Gunbalanya graduates justly proud 02 Feb 2016


Eight former students of Gunbalanya School attended a special Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training ceremony on Thursday 21 January.

Twin sisters Barbarina and Koroniah Nawirridj joined Sharlana Dirdi and Victoria Lansen, Alexandria Namarnyilk, Tinnesha Narorrga, Lorina Maralngurra and Zoe Nganjmirra to receive their certificates at the West Arnhem Land school.

The graduates have surmounted challenges ranging from distance and health issues, to additional study and parenting commitments. Their work experiences vary from administrative and retail positions to aged and child care.

While some graduates are yet to find employment, all are keen to continue their self-development and make meaningful contributions to their communities.

Gunbalanya School educates students from preschool to senior years, and also operates a crèche and a Families as First Teachers program. The number of students completing the NTCET at the school continues to increase. There are 270 students enrolled this year.

Hotel management a five-star future 07 Jan 2016

ErikaHamiltonErika Hamilton will experience significant changes in the direction of her life this year. The Centralian Senior College Year 12 graduate, and aspirant to a career in hospitality, is the recipient of a $20,000 scholarship to the International College of Hotel Management.

At the college’s Adelaide campus she will undertake the Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management) and Bachelor of International Hotel Management (Swiss Hotel Association) pursuing her dream job of Front of House Manager at an international hotel.

Additional to the academic component, the four year double degree involves 1500 hours industry placement and proficiency in a second language.

The 18-year-old said a four-month stay in England as an exchange student triggered a strong desire to live outside Australia and “discover what the world could show me”.

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do after leaving school, and now I’m one of three Australian scholarship holders chosen from 50 applicants after doing very well in a written assignment and a panel interview,” she said.

Admitting to being a hands-on learner, Erika will benefit from paid industry placements in Australia and overseas. She will travel to the college in July this year, joining students from 20 nations.

The majority of the college’s graduates are employed in five star hotels, many as general managers.

Stellar student tops the Territory 16 Dec 2015

Pictured Minister Peter Chandler (right) and Lauren Northcote (left)Darwin High School graduate Lauren Northcote has eclipsed all other Year 12 students by earning an ATAR score of 99.9. Outclassing 1338 NTCET completers, she is set to embark on a fee-free double degree in law and commerce as a recipient of a $186,255 scholarship from Queensland’s Bond University.   

Up to 12 of the scholarships are offered each year, awarded to students with a predicted ATAR between 94.95 and 99.95, who have demonstrated leadership skills and extensive involvement in extracurricular activities.

“It was a tough year, but I invested 100 per cent in every assignment and all my tests,” she said.

For Lauren, Mathematics is favoured for its rigour and precision and learning languages provides valuable insights about the world and how it works. But she also loves English and learning the ways in which expert writers and speakers engage and manipulate their audience. Lauren is passionate about speaking out on behalf of others and working towards positive change.

“When I first found out about the scholarship, it felt like a dream for the first couple of weeks,” she said. “Then it began to sink in, and I felt so honoured and humbled at being selected for such a prestigious scholarship. 

"I am really excited about being able to attend Bond and the opportunities it presents.

As part of the scholarship, recipients are mentored and have internship opportunities, classes are small, lecturers will know us by name, and we’ll even have a world-class moot court to practise in.

“In leaving Darwin High School I can say that what I really treasured was the dedication of the teachers and school management, and their expectations that all students can succeed.” 

Lauren will start at Bond University in mid-January.