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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.

Gracie didn’t miss a day! 11 Dec 2015

Gracie AhMat

Wagaman Primary School student Gracie AhMat has been honoured for her 100 per cent attendance record during the past four consecutive years.

The Indigenous scholar has a passion for education, a devotion to school, and a clear sense of personal direction.

Principal Michele Cody said 12-year-old Gracie set the goal some years ago, and has pursued her aim with unswerving resolve.

“I’m so amazed by Gracie’s tenacity and strength of purpose,” she said. “When a cyclone alert closed the school in 2014, Gracie and her father phoned to ask if her absence would affect her attendance record.

“Gracie has been popular among her peers and teachers since beginning in Transition in 2009, and her appetite to learn will help her greatly in her new school, Dripstone Middle School.

“She is a keen athlete, and a gentle, empathetic, humble and diligent student who loves mathematics.”

A recipient of the 2015 Academic Award, the student council member is also memorialised on the Honour Board.

In recognition of her unbroken attendance record the school council opted to award Gracie an iPad mini; rather than a book, the traditional prize.

Gracie’s younger brother, the third member of the family to be taught at Wagaman Primary School, attended every day this year.


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)

Tracy film set to storm BUFTA awards 13 Nov 2015

Emerging film-maker and Darwin High School student, Nathaniel Kelly, is competing for national honours for After Tracy, his film and finalist in this year’s Bond University Film & Television Awards.

The 10-minute film by the Year 12 student is one of many movies since his first production, made when he was four years old, and demonstrates his versatility as a writer-director, camera operator and music composer.

Created by his company, A Bird Studio, After Tracy was inspired by discussions about the 40th anniversary of Cyclone Tracy, and follows the search in the aftermath of the disaster by a teenage survivor for his father.

“I talked to my dad and others about the anniversary, and I think that sparked me to make the film,” he said. “It was a great experience talking to many cyclone survivors and historians.”


Largely filmed in a week, and edited in a month, After Tracy is one of five short films made by Nathaniel this year, additional to his cinematographic commitments to the movies of other film-makers, television commercials, client films and school work.

“I’m grateful for the help I’ve had in the making of After Tracy, including the students from my school who volunteered as actors, some with lots of experience doing stage acting and in theatrical performances.”

In pursuit of a career in films, Nathaniel is applying to universities in Melbourne and Sydney, and Bond University in Queensland.

The public can now vote their favoured film to win a BUFTA 2015 People’s Choice Award.

NT Sport and Active Recreation Master Plan – We want to hear your thoughts! 02 Nov 2015

Sport and Active Rec Master Plan poster​The NT Government is developing a sport and active recreation master plan. Sport and active recreation plays a big part in the lives of Territorians and the Department of Sport and Recreation want to hear your thoughts on how the NT Government can assist the industry to provide meaningful opportunities for you and your children.

There are several opportunities for you to provide feedback. Please see the sport and active recreation master plan page to find out how you can have your say. The survey closes Monday 16 November 2015.

Those that complete the online survey will go in the running to win a Fit Bit or an iPad!

For more information, visit, email or phone 1800 824 899.


Dark story favoured by White Ravens 23 Oct 2015

A book by author and Casuarina Senior College teacher Barry Jonsberg has been included in the prestigious White Ravens catalogue. The book Pandora Jones: Admission – one of a trilogy – is now one of 200 children’s and young adults’ books selected for the annual publication by the International Youth Library in Munich.

The suspenseful page-turner depicts Pandora Jones as a survivor of a plague ravaged world and an occupant of The School, a quarantine facility. She is challenged to uncover the truth about a world horrifically altered by death.

Barry Jonsberg and a dog

Casuarina Senior College principal Paul Mathews said the imagination of Barry Jonsberg has distinguished him as a “master of the genre”, and an author deserving wide acclaim.

“Our students are fortunate to be taught by someone with such capacity, experience and credibility,” he said. “Barry is an inspiration to all young people trying to identify and develop their innate talents, and seeking opportunities to express their creativity using the literary medium.”

SWOT VAC study sessions at Casuarina 12 Oct 2015

To help students facing exams Casuarina Library are offering free SWOT VAC study sessions. The periods for quiet industry include computer access, free Wi-Fi, printing and pizza, and are available from 6pm to 8pm, 19 to 22 October and 26 to 28 October. No registration is needed.


2016 Lajamanu School term dates change 05 Oct 2015

Beginning in January 2016, Lajamanu School term dates will change. The change will see Terms 1 and 2 extended and Terms 3 and 4 shortened at the school. 

The grassroots decision of the local community has been to introduce a flexible school year in which cultural events will coincide with the school’s holiday periods, such as Northern Territory show dates and the Yuendumu Sports Day.

These are times when the school may experience a drop in attendance. The alteration meets the specific cultural needs of the community.
For more information about Lajamanu School’s new term dates, visit

StudyNT: Focus unaltered 05 Oct 2015

In a recent name change the International Education and Training Hub became StudyNT. The role of StudyNT has not varied, and it remains committed to establishing the Northern Territory as an international study destination, connecting business and the community to international education, and training and creating an international network of former students.

More information is available from the General Manager of StudyNT Mark Darby on 8999 6387, or the Director of StudyNT Rachael Shanahan on 8999 6399.

Rosebery stages style coup 05 Oct 2015

 NT Young Designer of the Year Award RMS student Georgia UttingRosebery Middle School students have won accolades and scooped major prizes at this year’s NTeen Fashion Festival. The inaugural competition, open to garment designers from middle and senior schools, assessed submissions in the categories of formal wear, society and environment, casual wear, and wearable art.

In the stellar contest the school’s Ayleisha Barnes captured first place in the formal wear category for her sleek Darwin Sunsets cocktail dress, and Ashley Keygan secured the top honour in the wearable art division for the Jellyfish Dress – a comment on the dangers of plastic bags to sea turtles. The school was also awarded second prizes in these outfit classes.

The chic creations of the Year 9 students outmatched challengers from Marrara Christian School, Darwin Middle School, Kormilda College and Casuarina Senior College. And in a crowning tribute 14-year-old Rosebery student Georgia Utting was named from the rival schools and colleges as the NT Young Designer of the Year.

Principal Lorraine Evans said crafting the outfits involved studies in art, mastery of production techniques, and research into designs and designers.

 “The students learned how to thread and use the school’s sewing machines, chose themes, dyed and screen printed fabrics, before advancing to pattern making and garment construction,” she said.

“Each dress was part of an interpretation of style that included shoes, makeup and accessories.”

“We are immensely proud of the submissions of our Year 9 design class, and one of our vocational pathways students.

“They are testaments to the remarkable imaginations of these students, and a maturity of expression we applaud.” 

The impressive victories follow the inception this year of the school’s first design course. A small contingent of students will accompany the competition winners to Melbourne for the Apex Australia Teenage Fashion Awards on October 24.


Sun racer arrives at solar savvy school 28 Sep 2015

The sleek Nuna 8, the sun-powered car and Netherlands entrant in this year’s Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, has arrived at Nightcliff Primary School.

The hope of the 15-member Nuon Solar team, the Challenger class vehicle arrived at the school on 21 September for assembly and testing ahead of trials at Hidden Valley in early October.

The school, whose students have a strong interest in solar technology, has garaged Netherlands’ cars from previous competitions.

Solar car

Assistant Principal Jill Finch said reconstruction and testing of the vehicle at the school offered students many insights into “ongoing developments in solar technology and engineering”.

“The presence of the car reinforces a culture of interest in cutting edge solar science,” she said. “The students will help with general construction activities, and observe the Nuon team as they assess technical data collected during the car building and testing phases.”

“The overseas engineers will talk to classes about their areas of engineering expertise, and work with students to build model solar car kits.”

The Nuon Solar team comprises students from the Delft University of Technology. Forty-six teams will line up for this year's 3000 km Darwin to Adelaide contest along the Stuart Highway to be held from 18 to 25 October 2015.

(Picture: Assistant Principal Jill Finch said reconstruction and testing of the vehicle at the school offered students many insights into “ongoing developments in solar technology and engineering”.)

A new dimension in Beat artistry 18 Sep 2015

Students from China delighted attendees of this year’s Beat Festival, performing traditional dances as part of their two-week stay in the Territory.

The visitors from Tongling Number 4 Middle School in Anhui Province, were invited to participate in the festival during a Department of Education stopover at the school last year.

Students from China holding up certificates 

Principal of the NT Music School, Andy Mison, said the Chinese students are very proud of their heritage and love to express this through traditional dances.

“Everyone involved in the Beat Festival has been blown away by the beauty of their performances, and are very interested in learning more about Chinese culture and the meaning behind the dances,” he said.

“The Beat Festival provides wonderful opportunities for young people to share each other’s cultures through a common interest in the performing arts.”

An exploration of culture 07 Sep 2015
Ross Park Primary School students marked this year’s NAIDOC Week with the August launch of their photobook Through Our Eyes.

Northern Territorian of the Year and this year’s NAIDOC Person of the Year Rosalie Kunoth-Monks introduced the book, which includes writing and illustrations by Ross Park students depicting the sacred sites, landforms and dreamtime stories of Alice Springs.

Intended as a valuable resource for future generations of students, Mrs Kunoth-Monks said she was impressed with the book, and the students’ understanding of Indigenous culture and language.

Three students reading 'Through our eyes' book together


New Independent Public Schools 26 Aug 2015

The Minister for Education today announced the six new independent public schools at a presentation at Darwin High School.

The successful schools are:
  • Bakewell Primary School
  • Casuarina Senior College
  • Casuarina Street Primary School
  • Durack Primary School
  • Gunbalanya School
  • Taminmin College

Independent public schools were first introduced in the Territory in 2015 as part of greater school autonomy.

Independent public schools benefit from even greater autonomy, particularly in relation to staff selection, financial management, governance, and their teaching and learning programs.

These successful schools undertook a rigorous selection process and demonstrated the capacity to assume greater autonomy, and the vision and innovation to use the enhanced flexibility to improve student outcomes.

Congratulations to the staff and school communities of our 2016 independent public schools.

These schools join the six independent public schools already operating in the Territory that have made great strides in developing their vision and innovation and shaping independent public schools in the Territory.

  • Braitling Primary School
  • Darwin High School
  • Larrakeyah Primary School
  • Leanyer Primary School
  • Palmerston Senior College
  • Wulagi Primary School

Tennant Creek Costa delights students 24 Aug 2015

The fiercely bearded gardening guru Costa Georgiadis got down and dirty in the History Garden at Tennant Creek Primary School.

The ABC celebrity of soil has long been long awaited by the students, who are keen to apply his expertise to a garden influenced by the town’s past, including a focus on mining and the Tennant Creek Telegraph Station.

Costa with students 

Principal Stephen Nimmo said Costa devoted time to students from all the classes in the school, planting seeds and seedlings in the garden dominated by vegetables.

“Costa’s enthusiasm is infectious, and in his passion for gardening he has inspired the students to develop the garden more knowledgeably,” he said.

“Costa’s visit ignited the imagination of students and staff to guide the evolution of the garden as a communal experience, and a great educational resource.”

Yirrkala opens its doors 12 Aug 2015

As part of the recent Garma Festival celebrations, Yirrkala School opened its doors to festival-goers in an event involving 100 of the school’s students and about 50 interstate students.

The exhibition included classroom displays, discussions, stalls, and the Yirrkala School play Ḏjet Winyayuna Dhäwu.

The Open Day featured a special recognition of the long service to the school of the late Mr Wunuŋmurra, most recently the former senior cultural advisor.

Children and adults at Yirrkala school open day

Principal Stuart Bramston said the Open Day has remained a “strong connection” to the Garma Festival. 

“The tribute to Mr Wunuŋmurra was the most significant and impassioned moment of the day,” he said.

“The Open Day was an expression of pride in Yolŋu culture and an acknowledgement of Yirrkala School’s rich tradition as a centre for bilingual education.”

Honour is history to stellar student 12 Aug 2015

Alex Bruer head and shoulders Yuendemu resident Alexander Bruer has been distinguished as the Territory’s Year 10 champion in the national Australian History Competition.

The Northern Territory Open Education Centre student earned the honour in an annual contest that attracted more than 23,000 challengers from over 400 state and territory schools.

The Australian History Competition tests students’ understanding of history-related inquiry processes, and the ability to interpret and apply information.

Principal of the NTOEC, Marcia Harvey, said it was a “fantastic and highly rewarding achievement” in a competition demanding significant interpretation and analysis of a range of historical material.

“Alex richly deserves the specially minted medallion, an award that symbolises his hard work and his tremendous enthusiasm for history,” she said.


Champagne with Mary-Jane honoured again 29 Jun 2015

Champagne with Mary JaneFunk rock band Champagne with Mary-Jane claimed victory in the school-aged category of the NT Song of the Year Awards for their song Money, Fame and Fire.

The triumph in the annual musicNT contest was announced at the award presentations on Saturday 27 June at the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT.

The conquest by the Darwin High School and Palmerston Senior College students follows their win in this year’s Battle of the School Bands, and performance at BASSINTHEGRASS.

Champagne With Mary Jane performing on stage

The group faced resolute competition from My Baby (All I Want) by Centralian Senior College songster Jenaya Allen, Gurindji Man by Karungkarni Band of Kalkaringi High School, and Shadow by Taminmin College hopeful Prayer Corby. 

The school-aged category is one of nine divisions in the competition. The contest winners were drawn from Katherine, Alice Springs, Tiwi Islands, Darwin, Arnhem Land and Milingimbi.

The band members  are Shishana Paleso'o (vocals) Kyle Maher (guitar) Dakota Smith (bass) and Eugene Duffy (drums).

Black Arm Band boosts music education 29 Jun 2015

Wugularr School students were treated to a series of music workshops with Black Arm Band during the first visit by the music and theatre company to the Katherine region school this year.

Renowned for their expression of Indigenous experience and identity, the group tutored all classes, focusing on song writing, song performance and percussion. 

The two-week visit ended with a two-hour concert, in which Black Arm Band and the students each performed for an hour.


The school is now booked to appear at this year’s Walking With Spirits, the annual Indigenous festival of songs, stories, dance, music and fire, to be celebrated at Beswick Falls on Saturday 25 July.

At the Arnhem Land event, Wugularr students will sing a song written by the students and Black Arm Band, and a song with Victorian sister city Penbank School.

Previously the school has had limited involvement with Walking With Spirits, so their participation this year is an opportunity to showcase their musical artistry in a cultural context.

Picture: Black Arm Band singer Emma Donovan and drummer Greg Sheehan (centre) flanked by Wugularr students Jeshannah Moore (left) and Evalina Hood (right).

Stellar songster may steal the show 19 Jun 2015

Excitement is building at Centralian Senior College ahead of the announcement of this year’s NT Song of Year Awards  winner.

150619-Jenaya-Allen-198x293College student Jenaya Allen entered her song My Baby (All I Want) in the school-aged division of the annual musicNT competition. 

The submission of the Year 10 song writer beat more than 300 entries to be included in the top five songs in the category.

The song was identified as a finalist by a national panel of more than 40 judges.

The talented musician took two weeks to write the song, after securing first place for best original song in this year’s Battle of the School Bands.

A soloist in that formidable competition, she claimed the honour for the first song she wrote and performed.

“I’ve only been writing songs since the beginning of the year, but I was inspired by a good music class so I decided to stick my head down and write,” she said.

“The song is about other people’s views on love, not based on a personal experience. 

“I didn’t know I had it in me, but I’ve been influenced and strongly supported by my music teacher Genevieve Oloughlin, and my family.”

Other challengers in the school-aged category are funk rock band Champagne with Mary Jane (Bad Boys; Money, Fame and Fire), Karungkarni Band (Gurindji Man) and Prayer Corby (Shadow).

Jenaya’s song can be heard at the People’s Choice Award website.  The musicNT awards will be held on Saturday 27 June 2015 at the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT.

Richness generated by differences 19 Jun 2015

Refugee Week was, for Darwin High School, an opportunity to celebrate multiculturalism with dance, exhibitions, international food tasting, and colourful decorations.


The school has observed the annual event for four years, and the 350 participating students were mindful of diversity in their classmates.

Teacher Peter Stretton said the school is a microcosm of the disparate groups attracted to the welcoming, accepting, and positive environment of the Territory.

The complexion of the school is as much defined by the multiplicity of its community as the focus on academic success.

The occasion, highlighting forbearance, cooperation and understanding, included a modified mass version of Flash Mob, an African-Congo dance, and a song by a duo representing the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Philippines.

Judy Boland AM 10 Jun 2015

In the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Territory teacher Judy Boland, (pictured below with, left to right, Darwin High School Principal, Trevor Read, and Department of Education Chief Executive, Ken Davies) was named a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to secondary education in the Northern Territory, and as a supporter of historical and heritage organisations, and to the community.

Judy Boland, holding a bunch of flowers, with  school Principal, Trevor Read, and Department of Education Chief Executive, Ken Davies, in a library

Professional excellence and commitment to duty are personified in the long-serving educator and Darwin High School history teacher, who has devoted her 40-year vocation to nurturing the spirits and aspirations of countless students.

Dedicated to helping “young people prepare to enter an adult world” Judy arrived in Darwin in 1983 to a ‘friendly vibe’ that enticed her to stay.

“There was positiveness and an enthusiasm about people in Darwin, they smiled at you and acknowledged you existed,” she said. “It’s still here today and I love it.”

To date Judy has taught for 30 years in the Territory, serving at Nightcliff, Batchelor, Katherine and Milingimbi, and joining Darwin High School in 1986.

During her career  the highly versatile educator has taught Latin, French and English, typing and bookkeeping, mathematics, geography and science, but it is history that enlivens Judy as a “warts and all” subject that students find relevant and interesting.

“There’s a different way of teaching it today, but I believe if we become ignorant of our history we become arrogant in our treatment of people and places,” she said. “I won’t say it’s humbling, but I do think it stops you adopting an arrogance that’s too often seen these days.”

Judy’s opinion is informed by her general appreciation of history, but as the school’s archivist her particular appreciation is how the school and its students are couched in local history.

As a robust communicator with an intuitive understanding of students’ needs, Judy feels technology is now an impediment to teacher and student dialogue. 

“I think technology means teachers have less time to interact with students,” she said. “It is removing the personal contacts, and in every classroom students have their heads down and there’s no interaction, and I think we’re in danger of becoming robots. Perhaps in 100 years we won’t be able to think without consulting a screen. 

“Personal interaction is what I see vanishing from teaching. There’ll come a time when everything will be online and teachers will become redundant, but I won’t be around to see it.”

But past and present students are not shy of acknowledging Judy’s colourful investment in their lives.

“My greatest compliment is for my students not be afraid to speak to me on the street,” she said. “It’s very, very rewarding that my former students still stay in contact, and in a shop they’ll say ‘G’day Miss. Are you still teaching?’”

When asked about retirement plans, she said: “Until they tell me not to come, I’ll keep on showing up.” 

Reform of the Education Act 04 Jun 2015

The Draft Education Bill 2015, forerunner to a new Education Act, has been released for comment. The current Act is more than 35 years old and does not provide an adequate framework for delivering high-quality contemporary education to develop our students. 

The draft Education Bill has been influenced by consultation on a discussion paper in 2014. It proposes a range of updates, including lowering the compulsory age of schooling in recognition of the importance of early education, more flexibility for parental and community involvement in independent public schools and their boards, supporting contemporary practices for students with a disability, and broadening options for principals managing student wellbeing and behaviour.

Consultative forums will be held in urban and regional centres this month. Comments on the draft Education Bill can also be made online . The closing date for submissions on the draft Education Bill is 7 August 2015.

Education and Care Awards – Nominate now! 01 Jun 2015

Nominations are open for the 2015 Northern Territory Education and Care Awards. The awards provide a platform for recognising educators and services that are innovative and exhibit outstanding commitment to delivering a high quality service for children and their families.

Long day care, family day care, three year old kindergarten, preschool, outside school hours’ care, budget-based funded services and rural and remote early childhood education and care services are eligible to nominate for one or more awards in nine categories.

An award ceremony will be held at Parliament House on Friday 9 October 2015. Award recipients will be invited to participate in a study tour of high quality early childhood services in Sydney later this year. The tour aims to enhance participants’ professional development, their awareness and understanding of quality practices, and generate improvements in Northern Territory services.

Nominations close on 31 July 2015.


School film set for Haikou showing 27 May 2015

Darwin High School students Kawai Teng and Johannah Pastor are bound for China with a film developed from the book Life as a teenager in Darwin.

Created in 2013 by the school’s Year 10 to 12 students of Chinese, the book presents their experiences of Darwin to their counterparts in Haikou, the capital city of Hainan province and sister city of Darwin.

About 50 students were involved in the production of the book. Subjects for the book, written first in Chinese then translated to English, were brainstormed by the students and teacher Marnie Foster, who mooted the idea with the City of Darwin and the Haikou Sister City Committee.

High school students holding books

The book, including topics such as school and family life, shopping and football, is being transformed into a short film in collaboration with Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, contributing the artistic expertise needed for its production.

Students at Hainan Overseas Chinese Middle School developed their own version of the Darwin book, and both were officially launched in Darwin and Haikou last year.

Kawai and Johannah will attend the film’s launch in China in late June, and help the Hainan students develop their book into a film through workshops identifying the Chinese students’ favoured locations and activities, and how they would like themselves presented to Australian teenagers.

The Darwin High School film will be introduced in Darwin during Term 3.

(Pictured: Johannah Pastor (left) and Kawai Teng with the book developed for Chinese students)

Millner Primary School goes ATOMic 21 May 2015

The animated music clip Never Seen Anything Like It - intricately prepared by Millner Primary School students – has won the Audience Choice Award at this year’s hotly contested Australian Teachers of Media ATOM Awards.

The video focusses on the foundations of Indigenous culture, visions for the future, and togetherness. The 2013 production adopted the title, music and lyrics of Alice Springs Indigenous singer-songwriter Catherine Satour, who visited the school and performed the song before the clip was created by combined classes of Year 5 and 6 students.

Teacher Korin Lesh said the stop motion animation recorded slight manual manipulations of plasticine and paper puppets in cardboard box theatres.


“It required the animator to move an object into a position, take a picture, move the object slightly and take another picture. When strung together the pictures make the object appear to move,” she said.

“The students built the sets and models they filmed, took turns in different parts of the production process, and learned to work collaboratively in small teams to finish storyboarding the animations.”

Previously, the school collected an ATOM Award for I’m a Green Tree Frog.


Schools urged to leave an Eco-footprint 13 May 2015

Territory schools are being encouraged to adopt an ethos of environmental sustainability by becoming an Eco-School.

The schools address environmental themes such as litter and waste, biodiversity, water, and energy and climate.

Schools can pursue the themes within the context of a seven step plan to enhance environmental education, promote project success and award eligibility.
Parap Primary School and Darwin Middle School have become the Northern Territory’s first Bronze accredited Eco-Schools.

School students gardening

The more than 100 registered Eco-Schools in Australia include Nemarluk School, Henbury School, and Rosebery, Nightcliff and Girraween primary schools. These schools have joined 46,400 Eco-Schools operating in more than 59 countries.

For more information contact Heimo Schober, CEO Keep Australia Beautiful Council, telephone 8981 5535 or email

Healthy living promoted by Nakara win 13 May 2015

Nakara Preschool School is $10,000 richer after collecting a Medibank Community Grant for the development of a school health project.

The school is the only Territory winner in the Trans-Tasman contest, involving 33 shortlisted well-being programs competing for a share of $600,000.

Nakara Preschool teacher Shontelle Heard said the school’s project Our Sustainable Healthy Preschool  will help develop healthy children by encouraging them to “eat nutritious foods and keep physically fit”.

“The shortlisted projects were chosen on the criteria they would help encourage healthy eating, physical activity, and greater community connectedness promoting health and wellbeing,” she said.

