to you all.
Change of Opening Hours at the Visitor Centre Tuesday 25 July 2017
Posted Mon, July 24, 2017 - 4:39pm
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre will be opening tomorrow Tuesday 25 July 2017 at 12.30pm to 4.30pm. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
MotorhomeRepublic.com and the Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre join forces
Posted Tue, July 18, 2017 - 2:44pm
The Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre is excited to announce it is now featured on the MotorhomeRepublic.com website. Just follow the link below to see this exciting new collaboration in action.
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Making a statement for bush kids and support ICPA
Posted Wed, June 28, 2017 - 1:12pm
The annual Federal Isolated Children's and Parent's Association (ICPA) conference is being held here in Alice Springs on the 2nd and 3rd of August. This is a major event! The organising committee has asked our ASSOA students to decorate a paper flag to hang in the foyer at the conference at the Convention Centre. This is a fantastic holiday art project opportunity for our students. Your designs can include drawings of where you live, your land, your animals, your pets, your favourite scenes, your family, your schoolroom, etc. You can use coloured pencil, paint, crayon, mud, texta, charcoal, photos, fabric etc. The flags can include pictures, symbols, icons or patterns. So c'mon ASSOA artists! Let's make a statement for bush kids and support the ICPA. If you need more information, please email Mrs Skoss.
Countdown to our annual ‘Govie’s Muster’
Posted Mon, June 19, 2017 - 3:21pm
The countdown has begun to our annual 'Govie's Muster' to be held this year on the 7 July 2017. All welcome to come along for a fabulous, fun-filled evening....with BBQ dinner, bar facilities, 'Wrangler Butt' competition, live music with Gavin Chandler, kids jumping pillow and much, much more. All monies raised going to the School. Pre-sale tickets (Family $30 Adult $10 Child $5) are on sale NOW and can be purchased at the ASSOA Visitor Centre, Elders and Landmark. Buy them at the Cattleman's Bar on the 7 July; or at the door on the night (Family $40 Adult $15 Child $5). Free shuttle-bus from the Cattleman's Bar to the Gillen Club...so make a note in your diary to join us and kick up your heels at the 2017 'Govie's Muster' at the Gillen Club from 6.30pm until late. "Going the distance for outback kids"
ANZAC Day Commemorative Assembly
Posted Fri, April 21, 2017 - 3:48pm
The ASSOA ANZAC Day commemorative assembly will be held on Monday 24th April at 10.30am in Studio 1. All are welcome to join us in the Visitor Centre to be a part of this special school assembly.
Wishing you all a blessed and happy Easter
Posted Thu, April 13, 2017 - 11:58am
From all the staff at School of the Air we would like to wish our friends and visitors from all around the world; and all our students and their families living across our beautiful outback landscape a blessed and happy Easter.
Posted Wed, February 15, 2017 - 1:03pm
Play@ASSOA at Alice Springs School of the Air is starting again today, 15th February 2017 in Studio 1 from 3.15 - 4.00 pm with our Preschool teacher Mrs Skoss. All our families with babies and children from birth to four years of age are welcome to log in for lots of singing, games, rhymes, dancing and stories for your little ones. Please invite any new families in your district with little ones to join in with you too.
Wishing you all a joyful Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
Posted Thu, December 22, 2016 - 9:52am
From all the team at the Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre we’d like to wish you a joyful Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. Thank you to our visitors, customers and suppliers for your much appreciated support this year. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Visitor Centre in 2017. The Visitor Centre will be closed from Sunday 25th December 2016 and will reopen on Monday 2nd January 2017 at 1.30pm. Photo Credit to Belle, Alice Springs School of the Air, Year 4
Excitement building as Swim Week approaches.
Posted Tue, November 29, 2016 - 10:28am
Excitement is building at ASSOA this week as Swim Week from the 5 - 9 December 2016, our final In-School week for the year is fast approaching. The staff are eagerly anticipating the arrival of our students and their families next week.
Play @ ASSOA
Posted Tue, September 06, 2016 - 2:24pm
Play @ ASSOA will be on again this Wednesday 7th September at 3.15 - 4.00 pm. This week it will be a dinosaur theme so could the children please bring a toy dinosaur and a cloth or blanket. All welcome including families who are friends of ASSOA.
Welcome to Play @ ASSOA.
