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Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre

80 Head Street, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia
08 8951 6834
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Type: Educational Sites
Activities: Four-wheeling, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: History, Lifestyle & Innovation…Since 1951 when Alice Springs School of the Air was established, it has been at the forefront of developing techniques... more » Owner description: History, Lifestyle & Innovation…Since 1951 when Alice Springs School of the Air was established, it has been at the forefront of developing techniques that continually enhance learning experiences of students living in remote areas of Central Australia.Immerse yourself in history, learn about outback lifestyle, discover world-class innovations and be inspired by what has been and continues to be a uniquely Australian method of education – achieved in “The World’s Largest Classroom”. « less
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Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The staff are warm and friendly, you can watch the lessons in action and on occasions, visitor participation happens. A terrific service being provided to the kids of our outback.

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Boston
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17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Very wonderful thing they are doing, educating children long distance, but the video that was shown was ridiculously boring, showing kids making sandwiches as their school lesson.

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ASSOAVC, Manager at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, responded to this review

I'm sorry our centre was not much of an interest to you, we acknowledge that our institution is not of interest to everyone. We will be upgrading the film in the next twelve months, so thank you for your comments there, they will be taken into consideration when we upgrade. I would just like to add that as a School... More

Brisbane, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I really loved this organisation. The video was good. However I think as a tourist attraction it needs improvement to show it off to its full potential

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ASSOAVC, Manager at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We have made a number of changes over the past twelve months but we seek to continually improve our visitors' experience. We would be very interested in understanding how you believe would could improve the experience, if you are inclined to respond, my email address is vcmanager@assoa.nt.edu.au. Thank you Gary Buckland - Visitor Centre Manager More

Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

A must do when visiting Alice Springs so interesting to see and hear and watch how the school children of the outback receive their education. A really good talk on the school of the air and we really enjoyed it !

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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

Although school was not in session we were able to view a videotaped lesson and learn about the vast area that School of the Air covers. What an amazing part of education in Australia!

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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

My wife was in education. A clever way to educate children in the outback but not of a great interest

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ASSOAVC, Manager at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, responded to this review

We are the primary fundraiser for the Alice Springs School of the Air and we are owned by the School Council (thus the School community). We acknowledge to our visitors that they have already contributed to the School by paying their entry fee and that they can contribute further by sponsoring a book or even purchasing something from our shop.... More

Olonzac, France
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The School of the Air is something I learned about in my school days, when we studied Australia ... and so it was the greatest of pleasures to finally see the school in action. It is a wonderful solution to educating children (and some adults also), given the immense distances between outback stations, and the unavailability of normal schools because... More

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LaPlace, Louisiana
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99 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

After a brief film a speaker discussed the history of the school of the air and answered questions. We saw the studio where the instructors teach class.

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aust
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Very interesting and makes you appreciate visionary thinking by Arev John Flynn. History of School of the Air is covered and you appreciate how incredible this education program is to some very isolated children.

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Gold Coast
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57 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

This was a really interesting visit. You go into the actual school base and watch live teaching in the two studios or pre taped lessons if it is school holidays. The lady who hosted us gave us lots of information about the school, how it runs, it's history etc. Every question I thought of was answered before I could ask... More

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