“We’ll use the award expand the school garden with help from students, parents and the community, and that will include planting healthy multicultural foods to cook.

Woman and child holding large cheque for $10,000 made out to Nakara Pre School

“Money will also be devoted to building up a physical activity area to teach children the importance of keeping fit.”

The financial windfall followed an online public vote involving more than 19,000 people targeting 25 health projects.


Music titans triumphant in ultimate battle 22 Apr 2015

Talented performers from three schools emerged victorious after awing judges at the hotly contested final of Battle of the School Bands.

In the band category - Champagne With Mary-Jane - comprising Darwin High School and Palmerston Senior College students, was acknowledged the clear winner. The band foursome of high school students Eugene Duffy and Dakota Smith, and collegians Kyle Maher and Shishana Paleso’o, knew they had played their utmost at the Brown’s Mart Theatre clash. The funk rock band scored the award after notable renditions of their songs Marry Me Under The Sea and Money, Fame and Fire.

Taminmin College duo Prayer Corby and Jarrod Cockman outclassed their rivals to snatch victory in the soloist/duo class. In a surprise change the performers elected to alter the pitch of their music and singing just before taking to the stage. Technical problems made the pair uncertain their act was a winning recital, but the strength of their musical partnership clearly impressed the judges.

The 11 contenders at this year’s final were judged on musicianship and stagecraft as they played two original songs in the biggest Battle of the School Bands to date. The 10 April event was assessed by a panel of local music industry professionals, and followed seven heats at urban, regional and remote venues.

Battle of the School Bands is an NT Music School initiative that helps students develop song writing, musicianship and performance skills as part of the school curriculum. The annual competition began in 2009 and is open to middle and senior students from government and non-government schools.

The winners will perform at BASSINTHEGRASS on Saturday 23 May 2015 at the Darwin Amphitheatre.

Battle of the School Bands 2015

Nightcliff Primary School teacher claims NT Young Indigenous Educator Award 22 Apr 2015

Nightcliff Primary School teacher Haydon Staines claimed the Northern Territory Government Young Indigenous Educator Award, at the NT Young Achiever Awards ceremony on Saturday 11 April 2015.

Principal of Nightcliff Primary School, Graham Chadwick, describes Haydon as a passionate, very approachable teacher and mentor, and an excellent communicator whose skills and opinions are greatly valued by colleagues and parents.

After finishing his schooling in Darwin and Katherine, Haydon completed his Bachelor of Education Primary at Charles Darwin University in 2012, with the assistance of the prestigious Governor General’s Scholarship for Indigenous Student Teachers and the Northern Territory Education Bursary.

Haydon is a member of the NT Indigenous Curriculum Advisory Network, the team working to provide advice and feedback on Indigenous Studies modules and incorporating Indigenous perspectives into the curriculum.

As part of the department’s Primary Years Assessment Project, Haydon is examining the development of whole school data and the construction of whole school assessment and moderation. He is responsible for the development and trial implementation of a range of whole school programs, units and assessment tasks.

NT Young Indigenous Educator Award 2015

As a participant in the CDU 2015 Indigenous Teacher Leadership Program, Haydon aims to enhance his leadership capabilities and fulfil his aspiration of becoming a Northern Territory school principal.

(Photo: Left to right - Selina Chan (teacher) Jill Finch (Assistant Principal) Ken Davies (Chief Executive), Haydon Staines (award winner/teacher) Graham Chadwick (Principal Nightcliff Primary School) Clare Visentin (teacher) Debra Witte (teacher) Jo Glennon (Acting Assistant Principal, Nightcliff Primary School)).


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


Exit Art exposes creative young minds  19 Feb 2015
The annual exhibition of outstanding contemporary artwork created by NTCET graduates opens this week.

Exit Art will showcase the works of 35 visual artists from across the Territory as an array of forms, including paintings, mixed media, digital photography, ceramics, and metal and rope.

The event, now in its 22nd year, is an expression of the technical competence of the artists and the latitude of their imaginations.

Exit Art illustrates the profound investment of these artists in works of exceptional quality, and demonstrates their passions and unique perspectives in highly diverse and thought provoking ways.

The display will be housed in the Flinders Gallery of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory from 20 February to 6 June.

Woman of stature 13 Feb 2015

Tiwi Islander and longtime Department of Education employee Eucharia Tipungwuti is well known to Mitchell Centre staff.
Known affectionately as ‘ET’, the Indigenous Records Management Unit worker is regularly seen hailing staff as she delivers the mail between floors. Born on Bathurst Island, the 65-year-old elder is a well-respected member of a community she strives to improve by helping young people.
“I’m in a skin group, I help the young ones to do work, to find jobs, and get the community to develop,” she said.
After leaving school at 16 she worked at the island store before travelling to the mainland to pursue a new life, leaving behind a family scattered over the three islands.
“My parents said: ‘You look after yourself when we leave you – think hard what you going to do. You going to go and think about a new life.’“
Eucharia was a teacher for about 25 years, working predominately at Howard Springs Primary School where she taught Indigenous song and dance.
“I taught the kids tribal dance – we teach them how to dance crocodile, buffalo, pig, jungle fowl and shark. That was already in place, but then they stopped it,” she recalled wistfully.
“I was part of an Indigenous intake into the public service, and went first to Treasury before coming here, and I’ve been here nearly 27 years,” she said.
“Now I work in records, organising mail from the department to the schools and posting it twice a week. And I can teach anyone, like I get a lot of trainees who go on and do other things.
“I like working with a lot of people, making them happy in this place from (level) 14 to 10. Before, I was shy when I came in. But then I started jabber, jabber everywhere and then everyone say ‘good morning’, ‘how are you.’”
 Eucharia thought of retiring, but decided it would be too boring. “I was going to do it, but too boring, stay at home, too boring. I like working better.”
Her contribution to the public service was recognised by the award of the 2014 Chief Minister’s Public Sector Medal at a gala presentation.
“I was honoured to receive it,” she said. “But I didn’t stay for the dancing. I left about 9pm.”

Eucharia Tipungwuti


Additional IPS Funding 28 Jan 2015

Territory's Independent Public Schools given funding boost.

Six of our Territory schools opened their doors to students this week as independent public schools, exercising greater functional autonomy in a model designed to improve the education outcomes of students.

To support the move the Northern Territory Government has allocated $1 million this year, with an ongoing annual assignment of $2 million. 

The six schools are keen to introduce a number of innovative learning programs under their independent public school status to improve student outcomes.  The funding will be utilised by the schools to bring these programs to reality both within and outside the classroom.

Independent public schools will, through greater autonomy, be able to exercise greater operational control and adopt strategies best suited to their priorities, including more innovative teaching and learning practices.

Money Boost for schools 28 Jan 2015

The implementation of global school budgets will be supported by an extra $23 million over four years from the Territory government.

The funding is part of a financial package earmarked to assist schools making the transition to the new student needs-based funding model, and is additional to $17 million already allocated, providing $40 million over four years. 

This will boost this year’s transition budget by $8 million, bringing the total to $13 million.

The new money will target schools with larger budgets, with a particular focus on middle, senior and special schools because of their size, complexity and specific needs.



Innovative communications researcher rewarded 08 Dec 2014

Henbury School teacher Paul Drewitt has been honoured with the Excellence in Improving Learning and Development award for his work with eye gaze technology at the school. The tribute was one of several bestowed at the recent Northern Territory Disability Services Awards.

The interactive technology helps children with multiple or profound disabilities, or both, communicate more independently by transforming eye movements tracked on a screen into speech.

The High Support teacher began the project in 2012, convinced that certain students in his class could communicate independently, but “lacked a suitable augmentative tool”.

“I researched the Tobii I-15 eye gaze module, and the school instituted a three-month trial that lead to the permanent installation of the units,” he said.

“The impacts and applications of these devices for students with a severe intellectual disability and poor motor control cannot be overstated.

“For us, communicating our choices, needs and desires is commonplace, but speaking to their families, making selections and going shopping are first time experiences for these students.

“In the Territory and across the nation, Henbury School is leading the way in the use of this technology. Our vision is to influence special schools throughout Australia to follow this example.”
The senior teacher was nominated for the award by the school’s principal, Carolyn Edwards.

Excellence in Improving Learning and Development Award


Local schools challenge for fitness funds 08 Dec 2014

In a Trans-Tasman competition comprising 33 shortlisted programs, Durack Primary School and Nakara Preschool have a chance to share a $600,000 prize to promote health and wellbeing.

The schools are vying for the funds under the 2015 Medibank Community Fund Grants initiative, encouraging ‘healthy eating, physical activity and greater community connectedness’.
Assistant principal of Durack Primary School, Heather Stedman, said the money would be used to attract schoolchildren into golf and tennis, increasing the range of sports available and options for physical fitness.

“The school recognises the need to foster healthy living to prevent childhood obesity and resultant chronic health problems,” she said.

“The funds for our Getting Fit for Life initiative would be used to employ local golf and tennis coaches as instructors of our younger students, encouraging them to adopt these sports after school.

“We find the older children already have sporting commitments, but the younger ones are just moving into sports, and since a golf course and tennis courts are within walking distance it seems sensible to exploit these facilities.
“The sports programs will generate ties to local community programs and clubs.”

Nakara Preschool teacher Shontelle Heard said the school’s project Our Sustainable Healthy Preschool will help develop healthy children by encouraging them to “eat nutritious foods and keep physically fit”.
“We’ll expand the school garden with help from students, parents and the community, and that will include planting healthy multicultural foods to cook,” she said. “The garden will be an ongoing sustainable program, and a tool for teaching children about global environment issues.

“And we’ll introduce outdoor equipment such as climbing frames, a rock wall and balancing beams to help the students keep fit.”
The winners of the contest will be announced on 11 December.

Nakara Preschool Garden


The Devil Woman’s water 25 Nov 2014

More than 50 students from Haasts Bluff and Watiyawanu (Mt. Liebig) embarked on an expedition to two sites of significance to the Pintupi and Luritja people.
The schoolchildren were accompanied by school staff, traditional owners, Papunya Luritjiku rangers, Tangenteyre councillors and CSIRO officers.

The three-day bush expedition included a stopover among a large stand of marble gums, noted as a breeding location of the rare Princess Parrot during the big Wet Season of 2010 and 2011. The rangers spoke to the children about the ecological significance of the site, and the need for keeping it an undisclosed location to enable the birds to breed there.

The students also visited Tjunkupu – described by explorer Ernest Giles as a “charming little oasis” – and witnessed a special ceremony to appease the resident Devil Woman (Ukurukurru) - the guardian of the water site.

Watiyawanu School principal Larry Kenny said the traditional owners throw rocks to scare away the witch Ukurukurru, and name the people in the area to stop her stealing any of them.

“This is a place with a direct historical bearing to students in this region because the traditional owners relocated to Haasts Bluff after 9000 years of permanent settlement at this place, which has also been dated with sporadic settlement back 20,000 years,” he said.

“There are always logistical challenges in these trips. On this occasion we had to leave a trailer with a broken axle for five days at Tjunkupu, and repairing and recovering the vehicle was an 11-hour operation.
“But that’s a minor inconvenience compared to the educational benefits of trips like this.”

Devils woman water

Accolades flow at gala ceremony 18 Nov 2014

Five honours in three prize categories were bestowed on the Department of Education at the recent Chief Minister’s Awards for Excellence in the Public Sector. The tally comprised the Remote School Attendance Strategy (Strengthening Government and Public Administration) Growing Green Kids NT (Excellence in Partnering) and three recipients of the Public Sector Medal.

The Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS) garnered an award for reversing a decline in attendance in most of the 30 Territory government schools involved in the program. Assistant Director Enrolment and Attendance, Eddie Gacitua, said the initiative has demonstrated a marked improvement in the majority of RSAS sites this year due to a close collaboration with all key stakeholders. Berry Springs Primary School was acknowledged for its educational alliance with the Territory Wildlife Park. The project operates as part of the new Growing Green Kids NT program. Students from preschool through to Year 6 undertake science studies in conjunction with the park.

Principal Leah Crockford said the expertise of the Territory Wildlife Park is a critical component in giving kids expertise and a detailed understanding beyond that available in the classroom. “The staff and kids are really proud of the partnership, and certainly this award would have been impossible without the park,” she said. Both Eddie Gacitua and Leah Crockford collected a trophy, a certificate, and a $12,500 cheque.

Public Sector Medals were awarded to the principal of Maningrida School Stuart Dwyer, for his commitment, leadership and mentoring in small community schools, Records Management Unit officer Eucharia Tipungwuti, an employee of 27 years’ service in schools and corporate environments, and posthumously to Carmelita Sceney, who worked in and for education in the Territory during more than a decade of major reform.

Chief Minister Award 2014

Anzac competition winners announced 12 Nov 2014

Four Territory school students will next year visit the hallowed ground of Anzac Cove after winning the Chief Minister’s Anzac Spirit Study Tour. The Year 9 to 11 contestants, Amy Chittick (Darwin High School) Juliette Parsons (Darwin Middle School) Jack Lake (Palmerston Senior College) and Stevie Pocock (Taminmin College) were chosen based on their superior print and video responses to the question: The Anzac Spirit arose from the actions of soldiers 100 years ago. Given their passing, what is it that keeps the Anzac Spirit alive?

The trip to Gallipoli will coincide with the Anzac Centenary commemorations and feature a tour of battlefields in Turkey and attendance at the Anzac Day Dawn Service.
The students were named as the award winners at a ceremony at Larrakeyah Barracks. They will be accompanied on the trip by Palmerston Senior College teacher Robert Lee, and defence attaché Corporal Cynthia Gilchrist.

The centenary marks the 100th anniversary of the nation’s involvement in the First World War.
(Left to right: Juliette Parsons, Jack Lake, Amy Chittick, Stevie Pocock)

Anzac competition winners

Maths-strong Matthew breaks medal drought 12 Nov 2014

Mathematics whiz kid and Dripstone Middle School student, Matthew Chapman, has returned to Darwin following his medal win in the Australian Mathematics Competition in early August.
The honour bestowed on Matthew is the first AMC medal awarded to the Territory in a decade. The international contest set five papers for Middle Primary, Upper Primary, Junior, Intermediate and Senior year levels, and attracted challengers from more than 40 countries to tests grading from very simple to complex exercises.

The school’s mathematics teacher Maha Bishay has been involved in the competition for nearly twenty years, but never witnessed such an extraordinary result.
“I’ve seen outstandingly talented students participate, but I’ve never had one win a medal,” she said.
“Matthew has an intrinsic ability to analyse a problem and find a solution. The school is immensely proud of his achievement.”

Matthew collected his medal from His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, at the national award ceremony at Brisbane’s Government House.

Australian Mathematics Competition

Titrators extraordinaire attract college kudos 12 Nov 2014

Taminmin College is ranked sixth in Australia – and the top in the Territory – following a national high school chemistry challenge involving 150 teams.
Year 11 college students Jack Campbell, Jasmine Aitken and Natasha Bond, were shortlisted from 1500 teams to participate in the Australian National Titration Competition, and using their titration skills, accurately determine the unknown concentration of a chemical.

The students undertook two analytical contests, pitched first against the 1500 teams participating across the nation, then against the best in each state and territory.
In the Territory, the Taminmin College team faced opposition from Darwin High School, Casuarina Senior College, Palmerston Senior College, St Johns Catholic College and Marrara Christian School. Principal Miriam MacDonald said the competition demanded “great precision” and to score in the top 10 in the nation the students’ results “admitted only a very small margin for error”.

Jack Campbell said it is an honour to be placed sixth and a surprise to win gold medals, but Jasmine Aitken described the result as the product of determination and meticulous attention to detail.“We went into the nationals wanting gold medals, and to be distinguished this way is a tremendous privilege,” she said.

The high-achieving trio are considering careers in chemical engineering, medicine, pharmacy or bio-medical science. They acknowledged teachers Jennifer Trewren and Greg Owens for helping them polish their titration skills. The annual Australian National Titration Competition is run by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Titration Competition


Exceptional educators 04 Nov 2014

Congratulations to all the nominees, finalists and winners in this year’s Teaching in the Territory Excellence Awards. The awards – held on World Teachers’ Day 31 October 2014 - recognised government school teachers, teacher leaders, support staff and principals who made a significant contribution to quality student learning in the Territory.

Gala celebrations were held in Darwin, Alice Springs, and in the Arnhem, Katherine and Barkly regions. The annual event attracted more than 240 submissions, an increase of nearly 100 on last year’s figures.

The major winners of this year’s awards are:

  • Northern Territory Support Staff Member of the Year Shirley Young (Larapinta Primary School)
  • Northern Territory Award for Excellence in Teaching or Leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Selena Uibo (Numbulwar School)
  • Northern Territory Primary Teacher of the Year Award Sarah Mullucks (Wugularr School)
  • Northern Territory Secondary Teacher of the Year Danielle Hazelton (Taminmin College)
  • Northern Territory Principal of the Year Ryan Martin (Batchelor Area School)
  • Northern Territory Early Childhood Teacher of the Year Deneil Sachs (Jingili Primary School)
  • Special Commendation – Excellence in Implementing the Remote School Attendance Strategy Andrew Murray (Elliot School)

winner WTD day 2014

For the full list of awardees


Top graduates offered teaching challenges 31 Oct 2014

The top teacher graduates of Charles Darwin University have been offered permanent employment in the Territory education system.

 Announced on World Teachers’ Day, the move is part of an ongoing strategy to enhance education outcomes for students by investing in high quality teachers. Department of Education chief executive, Ken Davies, said the 13 graduates would be offered a variety of “experiences and career development” in urban and remote schools.

After graduation, the teachers can undertake paid work in the Department of Education during the school holidays, before assuming positions in schools next year.

CDU graduates 2014

Introducing the Territory’s first Independent Public Schools 22 Oct 2014

Five Top End and one Central Australian school have been selected to be the Northern Territory’s first Independent Public Schools.

The successful schools are:

  • Braitling Primary School
  • Darwin High School
  • Larrakeyah Primary School
  • Leanyer Primary School
  • Palmerston Senior College
  • Wulagi Primary School 

Independent public schools are being introduced in the Territory as part of greater school autonomy. This is a joint initiative by the Northern Territory and Australian Governments, to give school communities a greater say in the way schools are administered and education programs delivered. 

Although all schools will operate with increased autonomy under global school budgets, independent public schools will benefit from even greater autonomy, particularly in relation to staff selection, financial management, governance, and their teaching and learning programs.

These successful schools undertook a rigorous selection process and demonstrated the capacity to assume greater autonomy, and the vision and innovation to use the enhanced flexibility to improve student outcomes.

Independent public schools will remain a part of the public education system and will be required to adhere to industrial relations and other relevant legislative boundaries, but will operate under different accountability and governance structures.

More information

 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.”

 15 Sep 2014

Early childhood work twice distinguished

Hand SigingThe Barkly Mobile Preschool Service, and its manager Doris Johnson, have been honoured with an Excellence in Building Inclusion Award, one of the prize categories in the 2014 HESTA Early Childhood Education and Care Awards. The service was acknowledged for working with Indigenous families to enhance children’s preschool attendance in the communities of Canteen Creek, Epenarra, Corella Creek and Murray Downs.
Doris regularly tours these communities to help assistant teachers deliver a daily preschool program for four-year-old children.

My work is an opportunity to support young children in the region by encouraging their families to become more involved in their child’s education,” she said. “I’ve built strong relationships with the families in these communities.”

“Attendance data shows early signs that our attempts to build inclusion are successful, and feedback from school staff is that our preschool children are more familiar with what’s expected of them at school, and that they arrive ready to learn.”

“I carry resources for the preschool classrooms, such as pens and paper, books and puzzles, and change them for different communities. It means that sometimes there’s something new for the kids and they’re so surprised by them, and happy to see me come.”

Doris has been managing the Barkly Mobile Preschool Service since 2010. She received the awards at the Early Childhood Australia National Conference in Melbourne on 6 September 2014.

 09 Sep 2014

Territory schoolchildren shine in brain bending battle

Two Territory government schools have scored first places in the problem-solving Tournament of Minds held at Charles Darwin University on 7 September, and will go to represent the Territory at the 26th Australasian Pacific Final in Melbourne.

Primary and secondary students were challenged to shine in the Language Literature and Maths Engineering categories.

Darwin Middle School eclipsed competitors in Language Literature Secondary, and Parap Primary School was twice distinguished, emerging victorious in the Language Literature Primary and Maths Engineering Primary divisions.

Nakara Primary School garnered honours in Maths Engineering Primary, and Kormilda College won the Maths Engineering Secondary contest.

The annual event attracted 29 teams from 15 schools across the Territory, vying for a place at the Trans-Tasman trial on 18 October.

The tournament aims to help students develop enterprise, creativity and time management skills, and the discipline to work collaboratively within a competitive environment.

Last year, Kormilda College, The Essington School, Darwin Middle School, and Wulagi Primary School were NT Regional Final winners.

 08 Sep 2014

Music spectacle set to start

Beat FestivalThe 35th Beat Festival – a major musical fixture in the arts calendar of Territory schools – begins 10 September 2014.

The annual festival includes a 300-voice choir, dancers, an orchestra, instrumental ensembles and vocalists 9 to 18 years old, and will this year involve more than 1100 students.

The event - produced by the Northern Territory Music School (NTMS) and the Beat Foundation – draws on the talents of primary and secondary students.

Principal of the NTMS Andy Mison said: “It is three nights that show the best of performing arts in government schools.”

“The Beat was designed to show students and school communities a pathway to future performing arts careers,” he said.

“Many students begin rehearsals for the event at the beginning of the school year, proving the exercise to be both a participation and training event.

“The theme for this year’s performances is ‘Rise’ where much of the content will relate to being the best that a person can be.”

The festival will be held at the Darwin Entertainment Centre on 10, 11 and 12 September.

 01 Sep 2014

Hands talk at signing school

Hand SigingDeaf children from urban, regional and remote schools have been invited to a five-day Darwin-based residential school to enhance their sign language skills.

The third annual Talking Hands Residential School – beginning 8 September at Kormilda College - will give the seven to 18-year-old students an opportunity to meet signing students from other centres.

With the theme of Healthy Living – Healthy Eating, Healthy Ears the students will focus on the language needed to buy nutritious fillings for sandwiches and create them for other people, sandwich-making, and the importance of hand washing before handling food.

The learning activities will include signing games, role playing and food preparation. These will be photographed and videoed to create experience books for students to take home and share with their families and schools.

To practice signing, the students will visit shops and urban facilities such as Casuarina Shopping Centre, Leanyer Water Park, Planet Ten Pin, and attend a sports day and a performance of The Beat.

Last year, up to 15 deaf students from Alice Springs, Katherine, Arnhem Land, Darwin and Palmerston attended the school.

The Talking Hands Residential School is being conducted by the Hearing Team of the Department of Education, supported by VidKids, DeafNT and Deaf Children Australia.


 21 Jul 2014

Propose esteemed educators for rewards

Teachers Excellence Award Winners 2013Each year there comes a special day on which we honour the dedication of school principals, teachers, teacher leaders and school support staff members. The tireless efforts of these professionals, who have profound influences on the lives of young people, often go unheralded. But the annual Teaching in the Territory Excellence Awards is an opportunity to nominate those who have provided high calibre education services.

The categories for this year’s awards are:

  • Northern Territory Early Childhood Teacher of the Year.
  • Northern Territory Primary Teacher of the Year.
  • Northern Territory Secondary Teacher of the Year.
  • Northern Territory Principal of the Year.
  • Northern Territory Award for Excellence in Teaching or Leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education.
  • Northern Territory Support Staff Member of the Year.

The public and members of school communities can nominate candidates of distinction from Monday 21 July until 4pm Friday 22 August 2014. The winners will be announced on 31 October 2014 at World Teachers‘ Day functions across the Territory.

 16 Jul 2014

Sport vouchers increased and expanded to cover recreation and cultural activities

Sport and recreation activities are a fantastic part of the Territory lifestyle.

