Supporting Norfolk Island schools
Case Study: Supporting Australia’s Most Isolated School
Our involvement with Norfolk Island serves as a testament to our commitment to regional and remote educational settings. Located 1,673 km into the Pacific Ocean, this island offered a distinct set of challenges. We were contracted to offer staff at various career stages—from early-career to highly experienced—accredited training. Utilising evidence-based, hands-on approaches, we tailored our training to meet the specific learning needs of this diverse group.
Norfolk Island is an external territory of Australia, located approximately 1,412 km east of Sydney in the South Pacific Ocean, between New Zealand and New Caledonia. Known for its unique cultural heritage and natural beauty, the island's remote location creates specific educational challenges that require specialized approaches.
Academic Enrichment at Norfolk Island Schools
Our educational network has significantly contributed to enriching the academic environment at Norfolk Island schools. Staff involved in these educational programmes have been trained and supported through a diverse and comprehensive curriculum. Topics span essential areas, such as behaviour management, educational law and policy, literacy and numeracy support strategies, as well as accommodating students with special needs, particularly autism and ADHD. The curriculum also delves into more advanced subjects like educational psychology and various learning theories.
Regional and Remote Experience
We possess substantial experience partnering with a range of organisations and schools in regional and remote areas, such as work with Indigenous communities and students residing in cattle stations in outback Australia. This enriches our capability to meet unique educational needs in various contexts, including Norfolk Island, Christmas Island and other areas that few providers are wiling to serve.
This highlights the transformative potential of bespoke educational initiatives in enhancing schools and the learning experiences of children in remote and isolated areas. Our commitment goes beyond conventional educational roles, equipping educational staff with a versatile skill set indispensable for navigating today's multifaceted educational contexts. Importantly, we view this work as a form of community service. While it's a significant investment, often undertaken without government funding and occasionally at a financial loss, we consider the long-term impact on educational quality and access to be invaluable.