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:
|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|
|Michael Lindsay||Vocals/Guitar||OLSH College Alice Springs|
|Dahna Jensen||Vocals/Guitar||Palmerston Senior College|
|Silva Landers||Vocals/Guitar||Centralian Senior College|
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
Events and awards
- Chief Minister's Literacy Achievement Awards
- Teaching in the Territory Excellence Awards
- Exit Art
- Battle of the School Bands