Encouraging children to participate in sport, recreation and cultural pursuits can help foster teamwork and build personal endeavor and skills, as well as being good fun and keeping active.

The Sports Voucher Scheme aims to help Territory families cover the cost of their child’s participation in sport, recreation and cultural activities.

The Government announced in April this year that the scheme has been expanded to two $100 sport vouchers issued twice a year for every school-aged student in the Territory

Parents will receive the first voucher after July 1, sent home with their child through the school. The second voucher will be distributed in January next year.

In a change to the previous scheme, the vouchers can now be used for recreation and cultural activities such as swimming and music lessons, girl guides and scouts, as well as sporting activities.

Each voucher is redeemable at sport, recreation and cultural organisations registered with the Department of Sport, Recreation and Racing. Vouchers cannot be redeemed for cash or transferred to another child. Only one voucher can be used for each registered organisation

Sports Voucher $100


 20 Jun 2014

Firework safety on Territory Day

Every year the Northern Territory celebrates Territory Day, which marks the commencement of self-government on 1 July 1978. Fireworks are an integral and enjoyable part of Territory Day celebrations. But fireworks, if incorrectly handled, can result in serious injuries. There are a number of safety tips in the Celebrate Territory Day the Safe Way poster. Those responsible for private fireworks displays, particularly supervisors of children, should familiarise themselves with these safety guidelines.


 23 Jun 2015

A share in the future - Indigenous Education Review 

A final report recommending a major overhaul of Indigenous education in the Territory has been submitted to the Northern Territory Government and will lead the way in securing our children’s future. Following extensive consultation throughout the Territory’s towns and remote communities, independent education consultant Bruce Wilson has provided the most thorough assessment of Indigenous education in the Northern Territory for more than 15 years. The report has been named A Share in the Future. Read more


 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:

Name Number School
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


Name Instruments/Vocals School
Michael Lindsay Vocals/Guitar OLSH College Alice Springs
Dahna Jensen Vocals/Guitar Palmerston Senior College
Silva Landers Vocals/Guitar Centralian Senior College

Read more

 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

Industrial Action on Friday 7 March 2014 07 Mar 2014

Impact on NT Government Schools

The Australian Education Union NT (AEUNT) has given notice that its members will stop work for the full school day on Friday 7 March 2014.

The stop work action will disrupt the normal program at some NT Government schools.

Some schools will not be affected by the stop work action and it will be business as usual, however others will only be able to provide supervision to ensure the safety and well-being of students.

Twenty four schools will be closed and parents will need to make other arrangements for their child on this day. Principals have communicated arrangements at schools to parents and guardians.

Parents and guardians can contact their schools directly for more information.

The normal school program will resume on Monday 10 March 2014.

Schools closed Friday 7 March 2014

Parents and guardians of children at these schools will need to make alternative arrangements for their care on this day.

This information is current as at 8am Thursday 6 March 2014.

Barunga School Milikapiti School Tennant Creek High School
Borroloola School Milingimbi School Willowra
Bulla Camp School Nganambala School Woolaning School
Canteen Creek School Numbulwar School Yuendumu School
Jilkminggan School Ntaria School  
Kiana School Pine Creek School  
Lajamanu School Robinson River School  
Laramba School Ross Park – Rona Glynn Pre School  
MacFarlane School Sadadeen Primary School  
Mamaruni School Shepherdson College  

Updated 8am, 6 March 2014


Students shine at Exit Art 27 Feb 2014
Exit Art showcases outstanding contemporary artwork created by NT Certificate of Education and Training senior students from government and non-government schools across the Territory. The artworks of 31 students are being showcased as part of this annual exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. The exhibition features paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures, mixed media and printing techniques. Now in its 21st year, the exhibition enables us to glimpse the work from students’ eyes. It captures their unique ideas, influences and experiences, and provides a refreshing look at their motivations and inspirations. The exhibition is open to the public until 8 June 2014.

Have your say about a new Education Act for the Territory 27 Feb 2014
The Northern Territory Government is reforming the Education Act because it is outdated and no longer provides an adequate framework for delivering high quality, contemporary education to develop each student’s potential and maximise their educational achievement. A Discussion Paper has been released for consultation, as a first step in developing a new Education Act.  No decisions have been made about what will be in a new Act. Parents, teachers, principals, students and other interested people are encouraged to comment on the ideas in the Discussion Paper and suggest other ideas to assist in developing a new Act. To obtain the Discussion Paper or to find out how to make a submission, visit, e: or ph: 08 8999 5648. Submissions to the Discussion Paper close on Wednesday 16 April 2014.

Battle of the School Bands 26 Feb 2014
Battle of school 2014Battle of the School Bands, the annual music competition open to Year 7 to Year 12 students across the Territory, was launched at Sanderson Middle School on 21 February 2014. Students from government and non-government schools can enter as part of a band, duo or soloist, to contend for the top place in heats at Nhulunbuy High School, and the Centralian, Palmerston and Casuarina senior colleges. The first of the heats commences on Thursday 13 March. Students will be assessed on stagecraft, originality and musicianship during the heats. The competition finalists will be judged on their performance of two original songs by a panel of local music industry professionals at the final scheduled for 11 April at Brown’s Mart Theatre. The winners in the bands category, and the soloists and duos section, will play at BASSINTHE GRASS. Last year 13 schools from nine urban and four regional centres entered the competition, with more than 30 students from 10 schools competing in the final. More information on Battle of the School Bands is available here.

Indigenous Education Review 07 Feb 2014
The draft report with recommendations for the independent review of Indigenous Education is being released today for consultation until 9 March 2014. The recommendations focus on early years programs, literacy in primary schools, the delivery of secondary education, the structure of the department, education provision at all levels, attendance, community engagement, student wellbeing and behavior, community involvement, workforce planning and development funding. The consultation period is an opportunity to provide feedback on the recommendations. All interested parties are encouraged to offer written submissions or attend one of the public meetings scheduled across the Territory over the coming weeks. The full draft report is available on the website which includes details for submitting comments and the schedule of public meetings.


Back to School 28 Jan 2014
The 2014 school year is about to start. It’s important for all children to attend school so they can get a good education. Urban government school students return on Tuesday 28 January and remote government school students return Wednesday 29 January. Non-government schools return dates may vary.
The Territory Government is continuing to support families by providing a $150 Back to School entitlement for each NT student, from Preschool to Year 12. The entitlement will assist with the purchase of educational items from your child’s school.



NTCET Completers Celebrate across the Territory 19 Dec 2013

NTCET 2013 Top StudentsSenior secondary students across the Territory received their Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET) results today. 1255 students completed the NTCET, an increase of 46 students compared to 2012, and distinguished by the greatest number of certificate completions since its inception in 2011. At Darwin High School today, the Minister for Education applauded the hard work of NTCET students, describing their achievements as an unswerving commitment to excellence. Minister Chandler personally congratulated some of the Top 20 Students including the Territory’s top scoring student, Asim Razi from Darwin High School, who achieved an outstanding Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 99.95.
He also congratulated the the top performing indigenous student, Ashleigh Ascoli from O’Loughlin College, one of the 174 Indigenous students who have completed the certificate, a rise of 30 per cent compared to 2012. This year’s Top 20 results were determined from the university aggregate scores of 21 students from six schools - Darwin High School (6), St Philip’s College (6), Casuarina Senior College (3), The Essington School (3), Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College (2) and Marrara Christian College (1).

First Graduates from vocational centre 13 Dec 2013
82 students from Darwin, Dripstone, Nightcliff, Rosebery and Sanderson middle years’ schools have graduated with a Certificate I in Resources and Infrastructure from the newly established Darwin Area Middle Years Training Centre at Nightcliff. They received their certificates at a ceremony at the Nightcliff Middle School on 5 December 2013. The students are the first graduates from the centre – based at Nightcliff Middle School - which commenced operations this year.
The certificates will assist the recipients to develop careers in the booming construction, mining, energy and engineering industries, which can provide them with lifelong, rewarding professions. The certificate - a nationally recognised qualification – recognises students’ competency in basic skills, such as OH&S, small plant and equipment, measurements and calculations, the use of hand and power tools, and workplace communications. The training was provided by the Department of Education and Charles Darwin University.

Larapinta's little big shots 13 Dec 2013

Little Big ShotsTwenty-five year five and six students from Larapinta Primary School in Central Australia have submitted a film to Australia’s major international children’s film festival, Little Big Shots. The film, Close the Gap…Larapinta Style, was made by the students using footage and pictures gathered during Close the Gap activities and addresses inequalities in Indigenous health and education outcomes.

Inspiration for the film came in February this year when the Little Big Shots Film Festival visited Alice Springs. The students have entered the Best Australian Child-Made Film category. A jury of 10 kids will judge the films throughout January and February next year in these categories:

  • Best Australian adult-made film
  • Best Australian child-made film
  • Best International film

Media Release


Shannon sets her sights on Olympic gold 01 Nov 2013
Shannon-Kieran A science student from Casuarina Senior College is the first Northern Territory student to be selected for the elite Australian Science Olympiad Summer School in January next year. Year 11 student Shannon Kieran scored a High Distinction in the biology qualifying exam – in which 3000 students participated - to be chosen to join 70 of Australia’s most talented science students at a residential summer school, and possibly win a spot representing Australia at the 2014 International Science Olympiads. In the intensive program, to be held at Monash University’s Clayton campus, the secondary school students will participate in the equivalent of a first-year university course in biology, chemistry and physics. Based on their performance, 13 students will be selected to represent Australia in these sciences at the international Olympiads.


Battle of the School Bands 2013 Winners 24 Apr 2013
Rambutan Jam Band performing actRambutan Jam Band made up of students from Kormilda College and Darwin High School have taken out this year’s Battle of the School Bands competition. Also a winner on the night was Josh Goodrem from Darwin High School in the solo/duo category. Both Rambutan Jam Band and Josh now get to perform at this year’s BASSINTHEGRASS concert. The Battle of the School Bands final played out in front of an enthusiastic full house at the Darwin Entertainment Centre as part of Youth Week. Organised by the NT Music School, the competition is a premier music event for young performers across the NT.


Grants for organisations supporting children with disabilities 18 Jul 2013
Non-government organisations involved in educating and supporting children and students with disabilities are invited to apply for grants under the Community Based Special Education Program. For more information and application forms please visit Community Based Special Education Program


Extra special present for Darwin High School 23 Aug 2013
Andrew Liveris As part of Darwin High School's 50th Anniversary celebrations, Dow Chemical Company Chairman and CEO, Andrew Liveris, visited the school this week and gave them a very special birthday present. On behalf of his colleagues at Dow, he committed AUS$0.5million in cash, equipment and services to upgrade the school’s computer technology and equipment. Liveris spent more than three hours touring the school meeting students and teachers. Speaking at a special assembly he made the case for changing the world through science and technology. He stressed that regardless of their career paths, students should be passionate about science, technology, engineering and maths subjects. He encouraged students to dream big and told them that with passion and perseverance they can achieve their goals. Liveris told students that he had sat where they were sitting today. He went on to gain a first class honours degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Queensland. He now leads one of the biggest companies in the world. His path to success started at Darwin High School.

A game approach to Indigenous learning 13 Aug 2013
Learning Games The Minister for Education, the Hon Peter Chandler, launched a new Learning Games resource at Gunbalanya School last Wednesday. Leaning Games focus on the important interaction between children and parents and are aimed at improving cognitive and communication skills, social and emotional behaviour and pre-school readiness for children under four years old. The resource provides a set of culturally adapted and stimulating games that educators, Indigenous staff and families can use to promote healthy early childhood development. It aims to support an innovative teaching strategy that will help shape early childhood education in remote Indigenous communities across the Territory.


Pride of place at Darwin school 07 Oct 2013
Senior teacher at Sanderson Middle School, Iolanthe Sutton has been honoured with an Inspirational Medal in this year’s Pride of Australia Medal commendations. Iolanthe was recognised for inspiring her students to love learning, and for helping them bridge the gap from study to their chosen careers. Iolanthe has sought ways to improve the school, including redesigning the school library to make an educational hub for both students and teachers, and establishing a school garden project that has been successful in engaging community organisations. Since 2005 the Pride of Australia Medal program has awarded more than 550 medals across Australia.


National Literacy and Numeracy Week 18 Jul 2013
National Literacy and Numeracy Week, 29 July – 4 August 2013 represents a collaborative approach by the Australian Government and school communities to highlight the importance of literacy and numeracy skills for all children and young people, with a specific focus on school-aged children. National Literacy and Numeracy Week gives schools the opportunity to get involved in a range of literacy and numeracy activities. The week aims to recognise locally the achievements of students and the work of teachers, parents and members of the community who support young people to develop stronger literacy and numeracy skills. More information about NLNW activities is available at

Here come the marines! 18 Jul 2013
Members of the United States Marine Corp Northern Rotation have adopted several Top End schools and are helping students with their fitness and life-skills. The marines kicked off their association with the Moulden Park School and Neighborhood Centre with an American breakfast hosted by the US Consul General Mary Burce Warlick. The marines are working with year 6 students and attend the school three days a week. They also have programs running at Casuarina Senior College and Gray Primary School.



Celebrating 2012 NTCET results 19 Dec 2012
About 1200 Territory students received their Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET) today. There were celebrations at Darwin High School with Sophie Philip named Top NTCET student and Jamie Collins the Top NTCET Indigenous student. The top 20 results came from four schools - Darwin High(14), Katherine High(3), St Phillip’s College in Alice Springs(3) and Casuarina Senior College(1). More

Mini budget 04 Dec 2012
The NT Government has announced a mini budget to achieve financial sustainability for the Territory. The Department of Education and Children’s Services has identified savings and efficiencies while maintaining frontline school services and addressing student outcomes. The reforms include a review of the Education Act, a restructure of corporate support and school support networks, a reassessment of grant allocations and the provision for executive staff to return to frontline duties. The mini budget also provided an increase in the Back to School payment scheme from $75 to $150 from the start of the 2013 school year and a pathway forward through the Teacher and Educators Enterprise Agreement for payment of remote retention bonuses to teachers serving in remote schools. A range of programs deemed to be inefficient or not achieving required outcomes have been reviewed as part of the Mini Budget process. Many of the savings strategies will require further consultation with staff, key stakeholders and unions around how they are best delivered and introduced. This will take place over the coming weeks and months. Read the Minister’s media release Establishing a quality efficient education model on the NT Government’s Newsroom website for more information.


Recognising the NT’s dedicated teaching workforce 21 Nov 2012
Winners at the Teacher Excellence AwardsTeachers across the Territory came together for World Teachers’ Day on 26 October. A highlight of the celebrations was the presentation of the Teaching in the Territory Excellence Awards. They recognise school teachers, leaders, support staff and principals that make a significant contribution to student learning. Congratulations to all winners.


2012 Smart Schools Awards 24 Oct 2012
2012 Smart Schools Awards eveningAbout 480 educators and supporters of education across the NT celebrated the 2012 Smart Schools Awards. The gala night, held at the Darwin Convention Centre, paid tribute to government schools and their efforts in delivering excellence in education. School staff from the Arnhem, Central, Barkly, Katherine, Darwin, Palmerston and Rural areas attended the event, hosted by Australian entertainer Ernie Dingo. Congratulations to all nominees and recipients. Thank you to the sponsors and everyone who supported this premier event.

New Office of Children and Families 11 Oct 2012
The Deputy Chief Minister Robyn Lambley has announced a new arrangement between the Department of Education and the new Office of Children and Families. The new Office will offer a broader range of complimentary functions with a specific focus on children and families in the 0 – 4 years age group. The Department of Education will now be called the Department of Education and Children’s Services and there will be a single plan across the Office of Children and Families and the department. This plan will ensure increased focus on the safety and wellbeing of Territory children by providing better coordination of key services, helping break down silos and providing families with connected services across the NT. More details in our information paper.


Smart Schools Awards finalists announced 24 Sep 2012
Photo of students performing on stage The finalists in this year’s 2012 NT Smart Schools Awards have been announced. New Education Minister Robyn Lambley (left) announced the finalists of eight categories at Millner Primary School. The Smart Schools Awards celebrate excellence in education, showcasing the quality and achievements of NT government schools. The awards ceremony, on 20 October, will be hosted by TV personality Ernie Dingo.

Students shine at annual Beat Festival  19 Sep 2012
Photo of students performing on stageSome of the Territory’s most talented young performers gathered at the Darwin Entertainment Centre for the NT’s biggest performing arts showcase. More than 1100 students participated in three nights of spectacular performances for “Shine” – the theme of this year’s festival. Now in its 33rd year, it has grown to include staff and schools from across the Territory in choirs, dance troupes, instrumental ensembles, circus acts and as soloists.


Teaching scholarships, fellowships, cadetships 17 Jul 2012
Some of the NT’s brightest assembled at Parliament House recently to receive their scholarships under the Local Teachers in Local Schools strategy. The mid-year scholarship intake offers 28 Teacher Education Scholarships, 22 More Indigenous Teacher cadetships, scholarships, and fellowships and 34 More Early Childhood teacher scholarships. The scholarships provide financial and other support to assist individual students to successfully complete studies in teacher education. More


Students jump at workplace opportunities 31 Jul 2012
A record number of Territory students are taking part in work placements to get job skills while finishing school. Work placements as part of Vocational Education and Training in Schools has doubled in the past two years. This initiative which is part of the Department’s VET in Schools program will deliver more skilled workers to local businesses to help them grow. Refer to the media release for details.

Empowering local schools 31 Jul 2012
Photo of Federal Education Minister Peter Garrett and Minister for Education and Training Chris Burns visiting Ludmilla Primary School studentsSixteen NT Government schools received $757,600 for the Federal Government’s Empowering Local Schools initiative. Federal Education Minister Peter Garrett visited Ludmilla Primary School and announced a total $2.4 million for 20 NT schools for the first phase of the program. Schools received $40,000-$50,000 to help them with lesson design, staffing, budgeting and building, planning and maintenance.

GEMS increasing engagement in NT schools 31 Jul 2012
Photo of GEMS Girls AcademyA new GEMS academy has been launched at Sanderson Middle School. The Girls Engagement Mentoring and Support program is also offered at Casuarina Senior College, Dripstone and Nightcliff middle schools. GEMS has proven to increase engagement and attendance of students. There are plans are to extend the program across the Territory. Refer to the media release for details.

School gardens help communities grow 09 Jul 2012
Photo of students showing off their school gardenA number of Arnhem Land schools have been rewarded for their innovative school gardens. The Arnhemland Progress Aboriginal Corporation (ALPA) held the EduGrow School Garden Awards for its 40th birthday. Schools from Galiwin’ku, Gapuwiyak, Minjilang, Milingimbi and Ramingining entered. Galiwin’ku’s Shepherdson College won the overall prize of $1500. The gardens have seen work with traditional owners and links to learning in the classroom.


Passports to enhance educational outcomes  24 May 2012
Photo of a student and staff holding school passportsA new trial scheme has been launched to encourage school attendance and good behaviour in Central Australian schools. The School Passport system involves families earning points for participation in school based activities. They are redeemable for resources like uniforms, camps and excursions. Sadadeen Primary School, Alice Springs, is the first to trial the passports. The scheme is an initiative under the Alice Springs Youth Action Plan and is aligned to the DET Strategic Plan through All Stages of Learning.

Record investment in education 08 May 2012
2012 budgetThe NT Government announced a record $950 million investment in education and training initiatives in its 2012 budget. Minister for Education and Training Chris Burns says the investment in schools, teachers, specialist education programs, re-engagement and improved training outcomes is an investment in a smart Territory.


Launch of 2012 Smart Schools Awards 25 Apr 2012
Smart Schools Awards launched by the Minister for Education and Training, Dr Chris Burns MLA, at Millner Primary SchoolThe Smart Schools Awards celebrate excellence in education, showcasing the quality and achievements of government schools across the Territory. The awards were launched at Millner Primary School – they won $20,000 last year for “Innovation in Indigenous Education” and bought iPads for transition students. There are numerous categories that schools can apply for. The awards are open to all NT Government schools. The winning schools will be announced on 20 October at the Darwin Convention Centre.

Nemarluk School opens 17 Apr 2012
Nemarluk SchoolStudents at Nemarluk School have been enjoying their new colourful facilities. They moved from their old school to a brand new $11.9 million purpose-built complex which is co-located at Alawa Primary School. The school has been built under the NT Government’s $30 million Special Schools Infrastructure Plan to deliver better education facilities for children with special needs. It includes 14 purpose-built classrooms, a hydrotherapy pool, a multipurpose assembly hall, a gymnasium, an after-school care building and an existing sports oval. Colour-coding has been used to help students navigate the campus. The facilities are available for community use as part of the NT Government’s Our Community Heart program.

N.E.A.L Boys win the battle 16 Apr 2012
N.E.A.L BoysNorth East Arnhem Land Boys fought it out against eight other bands across the Territory to win the 2012 Battle of the School Bands competition. The band, from Yirrkala Community Education Centre, will play at BASSINTHEGRASS on 26 May alongside some of the nation’s biggest music acts. The reggae/hip-hop band also won the opportunity to record a song. The five members – including singers Theo and Marshall, drummer Jerome, bass player Sedrick, and didgeridoo player Winston – have been playing together for two months and write and perform songs about Indigenous rights, values and the land. The Middle School Encouragement Award was won by Tomorrow’s Ever Ending, of Dripstone Middle School. Elcah Rane, of Centralian Senior College, won the Solo/Duo Award and Pure Ownage, of Palmerston Senior College, won the Best Songwriter Award.

Students attend National Schools Constitutional Convention 03 Apr 2012
National Schools Constitutional Convention in CanberraFive senior secondary students from across the NT were among more than 120 Year 11 and 12 students from around Australia attending the convention at Old Parliament House in chilly Canberra. The convention provided senior students with the chance to become better informed about how Australia’s constitution provides a democratic framework. The students – from Palmerston Senior College, Casuarina Secondary College, Darwin High School, Centralian Secondary College and St Phillip’s College – spent two days exploring whether there was a case to be made for the Commonwealth assuming full powers over health and water, as a way of investigating the topic Australian Federalism: a question of balance.

Exit Art open to public 02 Apr 2012
Exit AnenomeThe Exit Art exhibition showcases the talent of the 2011’s Year 12 NT Certificate of Education and Training visual art students. Almost 40 artworks are on display, from young artists across the Territory. The works represent a diverse range of interests and styles, from painting to sculpture, fashion, fabric printing and mixed media. This is the 19th annual Exit Art exhibition, and it’s on show at the NT Museum and Art Gallery until 17 June 17. The Territory Craft award was won by Jessica Pickworth from the NT Open Education Centre for her work, “Reef and Reasons”.

Remote school uses DET award to further improve attendance 02 Apr 2012
New bikes at Warruwi SchoolWarruwi School won the 2011 NT Smart School Award for Improving Attendance. The prize was $20,000 and the school has spent part of that money on five bicycles. The school is using bicycles as a way to teach across the curriculum, with students learning about and producing books about bicycle maintenance and bike safety. The new bikes are also used as an incentive for students who get to school early – they go for an early-morning ride!


Contingency arrangements in place at Sanderson Middle School 29 Mar 2012
A burst water pipe at Sanderson Middle School has left the school without water today. Alternative arrangements have been implemented and students will be bused to nearby schools for their lessons today. They will be returned to Sanderson school before home time. Parents are advised that drop-off and pick-up arrangements remain unchanged. Any parents who have concerns or questions are encouraged to contact Sanderson Middle School.

Nganmarriyanga School reopens 21 Mar 2012
While there was some flood at Nganmarriyanga School (Palumpa), the clean up is underway and it has been confirmed as safe and students will start back on Wednesday 21 March.

