A pole more than a pillar 27 Mar 2015
The visually arresting Oolloo Sandbar pole created by Rosebery Middle School students has been installed at the Territory Wildlife Park. The pole, one of five created by local artist Janie Andrews and local schools, is in central position in the new Oolloo Sandbar display featuring stingrays and barramundi.

Tiles on the pole, representing the transformation of barramundi from male to female fish, followed close inspection of the park’s specimens by talented members of the 2014 Year 9 advanced art class. Principal Lorraine Evans said the mosaic project, which began last year, is a “tribute to the talents of the students and the collaborating artists”.

“Our teacher Anita Jonauskas was instrumental in teaching the students how to take their design from drawing to mosaic, and in assisting with the overall management of the project,” she said.
“The students worked with local artist Janie Andrews and the park’s Artistic Officer Jasmine Jan, who ran painting and drawing workshops at the park focusing on Territory fish and sea life.
“The poles dramatically identify Rosebery Middle School as a centre of artistic excellence, and are a source of great pride to our school community.”

The poles were unveiled by current Year 9 students at an official ceremony on 23 March 2015.
pole Territory Wildlife Park

Berry Springs chosen for food and fibre test 23 Mar 2015

Berry Springs Primary School is preparing to implement a federal government program to boost children’s understanding of the origins of foods and fibres.

Berry Springs Food Fibre

The 12-month trial, backed by a $10,000 grant, is linked to the Australian Curriculum and will explore food and fibre production and manufacturing technologies.

Principal Leah Crockford said some children don’t have an understanding of the agricultural beginnings of produce “only points of collection, like supermarkets”.

“We already have environmental sustainability credentials through Growing Green Kids NT, which gives students from preschool to Year 6 hands-on experience with anything from worms and vegetables to poultry and meats,” she said.

“The trial will look beyond food production, challenging the students to consider the marketing of what they create as an exercise in financial numeracy and literacy. “The food and fibre trial has a ‘beyond the lunchbox’ focus that can inspire new investigations, such as the potential for the school to grow cotton.

“The pilot will be important to our syllabus on food culture and well-being and after the test period it will be embedded in the Growing Green Kids NT initiative.” The primary industries program, which is sympathetic to the schools strategic focus on sustainability, is set to begin in Term 2.

School farm builds language proficiency 10 Mar 2015
Alawa Primary School has built Indonesian language tuition into its school farm activities.
The farm is a combined garden and animal facility, and integral to the school’s involvement in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program  - with its focus on the harvesting, preparation and sharing of fresh food.

Each week students learn songs, basic conversation and numerals in class, then apply their skills at the farm, under instruction from visiting Indonesian language teacher Ibu Heriati. Specialist Health and Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden teacher, Dawn Soares, said the model is unique to the school and is “being fine-tuned it as we go”.

“The program is directed at combined year 1 and 2 students, and so far about 45 participants are really enjoying it,” she said. “They say ‘Hello’ to the animals in Indonesian and often sing Indonesian songs while walking back from the farm.
“Ibu is teaching the students the Indonesian words and sentences they can use while participating in farm activities, such as counting eggs, fruit and animals, life cycles, tools and plants, produce and animal body parts.
“They are learning the English and Indonesian names for all these things, and even when cooking they are speaking Indonesian.”

The school produces a range of ingredients for Indonesian dishes, such as Asian spinach, lemongrass, jackfruit and eggplant. At the end of the term an Indonesian meal shared among students is planned. The Indonesian Farm Program is the brainchild of the school’s principal Sandy Cartwright, and the Darwin Languages Centre.

Alawa Primary School Indonesian Kitchen Program