The home tutor (parent or governess) is responsible for the daily delivery of the education program, supervision and guidance of students.
Mount Isa School of the Air offers home tutors the opportunity to participate in a home tutor seminar which provides strategies for teaching the curriculum materials. This seminar is consolidated by a governess in-service day later in the year.
Getting started with distance education technology
There are several applications students and home tutors will need to access for distance education. Step by step guides outlining how to access these applications can be found in the following links:
Regional support services
Remote Area Family Services (RAFS)
RAFS is a mobile early childhood development service
provided to children aged birth to 5 years old and to their families in rural
and remote parts of Queensland and the Barkly Tablelands who are unable to
access mainstream Early Childhood Education and Care services. RAFS conducts
playgroups, home visits and attends community events within their service area.
There are five RAFS teams located across Queensland; Mount Isa, North
Queensland, Emerald, Charleville and Longreach. Mount Isa RAFS also assists at
some of our activity days and minischools.
For more information on the Mount Isa RAFS Service please
contact the Early Years Educator on 0439 912 957 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remote Family Care Service
We offer a service called Remote Family Care Service
(RFCS), state wide in rural and remote areas. The contact information is:
1040 Toombul QLD 4012
Phone: (07) 3823 9400
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
The Remote Family Care Service is the only
service of its kind in Queensland, providing short-term early learning programs
for children aged up to five who, due to where they live, cannot access
mainstream early childcare services. You may be entitled to government
assistance to access this service. The aim of the program is to provide outback
children with an opportunity to engage in an early learning program for up to
three weeks, delivered in the nurturing environment of their own home. As long
as at least one of your children is under the age of five, we can provide a
qualified, early childhood educator to come to you. The service is available
across regional, rural and remote Queensland
The north west has a regional toy library which operates from Mount Isa City Council Library. They have an extensive list of equipment that is available for all ages. Contact the toy library on (07) 4743 3555
Centrelink - assistance for isolated children scheme
This scheme helps families whose children do not hve reasonable daily access to a government school. Contact Centrelink on 132 318. Our parent liaison officer is available to provide information about applications for this scheme.
Computer subsidy - isolated students
Students enrolled due to geographical isolate or for approved medical reasons will receive a computer and internet subsidy after the first six months of enrolment. by providing this subsidy, the school expects that all students should have access to an internet enabled computer.
Volunteers for Isolated Student Education (VISE)
Retired teachers, who would like to spend time assisting isolated students with educational problems, live with families for a six week placement and provide assistance.
VISE Angels help in a respite capacity, working in a non-teach position eg household chores or care of a baby.
Travel and accommodation costs are met by the family requesting support, but no charge is made for the time of a VISE home tutor or angel - it is a completely voluntary scheme.
Contact our parent liaison officer for details of the current VISE co-ordinator.