Temporary schooling arrangements for some rural students 20 Mar 2012
Some 40 students from Taminmin College and Humpty Doo Primary School will be unable to return to school until as late as Thursday, due to road closures. The schools are contacting the families of all students involved to make alternative arrangements to provide school work until they are able to return to school. This may include web based activities or lessons. Taminmin College and Humpty Doo school will be open and operate as normal for students not affected by the road closures. The Department is closely monitoring the situation and assisting schools as required. Nganmarriyanga School is expected to reopen on Wednesday, subject to the building safety audit being satisfactorily completed. Any changes will be updated on the DET website and the media will be informed immediately.

No change to school closures 16 Mar 2012
No changes are anticipated to the situation with NT Government school closures over the weekend. Nganmarriyanga School will remain closed on Monday while clean up efforts are underway. All other NT Government schools will be open on Monday. The Department and local Emergency Services will continue to monitor the situation. Any changes will be updated on the DET website and the media will be informed immediately.

Croc on the school oval! 16 Mar 2012
A crocodile found at Manunda Terrace Primary SchoolStudents, staff and some parents at Manunda Terrace Primary School in Darwin got a big surprise, following the school assembly on Friday. Students reported a crocodile on the oval. When the Principal Sally Winch arrived, she found a 60-80cm freshwater crocodile surrounded by more than 50 students. The croc was startled and ran amongst the students, nipping one. A quick-thinking parent put his foot on the crocodile, and Sally lifted it up while clamping its mouth. She then put it in an esky until Crocodile Management officers from NT Parks and Wildlife arrived and took it away.

Most schools open Friday  15 Mar 2012
Schools across the Territory will be open and operate as normal tomorrow, except for Nganmarriyanga School which will remain closed to students due to localised flooding. Parents of students who live in areas experiencing adverse weather conditions should be mindful of their own safety and travel arrangements in transporting students to and from school. The local circumstances and road conditions need to inform decisions about children attending and getting home safely from school. All decisions about school closures or reopenings are be made in consideration of the safety of all students and staff. Media will be informed immediately of any changes.

Important: School bus update for the rural area 15 Mar 2012
Parents of students who live in Marrakai area near the Adelaide River bridge on the Arnhem Highway and in the Cox Peninsula area are encouraged to collect their children from school, where possible, ahead of the school day finishing this afternoon. Schools are directly contacting all impacted families. The Department had hoped to provide an earlier bus service for students and their families. Unfortunately this would have delayed all other bus services in the network – impacting a very large number of students and families. Parents in affected areas are encouraged to consider local weather conditions and their own circumstances, and err on the side of caution if collecting their children earlier. Schools will continue to operate as normal this afternoon and all school bus services will continue to run as scheduled. All decision about school closures and the movement of students are made in consideration of the safety of all students and staff. The Department is closely monitoring the current weather situation and will make further decisions school closures later this afternoon.

Earlier school bus transport in the rural area 15 Mar 2012
Localised flooding in the Marrakai area near the Adelaide River bridge on the Arnhem Highway and in the Cox Peninsula area has resulted in arrangements for earlier bus transport for 145 students in the affected areas. This decision has been made in consideration of the safety of all students and staff. The students are from Mary McKillop School, St Francis of Assisi, Humpy Doo Primary School, Good Shepherd Lutheran School, Middle Point Primary School, Berry Springs Primary School and Taminmin College. Alternative bus transport has been arranged for after lunch. Schools are contacting all impacted families directly. Parents with any concerns should contact their school office. If impacted families wish to collect their children directly from school they can make arrangements with the school office. School will continue as normal for students who live outside of the affected areas.

School closure update: 5pm 14 March 2012 14 Mar 2012
There is no change in the school closure advice previously issued in Bulletin Three at 2pm today. The following four Government schools will be closed to students tomorrow, due to severe weather conditions associated with a Tropical Low: Bulla Camp, Nganambala, Nganmarriyanga and Peppimenarti. All other schools will reopen tomorrow for business as usual. Any further decisions about school closures or reopenings will be made in consideration of the safety of all students and staff. Media will be informed immediately of any changes. For updates on the situation please visit Parents can contact their school for any further information.

School closure update: 2.15pm 14 March 2012 14 Mar 2012
Some Government schools will remain closed to students tomorrow, due to severe weather conditions associated with a Tropical Low. All other schools will reopen tomorrow for business as usual. Advice on any further closures in the areas affected by the tropical low or localised flooding will be advised later this afternoon. Any further decisions about school closures or reopenings will be made in consideration of the safety of all students and staff. Media will be informed immediately of any changes. For updates on the situation please visit Parents can contact their school for any further information.

Schools under cyclone warning closed on 14 March 2012 13 Mar 2012
Schools in the area currently under cyclone warning will be closed on Wednesday 14 March as a precaution. A list of government schools that will be closed is available. All non-government schools in the affected area under cyclone warning will also be closed tomorrow. The decision to close these schools was made by the Chief Minister, based on recommendations by the Counter Disaster Council in consultation with the Department of Education and Training. A decision on when the listed schools will reopen will be made in consideration of the safety of all students and staff. When a decision is made to reopen the school, all media will be advised immediately. Wednesday 14 March will be business as usual for all DET corporate staff. Staff with school aged children are encouraged to discuss work from home arrangements with their supervisor. For updates on the situation please visit

The Battle begins 06 Mar 2012
Battle of the School BandsThe Battle of the School Bands has been launched and school heats begin at the end of March. The competition is open to all middle and senior school students in the NT, including non-government schools. The competition has been also expanded to include a soloist and duo category. Contestants are to perform only original music. The winners from each category will be invited to play at BASSINTHEGRASS on Saturday 26 May. For further information, and to learn about the new Battle of the School Bands category, go to


Back to school for 2012 01 Feb 2012
About 44,000 students across the NT started the new school year this week, along with 160 new teachers. The family of each student receives a $75 Back to School payment to go towards the cost of books and uniforms. For students at Gunbalanya the school year started three weeks earlier as they trial a flexible school year – part of the Department of Education and Training’s focus on initiatives for greater attendance in our schools. Getting students to school more often has proven to improve literacy and numeracy skills of those students. These initiatives support the Government’s Territory 2030 aims of delivering quality education throughout the NT.

Families as First Teachers (FaFT) at work - Video 20 Jan 2012
Video clip part 1Families as First Teachers programs are delivered in remote communities across the Northern Territory to support the healthy development and early learning of young Indigenous children. With strong links to local community organisations and agencies, each FaFT program is unique. For a fun and informative look at the great work done in the communities, see the four part video presentation.



Students shine in NTCET 21 Dec 2011
Congratulations to the 1144 students who received their Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training this week. The Top NT student for 2011 was Jarrad Dickson from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Alice Springs and the Top Indigenous student was Alana Manhire from Casuarina Senior College. The top 20 students came from across a range of schools – Darwin High School, Casuarina Senior College, Taminmin College, St Phillip’s College, Our Lady of Sacred Heart and St John’s College. There were also great achievements by many students who were awarded merits. Congratulations to all students and all teachers and school communities on a vibrant and positive year.

A swag of rewards 16 Dec 2011
The school at Ngukurr has distributed about 80 swags to students who’ve achieved attendance rates of more than 80 per cent or more during the past year. The swags-for-attendance reward program was an initiative of the Life Without Barriers’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Fund – supported by DET and private enterprise. The school says the reward has proved so popular, the Ngukurr community may fund a similar scheme in 2012.

Supporting safety in schools 15 Dec 2011
DET is implementing changes to better support teachers and schools that have to manage students with challenging behaviour. A group reviewed the management of students with extreme behaviours following a serious but isolated incident at Nightcliff Middle School earlier this year. DET is implementing all the final report’s 11 recommendations. More

The Beat Awards 08 Dec 2011
Congratulations to the nine NT students who’ve received Beat Foundation awards for achievement, excellence and encouragement in the performing arts. This year three students received Achievement Awards of $1000 each: Kathleen Fong of Darwin High, a multi-instrumentalist of outstanding ability and potential; Joseph Baronio of Kormilda College, a circus performer with Corrugated Iron Youth Arts and a virtuoso unicyclist; and Hayley Kelly of Sanderson Middle School, a star of the Darwin School of Ballet who will be studying at the Australian Ballet School. Other awardees were: Mitchell Northcote, Patrick Chin, Kaiyah Chadwick, Lucy Chin, Zoe Heath and Andrew Northcote.

Youth Business Awards 08 Dec 2011
Students from the Arnhem Region school of Numbulwar used their IT skills to develop an online business, and take out a new category in the Youth Business Awards. They won the Operate a Small Business in a Growth Town or Remote School award. The students developed an online marketing business to advertise and sell locally-made Indigenous artwork. Other winners were the S-CLASS from Darwin High School for Developing a Small Business Plan and the Henbury Gardening Crew at Henbury School for Operating a Small Business. Thirteen schools from across the Territory entered this year’s awards.


Early childhood educator scholarships 22 Nov 2011
The Australian and Territory Governments are providing scholarships to help early childhood educators upgrade their qualifications.  The scholarships are part of the Early Childhood Workforce Plan.  The workforce plan provides a vehicle for partnerships across government, non-government and industry agencies to build, support and develop the early childhood workforce.

Chief Minister’s Award – Families as First Teachers 21 Nov 2011
A Department of Education program has received the Chief Minister’s Award for Excellence for Delivering Quality Education and Training. The Families as First Teachers – Indigenous Parenting Support Program (FAFT-IPPs) aims to improve the educational outcomes of Indigenous students by targeting their very early years. It’s been implemented in 20 communities across the Territory. The program includes dual generational playgroups, parent workshops, parent coaching and family literacy strategies. It also models health promotion messages and engages parents in health and nutrition activities. Congratulations to all involved.

Congratulations to our top teachers 03 Nov 2011
More than 3000 principals, teachers and school leaders celebrated World Teachers’ Day at functions across the Territory last Friday. A highlight of the day was the presentation of the prestigious Teaching in the Territory Excellence Awards. Congratulation to all the winners across all five categories on a fantastic achievement!


Territory senior students begin final exams 26 Oct 2011
Senior students have this week commenced their Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET) exams. Language exams have begun, and the final examination for all Territory senior students is Australian and International Politics, which will be held on 16 November. Students should expect to receive their results in the weeks before Christmas. More

Millner Primary School on national stage 26 Oct 2011
Millner Primary School will represent the Northern Territory at the NAB Schools First National Impact Awards next month. The school has a community partnership with a number of organisations to provide support for Indigenous children from remote communities, which was last night announced the 2011 NAB Schools First Northern Territory Impact Award winner. The $100,000 win acknowledges the collaboration - known as ERICUS (Educating Indigenous Children in Urban Settings) - between Millner Primary School and Save The Children, AFL NT, Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, Children's Development Team and Danila Dilba Health Services. More

Smart Schools Awards winners 17 Oct 2011
The winners of the 2011 Northern Territory Smart Schools Awards have been announced at a prestigious gala event at the Darwin Convention Centre on Saturday. The Smart Schools Awards is a Department of Education and Training initiative celebrating excellence in the delivery of quality education in government schools across the Territory. Department of Education and Training Chief Executive Gary Barnes said the focus on excellence in public education showed our schools, teachers and programs on a high level comparable to other schools nationally. Media release

NT Teacher named best in Australia  14 Oct 2011
A Northern Territory teacher librarian has been named Australia’s best Primary School Teacher. The inaugural Australian Awards for Outstanding Teaching and School Leadership were held in Melbourne last night where Alice Springs teacher Jo Sherrin was named the national winner in the Primary Teacher category. The Bradshaw Primary School teacher librarian was recognised for consistently creating learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of her students, of which half are Indigenous students. Ms Sherrin is a founding coordinator of the highly regarded Children’s Literature in the Centre Festival. She is an active leader in the Australian School Library Association in the Northern Territory and is contributing to a trial of the new Australian English Curriculum. More

Belyuen School recognised for student caring 14 Oct 2011
Belyuen School has been named the 2011 inaugural winner of the Child Friendly Organisation Award to be presented at a Childrens Week ceremony at Darwin City Council on Friday. Belyuen School was credited with being an outstanding example of an organisation where children are welcomed, valued and their achievements are celebrated daily according to National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect NT which judges the award. The Child Friendly Organisation Award aims to recognise the value of organisations that are child and family friendly; and the important contribution they make in ensuring safe and healthy environments for children. Congratulations to the Belyuen School staff and community.


2011 NT Training Awards 14 Sep 2011
Winners of the 2011 NT Training Awards were announced at a gala dinner at the Darwin Convention Centre on Saturday. Now in its 56th year, these awards highlight best practice in training, and importantly, recognise personal excellence and achievement in vocational education and training in the Territory. The awards honour and recognise the Territory’s top apprentices, trainees, vocational education and training (VET) students, employers, businesses, VET teachers, trainers and organisations. More

VAMPtv screens first episode across NT 13 Sep 2011
The Department of Education and Training has successfully launched a secure web-based television show and interactive networking website for NT students. VAMPtv is an innovative and unique multimedia project which links with the department’s Every Child, Every Day strategy in providing an arts forum for schools and their students in remote and regional areas. The first program screened last week and is available to all schools through the VAMPtv website. To become a member of VAMPtv and for web access contact

Music rocks the House 13 Sep 2011
About 500 NT school students took part in the annual Music Count Us In national song day by singing and playing the song We’ve got the Music in the Great Hall of the NT Parliament House earlier this month. This year for the first time students sang with live accompaniment provided by the NT Music School’s-Combined Schools Wind Symphonic Band. The NT was also one of the five State and Territory capitals selected to provide a live-to-web stream along with Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra. Music Count Us In gives principals, teachers, parents and students an opportunity to collectively celebrate music education. This year 2000 schools and 600,000 students participated.

Ross Park Primary School turns 50  13 Sep 2011
Ross Park Primary School will hold a whole school concert which traces key events throughout the school’s 50 year history. Parents and former students and staff will bring a picnic supper and the canteen will be open to serve old favourite snacks such as apricot squares and Ovaltinies. At the end of the night, 50 Transition students will blow out 50 candles on the 50 cakes prior to the Year 6 students passing the cakes around. A wide variety of memorabilia will be on display including video interviews with more than 30 previous staff, students and parents.


Literacy Framework for Students with English as an Additional Language (EAL) 31 Aug 2011
The draft policy and guidelines, procedures and frequently asked questions on the delivery of effective programs for English as an Additional Language learners is now available for all schools and their communities to provide feedback until 31 October 2011. The draft policy is informed by a review of the policy relating to teaching of English literacy and numeracy during the first four hours of the school day and by new research undertaken by the Menzies School of Health Research on literature concerning language acquisition of Indigenous students with home languages other than English. This work also builds on the findings of the Master’s report into improving literacy and numeracy outcomes. This policy applies to all schools providing services to EAL learners (Indigenous and non-Indigenous). More information | Menzies media release

National Skills Week 26 Aug 2011
National Skills Week (1-8 October) is an exciting new initiative designed to raise the status of practical and vocational learning. With over 140 activities planned nationwide during National Skills Week, there are many opportunities to showcase the achievements, contribution, career pathways, opportunities and the success stories of practical learners. If you would like to participate in National Skills Week, email details of your planned activities to so it can be promoted on the national events calendar.

Inspiring students to achieve their goals 25 Aug 2011
Elspeth Hurse from Millner Primary School has been honoured for her outstanding commitment to education; winning the Inspiration Award at the 2012 NT Pride of Australia Awards. Elspeth is the school’s Educating Remote Indigenous Children in Urban Settings (ERICUS) program co-ordinator and Family Group teacher and was recognised for her tireless work and commitment to helping students achieve their goals. In further recognition, Elspeth was also named NTFL primary School Ambassador of the Year 2011 this week. Congratulations Elspeth! More

Giving nutrition the Thumbs Up! 25 Aug 2011
An innovative online education resource has been launched to reinforce the importance of good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle for children. The Thumbs Up! online resource is a joint initiative between the Jimmy Little Foundation and the NT Department of Education. It provides interactive, primary school lesson plans and general health and wellbeing information. More

Get your tickets for the Smart Schools Awards  19 Aug 2011
Join us to celebrate the Smart Schools Awards with a three-course dinner, drinks and entertainment at the Darwin Convention Centre on Saturday 15 October. Australian film and television actor Angus Sampson will host the event. Tickets are on sale now for $121 each or buy a table (10 people) at a discounted rate of $1100 and celebrate as a group! Eight schools will win $20,000 each thanks to the generous support from our valued sponsors. Come and support the fantastic work and achievements of our Territory schools.

Nominations close this Friday! 15 Aug 2011
Nominations for the 2011 Smart Schools Awards close this Friday, 19 August. Winning schools will receive a cash prize to the value of $20 000. Can your school afford to miss out? Australian film and television actor Angus Sampson will host the gala event which includes a three-course dinner, drinks and entertainment at the Darwin Convention Centre on Saturday 15 October. Nominate now!

Safer Roads Resource for Years 3-6 school teachers 11 Aug 2011
The Safer Roads Primary Years Resource is completed and ready for schools to begin utilising. A free copy of the resource will be available to schools who send staff along to the professional development. This resource follows on from the Early Years Road Safety resource distributed in 2010.

Nominations closing soon 09 Aug 2011
Nominations for the 2011 Smart Schools Awards close on Friday 19 August. Winning schools will receive a cash prize to the value of $20 000. Can your school afford to miss out? Australian film and television actor Angus Sampson will host the gala event which includes a three-course dinner, drinks and entertainment at the Darwin Convention Centre on Saturday 15 October. Nominate now!

Northern Territory’s newest school 09 Aug 2011
The Northern Territory’s newest school was officially opened last week. The new $2 million Baniyala Garrangali School, 200km south of Nhulunbuy, ensures that the children of Baniyala have a modern school to help them with their learning. Baniyala School was formerly a Homeland Learning Centre. The new school began operating at the commencement of the 2010 school year after a school council was constituted and the school’s first teaching principal had been appointed. More

Students sign on for future work 09 Aug 2011
The Year 10 group at Palmerston Senior College have declared their intentions that dropping out of school is not an option for their immediate futures. The Year 10 students took part in a formal signing ceremony in front of the Chief Minister Paul Henderson, Palmerston Mayor Robert Macleod and about 30 invited business and industry dignitaries, to declare their commitment to seeking positive pathways for their futures. The Palmerston Senior College students, in collaboration with the Beacon Foundation, an organisation designed to help create links between Territory businesses and schools, made a public pledge at the community event this week to commit to pursuing either further education, training or full-time employment by the time they leave their secondary schooling in Year 12.

Working to make schools even better  08 Aug 2011
A new report released today has outlined plans to make further improvements to Northern Territory schools to help students. Professor Geoff Masters of the Australian Council for Education Research has been working with Territory schools and the Department of Education and Training (DET) since last year to look at how to make further improvements to literacy and numeracy. The report outlines 15 key recommendations both at the school and the departmental level and the DET have accepted all of them and are already in the process of implementing them. Most of these recommendations relate to the specifics of current initiatives. More

Utopia students donate laptops to hospital 03 Aug 2011
Seven students from Utopia schools travelled to Alice Springs Hospital recently to present two laptops to the Paediatrics Unit. The very proud, but shy students from the high school and homelands school spent a whole semester raising $1500 through a movie night and a stall at recess and lunchtime each day. Their introduction to philanthropy came about when two teachers at the remote school participated in Movember last year. Not having been exposed to fundraising efforts before, the students were inspired to do something themselves. After short-listing a number of worthy recipients and voting, it was decided to raise money for the Paediatrics Unit at the Alice Springs Hospital.

Some children from the community have spent time in the unit in the past and stated that it could be ‘quite boring’ so two laptops equipped with some educational material will now be available for children on the ward to use during their stay. The Alice Springs Hospital thanked the students at Utopia for their hard work and generosity.


Get your NT Training Awards tickets 25 Jul 2011
The Department of Education and Training is presenting the 2011 Northern Territory Training Awards on Saturday 10 September at the Darwin Convention Centre. These prestigious awards recognise and honour high achievers in the vocational education and training sector, which plays an important role in the Northern Territory’s ongoing economic growth through the training and skilling of Territorians. To purchase tickets to this year’s gala awards event, complete the 2011 NT Training Awards Booking Form and return by Wednesday 24 August 2011. Tickets are limited and full payment is required at the time of booking. More

Darwin High School student is NT Brain Bee champ 25 Jul 2011
Darwin High School student Nina Ruzsicska has been crowned the 2011 Northern Territory Brain Bee Champion in a battle of neuroscience knowledge held in Brisbane. Nina outsmarted hundreds of competitors from across the Northern Territory to take out the title. In the state finals, held at the Queensland Brain Institute at The University of Queensland during the school holiday break, Nina battled her Territory peers in a brain-teasing question and answer session in front of a live audience. More

International science award for Territory student 20 Jul 2011
A Taminmin College student has won an international science award. Joelene Puntoriero, of Noonamah has been awarded the coveted Mulpha Leadership Award during a two-week international science school held at the University of Sydney and attended by students from China, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, the UK and the USA. Joelene was selected from 150 of the world's top secondary school science students who attended the Professor Harry Messel International Science School at the university during the semester holiday break. More

NT principal wins national award 13 Jul 2011
Top End Group School principal Leonie Jones will be planning on rugging up for the colder climes of Canada after winning a national study tour award. Ms Jones was recently announced as winner of the Australian Primary Principals Association and MSP Photography’s $10,000 international travel award. Ms Jones is the principal of Top End Group School which is made up of 13 small remote schools in the Northern Territory, with 85 per cent of the student body being of indigenous background. Her successful study tour application will see Ms Jones travel to small, remote Canadian schools to observe and learn about the ways they cater for the needs of indigenous students. More

Ntaria students sing the anthem 07 Jul 2011
The voices of Ntaria school students will soon be heard at schools across the nation, as part of an innovative project to distribute an indigenous translation of Advance Australia Fair. The song, Kutju Australia (Go Forward Australia), was translated into the central Australian language of Luritja by MP Alison Nararula Anderson and Alice-Springs-based folk musician Ted Egan, and sung by children from Ntaria School and Killara School in NSW. The Federal School Education Minister, Peter Garrett has announced that the song will be distributed to 5000 schools nationally along with an educational DVD and book. The book includes the translation of Advance Australia Fair - Kutju (go forward) Australia in Luritja - as well as a sing-along guide and the musical score. These resources will be used in the teaching of subjects such as Australian history and socio-cultural studies. More

Clontarf gets kick along 05 Jul 2011
Clontarf Academy students with Casuarina Senior College had the opportunity to boot a footy and chat with a former rock star recently. Federal School Education Minister and former Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garret was at the Darwin school to announce $2 million in funding to assist the successful Clontarf Foundation program in establishing more academies across the Northern Territory. Two new academies in the Territory have already started at Darwin’s Kormilda College and Arnhem’s Yirrkala School, with a third school, N’taria at Hermannsburg due to open later this year. Read More

PM visits School of the Air online 01 Jul 2011
About 50 Katherine School of the Air students had a chance to sing and chat online with Prime Minister Julia Gillard this week. Remote students, from an area covering 800,000sq km, were in Katherine for a week of in-town studies which also coincided with the Prime Minister joining them on the internet to officially open new facilities including the school’s first classroom. More


Milyakburra’s winning garden  28 Jun 2011
Milyakburra School has won the ABC’s school garden competition, Watch Us Grow, beating 26 other Territory schools for top honours. Participating schools got their gardens ready with the help of starter packs from ABC Darwin, which included seeds, hats and gardening equipment. Milyakburra Principal, Kirsten Morey congratulated her students on their hard work. “Thanks particularly to Tony Jenkins for all the behind the scenes work he has done in the garden,” said Kristen. As part of the prize, Gardening Australia presenter Leonie Norrington will visit Milyakburra School next term and share some of her gardening wisdom with the students. 

