Exit Art exposes creative young minds  19 Feb 2015
The annual exhibition of outstanding contemporary artwork created by NTCET graduates opens this week.

Exit Art will showcase the works of 35 visual artists from across the Territory as an array of forms, including paintings, mixed media, digital photography, ceramics, and metal and rope.

The event, now in its 22nd year, is an expression of the technical competence of the artists and the latitude of their imaginations.

Exit Art illustrates the profound investment of these artists in works of exceptional quality, and demonstrates their passions and unique perspectives in highly diverse and thought provoking ways.

The display will be housed in the Flinders Gallery of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory from 20 February to 6 June.

Woman of stature 13 Feb 2015

Tiwi Islander and longtime Department of Education employee Eucharia Tipungwuti is well known to Mitchell Centre staff.
Known affectionately as ‘ET’, the Indigenous Records Management Unit worker is regularly seen hailing staff as she delivers the mail between floors. Born on Bathurst Island, the 65-year-old elder is a well-respected member of a community she strives to improve by helping young people.
“I’m in a skin group, I help the young ones to do work, to find jobs, and get the community to develop,” she said.
After leaving school at 16 she worked at the island store before travelling to the mainland to pursue a new life, leaving behind a family scattered over the three islands.
“My parents said: ‘You look after yourself when we leave you – think hard what you going to do. You going to go and think about a new life.’“
Eucharia was a teacher for about 25 years, working predominately at Howard Springs Primary School where she taught Indigenous song and dance.
“I taught the kids tribal dance – we teach them how to dance crocodile, buffalo, pig, jungle fowl and shark. That was already in place, but then they stopped it,” she recalled wistfully.
“I was part of an Indigenous intake into the public service, and went first to Treasury before coming here, and I’ve been here nearly 27 years,” she said.
“Now I work in records, organising mail from the department to the schools and posting it twice a week. And I can teach anyone, like I get a lot of trainees who go on and do other things.
“I like working with a lot of people, making them happy in this place from (level) 14 to 10. Before, I was shy when I came in. But then I started jabber, jabber everywhere and then everyone say ‘good morning’, ‘how are you.’”
 Eucharia thought of retiring, but decided it would be too boring. “I was going to do it, but too boring, stay at home, too boring. I like working better.”
Her contribution to the public service was recognised by the award of the 2014 Chief Minister’s Public Sector Medal at a gala presentation.
“I was honoured to receive it,” she said. “But I didn’t stay for the dancing. I left about 9pm.”

Eucharia Tipungwuti

Additional IPS Funding 28 Jan 2015

Territory's Independent Public Schools given funding boost.

Six of our Territory schools opened their doors to students this week as independent public schools, exercising greater functional autonomy in a model designed to improve the education outcomes of students.

To support the move the Northern Territory Government has allocated $1 million this year, with an ongoing annual assignment of $2 million. 

The six schools are keen to introduce a number of innovative learning programs under their independent public school status to improve student outcomes.  The funding will be utilised by the schools to bring these programs to reality both within and outside the classroom.

Independent public schools will, through greater autonomy, be able to exercise greater operational control and adopt strategies best suited to their priorities, including more innovative teaching and learning practices.