SCHOOL­ING ON THE ROAD: THE NITTY GRITTY

Camper Trailer Australia - - TOURING WITH KIDS -

Most states of­fer some ver­sion of dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion which can be ac­cessed for stu­dents who are trav­el­ling long term. Each has slightly dif­fer­ent el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria. In WA, for ex­am­ple, if you are trav­el­ling for more than six months you have the op­tion of en­rolling your kids into the School of Iso­lated and Dis­tance Ed­u­ca­tion (SIDE). Less than that seems to be left up to the in­di­vid­ual school. The pro­gram will pro­vide you with com­pre­hen­sive ed­u­ca­tional pack­ages to suit the ages of your kids, along with in­struc­tions for you. You su­per­vise com­ple­tion of the work­books and then post them back for mark­ing and they send out more. This ar­range­ment can be a bit of a chal­lenge on the road, as you may need to an­tic­i­pate where you are go­ing to be at a cer­tain time in or­der to re­ceive your next in­stal­ment. When we were in Cape York we or­gan­ised to have our pack­age de­liv­ered to Ba­m­aga post of­fice for col­lec­tion, not re­al­is­ing that the mail only comes once a week by barge. The lo­gis­tics of it and us ar­riv­ing in the same place at the same time were a non­event and the mail even­tu­ally caught up with us in Dar­win sev­eral weeks later, much to the kids' dis­ap­point­ment. (They were so look­ing for­ward to say­ing “the croc­o­dile ate my home­work”.)

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