Students with a vision 28 Jun 2011
A group of school students from one of the most isolated Arnhem Land communities are helping local elders embrace internet technology for selling local arts and crafts. The young teenagers from Numbulwar, about 700km east of Darwin on the Gulf of Carpentaria, have organised a website to sell the wares made by elderly artists from the seaside community. The Numbulwar artisans produce high quality baskets, dilly bags, mats, necklaces, clapping sticks, carvings, didgeridoos and paintings with skills that date back thousands of years. More

Ross Park Primary celebrates 50 years 22 Jun 2011
Ross Park Primary School is celebrating its 50th birthday this year, making it the oldest government school in Alice Springs. The main celebration is being held during the annual Spring Fair on 3 September and staff are currently gathering archival material for a display. They are also trying to locate exactly where the time capsule was buried in 1986 – somewhere near the flagpole, perhaps? Previous staff and students are welcome to contribute, see the school’s website for more details.

Clontarf opens at Nightcliff 16 Jun 2011
Nightcliff Middle School is to become the 13th Territory School to run the Clontarf sports and education program. The program aims to keep indigenous boys at school until they complete Year 12 and then help them find a job. Students are required to attend school regularly, apply themselves to their studies and embrace the academy’s requirements for good behaviour and self-discipline. The new Nightcliff facilities are already being used by students and will officially begin operating on 26 July. More

Sustainability Summit at Girraween Primary School 16 Jun 2011
Students from 14 Top End schools came together last week to share sustainability practices within their schools and to learn from each other. Girraween pre-schoolers performing as buzzing bees started the day off well and sustainability experts then assisted discussions within groups made up of students from different schools. Each group visited a classroom to see how all students can make a difference and how sustainability can be embedded in a school. In the afternoon the groups re-assembled with their own schools to create an action plan. The day concluded with performances by local muso Dave Garnham and pop star Jessica Mauboy. The overall message for the day was – It matters what you do!

NT Training Awards finalists announced 07 Jun 2011
Forty of the Territory’s top apprentices, trainees, vocational students, trainers, employers and registered training organisations have been announced as finalists in the 2011 NT Training Awards. The award category finalists, which have come from a range of industries, have demonstrated outstanding vocational education and training commitment and achievements. Winners and runners-up will be announced as the best in the Territory at the annual NT Training Awards gala presentation event, being held at the Darwin Convention Centre, 10 September.

New Nemarluk School construction begins (6 June) 06 Jun 2011
Construction of the new Nemarluk School has begun with the first sod turned today at its new site next to Alawa Primary School. Education Minister Dr Chris Burns said local company PTM will build the school which will be open for students at the beginning of the 2012 school year. The new school will include 14 classrooms, a hydro-therapy pool, gymnasium, after-school care and administration facilities. More

Community approach to developing literacy  06 Jun 2011
Angurugu School, Families as First Teachers and Groote Eylandt Linguistics are working together to run Storytime sessions in the Angurugu community. Each Wednesday and Thursday afternoon Storytime workers and volunteers go into the community to engage in literacy activities with children and their families. All participants sit under a tree and listen to stories in home language and English, sing songs and read books. Children of all ages and family members including mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, and grandparents are encouraged to participate and get to take home free books through the Share-a-Book program. The aim is to engage students and community members and for literacy workers to model for carers how they can help their children develop literacy skills using the Anindilyakwa language as a bridge to English.

It comes with the Territory  01 Jun 2011
A song performed and written by Jabiru Area School students has hit the radio airwaves. A group of 24 students from Jabiru School entered the recording studio recently to lay down a track that has since been entered in the Territory Centenary Anthem song writing competition and was played in full on ABC Darwin radio this week. The students worked on their song entry – Only in the Territory - with the experienced help of singer/songwriter Troy Cassar-Daley. All students participating in the workshop had achieved 100 per cent attendance in the month prior to Cassar-Daley’s visit. More


Maurice Rioli Scholarship announced for Tiwi students  30 May 2011
Together with Richmond Football Club, the NT Government will honour the memory of football legend and Territory hero, Maurice Rioli, with a scholarship for outstanding students from Tiwi College. The Department of Education and Training and Richmond Football Club will jointly fund the scholarship that recognises the significant contribution of Maurice Rioli and will encourage students each year to achieve high attendance rates. Mr Rioli’s father Cyril Kilippa said the scholarship invested in the future of the Tiwi Islands. “This is a fantastic initiative in recognition of Maurice and a great incentive for our Tiwi College students to come to school and achieve the best they can while they are here,” Mr Kilippa said. More

Reconciliation Action Plan 27 May 2011
Reconciliation Australia is the peak national organisation that builds and promotes reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians for the wellbeing of the nation. The Department of Education and Training has become the first Northern Territory Government agency to sign a Statement of Commitment to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). These plans help build positive relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and find new ways to advance an organisation’s objectives through reconciliation. The RAP also contributes towards the national effort to close the 17-year life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children. The commitment intends that an action plan will be developed and finalised to coincide with the 2012 National Reconciliation Week. More

NT Results for the Australian Early Development Index 24 May 2011
The report on the NT Results for the Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) 2009 has been released and is now available. The report provides an analysis of the AEDI data with a comparison of children in the different sub-regions of the Territory as well as their national counterparts. Department of Education and Training, General Manager of Early Childhood Policy and Regulations, Anna King, said that the AEDI is a measure of children’s development as they enter their first year of full-time school and was first completed nationally in 2009. More

Last chance for Teaching in the Territory Excellence Awards  23 May 2011
Territorians have until 3 June to nominate an outstanding teacher for a Teaching in the Territory Excellence Award. The awards offer parents, students and school communities the perfect opportunity to show their appreciation for the enormous contribution that staff in government schools make in the lives of Territory students. This year the NT Awards are a precursor to The Australian Awards for Outstanding Teaching and School Leadership. Finalists from the NT Awards will go on to represent the Territory at the National Awards to be held in October 2011. More

National Walk Safely to School Day 19 May 2011
Expect to see plenty of young Territory school children strutting along footpaths on their way to school on Friday. Now in its 12th year, National Walk Safely to School Day is a fun, free and healthy initiative helping primary schools to promote regular exercise and road safety to young children and parents. The aim is to reduce childhood obesity and other diseases and help keep our kids safe around our schools.

Bees Creek Primary teacher named the Nation’s greenest 18 May 2011
Sandi Burt from Bees Creek Primary School has taken out top honours in the 2011 Clean Up Australia Green Teacher Awards, not only in the Northern Territory, but Australia-wide. Sandi earned her title as Australia’s ‘greenest teacher’ after spearheading a local recycling project, which she then turned into a learning opportunity for her students. Faced with the challenge of raising awareness and changing behaviours about recycling, Sandi organised an activity where students cleaned up an area then classified all the waste removed from the environment. A ‘Bottle Boy’ and ‘Glass Girl’ were then constructed from the rubbish in order to send a strong message about the quantity of recyclable waste found along the local community’s roadsides. As part of her award Sandi has won a SANYO PDG-DWL2500 Ultra Short-Throw projector for Bees Creek Primary School. More

Try’a Trade 2011 17 May 2011
Try'a Trade is now in its ninth year in the Northern Territory and the first event for 2011 will be held at Charles Darwin University Casuarina campus on 26 and 27 May. The activities at the Try'a Trade events introduce students to skills associated with employment within various trade occupations. Students meet and talk with people who are recognised as leaders in their trade, apprentices, vocational education and training (VET) teachers and local business people. Further Try’a Trade events will be held 23 August at Katherine Regional Training and at Charles Darwin University Alice Springs Campus on 14 and 15 September. More

2011 WorldSkills NT regional competitions  05 May 2011
The Territory’s best skilled young people are being challenged to test against each other in the 2011 WorldSkills NT regional competitions, being held in the Darwin region. WorldSkills Australia trade and skill competitions aim to equip young people with the necessary expertise that will enable them to work within the ever-changing global marketplace. These competitions are an incredible display of hands-on expertise, talent and determination. The NT region will run about ten competitions, beginning in June. More

Adult Learners Week Grants  03 May 2011
Adult Learners Week is a time to celebrate, promote and advance all forms of adult learning, from recreation courses to career-focused opportunities. In recognition of learning as a lifelong process, the department will provide four $5000 grants to NT organisations for activities during Adult Learners’ Week 2011. The funds can be used to hold an open day, set up a display in a shopping centre, host a learning expo or present demonstrations or performances. Applications close 1 June. More


Back to school for Humpty Doo School students 27 Apr 2011
Humpty Doo School will be open again tomorrow. All parents of Humpty Doo School students are advised the school will be operating tomorrow (Thursday 28 April). The Department of Education and Training thanks the school community for their patience and cooperation.

Humpty Doo School closed Wednesday 27 Apr 2011
Parents of students at Humpty Doo School are advised the school will be closed today (Wednesday 27 April). Earthworks at the school have accidentally damaged the water supply. All parents of Humpty Doo School students are advised to contact the school from 7.30am today if they are unable to make alternative arrangements for their child/children. The school's number is 8988 1255.

Careers Expo 2011 dates announced 13 Apr 2011
The annual Northern Territory Department of Education and Training Careers Expo will once again hit the road in August, providing a forum for students, teachers, parents and other people interested in the Northern Territory to explore career opportunities and identify future career pathways. Organisations are encouraged to register their intent to exhibit at the expos, and schools are encouraged to register their attendance. Further information can be found at or contact YouthWorX NT on 8981 8870 or

Keep in touch with your child’s performance at school 13 Apr 2011
Want to know how your child is doing at school? Interested in the records of their assessments, achievements, awards? The Electronic Student Profile, or esp, system is the first online student profile system in Australian public schools. View our short video or visit the esp website.


Walkabout Chef visits Maningrida CEC 28 Mar 2011
Well known chef Steve Sunk recently visited Maningrida CEC, promoting healthy food and cooking. The Walkabout Chef’s current program involves cooking wholesome food for families, using an electric frypan and a rice cooker. He cooked up a storm with one of the school’s secondary classes and together they catered for a number of exciting luncheons. Steve also worked with Maningrida’s Family as First Teachers team and together with a large number of mothers they explored the different gastronomic possibilities that can be created using an electric fry pan and a rice cooker.

Take a stand together 14 Mar 2011
Friday (18 March) is the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence – Australia’s first annual community awareness campaign to address bullying. DET is running SRC forums in Alice Springs, Katherine, Darwin and Palmerston during weeks seven and eight of Term Two. This event will happen annually on the third Friday in March with a different focus each year. This year’s focus is on 'bystander behaviour'. For more information please visit and the DET website.

2011 Northern Territory Training Awards - Nominations open 02 Mar 2011
Nominations are now open for the 2011 NT Training Awards! These Awards are the department’s premier event recognising training excellence and achievements by Territory businesses, training organisations, VET Teacher/Trainers, apprentices, trainees and students. Nominations close Friday 13 May 2011. The gala dinner will be held in Darwin on Saturday 10 September 2011.

Exit Art now open 02 Mar 2011
The annual Northern Territory senior secondary art exhibition, Exit Art, is now open at the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT. 38 works from paintings and drawings to sculpture and film production have been chosen by moderators and markers for the exhibition. Examples from all the visual arts subjects are represented - art, craft and design. This year’s winner of the Minister’s Choice is an oil painting by Jessica Butler from Palmerston High School. The Territory Craft Award went to Emma Saunders of Kormilda College for her mixed media piece. Exhibition open to the public until 3 July 2011.


Schools update as at 5pm 21 Feb 2011
All government schools are open. Those students who cannot access their local school should get in touch with their principal for advice on how to continue their education programs. St Francis Xavier, Daly River remains closed until further notice, probably until next week.

Schools update 21 Feb 2011
While Darwin, Palmerston and most Top End schools continue the post cyclone clean-up they have now returned to normal operation. However, Woolianna will remain closed until further notice, probably until next week. For all other Top End remote schools, parents are again urged to contact their local principal and ensure they have a safe route to and from school. St Francis Xavier, Daly River remains closed until further notice, probably until next week.

Schools closure update 20 Feb 2011
Berry Springs and Gunbalanya schools will be re-opened tomorrow, Monday 21 February. Nganmarriyanga school at Palumpa will be also open however students from Wudupulli and Nama are not able to be picked up so parents will be notified of contingencies to be arranged. As per previous advice - all other Darwin and Top End schools are open. Of the Top End Group schools, Woolianna will remain closed. For all other Top End remote schools, parents are again urged to contact their local principal and consider their person safety regarding travel to and from school. Essington School will be open. St Francis of Xavier, Daly River remains closed.

Schools closure update 18 Feb 2011

The following schools are closed today 18 February:

Palmerston and rural
Berry Springs

Top End Group (remote area) schools
Adelaide River
Emu Point
Middle Point

Independent Schools
Essington (Junior & Middle Campus only)

Catholic Schools
Murrrupurtiyanwu Catholic School, Bathurst Island
St Francis of Xavier, Daly River
Please keep checking this website and listening to the radio for any updates.

Cyclone Carlos - Schools Update 17 Feb 2011
Three NT Government schools – Berry Springs, Gunbalanya and Nganmarriyanga - will be closed tomorrow (18 February) due to flooding and storm damage. All other Northern Territory Government schools in the Darwin, Palmerston and rural areas will be open tomorrow. All independent and Christian schools will be open with the exception of Essington which has sustained water damage. The Department of Lands and Planning advises all school bus services around Darwin, Palmerston and the rural area will resume (except for the service to and from Berry Springs School). All parents are urged to read the following media advice.

Cyclone warning: Northern Territory school closures 16 Feb 2011
Due to the Tropical Low and subsequent cyclone warning affecting the Top End, the Chief Minister has announced all NT Schools likely to be affected by heavy rain and severe wind gusts will be closed on Wednesday February 16. Skeleton staff will be on hand at schools, where possible, in the event children may arrive. Otherwise all non-essential DET staff in the affected area should remain at home and restrict travel. List of NT schools closed on 16 February


Yuendumu Local Implementation Plan (LIP) signing 11 Feb 2011
Through the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Service Delivery a Local Implementation Plan has been created for Yuendumu, 290 km north west of Alice Springs, which will enable the three tiers of government and the community to work together to improve conditions and services in Yuendumu. The Yuendumu Local Implementation Plan was formed through a collaborative effort between members of the community, Northern Territory and Australian Government officers, the Indigenous Engagement Officer and the Government Business Manager. More

Back to school for thousands 25 Jan 2011
It’s back to school for Territory students and teachers this week. Leading up to the day, many Territory families received a $75 payment for each school-aged child to contribute towards back to school costs from the NT Government and 165 new teachers started at their new schools – 89 in urban areas, 76 in remote areas. Meanwhile, the Road Safety division at the Department of Lands and Planning featured a back to school advertising campaign and Northern Territory Police have been out in force monitoring road usage around schools. It’s a busy time for our schools and families – welcome back everyone!



Three cheers for our NTCE graduates 16 Dec 2010
Some 1040 young Territorians will receive their Northern Territory Certificate of Education scores in the mail today, marking an end to a hard year’s work and their formal school education. Three students – Sienna Dupe and Maria Foo (Darwin High School) and Bevan Botha (Centralian Snr College) each achieved this year’s top score of 97 out of a possible 100. Among this year’s completers were 138 Indigenous students, including 32 from remote communities. Forty four students obtained perfect scores (20/20) for a particular subject. More


NT apprentice top of the nation  24 Nov 2010
Yazmin Brown has done the Territory proud winning the prestigious Stella Axarlis Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year award at the Australian Training Awards in Sydney. Yazmin has been studying a Certificate III in Automotive Technology (Light Vehicle) at Casuarina Senior College through Charles Darwin University and works at Kerry’s Automotive Group in Stuart Park.

Teachers toast of Territory on World Teachers’ Day  05 Nov 2010
Teachers, principals and support staff were thanked for their professionalism and commitment at celebrations across the Territory on World Teachers’ Day (29 October). A highlight of the day was the announcement of the Teaching in the Territory Excellence Awards. Congratulations to the 220 nominees, to the regional and Territory winners. More


Every Child Every Day launched to boost school attendance  28 Oct 2010
The Every Child, Every Day strategy launched this week recognises that boosting enrolment, attendance and participation is everybody’s business. The far-reaching strategy brings together students, families, communities and government to promote the value of schooling and change community attitudes towards the importance of going to school every day. Containing innovative and forward-thinking measures, the strategy includes five priority areas that are supported by tailored strategies that include both incentives and consequences.

Smart schools celebrate educational excellence 12 Oct 2010
Seven outstanding Territory schools are celebrating their successes at the inaugural Smart Schools Awards which were presented at a gala dinner in Darwin on 9 October. Schools were rewarded for excellence, performance and innovation in a range of categories critical to quality education, including literacy, numeracy, attendance and community partnerships. Winning schools each received a cash prize or prizes to the value of $20 000 which was donated by the event’s major sponsors, Rio Tinto Alcan, Energy Resources of Australia Ltd, Northern Land Council, ConocoPhillips Australia, Charles Darwin University, CISCO and Halikos Group. Each category attracted a highly commended and winning school award.


Celebrating Training Excellence in the Territory  20 Sep 2010
The Territory’s top apprentices, trainees, vocational education and training students, employers, businesses, VET teachers/trainers and registered training organisations were honoured at the 55th annual Northern Territory Training Awards in Darwin on Saturday night. Winner of the Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year Award is Graham Havens for his outstanding achievements displayed while undertaking a Certificate III in Carpentry. Graham, along with most of the winners of the 12 awards across student and organisation categories will represent the Territory at the national awards in Sydney in November.

Teaching in the Territory Excellence Awards nominations open  07 Sep 2010
The Teaching in the Territory Excellence Awards gives the community a wonderful opportunity to recognise the significant difference the school workforce makes in the lives of Territory students. This year for the first time there will be regional winners who will progress as finalists for the overall Northern Territory Awards in each category. Last year’s Early Career Teacher of the Year Louise Knights said, “being the recipient of Early Career Teacher 2009 was great recognition for the school and for myself. It was a proud moment and another highlight in what was a great year for Karama School. Teaching is about making the most of opportunities for yourself and your students, and showing them that with hard work comes big rewards.” Nominating has been streamlined with this easy-to-use online form. Entries must be in by 15 September.

Unknown Artists win Battle of School Bands 07 Sep 2010
A talented trio of Year 12 students called ‘The Unknown Artists’ has taken the honours against some high quality opposition at a spirited Alice Springs Battle of the School Bands final. The Centralian Senior College students impressed judges with a performance of two original songs at the final on 3 September. The Unknown Artists will now begin preparing to play at The Concert in Alice Springs on 22 October alongside headline acts Sneaky Sound System and Empire of the Sun. Battle of the School Bands was introduced to give young musicians opportunities to develop their musical skills and to perform at the Territory's major concerts.


Rosebery enrolments flowing thick and fast  30 Aug 2010
The new Rosebery schools have celebrated their first formal enrolments following an enthusiastic turnout by Palmerston families at a public open day on Saturday 28 August. Curious families flocked to the new state-of-the-art educational precinct to view progress, meet the principals and enrol their children. Rosebery Primary School Principal Adam Voigt and Middle School Principal Lorraine Evans accompanied hundreds of visitors on walk-and-talk tours through sections of the $59 million facility which will open at the start of the 2011 school year. The Rosebery schools will be the Territory’s first combined purpose-built primary / middle school complex, with the primary school catering for 600 students and the middle school 850 students.

Get your tickets for the Smart Schools Awards 23 Aug 2010
Join us to celebrate the Smart Schools Awards with a three-course dinner, drinks and entertainment at the Darwin Convention Centre on Saturday 9 October. Australian Comedian of the Year Anh Do, best known for his appearances on Thank God You're Here and Dancing With The Stars, will host the event. Tickets are on sale now – individual tickets are $121.00 each or buy a table (10 people) at a discounted rate of $1100.00 and celebrate as a group! Seven schools will win $20,000 each thanks to the generous support from our sponsors Charles Darwin University, CISCO, ConocoPhillips Australia, Energy Resources of Australia, Halikos Group, Northern Land Council and Rio Tinto Alcan. Come and support the fantastic work and achievements of our schools.

'Learning in the Bush' at Garma  10 Aug 2010
Garma, the annual Indigenous cultural festival in Arnhem Land winds up today. This year's theme was ‘Indigenous Education and Training’ and acting Chief Executive DET Kevin Gillan was the keynote speaker at a forum on improving Indigenous Education. Mr Gillan’s presentation underscored the importance of attendance in improving education outcomes and was well received by a packed house. DET was out at Garma in force over the Festival weekend, showcasing the latest in mobile learning units. Taminmin College’s new hospitality training van was the centrepiece of the ‘Learning in the Bush’ precinct, itself a collaboration between DET, CDU, SITAC, IS Australia and the Australian Flexible Learning Framework. Also in the precinct, the DET Families as First Teachers team set up a family photo booth and the Fred Hollows Foundation promoted its new cookbook for remote communities kukumbat gudwan daga (Really cooking good food). See SITAC’s Twitter updates and a DET Director Training Services, Roger Bryett’s video blog for more.

Garma 2010 kicks off 06 Aug 2010
Garma the annual Indigenous cultural festival in Arnhem Land starts today, Friday 6 August and runs until Monday 10 August. This year's theme is Indigenous Education and Training and DET will be out at Gulkula in force over the Festival weekend, showcasing the latest in ‘Learning in the Bush’. The centrepiece of DET’s presence will be a new hospitality training van specially commissioned by Taminmin College. The $200,000 van is designed to deliver Hospitality courses in remote communities and will bring training to areas that were previously unreachable. Director of VET Tony Considine and CEO of the Yothu Yindi Foundation Wendy Ah Chin (pictured above) inspected the van earlier this week at Taminmin College as it prepared to hit the road for Arnhem Land. Also in the Learning in the Bush precinct, The DET Families as First Teachers team will set up a family photo booth and the Fred Hollows Foundation will promote its new cookbook for remote communities kukumbat gudwan daga (Really cooking good food). DET and Taminmin College are working with SITAC and the Flexible Learning Framework at this year's festival. SITAC is providing Twitter updates and a video blog from Roger Bryett Director Training Services, DET over weekend.

Imagine what your school could spend $20,000 on... 04 Aug 2010
Seven winning schools will be able to turn these ideas into reality thanks to the generous support from our sponsors Charles Darwin University, CISCO, ConocoPhillips Australia, Energy Resources of Australia, Halikos Group, Northern Land Council and Rio Tinto Alcan. Schools can nominate for as many awards as they wish by completing a short online form. Media personality and, in a previous life, teacher Ernie Dingo will host the Smart Schools Awards three-course dinner, drinks and entertainment at the Darwin Convention Centre on Saturday 9 October and it is set to be a fantastic night. Time is running out and with $140 000 up for grabs can your school afford to miss out?


Teachers reconnect at Thriving in the Territory conference 19 Jul 2010
More than 100 teachers from across the Territory gathered in Alice Springs during the mid-semester break to reconnect with colleagues and share both the highlights and challenges of their first semester. The Thriving in the Territory recall conference included a number of innovative and interactive elements including a Facebook group, Twitter live feeds and SMS phone polling. Among the highlights were the presentations of personalised teaching stories by seven of the new recruits. The teacher orientation program familiarises teachers with the Territory education system and provides them with ongoing support and development throughout their first year.

2010 show circuit 06 Jul 2010
The 2010 show circuit kicked off last Friday, 2 July, in Alice Springs with Department of Education and Training staff on hand at the Smart Territory display. The interactive display showcases the programs and initiatives run by the department at NT Government Schools throughout the various stages of schooling. There is also information for parents about how to help their children improve their literacy and numeracy and for older students there is a guide to vocational education and training in the Territory. Visitors to the stand enjoyed playing with the interactive SMARTboard and attempting to solve the Rubix cubes. The Smart Territory display will also travel to the upcoming Tennant Creek, Katherine and Darwin shows in July.


