New Independent Public Schools 26 Aug 2015

The Minister for Education today announced the six new independent public schools at a presentation at Darwin High School.

The successful schools are:
  • Bakewell Primary School
  • Casuarina Senior College
  • Casuarina Street Primary School
  • Durack Primary School
  • Gunbalanya School
  • Taminmin College

Independent public schools were first introduced in the Territory in 2015 as part of greater school autonomy.

Independent public schools benefit from even greater autonomy, particularly in relation to staff selection, financial management, governance, and their teaching and learning programs.

These successful schools undertook a rigorous selection process and demonstrated the capacity to assume greater autonomy, and the vision and innovation to use the enhanced flexibility to improve student outcomes.

Congratulations to the staff and school communities of our 2016 independent public schools.

These schools join the six independent public schools already operating in the Territory that have made great strides in developing their vision and innovation and shaping independent public schools in the Territory.

  • Braitling Primary School
  • Darwin High School
  • Larrakeyah Primary School
  • Leanyer Primary School
  • Palmerston Senior College
  • Wulagi Primary School

Tennant Creek Costa delights students 24 Aug 2015

The fiercely bearded gardening guru Costa Georgiadis got down and dirty in the History Garden at Tennant Creek Primary School.

The ABC celebrity of soil has long been long awaited by the students, who are keen to apply his expertise to a garden influenced by the town’s past, including a focus on mining and the Tennant Creek Telegraph Station.

Costa with students 

Principal Stephen Nimmo said Costa devoted time to students from all the classes in the school, planting seeds and seedlings in the garden dominated by vegetables.

“Costa’s enthusiasm is infectious, and in his passion for gardening he has inspired the students to develop the garden more knowledgeably,” he said.

“Costa’s visit ignited the imagination of students and staff to guide the evolution of the garden as a communal experience, and a great educational resource.”

Honour is history to stellar student 12 Aug 2015

Alex Bruer head and shoulders Yuendemu resident Alexander Bruer has been distinguished as the Territory’s Year 10 champion in the national Australian History Competition.

The Northern Territory Open Education Centre student earned the honour in an annual contest that attracted more than 23,000 challengers from over 400 state and territory schools.

The Australian History Competition tests students’ understanding of history-related inquiry processes, and the ability to interpret and apply information.

Principal of the NTOEC, Marcia Harvey, said it was a “fantastic and highly rewarding achievement” in a competition demanding significant interpretation and analysis of a range of historical material.

“Alex richly deserves the specially minted medallion, an award that symbolises his hard work and his tremendous enthusiasm for history,” she said.