17 Oct 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.


Gray win for PEGS program 13 Oct 2014

PEGS program winner Gray Primary School was recently named as the NT winner in the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect awards. It collected the award for the Partners Engaging Gray School (PEGS) program, promoting access to family services through nine participating organisations, such as The Smith Family, Somerville Services, and Early Childhood Australia.

The alliance between the school and the associations is directed by an action plan, formulated at the beginning of each year in collaboration with the school’s family coordinator.

Gray Primary School principal Sue Beynon said: “The union means the school can direct families to organisations to get priority attention to their needs.” “Through PEGS we also run a number of school-based programs, such as ‘Safe Children’ – with stranger danger messages – and family-oriented workshops. “We’re about to run three workshops to help parents teach first reading skills to their children. “PEGS is something we are immensely proud of, not least because it is building some really strong links between families and the school community.”


Stepping through stanzas 13 Oct 2014

inaugural Milikapiti School Poetry FestivalThe inaugural Milikapiti School Poetry Festival has been declared a successful exploration of poetry by its primary schoolchildren. Teachers at the Melville Island school joined with the local community to listen to the students recite their works in rhyming, acrostic, limerick, couplet and quatrain traditions.

Principal Suzanne Brogan said the more than 200 attendees “enthusiastically endorsed” the children’s poems and the confidence of their narration.

“The poems were written by individual students, pairs, groups or whole classrooms, and mirrored their interests,” she said. “Our children made an investment in literacy that was appealing to them, and that gave them ownership of their learning.

“The festival builds on the literary momentum developed by the middle years’ students in authoring and illustrating No Way Yirrikipayi! –a book acknowledged during our Indigenous Literacy Day celebrations.”