Students identify ‘saving energy’ as big priority at Sustainability Summit  10 Jun 2010
About 200 people, including 136 students from 18 schools, gathered at Millner Primary School for the first Student Summit for Sustainability on 7 June. Students from Darwin and Katherine shared their ideas, hopes and dreams for the future of our earth, toured the school's Solar Outdoor Learning Area and quizzed a panel of experts on sustainable development. Delegates said they wanted to see schools use renewable energy, reduce waste and grow permaculture gardens. Saving energy by turning off lights and electrical appliances when not needed was identified, as a major priority. Students explored what they need to do to live more sustainably before drafting a communication strategy and an action plan for the work ahead.


New course blends military and tertiary components 28 May 2010
Twenty Indigenous men from remote areas across the Northern Territory and the Kimberley this week began a unique vocational education and training (VET) program that includes military and tertiary study components. Each recruit in the Defence Indigenous Development Program took part in an induction parade at Larrakeyah Barracks in Darwin on 15 May. They are now working towards a VET Certificate II in Rural Operations and at developing practical skills that will assist them in the jobs market. The DIDP is a joint initiative between the Department of Education and Training, the Department of Defence and the Australian Government's Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Territory two snare medals at national WorldSkills final 11 May 2010
Two Territorians have won medals at the WorldSkills Australia final in Brisbane. Kirsty Bullus of I Am Hair and Spa Lounge won silver in open hairdressing and Brienna Logie of Kormilda College / CDU a bronze in VETiS tourism. Nine Territorians were among 500 students from around Australia who competed in 50 categories at Brisbane's Convention Centre from 7-9 May. Department of Education and Training Chief Executive Gary Barnes said all nine competitors had done themselves and the Territory proud.

Partnership launches Engineering students on exciting journey 05 May 2010
The launch of an Engineering course at West Arnhem College in Jabiru marks the beginning of a new model of Vocational Education and Training delivery and workplace learning in the region. A partnership involving the Education Department, West Arnhem and Taminmin colleges, Group Training NT and Energy Resources Australia has given 11 students a flying start in a new and exciting journey designed to lead to an apprenticeship, and ultimately, employment.
Media release - New training program launched


Anzac legend lives on in Territory schools 28 Apr 2010
The legend of the Anzacs continues to live on in Territory schools with thousands of students attending ceremonies over the past week to mark the 95th anniversary of Australian and New Zealand troops landing at Gallipoli. While some students sang or served at local dawn services, Darwin High School's Sophie Philips attended the commemorative service at Gallipoli as part of her prize for winning the 2010 Simpson Prize national essay competition. And the Chief Minister announced a new student incentive - The Spirit of Anzac Study Tour Award - with the prize being a trip to Villers-Bretonneux in France for next year's Anzac commemorations. Year 9 and 10 students must submit an essay, poem, video or website project by 31 August. More

Nhulunbuy musicians wow judges to win Battle of the School bands 20 Apr 2010
Territory teenage musicians the Sleeveheads have begun preparing for the biggest day in their lives - 22 May 2010 - when they will perform at Darwin's signature music festival BASSINTHEGRASS. The five-member electro surf group from Nhulunbuy High School won an invitation to play at BASS after outscoring seven other bands to win the Battle of the Schools Bands final at Nightcliff Middle School on 16 April. The Sleeveheads, who impressed judges with their stage presentation and musicianship, also won the Songwriter's Prize.

Centres of Excellence for high-achieving students 20 Apr 2010
Five Centres of Excellence will be established in senior schools across the Territory to provide high-achieving students with access to innovative programs, industry experience and university credits. Staff at each centre will work with lecturers from CDU and with local industry leaders to deliver specialised courses and appropriate training for students. The first two Centres of Excellence will open in Darwin next year, at Darwin High School and Casuarina Senior College. Three other centres will be established as the $1.5 million initiative expands over the next four years.

New teaching facilities at Casuarina Senior College 14 Apr 2010
The Territory Government has allocated $5 million for new classroom facilities and the upgrade of science laboratories at Casuarina Senior College. Chief Minister Paul Henderson and Education Minister Chris Burns made the announcement this week, saying the funding would be part of the record spend on education in Budget 2010. Media release - A Smart Territory: $5 million for Casuarina Senior College

Principals explore assessment at leaders' conference 14 Apr 2010
About 200 principals and educational leaders from all corners of the Territory gathered in Darwin for the School Leaders' Conference on 8-9 April. With the focus on 'assessment for learning', the conference explored how assessment can be used as a more effective tool to enhance skills, knowledge, performance and practice. Delegates worked with guest speakers Professor Helen Timperly and Dr Brian Annan to develop effective assessment plans that will incorporate school-wide professional learning and student learning goals and targets. Associate Professor James G. Ladwig provided an update on the Department of Education's structural review. Other speakers included the Education Minister Dr Chris Burns and Chief Executive Gary Barnes. The conference finished with Matt Church's 'Inspired Leaders' presentation.

Outstanding youth art on display 01 Apr 2010
Fifty pieces of outstanding contemporary youth art have gone on display following a gala launch of Exit Art 2010 at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. The 16th annual Exit Art exhibition demonstrates the skill and creativity of last year's Year 12 visual arts graduates and includes thought-provoking etchings, sculptures and print media. Darwin High School graduate Lindsay Bott won the $500 Minister's Choice Award for her charcoal on paper work 'Light and shadow'. The launch of the exhibition was preceded by a spectacular wearable art fashion parade with models displaying a suite of innovative and experimental creations by fashion design students from Casuarina Senior College. Exit Art 2010 is free and open to the public from 1 April - 11 July.

Nemarluk School celebrates Harmony Day 01 Apr 2010
About 220 students, teachers and community members celebrated Harmony Day at Nemarluk School last week. Celebrations also included the official opening of a new classroom and multi-purpose block by Federal Member for Solomon Damian Hale. The new buildings were funded by the Australian Government under the Building the Education Revolution initiative. Principal Bert Beekhuizen said entertainment was provided by One Mob Different Country, Yuliana Pascoe and Indonesian and Greek dancers.


Gala opening for Centralian Girls Sports Academy 04 Mar 2010
Former Australian Boomer Ricky Grace and the Deadly Award winning Yabu Band, were on hand to help celebrate the opening of the Centralian Girls Sports Academy at the Centralian Senior College and Centralian Middle School in Alice Springs on 3 March. Minister for Central Australia Karl Hampton officially opened the academy, jointly funded by the Territory and Australian governments under the Australian Government's Sporting Chance program. Like the successful Clontarf programs for boys, Sporting Chance use sport as an incentive to keep teenage girls at school. Other Sporting Chance academies are being developed at Palmerston High, Katherine High and the Jabiru and Gunbalanya campuses of West Arnhem College.


Fulbright Scholarship to connect the Territory’s best to the US 17 Feb 2010
The announcement of a prestigious scholarship at Charles Darwin University will allow Northern Territory scholars to expand their professional horizons in the United States. A new Fulbright scholarship, announced at Charles Darwin University on 16 February, will enable recipients to study in the United States for up to 12 months. The $46,000 scholarship is jointly funded by the Territory Government, Charles Darwin University and Blackboard Asia Pacific and is specifically for Territorians. Chief Executive Gary Barnes attended the ceremony, along with Regional Vice President, BlackBoard Asia Pacific, Zach Johnson, U.S. Consul General Michael Thurston, and Vice-Chancellor of CDU Professor Barney Glover.

Green light for road safety 12 Feb 2010
Schools have been given the green light on road safety following the launch of the Safer Roads School Curriculum Resource for early childhood teachers earlier this month. Teaching road safety to school children at an early age is central to changing the Territorys driving culture and making our roads safer. Media release

Battle lines drawn for school bands 10 Feb 2010
Top End school students with a passion for music have been challenged to enter the Territory's first Battle of the School Bands competition. At the launch at Palmerston High School, Chief Minister Paul Henderson said the winning band would be invited to play at Darwin's premier annual rock concert BASSINTHEGRASS in May. Open to middle and senior school students, bands must include a minimum three members and present original work. A Central Australian version of Battle of the School Bands will be held later in the year.

Literacy and Numeracy Taskforce working on better results 10 Feb 2010
The Department of Education and Training (DET) has established a new Literacy and Numeracy Taskforce, which will work with schools to improve learning outcomes.  Led by Dr Thelmo Perso, the taskforce will develop and implement the Departments Literacy and Numeracy Strategy to build on and complement current initiatives in schools across the Territory. The aim is for holistic and sustainable outcomes: DET is committed to helping all students achieve better results and to providing greater support for students whose results are below national benchmarks.


Motorists reminded to take extra care 27 Jan 2010
Motorists are being urged to take extra care and watch out for children on roads especially with the 2010 school year starting this week. Hector the Road Safety Cat has been out and about promoting road safety and reminding motorists to take extra caution near schools and suburban streets, particularly at the start and end of the school day. From Wednesday 40 km/h school zone speed limits will be back in place from 7am until 5pm on school days. More about road safety

Quick and easy online enrolments 27 Jan 2010
Enrolling students for school has just become a whole lot easier for Territory parents with the launch this week of the Online Student Enrolment form. Just in time for the 2010 school year, this innovative 24/7 online service will ensure your child is enrolled quickly and efficiently. Easier for parents and easier for schools, enrol your child with our new electronic Student Enrolment form. Parents or guardians enter the student data online and then print the form however they must still attend the school in person to present the signed form. Parents or guardians can also record the online registration number and the school will print the form when they come in to sign it.

$75 back-to-school vouchers for Territorians 21 Jan 2010
Parents/carers of school students in the Territory are reminded that they are entitled to a $75 voucher per student, to help offset the cost of textbooks, uniforms, and other essential school items. The vouchers are available to parents/carers of all students from Year 1 to Year 12 in Term 1 in government and non-government schools as well as home-schooled students, and students who study by home correspondence. The vouchers also apply to all Transition students enrolled in Term 1. Parents/carers are encouraged to contact their child's school as soon as possible to access their entitlement. More



Learn or earn for NT teenagers 21 Dec 2009
There have been changes to the NT Education Act and from the start of next year all Territory students will need to stay at school and complete Year 10. After Year 10, young people must participate in education, training or employment until they turn 17. These changes are part of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) National Youth Participation Requirement meaning that all young Australians must 'learn or earn'. More about the changes

Full NAPLAN report released 18 Dec 2009
The full results from the 2009 National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing are available today. Parents of children in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 received individual student reports about child's results earlier this year. A national NAPLAN Summary Report was released on 11 September. The full report is now available from the MCEECDYA website. Media release - NAPLAN helps build on improvements

Long wait over with Year 12 results released 16 Dec 2009
A record 1045 Year 12 students from across the Territory have graduated from senior schooling with the release of NT Certificate of Education results today. The Territory's top student was Elizabeth Duguid of Darwin High School with an NTCE score of 98. Elizabeth achieved perfect scores in Chemistry, Mathematical Studies and Specialist Maths. There were excellent results coming out of Central Australia with 9 students among the Top 20 and two students from Katherine. For the second year in a row more than 150 Indigenous students graduated, with a record 31 Indigenous completers from Centralian Senior Secondary College (CSSC). Top NT Indigenous student Jessica Coombe also studied at CSSC. The second top student with a score of 97 is Benjamin Whyte of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College in Alice Springs. Glen Humphries was the top student in Katherine with 95. More | Media release - Results are in for Year 12 students

Australian Early Development Index 11 Dec 2009
Results from the first Australia Early Development Index (AEDI) are now available. The AEDI surveyed Australian children in their first year of full-time school, providing information on the health and development of children. It measured five areas of early childhood development; physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills, and communication skills and general knowledge. For more information on the AEDI visit

Better quality early childhood education 11 Dec 2009
Territory families will see higher standards in early childhood education and care services with the new National Quality Framework, which will begin to come into effect from 1 July next year. The National Quality Framework aims to raise the quality and ensure continuous improvements in child care, preschool and school aged care services. There are three main components:

  • A National Quality Standard, including lower staff-to-child ratios and higher qualification levels for staff in long day care
  • Streamlined regulatory arrangements to remove duplication of licensing and accreditation requirements
  • A quality rating system that allows families greater capacity to make informed choices about their care arrangements.

Clontarf for Arnhem Land 03 Dec 2009
The successful Clontarf program will open academies at Jabiru and Gunbalanya schools in Term 1, 2010. They will be the first remote schools to host the program. The 2010 target for the Clontarf program is 750 students across 10 Northern Territory Government schools. Media release - Clontarf expanded into Arnhem Land

Clontarf is one of the many initiatives in NT schools used to engage students in their education. From next year, all Territory students will need to stay at school until the end of year 10. As part of the National Youth Participation changes, young Territorians will need to earn or learn until they turn 17 this means actively participating in education, training or employment. More information


Karama in running for Impact Award 26 Nov 2009
Karama Primary School will find out Friday night if it is the 2009 Schools First National Impact Award winner - a title that carries a prize of between $500,000 and $1 million. In September, Karama School along with Katherine Group School received $50,000 each as Schools First local impact award winners. Karama picked up a further $50,000 last month as 'state' impact winner. Schools First is an exciting national awards program that recognises schools that take learning beyond the blackboard and who have successful partnerships with their community. Territorians wish Karama the best of luck ahead of the big announcement. More

Work begins on new school 24 Nov 2009
Plans for the new Centralian Middle School have taken a big step forward with the announcement of a $3.36 million contract to upgrade facilities at Alice Springs High School. Local contractor Asbuild (NT) is about to start work on classrooms, a teaching pod, an internet cafe and other facilities. Comprising two campuses, Centralian Middle School will be open for business at the start of Semester 1 next year. Media release - Work begins on new school

NT's best in running for national training awards 23 Nov 2009
The Territory will be well represented at the Australian Training Awards in Canberra on 19 November with several student finalists and Taminmin High School in the running for national awards. Each Territory representative has already won their category at this year's Territory Training awards, which highlighted business best practice and personal excellence. The Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for vocational education and training, recognising innovation and excellence in the training sector. As a testament to the calibre and quality of vocational education and training in the NT, we were successful in winning three Australian Training awards last year. Territorians extend best wishes to our finalists at this year's awards.

Night of nights for our quality teachers 02 Nov 2009
Teachers were the toast of the Territory with celebrations in staff rooms and at functions across the Territory on World Teachers' Day, Friday 30 October. The highlight was the announcement of the Teaching Excellence Awards. A record 331 nominations were received this year across the six categories, reflecting the esteem and value that Territorians place on teachers as individuals and professionals. Dorothy Carmichael of Casuarina Senior College is the 2009 Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to all nominees and all winners. More | Media release - Territory Teachers Honoured on World Teachers' Day


Medal ceremony for skilled Territorians 30 Oct 2009
Nine Territorians have received gold medals at the WorldSkills regional awards ceremony. Almost 100 skilled young Territorians from nine disciplines competed in both open or Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) categories this year. Each of the nine winners have earned the right to represent the Territory at the national WorldSkills final in Brisbane next year. More

$1.3 million for Families as First Teachers 23 Oct 2009
More than $1.3 million has been awarded to community groups, service providers and schools across the Territory under the Families as First Teachers program. Recipients gathered at a forum in Darwin today where they presented their proposals and explained how they would assist in giving remote Indigenous children up to the age of 3 years the best start in life. The funding will support resources for play groups, play equipment, outdoor learning areas, parent support programs and literacy resources in the Territory's 20 growth towns and regional areas. Media Release - Families as First Teachers

Building projects begin to take shape 15 Oct 2009
Teams of tradesmen, apprentices and other workers are on site at Ludmilla Primary School and 31 other schools as projects funded under the Building the Education Revolution begin to take shape. A further 35 projects in government schools are either being designed or going through tender or procurement processes. Seven projects have already been completed. Some $267 million has been allocated to 184 primary, secondary, government and non-government schools in the NT over three years. Media release - Delivering for Territory students

NTOEC meets Energy Challenge 13 Oct 2009
Congratulations to the NT Open Education Centre (NTOEC) for its continued success in the ConocoPhillips Energy Challenge. The school won last year's challenge and was the runner up in this year. This year's team of four NTOEC Year 10 students from Yulara, Elcho Island, Mary River Station and Jabiru were in Darwin for the award presentation. As part of the Energy Challenge, students explored the LNG industry from exploration through to refining and sustainable development issues. This project increases student awareness of the variety of career opportunities available in the oil and gas industry, which directly employs 20,000 Australians.

Arlparra High School opening 07 Oct 2009
The Northern Territory's newest school is being officially opened today by Chief Minister Paul Henderson. The $3.2 million complex at Arlparra, 250km north east of Alice Springs, can cater for 120 students. Over 75 students are already enrolled and have been attending since the school started operating in Term 3 this year. The new school includes modern learning areas fitted with interactive whiteboards and wireless computer networks, a specialised science laboratory, two home economics areas, computer pods in the library and a teacher resource centre.

Student leaders meet with Executive 05 Oct 2009
Students on the Chief Executive's Student Forum (CESF) came into the office during their school holidays to meet with the Department's Executive. The group included representatives from Jabiru Area School, Tennant Creek High School, Centralian Senior Secondary College, Casuarina Senior College and Darwin High School. The CESF provides opportunities for young people to assume leadership roles in education forums and participate in decision-making. The students provide direct input to the Department on educational matters. More

Elcho art on display in Darwin 02 Oct 2009
Students from Elcho Island travelled to Darwin during their school holidays to launch 'Miny'tji 2009' - an exhibition of their art at the Darwin Entertainment Centre. The exhibition will be on display until Saturday 3 October. The senior secondary students have been working with two senior traditional artists Peter Datjing Burarrwanga and David Lakarriny to learn traditional techniques and designs. The art exhibition is will count towards the students completing their NT Certificate of Education. Media release


Indigenous Students' Leadership and Mentorship Program 30 Sep 2009

Indigenous students from around the Territory have participated in the Indigenous Students' Leadership and Mentorship Program (ISLMP) program this year. The initiative aims to improve leadership opportunities for Indigenous secondary students. The program includes leadership activities, team building and organising activities for Indigenous Literacy Day in September. Students are encouraged to reflect on how their future actions may be influenced by their learning from this program. The final Indigenous Students' Leadership and Mentorship Program (ISLMP) camp for 2009 was held at Lake Bennett over the weekend.

NT schools are making an impact 25 Sep 2009
Two Northern Territory schools have been awarded $50,000 each as part of the Schools First Impact Awards.

Karama Primary School was recognised for their partnership with the Smith Family, which includes a music program, Indigenous sports trainees, a swimming program, and the Tata Family Centre which engages the whole community.

Katherine Group School was recognised for their partnership with Ian Thorpes Foundation for Youth, which provides a literacy backpacks to 13 remote communities in the Katherine region.

The Schools First awards are support by NAB in partnership with the Foundation for Young Australians and the Australian Council for Educational Research.

Both schools are eligible for a further $50,000 in the State Impact Awards, which will be announced at the end of October. Nationally, one school will be awarded up to $1 million in recognition of a truly exceptional school-community partnership.

Territory students Try’a Trade 16 Sep 2009
This year over 700 Year 9 students across the Territory are trying out new skills as part of Trya Trade events held in Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine. Skills coaches from local Territory businesses showed students new skills in a variety of trades including mechanical, electrical, carpentry, cookery, hairdressing, horticulture, plumbing and welding. Alice Springs and Darwin events are being held this week. Students from the Katherine region had their event earlier this year. Media release

Student leaders meet about new middle school 09 Sep 2009
The Centralian Middle School Student Leaders group had its first meeting this week. The group has representatives from Anzac Hill High School, Alice Springs High School and each of the Alice Springs primary schools. The Students Leaders group will discuss the new school uniforms, school values and behavior guidelines.

A competition to design the schools new logo was won by Year 7 Alice Springs High School student Terazita Turner. Terazita describes the logo as: "Sunrise, the MacDonnell Ranges, Anzac Hill and the Todd River. When ASHS kids look outside we see the MacDonnell Ranges and when the Anzac kids look out they see Anzac Hill and we are under one sun and near one river: the Todd River." Media release

Ti Tree School celebrates 40 years 09 Sep 2009
This week Ti Tree School will celebrate its 40th birthday with a sports day, history displays, tree planting, unearthing of the time capsule and a school concert. The School opened on the 9 September 1969 with one teacher and four silver bullet classroom vans. The Schools first two principals, Ian Read and Noel Coutts, will be guests of honour at the birthday celebrations. Ti-Tree School media release | Ministerial media release

Nominations now for Teacher Excellence 08 Sep 2009
Nominations for the Northern Territory Teacher Excellence Awards are now open for 2009. The awards recognise government school teachers, teams, principals, support staff and schools that have made a significant contribution to quality student learning in the Northern Territory. Last year the Bees Creek school community nominated Glynis Winsdale who won the Teacher of the Year Award. Who do you think should be recognized this year? Nominations close on Wednesday 23 September. More | Media release

Education Week 02 Sep 2009
This week schools throughout the Northern Territory are celebrating Education Week with reading days, maths games and a range of other activities. Many have also invited their local community back to school to share student work. Wulagi Primary School teacher Virginia White shared a story with her Transition-Year 1 class to celebrate receiving the ALEA Excellence in Literacy Teaching Award as part of Education Week. National Literacy and Numeracy Week celebrations are also being held this week, including National Reading Day on Wednesday. More


$71 million boost for Territory schools 28 Aug 2009
Sixty five Territory schools will share $71 million in funding for major infrastructure projects under the Primary Schools for the 21st Century program. The Australian Government has announced that 71 projects had received approval under the third and final funding round, bringing the Territory total to $151.9 million. Construction or refurbishment of classrooms, libraries, assembly halls, resource centres and other round three projects will begin immediately in order to meet the completion deadline of 31 March 2011. In Katherine, work is underway on an Early Years Outdoor Learning Centre at Casuarina Street Primary School. The school received a $125,000 grant under round two of the Primary Schools for the 21st Century program. And on Groote Eylandt, a national school pride project is almost complete at Umbakumba School. The $75,000 project, which includes landscaping, new signage and several wall murals, will be one of the first projects completed under the Building the Education Revolution. More | Media release - More funding for Territory schools

DET Careers Expo for Territory students  25 Aug 2009
Hundreds of Territory students attended Careers Expos held in Darwin, Nhulunbuy, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs this month. Students, teachers, employers, universities and training organisations came together to discuss the jobs market. Students had the opportunity to build networks and identify career options. Media release

Milingimbi musicians do themselves proud 25 Aug 2009
Senior student musicians from Milingimbi have done themselves proud in the past two weeks. Under the expert tutelage of Scott Trenwith and Keith Lapulung, the six members of the East Storm Band won the School Band of the Year category at the Indigenous Music Awards. That followed a superb performance in front of a huge crowd at the Garma Festivals opening ceremony. While at Garma, the band members also made the most of their opportunity to work with Australian music legends Jon Butler and Nicky Bomba.

NT Library online education resources 25 Aug 2009
August update now available.

2010 User Choice Funding 20 Aug 2009
Registered Training Organisations are invited to apply for funding under the User Choice Program to deliver training services to Apprentices and Trainees (including School Based) in the Northern Territory in 2010. Applications close on Friday 25 September 2009.

