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I-Learn Centre

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Student at Speewah Horse Camp


The I-Learn Centre was established to provide Indigenous students with academic pathways to tertiary studies at TAFE or University or to gain specific industry qualifications. Students studying through the I-Learn Centre are able to complete senior school subjects or Vocational and Educational Training Certficates offered by Education Queensland through the Cairns or Brisbane School of Distance Education, Charters Towers School of Distance Education and the Australian Equine Institute. The program is also available to non-indigenous students.

Students at the NPA State College qualify to study through the Cairns School of Distance Education, Charters Towers School of Distance Education and the Australian Equine Institute under a school based enrolment criteria where the study subjects chosen are not offered through the NPA State College.

Coordination of student studies and attending to related administrative tasks is undertaken by Pauline Long, the Co-ordinator of the I-Learn Centre, under the supervision of the Head of Senior Campus. Teaching and academic support is provided by the teachers at the distance education schools.

Subjects studied:

A wide range of senior subjects are offered through the School of Distance Education where the mode of study is independent and communication with students is through telephone, email, electronic discussion and project rooms and data conferencing to teach students. The Cairns School of Distance Education provides individualised curriculum and high levels of educational support, achieved through the establishing of close professional working relationships with students.

Subjects currently studied by our students through the Cairns School of Distance Education are Certificate II and III in Business; Certificate II Early Childhood Education and Care; Certificate I in Information, Digital Media and Technology; and Visual Art Studies. As part of these studies in 2017, Visual Arts students travelled to Cairns to participate in digital art workshops.

The Certificate III in Horsemanship is studied through the Australian Equine Institute and students attended practical training at Speewah Equestrian Centre.


Successful study outcomes through distance education requires many skills. Students need to have high literacy and numeracy skills or aptitude in their chosen study areas. The students need to be independent learners with good time management and organisational skills who are able to prepare for lessons and complete and submit work according to work rate calendars and planners within each study area. Assessment tasks, lesson participation and communication with teachers necessitates that students also be proficient in using ICT and digital technologies. Students must have the ability to take responsibility for progressing their own learning.

Distance education students are high ability independent learners who do not require additional academic support other than that provided by teachers of the distance education schools. Therefore, this mode of study is not recommended for students who require structured academic and teaching support as their learning needs are provided for in the regular classroom environment. However, English as a Second Language support is provided as needed to students.