Millner Primary School goes ATOMic 21 May 2015

The animated music clip Never Seen Anything Like It - intricately prepared by Millner Primary School students – has won the Audience Choice Award at this year’s hotly contested Australian Teachers of Media ATOM Awards.

The video focusses on the foundations of Indigenous culture, visions for the future, and togetherness. The 2013 production adopted the title, music and lyrics of Alice Springs Indigenous singer-songwriter Catherine Satour, who visited the school and performed the song before the clip was created by combined classes of Year 5 and 6 students.

Teacher Korin Lesh said the stop motion animation recorded slight manual manipulations of plasticine and paper puppets in cardboard box theatres.


“It required the animator to move an object into a position, take a picture, move the object slightly and take another picture. When strung together the pictures make the object appear to move,” she said.

“The students built the sets and models they filmed, took turns in different parts of the production process, and learned to work collaboratively in small teams to finish storyboarding the animations.”

Previously, the school collected an ATOM Award for I’m a Green Tree Frog.


Healthy living promoted by Nakara win 13 May 2015

Nakara Preschool School is $10,000 richer after collecting a Medibank Community Grant for the development of a school health project.

The school is the only Territory winner in the Trans-Tasman contest, involving 33 shortlisted well-being programs competing for a share of $600,000.

Nakara Preschool teacher Shontelle Heard said the school’s project Our Sustainable Healthy Preschool  will help develop healthy children by encouraging them to “eat nutritious foods and keep physically fit”.

“The shortlisted projects were chosen on the criteria they would help encourage healthy eating, physical activity, and greater community connectedness promoting health and wellbeing,” she said.

“We’ll use the award expand the school garden with help from students, parents and the community, and that will include planting healthy multicultural foods to cook.

Woman and child holding large cheque for $10,000 made out to Nakara Pre School“Money will also be devoted to building up a physical activity area to teach children the importance of keeping fit.”

The financial windfall followed an online public vote involving more than 19,000 people targeting 25 health projects.

Schools urged to leave an Eco-footprint 13 May 2015

Territory schools are being encouraged to adopt an ethos of environmental sustainability by becoming an Eco-School.

The schools address environmental themes such as litter and waste, biodiversity, water, and energy and climate.

Schools can pursue the themes within the context of a seven step plan to enhance environmental education, promote project success and award eligibility.
Parap Primary School and Darwin Middle School have become the Northern Territory’s first Bronze accredited Eco-Schools.

School students gardeningThe more than 100 registered Eco-Schools in Australia include Nemarluk School, Henbury School, and Rosebery, Nightcliff and Girraween primary schools. These schools have joined 46,400 Eco-Schools operating in more than 59 countries.

For more information contact Heimo Schober, CEO Keep Australia Beautiful Council, telephone 8981 5535 or email