Clontarf expansion for NT schools 17 Aug 2009
The Chief Minister visited Dripstone Middle School to announce the expansion of the successful Clontarf program into Dripstone Middle School and Tennant Creek High School later this year. The existing Clontarf academies cover seven Territory schools, and have delivered impressive outcomes with improvements in school attendance, retention and student behaviour. The Tennant Creek Clontarf will become part of a new sports science centre, being built as part of the Federal Government's Building the Education Revolution initiative. More than 250 students were in Katherine this week, for the Clontarf annual football carnival, including teams from Alice Springs, the Top End, Katherine, Halls Creek, Kununurra and Broome. Media release - Expanding the link between boot and book

VET in Schools Worldskills cookery competition 17 Aug 2009
12 Darwin High School and 2 Taminmin High students competed in the VET in Schools Worldskills cookery competition. The commercial cookery students pitted their skills against each other in a bid to represent the Territory at the national competition held in May next year. The national winner will represent Australia at the Worldskills International competition in London in 2011. Under the watchful eyes of chefs from SkyCity Casino and Malukas Bistro, the students created an inspired three-course menu using set ingredients. Media release | More

ERA partners with Jabiru and Gunbalanya 14 Aug 2009
The Jabiru Area School and Gunbalanya School will partner with Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) to provide employment and training pathways for their students. More | Media release - Partnership delivers jobs

Darwin High part of the Digital Education Revolution 11 Aug 2009
Schools across the Territory are beginning to receive large deliveries of computers as part of the Digital Education Revolution program. Darwin High School received 282 computers during school holidays as part of the Australian Government's $6.5 million National Secondary Schools Computer Fund. Sanderson Middle School and Katherine High School also received 129 and 160 computers respectively. Over the next four years, computers will be delivered to 52 NTG schools - 13 urban middle and secondary schools and 49 remote schools. The program aims to provide all students in Years 9-12 with computer access, with the ultimate aim of one computer for every student by the end of the four-year roll-out.


Families as First Teachers regional grants 28 Jul 2009
The Families as First Teachers Program is a Northern Territory Government initiative aimed at giving remote Indigenous children the best start in life and increasing families participation in the learning and developmental process. Applications for grants may be made by schools, agencies and service providers supporting children aged 0-3 years and their families. More | Media release - $1.5 Million For Families As First Teachers

A boost for science and languages in schools 08 Jul 2009
Eight Northern Territory government schools have been awarded $1.97 million each to build remote science and languages centres by 30 June 2010 under the federal government's Nation building Economic Stimulus Plan. The centres will be flexible and cater for different science fields including chemistry, physics and environmental studies. The language centres will deliver programs to help students who are learning English as a second language. The learning areas will have the latest technology to facilitate distance learning and multimedia. Media release - Improving Territory Schools | List of schools awarded funding

2009 Adult Learners' Week grants 08 Jul 2009
Adult Learners' Week (ALW) is a time to celebrate, promote and advance all forms of adult learning; from recreation to career opportunities. The Department of Education and Training is offering four $5000 grants to Northern Territory organisations to develop a new, or expand an existing, adult learning activity during 2009 Adult Learners Week. Applications close on Thursday 30 July 2009. More about ALW

VET ambassadors in training 06 Jul 2009
Student finalists for the 2009 NT Training Awards have attended a weekend of professional development and networking in Darwin. The Student Finalist Weekend has helped prepare the students to act as ambassadors for the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system and mentor future students. More


Construction well under way at Rosebery Schools 26 Jun 2009
Construction of the new primary and middle school complex is well under way at Rosebery. Building is already 10 per cent complete and work is on track for the schools to open in 2011. 50-60 workers are onsite daily, including apprentices and trainees. For more information about the schools and a image gallery of the buildings progress, visit the Rosebery Schools website.

Batchelor graduates gain DET awards 26 Jun 2009
Congratulations to Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education graduates Leah Leaman and Greg Hauser, who have received DET-sponsored awards for VET Student of the Year and the Higher Education award respectively. Leah completed a Certificate III in Indigenous Education Work, while Greg achieved his Bachelor of Education (Primary). The Higher Education Award recognises outstanding academic achievement by a graduate who has completed a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Degree in Teaching. Leah's VET award recognises outstanding achievement in a VET program by a student of any faculty.

Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training 15 Jun 2009
Chief Minister Paul Henderson encouraged Territorians to have their say on the proposed recognition of VET in the NT Certificate in Education and Training. Have your say

2009 WorldSkills NT Regional Competitions 12 Jun 2009
WorldSkills is a competition for young Territorians interested in challenging their skills and abilities against other young skilled people in their area, the nation and the world! Regional competitions are on now in the Territory in a range of categories including commercial cookery, hairdressing, agriculture, welding, tourism, food and beverage and more.

Clontarf wins 12 Jun 2009
Casuarina Senior College hosted the Clontarf Territory Carnival this week. More than 100 AFL players from Clontarf Academies in Yirara, Centralian, Casuarina, Palmerston and Katherine played in the competition. Overall victors were the side from Centralian Senior Secondary College. Congratulations to all involved for a fantastic display of sportsmanship and determination.

$56 million for schools 12 Jun 2009
Government primary schools in the NT have been allocated more than $56 million for capital works. 49 schools were successful in receiving grants of between $250,000 and $2.5 million under the Federal Government's Primary Schools for the 21st Century program as part of Building the Education Revolution. More


Building the Education Revolution - National Schools Pride 22 May 2009
The second and final round of the National Schools Pride Program (NSP) of the Building the Education Revolution has been announced by Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. NSP round two sees 51 NT schools receive a combined total of $5.125M for construction of small scale infrastructure and/or refurbishments. Many of the NSP Round One projects are already underway and as we enter the implementation phase of NSP, there is no doubt we will see some dramatic and exciting changes happening in our schools. Media release

2009 NT Training Awards - nominations open 19 May 2009
Individuals, organisations and schools are invited to submit nominations for this year's NT Training Awards by 2pm on Friday 29 May. The awards are an important way of officially recognising high standards in vocational education and training and also the merit of individual students. Winners will be announced at the NT Training Awards at the Darwin Convention Centre on 12 September. More

Building Education Revolution money for NT schools  19 May 2009
More than $74 million has been allocated to 37 Territory schools as part of the Australian Government's Building Education Revolution economic stimulus plan. Schools will use the funding to build of upgrade libraries, multipurpose halls and classrooms. Students at Stuart Park Primary School celebrated the announcement that their school would receive $3 million for a new assembly hall. More | Media release - Territory Shares in Education Revolution

Early Development for Transition Kids 14 May 2009
During May all transition students throughout the Northern Territory will be involved in the Australian Early Development Index. Teachers will be supported to complete a survey for each transition students about their health, well being, social competence, emotional maturity, general knowledge, language, cognitive and communication skills. More | Media release - Improving Early Childhood Outcomes

NAPLAN testing for Territory students 08 May 2009
All year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students in the Northern Territory will participate in National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing from 12 to 14 May. The tests will provide an important measure of how students are performing in numeracy, reading, writing and language conventions (including spelling, grammar and punctuation). These skills are taught in Territory schools every day. The NAPLAN testing provides an indication of progress for students across Australia. NAPLAN was introduced into all Australian schools last year. This years students will be sitting the tests for the first time because students are tested every second year. Schools and teachers support students throughout the year and encourage them to feel comfortable with the testing process. Parents can help their children by being positive and reassuring about the tests. More information about the NAPLAN is available on the DET website or parents can get more information by contacting their school directly. Media release - Schools Prepare for National Testing


Road Safety in practice 27 Apr 2009
Students from Manunda Terrace Primary School had the honour of being the first to use the newly re-opened Parap Road Safety Centre. The centre is designed to assist children develop road awareness in a safe environment. Media release - Students Learn Road Safety Skills

Australian of the Year visits NT schools 20 Apr 2009
Millner Primary School students welcomed Australian of the Year Mick Dodson and Chief Minister Paul Henderson for a school tour. Professor Mick Dodson will visit several Top End schools this week as part of his national tour, including Sanderson Middle School, Ngukurr School and Katherine High School.
Media release - Australian of the Year Visits Successful NT Schools

Scholarships awarded  16 Apr 2009
More than 100 Territorians have received government scholarships, grants, bursaries and cadetships to assist with further education and training. The awards recognise pursuits in both higher and vocational education and training. Media release - Finding Job Paths for More Territorians | More

NT Training Awards launched 09 Apr 2009
The 2009 NT Training Awards are now officialy open for nominations. The awards, now in their 54th year, recognise excellence in vocational and educational training (VET) across the Territory. Some 22 000 Territorians are currently participating in VET programs. More

Leaders confer  08 Apr 2009
More than 200 NT school principals and assistant principals are spending a good portion of the school holidays attending a conference in Darwin. The school leaders' conference provides networking and professional learning opportunities to leaders of urban, regional and remote schools.

New childcare centre for Palmerston 01 Apr 2009
More than 50 childcare places will be created in a new early learning and child care facility to be built in Palmerston. The Federal Government is providing $2.1 Million for the centre's construction next to the health precinct. The new centre is expected to be operational by the end of 2010. Media release


Exit Art now open 20 Mar 2009
The 15th annual Exit Art exhibition is now open at the Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory. Exit Art: Contemporary youth art of Northern Territory Year 12 students 2008 is a showcase of the best works produced by NT Stage 2 visual arts students last year. Works on display includes painting, sculpture, handcrafts and digital installations. Congratulations to all art students who were selected to participate in this exhibition, which is open to the public until 12 July.

Learning to lead the way 18 Mar 2009
Young Indigenous leaders honed their skills and identified opportunities to show the way for their peers at an Indigenous Students Leadership and Mentorship Program Seminar on the weekend. The 50 participants from across the Territory took part in an intensive agenda including sessions on team building and mentoring. Students also heard from speakers including NT Indigenous Education Council chair Mark Mortlop, Mentoring NT Group Training's Tanyah Nasir and David Guy from the Indigenous Capacity Unit. Students received a $1000 grant per semester to assist with their studies.

Have your say on new childcare regulations 18 Mar 2009
The Department of Education and Training is consulting with children's services providers and the community to create the most effective possible regulations to support the new Care and Protection of Children Act. The aim is to develop new regulations that are flexible, clear and focus on the best outcomes for children.

All the world's a stage 03 Mar 2009
Teachers gathered in Darwin yesterday for a Bell Shakespeare teacher forum. The forums give teachers an opportunity to see new ideas and innovative ways to educate and inspire primary and secondary students when teaching Shakespeare. Bell Shakespeare will return to the NT in May to hold regional student workshops and perform The Taming of the Shrew in Alice Springs and Darwin. More

Building work begins this month at Rosebery schools 03 Mar 2009
Chief Minister and Education Minister Paul Henderson announced that local company Halikos won the tender to build the new schools in Rosebery and that work will commence this month. Ready for the 2011 school year, this will create an additional 1450 educational places for children. The Rosebery campus will include a middle school and a primary school. Media release - Local Company to Build Rosebery Schools

Feedback sought on MCEETYA Action Plan 2009-2012 03 Mar 2009
You are invited to provide comments and feedback on the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) Action Plan 2009-2012. The closing date for all submissions is 6 March 2009. Please email your feedback to or directly to the Australian Government for national-level submissions. The MCEETYA Action Plan 2009-2012 supports the Melbourne declaration on educational goals for young Australians and outlines the key strategies and initiatives Australian governments will undertake in eight inter-related areas in order to support the achievement of these goals. Please see the MCEETYA website for details.


Students voice their views 26 Feb 2009
Senior secondary students met with executives from the Department of Education and Training today to express their views about the future of education in the Territory. The 13 senior students from across the Territory comprise the Chief Executive's Student Forum. Participants were selected to represent government secondary school students and provide a direct link between students and the DET executive. Media release

Bombing of Darwin commemoration 23 Feb 2009
Sirens wailed and guns roared before a minute's silent reflection at the 67th Commemoration of the bombing of Darwin on Thursday 19 February. Hundreds of Northern Territory students attended the ceremony at the Cenotaph with representatives from many schools laying wreaths in honour of the fallen.

Crazy hair to show you care 17 Feb 2009
The United States Pacific Air Force Band is in Darwin for the anniversary of the city's bombing, and performed at Millner Primary School today. The school invited seniors from the local community to its newly-opened environmentally-friendly assembly hall for the concert. The concert coincided with Millner's uniform-free crazy hair day to raise funds for the victims of Victoria's bushfires, and the community paused to acknowledge past and present events.

Top students honoured 16 Feb 2009
The Territory's top senior secondary students have been rewarded for their achievements during 2008 at the Northern Territory Board of Studies (NTBOS) Awards nights in Alice Springs and Darwin. More

Charles Darwin 200 12 Feb 2009
Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. The NT's newest school has taken much inspiration from its namesake. The Darwin Middle School logo reflects Darwin's studies in natural sciences and the school has three state-of-the-art science laboratories to inspire many more forward thinkers. A number of activities are planned for 2009 to commemorate the bicententary and Darwin's achievements. These events aim to raise awareness of Charles Darwin and how his legacy is relevant to the present-day Northern Territory. More about Darwin 200

Infrastructure announcement 12 Feb 2009
Every primary school in the Northern Territory is set to benefit from a massive infrastructure initiative, announced today by the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister announced 'Operation Stimulus' while visiting Moulden Park Primary School, one of the schools to benefit from the $146 million the Territory has secured for building works in our schools, which will create an estimated 650 direct and indirect jobs. Media release - Operation Stimulus

Cyber-safe students 10 Feb 2009
Today is Safer Internet Day. In a world of rapidly-evolving technologies, online awareness is an essential tool for young people. Schools are working with students to develop safe internet and cyber skills, and free internet awareness training is also available to teachers and parents. More

International Women's Day VET Study Grants 2009 04 Feb 2009
Do you know a Territory woman who is studying a VET course that will assist them in returning to work after a period of absence? She may be eligible for a $1000 study grant! More

Teacher-author shortlisted 04 Feb 2009
Students at Nightcliff Middle School gathered to congratulate their former teacher, author Barry Jonsberg, on being shortlisted for the Territory Read award. The winner will be announced on 5 February. Mr Jonsberg's fiction for older children has garnered him numerous awards and nominations. More

Renewed focus on literacy and numeracy 02 Feb 2009
New measures for improving literacy and numeracy outcomes in Territory schools were announced today. These include whole of school approaches to numeracy and literacy, and performance management processes for teachers. Media release - Focus on Better Literacy and Numeracy Across the Territory


Back to School 28 Jan 2009
School has started for 2009. For some 3000 pre-schoolers it is their first classroom experience. Joining them in Northern Territory classrooms for the first time are almost 150 newly-recruited teachers. Motorists are reminded that the 40km school zone speed limits are in place 7am-5pm on school days. Pictured are Malak students practising their road safety skills with Hector the Cat. Students who ride their bikes to school are reminded to wear their helmets, while bus transport to and from school is free on the NT's public transport system and designated school buses. Back to School vouchers for every student from Transition to Year 12 are available from the schools' offices, for parents and guardians to redeem in school for essential supplies. Media release - School Infrastructure Investment as Students Back to School

Welcome to new teachers 23 Jan 2009
Almost 150 new teachers have been appointed by the Department of Education and Training (DET) to schools throughout the Northern Territory. Of these, 53 are local recruits and 26 teachers have been appointed to fill Indigenous Education Agreement positions under the Australian Government 200 Additional Teacher initiative. The teachers have been undertaking orientation in Darwin and Alice Springs this week ahead of the commencement of the 2009 school year. Media release

Free bus services for Territory students  22 Jan 2009
Students from primary school to university are now able to use the Territory's school and public bus network for free. Travel is available to all Australian students with student identification. Access to the free service will be available from Tuesday 27 January.

  • Primary school students do not need to provide ID
  • Middle school students should present their Student ID Card (if available) to the driver
  • Senior school students MUST present their Student ID Card to the driver
More information is available from the Department of Planning and Infrastructure website.

Back to School 22 Jan 2009
Every primary and secondary student in the NT has been allocated a $75 voucher to be spent on school supplies. The vouchers can be redeemed in the students' schools for essential supplies such as uniforms and stationery. If you have not yet received your child's voucher, please contact your school directly. More

New Rosebery schools development: Frequently Asked Questions 15 Jan 2009
Do you have a question about the new Rosebery schools development? Need an explanation of terms; or just curious about the new schools? The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the Rosebery schools website is a great source of information. The FAQs address the design features, positioning and other questions that were raised at community information sessions in late 2008. The FAQs will be regularly updated as the project progresses.



The NTCE results are in 17 Dec 2008
The 2008 Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE) results were announced today with 1013 young Territorians - including a record 154 Indigenous students - receiving their school certificate. The Territory's top student this year is from Alice Springs. St Phillip's College's Edward Tikoft received an outstanding score of 98.Three students from Darwin High School achieved scores of 97 - Andros Zhu, Hannah Phelps and Catherine Browne, sharing the recognition for the second top score in the Northern Territory. The top indigenous student was Stacey McKenzie, who also attended Darwin High. Pictured are Darwin High Year 12 Coordinator Janine Matheson with Andros Zhu, Stacey McKenzie and principal Marion Guppy. More

Plenty of incentive to trade 16 Dec 2008
The Northern Territory Government has achieved its target of 10,000 trainees and apprentices in the four years to 2009. A new target has been set for a further 10,000 in the next four years. Twenty five percent of the 3147 apprentices and trainees currently in the Northern Territory are Indigenous Territorians. More

Moola Matters! at the GPO 11 Dec 2008
The winning entries from this year's Moola Matters! competition are on display at the Darwin GPO. The competition is held by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) for year 7 to 12 students. Entrants were asked to design a poster or multimedia design which conveyed a consumer message about money or finance. ASIC received over 100 entries from across the Territory and 5 of the 9 winners were Indigenous students from remote schools. More

Recognising the spirit of Long Tan 11 Dec 2008
Showing exceptional leadership and teamwork skills through voluntary work, participation in community initiatives, academic excellence and sporting achievements has seen 77 students from 33 Northern Territory Schools honoured with 2008 Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Awards. More

Successful start to remote mobile preschools 11 Dec 2008
As the school year draws to a close, Titjikala Mobile Preschool is celebrating a successful start to operations in 2008. In Titijikala, the Mobile Preschool Teacher Sarah Cahill is supported by local assistant teachers Lisa Mulda and Julie Meruntju. "The mobile preschool at Titjikala has progressed very well since the initial rollout at the end of Term 3. This is largely due to the wonderful work that Lisa and Julie do on a daily basis", Ms Cahill said. "We are very proud of the preschool that we have developed at Titijikala and will continue to work together to ensure that the preschool meets the needs of the children and the community. The children are being given the chance to grow in all developmental areas." Media release

Literally outstanding 11 Dec 2008
In schools right across the NT, one student from every class from Transition to Year 9 has been nominated to receive the Chief Ministers Literacy Achievement Award. This award recognises the outstanding progress of 1223 students from 148 schools in reading, writing and communicating. The award categories include: Most Imaginative (written, visual or performance of a text); Most Outstanding (communication either at school or in the community); or Most Improved (in reading, writing or oral language). Awards have been presented during the last month, with the bulk of students to receive their awards at this week's final assemblies. Congratulations to all winners on their achievements.

Teachers prepare for new challenges 08 Dec 2008
It's a long way from the leafy avenues of Melbourne to the NT outback. The Department of Education and Training is currently training 23 teachers, recently recruited from interstate, who will take up early childhood positions in remote communities. As part of their preparation the teachers undertook 4WD training last week. The teachers have been employed as part of the Closing the Gap action plan. More

Hawks swoop in to Karama 08 Dec 2008
Karama Primary School students had good reason to be excited on Thursday when members of the reigning AFL Premiership team Hawthorn dropped in for lunch. Among the visitors was local legend Cyril Junior Boy Rioli, who attended Karama School in his younger years. After a special barramundi lunch, students were treated to an autograph signing session and a brief football clinic with their Aussie Rules heroes.

Young entrepreneurs fuse cultures for award 08 Dec 2008
A group of Darwin High School students have won the 2008 Northern Territory Youth Business Awards major prize. Congratulations to Adil Abdalla, Ahmed Abdalla, Brian (Tuan) Ta and Toan Tran, who received the award from Primary Industry Minister Kon Vatskalis last week at Parliament House. Their business, Afrisian, focused on providing popular, healthy and affordable food to staff and students at Darwin High School. More

Seeking members to Indigenous Education Council 03 Dec 2008
Expressions of interest are sought from Indigenous people across the Territory to be appointed as members of the Northern Territory Indigenous Education Council. The Council will provide expert advice on Indigenous education to the NT and Australian governments. Directly consulting with Indigenous people across the Territory, the council will reflect Indigenous people's views and aspirations on education services and outcomes. Applications close Friday 19 December 2008. More

It always pays to Grow Your Own 02 Dec 2008
Top End employers are being encouraged to grow their own skill base by supporting young people in school-to-work programs. This week the Grow Your Own campaign was launched at Hastings Deering. The campaign recognises local youth as a potential pool of available employees and aims to increase the number of employers that are actively engaged in school-to-work transition programs and initiatives. More

Students seek Pacific School Games glory 01 Dec 2008
Students from across the Northern Territory flew to Canberra on Friday night to take part in the Pacific School Games. Proud parents, teachers and families gathered at Mararra Stadium for a formal send-off on Friday afternoon, when the team captains were presented with NT flags. The 309 NT students will compete in athletics, hockey, swimming and basketball alongside more than 4000 other primary and secondary students from all over Australia and around the Pacific Rim in one of the world's biggest student sports events.


First homelands students graduate 24 Nov 2008
This year, 39 regional, remote and very remote students have graduated from NT Open Education Centre, including seven students from the Yirrkala homelands. These students have made history as the first to complete their secondary education in their homelands. Most of the 39 students travelled to Darwin for their graduation ceremony last week. More

Young Scientists Awards 20 Nov 2008
Last night 91 NT students were rewarded for their outstanding achievements in science during 2008. Winners from primary and secondary schools across the NT were presented with awards from the CSIRO, Science Teachers Association of the Northern Territory and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute at Charles Darwin University. Media release | Award winners

National Curriculum Papers Released for Feedback 20 Nov 2008
The National Curriculum Board has released framing papers today for English, mathematics, science and history proposing broad directions for what young people should learn from Kindergarten to Year 12 (K-12). Papers are available for review and comment on the Board's website until 28 February 2009. More

Cooking Up Skills 20 Nov 2008
A pre-employment course in commercial cookery has led to jobs at the Darwin Convention Centre. Six of the participants were at work today preparing meals for tonight's Australian Training Awards where Northern Territory representatives are in the running for five of the national awards' eleven categories. More

NT Teacher launches debut book 19 Nov 2008
Congratulations to Tipperary School teaching principal Rosemary Sullivan on the publication of her first book, Tom Tom. Rosemary made her debut author visit at Bakewell Primary this morning, delighting the Year 1 and 2 students with the story. More

Gunbalanya agreement signed 14 Nov 2008
A Remote Learning Partnership Agreement was signed last week, between the Department of Education and Training and the Bininj people of Gunbalanya. Underpinning this agreement are the principles of community ownership, control and responsibility; and an acknowledgement that education needs the backing of the community.


World Teachers' Day 2008 30 Oct 2008
Every year at this time we celebrate teachers: their efforts and dedication. As they lead in the classroom, teachers guide and develop the next generation of Territorians who will themselves shape our economic, social, cultural and environmental future. On World Teachers' Day, take the time to give thanks in your own way to a teacher or a school support staff who has been an important part of your life.