Posted Thu, August 25, 2016 - 9:43am
Welcome to Play @ ASSOA. Our fabulous teacher Vicki Skoss is here having fun at yesterday's first play session. Play @ ASSOA will be held fortnightly on Wednesday afternoons from 3.15 - 4.00 pm for 0 - 5 years old. The play sessions will focus on making play spaces using objects found around one's home. All ASSOA families are welcome to join in and play!
Wishing all our student’s and families a fun-filled school holiday.
Posted Fri, June 24, 2016 - 1:03pm
From all of us here at the School of the Air, we wish all our students and their families a fun-filled and happy time this mid -year school holiday. For those of you who are coming into town for the Govies Muster, we look forward to seeing you next Friday 1 July at the Gillen Club. Take care and travel safely and we look forward to seeing you all back 'on air' next term.
A very special Farewell
Posted Thu, June 23, 2016 - 12:20pm
A very special farewell is planned for today, Thursday 23rd June at 4.30pm for Anne Winzar who is retiring after 18 years of dedicated service to the children and families of the Alice Springs School of the Air and an amazing 29 years altogether for the NT Department of Education. Everyone in the ASSOA community is welcome to attend the farewell at the school to give our special thanks to Anne and to wish her well for her retirement to Queensland (Please do confirm your attendance with Dorothy.)
ASSOA CELEBRATES…65 YEARS OLD TODAY
Posted Wed, June 08, 2016 - 4:25pm
On the 8 June 1881, our founder, Adelaide Laetitia Miethke OBE (1881-1962) was born at Manoora in South Australia. In 1946 while travelling to Alice Springs, Adelaide noticed the shyness of outback children. This sparked Adelaide's idea of “bridging the lonely distance” whereupon she devised and single-mindedly set up as a branch of the F.D.S., the world's first School of the Air which began operating from the Alice Springs Higher Primary School on 20 September 1950, using individual, pedal-wireless sets on remote homesteads to link the children. 70 years after Adelaide's birth,on the 8 June 1951, the Alice Springs School of the Air was officially opened at the Royal Flying Doctor base in Alice Springs. Today, 135 years after Adelaide's birththe Alice Springs School of the Air is celebrating its 65th Birthday, a significant milestone and testament to our extraordinary founder.
Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre awarded a 2016 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence
Posted Thu, May 26, 2016 - 3:29pm
The Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.
The Parramatta Eels and cricket test player Ryan Harris drop in for a visit
Posted Mon, February 15, 2016 - 11:24am
Great IDL visits on 11 February 2016 from the Parramatta Eels and cricket test player Ryan Harris and Cricket Coaches Australia. Our students were thrilled to meet them over the airwaves and asked many interesting questions of these great sporting stars. For those of you who missed out, here's some photo's of our visitors with our Principal, Mel Phillip; our Assistant Principal, Ro Cunningham and some of the Visitor Centre staff.
We wish you a joyful Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year
Posted Thu, December 17, 2015 - 12:14pm
From all the team at the Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre we’d like to wish you a joyful Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. Thank you to our visitors, customers and suppliers for your much appreciated support this year. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Visitor Centre in 2016.
Looking for a Christmas present?
Posted Wed, December 09, 2015 - 11:23am
Looking for a Christmas present, stocking fillers or something for your Kris Kringle? Why not pop into the Visitor Centre Come and see our unique range of gift ware.From t-shirts to tea towels, can coolers to cookbooks, bookmarks and other stationery items....there is something for everyone!
Special Singing Practice IDL 20 November 2015
Posted Mon, November 16, 2015 - 9:59am
This coming Friday 20 November, our School Principal Mrs Phillips and Year 4 teacher Mrs Anderson will be running a special IDL to practice the two songs 'Gold' and 'Feliz Navidad' that our school students will be singing at the End-of-Year Concert. The IDL will be at 9.30am in Studio 1. 'Feliz Navidad' was written in 1970 by the Puerto Rican singer-songwriter José Feliciano. With its simple Spanish chorus "Feliz Navidad, próspero año y felicidad" which means "Merry Christmas, a prosperous year and happiness" and its equally simple English verse "I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart", it has become a classic Christmas song all over the world.
Lest We Forget
Posted Tue, November 10, 2015 - 9:05am
Wednesday 11 November is Remembrance Day. We will be holding a special assembly at 11am in Studio 1 for all our students and their families to commemorate the anniversary of the end of World War 2.
