15 Apr 2014

Battle for musical supremacy ends

The annual Battle of the School Bands finished with Darwin-based band, Ok Kaleidoscope, declared the winner at the 24 April finale at Brown’s Mart Theatre.

The four-member group was the best of eight finalists in the fifth Battle of the School Bands, open to middle and senior years’ students from government and non-government schools, and launched in February this year.

The bands contending at the final represented Darwin schools, OLSH College in Alice Springs, and Nhulunbuy High School.

Alice Springs student Michael Lindsay emerged the winner of the duo/soloist category, after fending off rivals from Palmerston and Centralian senior colleges.

The qualifiers were judged on their originality, stage presence and musicianship in the performance of songs of their own composition.

NT Music School principal Andy Mison said the challenge “supports arts education and engagement” of Territory students.

“It’s great to see so many talented students coming together, and having fun at the same time,” he said.

The climax to the contest followed heats at Alice Springs, Nhulunbuy, Palmerston and Darwin. The winners will perform at Darwin’s BASSINTHEGRASS, the 11-hour music festival slated for 24 May.

Ok Kaleidoscope musicians:

  • Miles Elkington (lead vocals) Casuarina Senior College
  • James Rooney (bass guitarist) Casuarina Senior College
  • David Quested (drummer) Darwin High School
  • Liam Henderson (guitarist) Marrara Christian College

This year’s finalists:

Name Number School
No Pilot 6 students Palmerston Senior College
Something Ironic 5 students Taminmin College
Hello Jenny 3 students OLSH College Alice Springs
Good Question 4 students Nhulunbuy High School
Indica Sunrise 3 students Casuarina Senior College
InterFaster 5 students Dripstone Middle School
Actual Footage 5 students Nightcliff Middle School/Darwin High School
OK Kaleidoscope 4 Students Darwin High/Casuarina Senior College


Name Instruments/Vocals School
Michael Lindsay Vocals/Guitar OLSH College Alice Springs
Dahna Jensen Vocals/Guitar Palmerston Senior College
Silva Landers Vocals/Guitar Centralian Senior College

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 10 Apr 2014

NT childcare subsidy set to increase

An increase in the subsidy for childcare across the Territory will ease the cost of living pressures for many parents and guardians. The subsidy is also being extended for the first time to include family day care increasing the pool of eligible children by around 1000. Effective 1 July 2014, the subsidy will increase by 10 per cent per child (full time equivalent) to $30 per week for children aged under two and $22 per week for children aged two to five years. Subsidies will continue to be paid directly to child care service providers making it convenient for parents as no action is required on their part to benefit from it. Read more

 24 Mar 2014

Students generate harmony and take a stand against bullying

Schools across the Territory marked Harmony Day and the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence with a number of special activities on Friday 21 March.

The National Day of Action, now in its fourth year, is Australia's key anti-bullying event for schools and raises awareness of the actions students can take to be safe and how to get help. The National Day of Action recognises that schools, parents and students all have a role to play in countering bullying and violence in their school community. More than 900,000 students from over 2,000 schools across Australia will ‘take a stand together’ with over 50 schools in the NT registered to participate in activities today.

Today also marks Harmony Day – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. Read more