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Vital internet connection for local bush schools

Maddison Boede, Oscar Boede, Talita Cohen, Casey Cohen and William Boede at Louth Public School - enjoying the improved high-speed connectivity in the classroom. PHOTO TWH

Twelve remote schools in NSW, including Enngonia, Louth, Wanaaring, and Weilmoringle Public Schools have been connected to high speed, reliable internet services after years of lobbying by the NSW branch of the Isolated Children’s Parents Association (ICPA-NSW).

ICPA-NSW Vice President Libby McPhee said the excitement began last October when NSW Minister for Education, Sarah Mitchell, and Telstra, announced that twelve remaining satellite schools would be transferred to a fibre optic connection within 18 months.

“We are pleased that the NSW government’s Connected Classrooms Program has reached the milestone of providing high-speed connectivity to more than 1,000 public schools, including remote schools previously connected to the internet via satellite,” Mrs McPhee said.

“It is a relief to see these schools finally get a connection to enable them to use the internet for learning purposes and for administration tasks at the school.

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