‘Sky Muster’ shoots for the stars
Posted Mon, November 09, 2015 - 10:13am
The NBN’s Brand Team manager Kerrie Jones who led the Shoot for the Stars campaign earlier this year wrote to our school principal Mel Phillips on NBN’s future use of the name “Sky Muster”. They have had some wonderful coverage around the launch of NBN’s first Satellite, ‘Sky Muster’ and were very pleased with the content generated from our student Bailey and her classmates involvement in the Shoot for the Stars competition. Kerrie’s message was: “We felt Bailey and her classmates would be excited to know that NBN intend to extend the use of the name ‘Sky Muster’. NBN’s new satellite service will be named the Sky Muster™ service and used when referencing the satellite service in communications. Bailey and her classmates should be very proud to be a part of this significant milestone in providing fast broadband for regional and remote Australia and changing the digital face of Australia.”
ASSOA Middle School teacher wins 2015 ‘Teacher of Excellence’ award
Posted Mon, November 09, 2015 - 10:00am
It was lovely hearing the messages last Friday 30 October from our ASSOA students at our World Teachers Day assembly. There were a lot of happy teachers at ASSOA. There was also much celebration at the Teacher of Excellence Awards presentation on Friday night with one of our Middle School teacher's, Jo Moar winning the Central Australian Middle Years Teacher of the Year Award. Jo is an outstanding educator who goes above and beyond for our students. She is an incredibly valuable staff member who is very generous with her time- always willing to support her students and our staff. Congratulations Jo!!
Author Toni Brisland visits ASSOA
Posted Sun, September 20, 2015 - 1:43pm
The Alice Springs School of the Air thank children's author Toni Brisland, who recently visited the ASSOA Visitor Centre, for her very generous donation of multiple copies of her two books, ‘DemiChat and the Kent Street Mystery’ which is about a cat and dog detective team and is on the S.A. Premier’s Reading Challenge List and ‘The Tree House’ which is about is about a little disabled girl and her older sister who together dream big dreams. We going to send each family at School of the Air one of the books, depending on the age level of the children, to be included in their Library packs. Thankyou Toni.
International Day of Talking Like a Pirate
Posted Sun, September 20, 2015 - 1:13pm
Ahoy there! Yes, it's on again...the "International Day of Talking Like A Pirate." Schools and organisations around the world dress up and talk like a pirate, purely for the fun of it! We will be holding our ASSOA Pirate Day on Friday 25 September. Our Primary students and teachers will be dressed up and talking like pirates at their School Assembly - coinciding with another important event at our school which is the "Jeans for Genes" fundraiser being run by our Student Leaders. Our Visitor Centre will be joining in on the fun and staff will be dressed up too and inviting visitors to 'walk the plank! So come on down to the Visitor Centre on the 25 September and join in the fun. Aaaarrrrgggghhhh!
Jeans for Genes Day at ASSOA
Posted Sun, September 20, 2015 - 1:08pm
Our ASSOA Student Leaders are organising a fundraiser for 'Jeans for Genes Day' on Friday 25 September and have asked all our students to wear their favourite jeans to our 'school assembly' on that day. Jeans for Genes day is all about raising money to help research genetic diseases, birth defects and cancer for children's medical research institute. If you are visiting us on the 25th you can see the 'live' assembly from our Visitor Centre from 10.00 am to 10.30 am and if you wish to donate a gold coin to this worthy cause, there will be a donation box in the Visitor Centre and in the School's reception.
ANZAC Day Ceremony
Posted Tue, March 31, 2015 - 12:56pm
Come and see how the School of the Air broadcasts their ANZAC Day Ceremony to our 122 students across 1.3 million square kms. Put the date in your diary. 10.00 am on Friday April 24th, in the Alice School of the Air Visitor Centre.
Alice Springs School of the Air 2015 Calendar
Posted Mon, October 20, 2014 - 12:56pm
The winners of the photo competition for the 2015 calendar were: Harry (Y3), Sonny (Y4), Larran (Y1), Leytonia (Y8), MacKenzie (Preschool), Dean (Y2), Tilly (Transition), Brooke (Y7), Shakira (Y5), Georgie (Y6). See the cover and the others who have made this happen.