Cathednet Flyaround - Connecting Kimberley Remote Schools

During 2003 all the Catholic Schools in Western Australia were connected in a virtual private network, Cathednet. Cathedent included an email system and a student learning and application system called Sina.

There was difficulty connecting a number of remote schools, particularly in the Kimberley. Seven of the schools mentioned in the Flyaround were connected by satellite links which were limited by bandwidth, latency as well as shared upload/download. The Adult Education Centre, Balgo, was connected via an infra red link to Luurnpa School which was able to be connected via the Balgo microwave linked telephone exchange.

As of 2017, 4 schools remain connected by satellite with hopes for upgraded links so these schools can take full part in an increasingly online learning environment.


Flyaround Team: Shaun Cave and Berkeley. Pilots: Neil and Paul. March 2003

Thursday March 6: 7am fly ex Broome North to Djarindjin-Lombadina. Connect Djarindjin-Lombadina Catholic School.
Friday March 7: 7am fly ex Broome North to Beagle Bay. 
Connect Sacred Heart School.
Monday March 10: 6am fly ex Broome East to Gibb River Station. 
Connect Wanalirri Catholic School.
4pm fly East to Warmun
Tuesday March 11: Connect Ngalangangpum
3pm fly West to Halls Creek.
Connect Warlawurru Catholic School.
Wednesday March 12: 7am fly West to Mulan. Connect John Pujajangka-Piyirn School. 1pm fly East to Balgo. 
Connect Balgo Adult Education Centre.
3.30pm fly North to Billiluna
Thursday March 13: Connect Kururrungku Catholic Education Centre.
Friday March 13 6am Fly South-East to Yaruman. Connect Birlirr Ngawiyiwu School. 3.30pm fly West to Fitzroy Crossing and Broome.

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