Flying Home to Tennant Creek

Every young person in Australia has a right to an education.

Haileybury Rendall School supports this right by providing the opportunity for excellent education for students from very remote parts of Australia.

It is a challenge to find a more remote place in Australia than Tennant Creek, home to Haileybury Rendall School students Stanley and Bryanna Waistcoat.

These dynamic and resilient twins joined the boarding school this year and have loved the opportunities presented to them. The end of Term 2 saw Stanley (Year 8) and Brianna (Year 7) make the trip back to Tennant Creek for the holidays.

At 7.00 am the students boarded the single engine Piper 4 seater aircraft and flew 3.5 hours through one of the most unoccupied landscapes in the world. If the students had travelled by bus it would have taken 13 hours.

There was no inflight entertainment apart from the most amazing view. Because it was such a small plane it flew low and road trains could be seen picking up cattle from a station, as well as waterholes and rivers with white birds cruising over and lots of sparsely inhabited country with the different plants and wildlife.

During the flight Bryanna and Stanley spoke very highly of their experiences and talked about the staff and teachers in a very fond way.

The Waistcoats had been to Adelaide and a few other places but to travel to Darwin by themselves had been a scary prospect. However, it turned out to be the most rewarding adventure.

Finally, they twins arrived in Tennant Creek with a smooth landing. After a sad goodbye to the Haileybury Rendall School staff, a happy reunion was had with family.

We look forward to seeing Bryanna and Stanley back at School for Term 3.