19 Sep 2014

Launch of Global School Budgets

Over the last few months the department has been working on a new way of allocating funding to schools with the introduction of Global School Budgets (GSB).

This is the feature initiative of increasing school autonomy which will be implemented in schools in 2015. For the first time principals and school councils will see the staffing costs attributed to the total budget of the school, hence the word ‘global’.

School resources will be allocated using a new needs-based funding model. This will ensure that resources are distributed in a simple, transparent and fair way. 

Detailed information is available in the fact sheets and other resource material.


 15 Sep 2014

Early childhood work twice distinguished

Hand SigingThe Barkly Mobile Preschool Service, and its manager Doris Johnson, have been honoured with an Excellence in Building Inclusion Award, one of the prize categories in the 2014 HESTA Early Childhood Education and Care Awards. The service was acknowledged for working with Indigenous families to enhance children’s preschool attendance in the communities of Canteen Creek, Epenarra, Corella Creek and Murray Downs.
Doris regularly tours these communities to help assistant teachers deliver a daily preschool program for four-year-old children.

My work is an opportunity to support young children in the region by encouraging their families to become more involved in their child’s education,” she said. “I’ve built strong relationships with the families in these communities.”

“Attendance data shows early signs that our attempts to build inclusion are successful, and feedback from school staff is that our preschool children are more familiar with what’s expected of them at school, and that they arrive ready to learn.”

“I carry resources for the preschool classrooms, such as pens and paper, books and puzzles, and change them for different communities. It means that sometimes there’s something new for the kids and they’re so surprised by them, and happy to see me come.”

Doris has been managing the Barkly Mobile Preschool Service since 2010. She received the awards at the Early Childhood Australia National Conference in Melbourne on 6 September 2014.

 09 Sep 2014

Territory schoolchildren shine in brain bending battle

Two Territory government schools have scored first places in the problem-solving Tournament of Minds held at Charles Darwin University on 7 September, and will go to represent the Territory at the 26th Australasian Pacific Final in Melbourne.

Primary and secondary students were challenged to shine in the Language Literature and Maths Engineering categories.

Darwin Middle School eclipsed competitors in Language Literature Secondary, and Parap Primary School was twice distinguished, emerging victorious in the Language Literature Primary and Maths Engineering Primary divisions.

Nakara Primary School garnered honours in Maths Engineering Primary, and Kormilda College won the Maths Engineering Secondary contest.

The annual event attracted 29 teams from 15 schools across the Territory, vying for a place at the Trans-Tasman trial on 18 October.

The tournament aims to help students develop enterprise, creativity and time management skills, and the discipline to work collaboratively within a competitive environment.

Last year, Kormilda College, The Essington School, Darwin Middle School, and Wulagi Primary School were NT Regional Final winners.