Chief Minister’s Awards 01 Dec 2015

On Friday 27 November, the Chief Minister Awards for Excellence in the Public Sector was held at the Darwin Convention Centre. The annual awards recognise the hard work and dedication of service across all agencies within the Northern Territory Government.

The calibre of the nominees was high with the Department of Education right at the top of the list, taking home a total of five awards.

Winners of the individual Chief Minister medals: Bryan Hughes, Daryll Kinnane and Selena Uibo for their efforts during Cyclone Lam. 

The awards also paid a fitting tribute to the late Jill Tudor, one of our Education legends who also received a Chief Minister’s medal in recognition for her dedication and service to teaching in the Territory.

To top of the night, the final accolade for Education was awarded to Independent Public Schools for Strengthening Government and Public Administration. A great reflection of the work in developing what is a key initiative of the education reform agenda.

Darwin Middle School Becomes Independent Public School 13 Nov 2015

The Minister for Education today announced that Darwin Middle School has been chosen to become an Independent Public School (IPS).

The decision for Darwin Middle School to become an IPS in 2016 was later than the other schools announced in August as the selection panel process was delayed. 

Darwin Middle School joins the other six Territory public schools chosen to become IPS in 2016, bringing the total number of IPS in the Territory to 13.


Darwin Middle School is the first middle school in the Territory to gain IPS status and joins Larrakeyah Primary School and Darwin High School in the local area which have been successfully operating as IPS since January 2015.

The appointment of Darwin Middle School offers students a pathway from primary through middle and senior years in IPS schools, providing outstanding educational opportunities for students and offering a highly competitive alternative to non-government schools.

Darwin Middle School intends to work closely with Darwin High School to develop the Bullocky Point Educational Precinct which will also include the new Northern Territory Open Education Centre.

“IPS provides us with an exciting opportunity in the next chapter of Darwin Middle School and our learning journey”, says Marcus Dixon, Principal of Darwin Middle School. “We look forward to expanding the opportunities for our students, particularly in the areas of the arts and science”

Darwin Middle School will commence operating under its new status in January 2016 and has already begun preparing for this.

Alawa lauded for land care lessons 13 Nov 2015

Alawa Primary School won the Junior Landcare Team Award at the gala presentation of the 2015 NT Landcare Awards on 11 November.

Junior Landcare encourages young people to learn about sustainability and play a role in ensuring the safe future of their environment.

The award was presented before an audience of 290 people for the successful promotion of Landcare principles and philosophies to young people up to 18 years old, and acknowledged the success of the school’s diverse environmental projects.

Principal Sandy Cartwright believes the school’s students are exposed to a “variety of learning climates” through initiatives as varied as the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program, the maintenance of food and native plant gardens, and the installation of a frog pond.

“We were commended on the focus the school has placed on sustainability and hands-on science since 2004, with particular reference to the kitchen garden program.

“The emphasis is on the effective management of resources, whether they’re the ingredients of nutritious meals through the Stephanie Alexander program, or the conservation of our school ecosystems,” she said.

“We are quite proud of the award as a validation of our sustainability ethos, and look forward to contending in this category at the national competition next year.”


(Pictured: Principal Sandy Cartwright and her team receive an award photograph and trophy)