E-nabling NT - taking the show on the road 08 17 Oct 2008
Innovative technology-based training and learning solutions are available to remote teachers, trainers and learners, offering access to learning opportunities for all Territorians. A mobile roadshow from 19-24 October will showcase how technology is delivering real skills and job opportunities. E-nabling NT - taking the show on the road 08 will visit 14 locations across the Northern Territory. More

Inaugural oil and gas industry pre-employment training 16 Oct 2008
16 people graduated today from a pre-employment training program aimed at preparing local Indigenous participants to gain employment with companies engaged in the upstream oil and gas industry. The program was jointly funded by the Northern Territory Department of Education and Training (DET) and the Federal Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). More

Rivers region spotlight on careers 10 Oct 2008
More than 60 remote students flocked to Katherine last week to participate in a careers camp. The event was coordinated by Rivers Region Youth Development Services (RRYDS) and Katherine Group School. More

New early learning centre for Wulagi 10 Oct 2008
Wulagi Pre-School is going to be home to the Territory's newest early learning and childcare centre. The centre will integrate the existing preschool centre with a 50-place long-day childcare centre. Wulagi has an increasing population of young families, and the centre will help to meet local demand for quality childcare from 2010. More

Maningrida's Deadly educator 10 Oct 2008
Congratulations to Maningrida CEC's Paul Djolpa McKenzie, who last night picked up a Deadly Award for 'Outstandng Achievement in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education'. More

Hundreds testing trades 03 Oct 2008
Congratulations to all the Year 9 students who have been involved with Try'a Trade. Hundreds of Territory Year 9 students are welding, mixing, sawing and firing through the WorldSkills Australia Try'a Trade expos in Alice Springs, Darwin and Katherine. More


Towards sustainability at Alawa farm 26 Sep 2008
Alawa Primary School has received two environment grants totalling $3600 for projects on their school farm. More

NT bookworms raise a bundle 26 Sep 2008
Students across the Northern Territory read 4529 books during the MS Readathon, collecting almost $44,000 for the charity. They were presented with their certificates last week. More

Teachers an inspiration 26 Sep 2008
Congratulations to the 10 NT teachers who have been named finalists in the NEiTA 2008 Inspirational Teachers Award. More

National poetry award for Barramundi Dreaming 22 Sep 2008
Year 6 Katherine School of the Air student Drago Kalinic won an award for his poem Barramundi Dreaming in this year's Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards. More

Youth Minister's Round Table calling for 2009 members 22 Sep 2008
Passionate young people who want to make a difference in their community are invited to join the 2009 Youth Minister's Round Table of Young Territorians. More

Normal classes in Territory schools 22 Sep 2008
All school activities will operate as normal this week and any strike action planned will not proceed. Please contact your school for further information about school activities.

Laying the groundwork 22 Sep 2008
Year 9 students from Nightcliff Middle School recently toured the major infrastructure projects around Darwin with the Department of Planning and Infrastructure's Early Careers Program. More

Milestones at Millner Primary 19 Sep 2008
Since opening its doors in 1968, Millner Primary School has established itself as a successful community school, where parents and teachers work together to provide the best possible educational experiences for students. More

A whole new Nightcliff Market 19 Sep 2008
Nightcliff Primary School recreated a bustling Asian Market this week in celebration of the 'Engaging with Asia' initiative. Every student, from pre-school to upper primary, has been studying Asia this term. Areas of study have included language, culture, food and geography. More

NT Training's night of nights 19 Sep 2008
The Northern Territory's very best trainees, apprentices, trainers and employers were honoured at the annual NT Training Awards over the weekend. The awards highlight business best practice and recognise personal excellence of individuals engaged in VET in the Northern Territory. Winners from the NT awards will represent the Territory in the Australian Training Awards, which are being held in Darwin in November. More

Record Arnhem team heading to Pacific Games 18 Sep 2008
The NT Pacific Games Track and Field team will include a record 17 Arnhem Land students aged 12 to 18 years. The team will compete in the Pacific School Games being held in Canberra this November. More

Keeping children safe 18 Sep 2008
The Department of Education and Training has issued a reminder to the community about keeping children safe. Parents can use the student safety fact sheet to help their children develop protective behaviours when travelling between school and home.

National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy results released 12 Sep 2008
A Summary Report of results of the first national literacy and numeracy tests conducted across Australia was released today. Parents of Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students will receive individual student reports showing how their child performs against the national average in September or October from their school. For the first time this year Northern Territory teachers will be able to analyse their students' responses to each test question to focus on individual learning needs. More

Recognition for Engaging with Asia 09 Sep 2008
Millner Primary School teacher Margaret Moon was presented with the inaugural Engaging with Asia Encouragement Award at an award's ceremony held at Parliament House during Education Week. More

Film is a way of life at Ramingining CEC 08 Sep 2008
The students from Ramingining CEC won the Most Outstanding Film award for their film Connection Kids at the recent 'Connecting Through Film' school film festival awards. But Connection Kids is only one of several film projects underway in Ramingining.

The Connecting Through Film 08 Sep 2008
The inaugural school film festival premiered at Darwin's Deckchair Cinema on 30 August. Judges commented that there was plenty of creativity and ingenuity to admire from students of all ages, whether the films were created by an entire class-room of nine and 10-year-olds or senior students seeking to explore psychological depths.

National Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians 08 Sep 2008
Australian Education Ministers in collaboration with the Catholic and independent school sectors are developing a new National Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians that will set the direction for Australian schooling over the next 10 years. Have your say in shaping these goals before 3 October. More

Excellence in Literacy Teaching Award 08 Sep 2008
During Education Week, Kelly Green from Gunbalanya CEC was awarded the Australian Literacy Educators' Association (ALEA) Top End Council 2008 Excellence in Literacy Teaching Award. More

What's happening in Territory schools from Monday 8 to Thursday 11 September 2008 05 Sep 2008
The Department of Education and Training advises that the Australian Education Union - NT (AEU-NT) is holding paid report-back meetings across the Northern Territory from 12.30-3.30pm starting on Monday 8 September. The meetings may disrupt school programs during this time. Normal classes will operate until 12.30pm on the day of the meeting; and will resume the following day. A notice will be sent home to all parents advising of normal classes or the level of supervision available at their school. More

Celebrating Education Week 01 Sep 2008
Education Week (1-7 September) is a time for the community to celebrate teaching and learning for all ages. This year's theme Partnerships in Learning highlights how parents, teachers and communities are working together to develop the literacy and numeracy skills of Australia's young people. Why not also take a moment to nominate a school teacher, principal, teaching team, support staff or school who you think deserves a Teaching in the Territory Excellence Award.


New partnership to educate future teachers 26 Aug 2008
The department is working in partnership with Charles Darwin University to establish Teaching Schools that provide quality classroom based learning to support academic learning. A significant increase to the number of days spent in the classroom will see preservice teachers working in schools with a mentor teacher from as early as the sixth week of their degree. Media release

Celebrating Education Week 26 Aug 2008
Education Week is a time for the community to celebrate teaching and learning for all ages from 1-7 September 2008. This year's theme 'Partnerships in Learning' highlights how parents, teachers and communities are working together to develop the literacy and numeracy skills of Australia's young people. More

New 'School to Work Transition Advisory Group' 18 Aug 2008
A consultation paper proposing a new School to Work Transition Advisory Group that will provide stakeholders an opportunity to provide advice and input to the Department of Education and Training about developing strategies for VET programs and initiatives in schools is now available to download. Please see the consultation paper for more details.

National Science Week 18 Aug 2008
Experience the excitement that science has to offer during National Science Week from August 16-24. There will be hands on activities, displays and talks throughout the week. Highlights include star gazing, nocturnal animal spotting and the Great Big Science Gig. The main event is the CSIRO's Top End Science Fair from August 19-21. More

School leaders conference a national online first 13 Aug 2008
The Association of Northern Territory School Educational Leaders (ANTSEL) is hosting the first video online conference for school leaders in Australia, and possibly in the world. The internet-based conference, 'Leading Successful Schools: Sharing the Wisdom', will run from 18-31 August 2008. Each topic will feature keynote presentation videos and supporting papers by Northern Territory principals and national and international education leadership experts. Logging on from locations across Australia and from countries as far afield as Botswana and Canada, participants will contribute via daily message boards. Register now

Get your career passports ready  08 Aug 2008
Plenty of career destinations are on offer at this year's Career Expo. Careers in adventure, beauty, hospitality, libraries, Defence and pearling were just a few of the careers on display in Darwin yesterday. The Career Expo is now heading to Tennant Creek on the 13 August, Alice Springs on the 14 August, Katherine on the 18 August and Nhulunbuy on the 20 August. More

Anula Primary School turns 30 07 Aug 2008
It's time to put on your party hat and celebrate Anula Primary School's 30th Birthday. To mark the occasion the school will be holding an International Food and Dance party on Saturday 9 August from 5-8pm at Anula Primary School. There will be dancing and food from all over the world, plenty of fun activities, an auction, historic photo display capturing the last 30 years and a birthday cake. Media release

Gochan Jiny-jirra wins again! 06 Aug 2008
For the second year straight the Gochan Jiny-jirra school community is celebrating after winning two awards in the Fist Full of Films 2008 competition. This year the school took out awards for the Best Film and Best Actor categories for their film 'An-mawunga An-delipa' (The Invisible Boy). If you missed last night's Gala Premiere, the film will be screened again on Sunday night at the Mindil Beach Markets and in Katherine on 29 August.

What's happening in Territory schools on Thursday 7 August 2008 01 Aug 2008
The Department of Employment, Education and Training advises that the Australian Education Union NT (AEU-NT) Branch will conduct a four-hour stop work meeting on Thursday 7 August from 9.45am to 1.45pm. The proposed action may disrupt school programs during this time. A notice will be sent home to all parents advising the level of supervision available at their school. More


Palmerston High School students excel in national games 30 Jul 2008
Sixty five Palmerston High School students took part in a biannual stock market game. The virtual traders used a pretend stake of $50,000 to invest in real companies. Over the three month game period one Palmerston student increased his virtual investment to $60,306.52 to rank 12th in the South Australia/Northern Territory competition. Several Palmerston High School students also performed very well in the annual National Geographic Australian Geography Competition.

20th National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day 30 Jul 2008
Children's Day is celebrated across Australia on 4 August each year. Northern Territory school communities are commemorating with educational programs and events around this year's theme Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families - Nurturing Our Children to Flourish. More

Back to School 21 Jul 2008
42 000 students are set to return to classrooms across the Territory this week as school gets underway for Semester 2. With students returning to school after their holiday break, drivers are being urged to slow down and watch out for students around school areas. Motorists are required to observe the 40km/h speed limit near schools between 7am and 5pm on weekdays. Children riding to school should wear a helmet and walk their bikes across the road. This gives them time to stop, look and listen for traffic, and think before crossing the road. Parents are encouraged to set a good example by always crossing a road at the pedestrian crossing, ensuring they and their children 'buckle up' and that children wear helmets when cycling. More information on road safety is available on Hector the Safety Cat's website.

New 'VET in Schools Advisory Group' 15 Jul 2008
A new VET in Schools Advisory Group will be created so that stakeholders can provide advice and input to the Department of Employment, Education and Training about developing strategies for VET programs and activities.  The group will also make recommendations about school to work transition policy. Please phone (08) 8901 1347 by 31 July 2008 for a copy of the consultation paper.

Territory eight off to Worldskills final 09 Jul 2008
Eight highly skilled Territorians will vie for gold at the WorldSkills Australia national finals in Sydney from 11-13 July. They will compete in the Cookery, Electrotechnology; Information Technology, General Agriculture, Hairdressing and Welding categories. Chief Executive Margaret Banks formally farewelled the group this week, saying they were fine ambassadors for the Territory. Media release


Gear up for your future at Alice Show 30 Jun 2008
It's Show time in the Alice and once again the Department of Employment, Education and Training staff will be on hand in the Greatorex Pavilion with a colourful, informative, interactive corporate display. The theme this year is 'your future, your choice', designed to prompt Territorians to learn more about choosing career pathways. For the first time the display will feature a life size Game Station, where 'drivers' can gear up for their future and explore career pathways using fun interactive technology.

Making Territory Day Safer 30 Jun 2008
The Northern Territory Government has introduced changes to make Territory Day celebrations safer and to prevent people letting off fireworks illegally, including:

  • Fireworks will only be sold on Territory Day, 1 July between 9am and 9pm.
  • Fireworks can only be let off between 6pm and 11pm on Territory Day.
  • You must be at least 18 to buy fireworks.
  • Fireworks will not be sold to anyone who is intoxicated.
  • Possession of fireworks outside of Territory Day is illegal, the penalty is up to $2000.

The Government believes these measures will significantly improve public safety while allowing Territorians to continue to enjoy safer Territory Day celebrations. More

Belyuen and Moil share art prizes 27 Jun 2008
Belyuen School and Moil Primary School have shared the honours in the Darwin Convention Centre school art exhibition. Moil won the Chief Minister's Choice Award for a montage put together by Year 5-6 students, while Belyuen School won the People's Choice Award for its set of eight stunning acrylic works. The awards carry $1000 prizes. Media release

Palmerston High School's New Seniors Facilities Ready for Term 3 26 Jun 2008
Chief Minister Paul Henderson and Education Minister Marion Scrymgour visited the new senior facilities at Palmerston High School in preparation for students commencing classes in the building on the 1st day of Term 3. Senior Palmerston High students will soon have access to new state of the art facilities including 10 classroom spaces, 2 science laboratories, a commercial teaching kitchen, a careers resource centre, a media studies facility, integrated staff and student counselling facilities and an open internal social and assembly space. The total cost of the new facilities was over $12 million, which was funded by the Northern Territory Government.

Student art displayed at Convention Centre 24 Jun 2008
More than a thousand Territorians have viewed a school art exhibition that has been on display as part of celebrations marking the opening of the Convention Centre on the Darwin Waterfront. Among them was Employment, Education and Training Department Chief Executive Margaret Banks who viewed the artworks with students from Wagaman Primary School last week. More

Taminmin High leading the way 23 Jun 2008
Under the Safe School NT Code of Behaviour, Taminmin High is leading the way with behaviour management in partnership with the school community. Taminmin Highs' behaviour strategy ties in with a range of proactive programs aimed at changing the school's culture. Staff and students have access to excellent resources as diverse as industry standard ICT facilities, a mixed produce farm, a 150 hectare natural resource study area and an automotive and engineering skill centre.

What's happening in Territory schools Wednesday 11 June to Friday 13 June 06 Jun 2008
The Department of Employment, Education and Training advises that the Australian Education Union is taking rolling four-hour stop work action in different schools each day beginning Wednesday 11 June to Friday 13 June 2008 from 9.00am to 1.00pm. The stop work action may disrupt school programs during this time. Normal classes will resume at 1.00pm each day at the affected schools. A notice will be sent home to all parents advising the level of supervision available at their school. More

2008 National Awards for Quality Schooling  03 Jun 2008
The national spotlight is shining on two of the most remote schools in the Northern Territory. Dramatic improvements in enrolment, attendance and literacy and numeracy results over the past three years led to Owairtilla School-Canteen Creek's award for Excellence in School Improvement. David Simpson's outstanding enthusiasm and commitment to Bonya School were recognised with the award for Excellence by a Support Staff Member.

Indigenous educators gather for literacy forum  02 Jun 2008
100 Indigenous Central Australian teachers and educators are attending a two-day accelerated literacy education forum in Alice Springs, which is the first of its kind in the Territory. Research has shown that the National Accelerated Literacy Program is an effective intervention, with evidence of significant improvements in Indigenous student literacy outcomes. Media release

Value of schooling 02 Jun 2008
A Territory-wide school attendance campaign was launched today at Alawa Primary School. While most schools in Darwin and other NT urban centres have a record of attendance rates around 90 per cent, there is still room for improvement across the Territory. More


On a different note 30 May 2008
Earlier this month the Nowra Anglican School Band travelled from New South Wales to the Barkly regions Canteen Creek as part of a Centralian Tour. The nine day school trip included a drive to a number of remote communities, including Canteen Creek where the band's 40 students performed several musical compositions. Playing percussion instruments and creating new songs together was great cutural exchange for students from both schools. More

First Round Table on student literacy and numeracy in remote communities 26 May 2008
Education Minister, Marion Scrymgour announced the first Northern Australia Round Table forum to discuss the low literacy and numeracy levels among Indigenous students in very remote communities across the northern region of Australia. More

Young Women Inheriting their Culture 23 May 2008
Students from Lajamanu Community Education Centre have exhibited their paintings in Darwin with the assistance artists from the Warnayaka Art and Cultural Aboriginal Corporation. Over the past year, the middle school project has improved student engagement and attendance while strengthening bonds and cultural learning between the generations. Students also developed employment skills in areas including cataloguing, framing, and stretching canvases. Media release

Department's conference room full of new teachers and boxes of laptops 23 May 2008
19 extra teachers have begun professional development training before starting work in schools to improve Indigenous education outcomes. These teachers are the first of more than 200 to be recruited over the next four years as part of the Northern Territory and Australian governments partnership to close the gap of Indigenous disadvantage. More

What's happening in Territory schools Monday 26 May to Wednesday 28 May 21 May 2008
The Department of Employment, Education and Training advises that the Australian Education Union is taking rolling four-hour stop work action in different schools each day beginning Monday 26 May to Wednesday 28 May 2008 from 8.45am to 12.45pm. The stop work action may disrupt school programs during this time. Normal classes will resume at 12.45pm each day at the affected schools. A notice has been sent home to all parents advising the level of supervision available at their school. More

Burning Issues for effective learning about fire management 13 May 2008
A new interactive multimedia website provides an absorbing learning environment where Middle Years students and teachers can explore the complex issues surrounding bush fire. More

What's happening in Territory schools on Tuesday 13 May 2008 08 May 2008
The Department of Employment, Education and Training advises that the Australian Education Union NT (AEU-NT) Branch will conduct a four hour stop work meeting on Tuesday 13 May from 9.15am to 1.15pm. The proposed action may disrupt school programs during this time. A notice will be sent home to all parents advising the level of supervision available at their school. More

Camp Quality Performance 07 May 2008
Gillen Primary School students were treated to a performance by McDonalds Camp Quality Puppets today. The highly entertaining show was part of an educational programme which uses life size puppets to deliver a fun and positive message about supporting children living with cancer and other illnesses. Students learnt that "it's not cool to be cruel" when someone looks different.

National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy 07 May 2008
The National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy will be conducted on 13-16 May. All Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students throughout Australia will be assessed. Students will be tested on their reading, writing, numeracy and language conventions (spelling and grammar), skills and knowledge. The National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy replaces the NT Multilevel Assessment Program. More

Football Academy kicks off at Sanderson 01 May 2008
The Top End Football Academy is 'kicking goals' for about 65 boys at Sanderson Middle School by channelling their passion for Aussie Rules into their education. The program is designed to improve school attendance, retention and results and to encourage participants to make positive choices about their future. More


March 2008 data published 30 Apr 2008
Enrolment and attendance data in NT Government Schools for March 2008 is now published for each school. Assement results (Multilevel Assessment Program - MAP) which enable a comparison of NT student achievement in 2007 with national 2006 results is also available.

Is your school reusing, recycling or reducing energy and water consumption? 29 Apr 2008
If so nominate your school today for the Power and Water Melaleuca Awards. The Melaleuca Awards recognise outstanding achievement in environmental excellence in the Territory. The five categories are Schools, Community, Commercial/Industry, Small Business and Environment Grants. To nominate or for more information call Roz Flett on 8985 8541 or 1800 245 092 or visit Entries close Friday 16 May.

What's happening in Territory schools on Monday 28 April 2008 27 Apr 2008
The Department of Employment, Education and Training advises that the Australian Education Union NT (AEU-NT) Branch will conduct a four hour stop work meeting on Monday from 10.15am to 2.15pm. The proposed action may disrupt school programs during this time. A notice was sent home to all parents on Thursday advising the level of supervision available at their school. More

Anzac Day Services in Schools 23 Apr 2008
Schools across the Territory are commemorating Anzac Day today. Palmerston High School marked the event with formal proceedings including a catafalque party of uniformed student cadets, an address by former student Corporal Cindy Bowden, placing of wreaths, odes, the national anthem and one minute's silence.

Family reading night at Willowra School 21 Apr 2008
Families came out in force for a 'reading night' at Willowra School, 300km northwest of Alice Springs recently. Highlight of the evening was the launch of a new book written in Warlpiri that gives practical steps to encourage children with reading. More

Remote achievement congratulated 16 Apr 2008
Former Kalkaringi Community Education Centre student, Lianna Brown, 21, is the Territory's first Indigenous person to complete senior secondary education in a very remote community and graduate from university. Lianna, who graduated from South Australia's Flinders University with a degree in Cultural Tourism, now works as a park ranger in Gregory National Park. More

What's happening in Territory schools on Thursday 17 April 2008 16 Apr 2008
The Department of Employment, Education and Training advises that the Australian Education Union NT (AEU-NT) Branch will conduct a 24 hour Northern Territory wide industrial action with its members all day on Thursday 17 April 2008. The proposed action may disrupt school programs during this time. A notice was sent home to all parents yesterday advising the level of supervision available at their school. More

New classrooms for remote schools 14 Apr 2008
Fifteen new 12x6m modular classrooms have been constructed by five local contractors under the Closing the Gap package. Eleven of the new classrooms are already in use in remote Northern Territory schools. The new classrooms include a verandah, internal and external wet areas and acoustic finishes to maximise learning for students with hearing loss. More

Bonuses for apprentices and trainees 07 Apr 2008
Two apprentices have recently received Workwear/Workgear bonuses to purchase work clothes and other items such as stationary supplies for their studies. More than 4000 one-off bonuses have been awarded since the initiative was launched in 2005. This includes 2650 bonuses of $300 and 1485 bonuses of $1000 for NT apprentices or trainees in an identified skill shortage area. Media Release - Work Bonuses For Territory Apprentices

Indigenous Education Council hosts community consultation 04 Apr 2008
Members of the Northern Territory Indigenous Education Council have returned from the Tiwi Islands where they conducted the first round of community consultations. Council Chairperson Mark Motlop said he was encouraged by the level of interaction and the quality of dialogue. More | Media release

Young Bush Inventors 04 Apr 2008
Katherine School of the Air is encouraging students to create their own simple but surprising inventions. Teacher Kate Haddow says the young inventors class is a creative way to teach English, Science and Technology skills. More

Call for entries at NT Training Awards 03 Apr 2008
The countdown to this year's NT Training Awards began yesterday with a call to individuals, organisations and schools to prepare their nominations. The awards are an important way of officially recognising high standards in vocational education and training and also the merit of individual students. Workshops across the NT will provide applications with the best way to present a nomination that will get the judges attention. The 12 category winners will be announced at the 53rd annual NT Training Awards at the new Darwin Convention Centre on 13 September. More | Media release - Call To Nominate Top Trainers and Students

New resource for Indigenous Studies 02 Apr 2008
Indigenous studies teaching materials were launched today at Wagaman Primary School. Supporting the commitment to better deliver Indigenous cultural programs in schools, the Indigenous Studies: History and Identity modules provide teachers with quality resources to help students towards a deeper understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture. Media release - Boost for Teaching of Indigenous Studies


What's happening in Territory schools on Monday 31 March 2008 28 Mar 2008
The Department of Employment, Education and Training advises that the Australian Education Union NT (AEU-NT) Branch will conduct a four hour stop work meeting on Monday from 10.15am to 2.15pm. The proposed action may disrupt school programs during this time. A notice was sent home to all parents on Friday advising the level of supervision available at their school. More

Celebrate the Opening of the Darwin Convention Centre 28 Mar 2008
Darwin, Palmerston and rural schools are invited to help celebrate the opening of the Darwin Convention Centre. The convention centre is the first purpose built convention centre in Darwin and is the first major component of the Darwin Waterfront project. Schools have been invited to participate in a range of activities from Wednesday 18 to Friday 20 June as part of the opening celebrations.

Support for skilled workers and professionals 26 Mar 2008
Almost 90 scholarships, bursaries and study support packages were presented to new students training and studying across areas including: teaching, hospitality, health care and computer science. The 2008 award presentations today included higher education scholarships, VET Scholarships, Student Teacher Bursaries and study support packages under the More Indigenous Teacher Plan. A total of almost 270 students are currently receiving financial assistance towards their training or education through these programs. Media release - Support for More Skilled Territory Workers

Workshop for film makers 20 Mar 2008
As part of the Connecting Through Film 2008 Schools Film Festival a number of workshops will be conducted for both Primary and Secondary teachers in Alice Springs and Darwin.

Harmony Day Celebrations in Schools 20 Mar 2008
Schools across the Territory are celebrating Harmony Day with multicultural activities. The Multicultural Affairs Sponsorhip Program provided funding to 28 Schools for some of the exciting activities. Jingili Primary School held a Twilight International Market selling food and craft from countries around the world. Wulagi Primary School hosted 15 activities aimed at improving understanding and respect for other cultures. Dundee Beach School was congratulated by the NT Anti-Discrimination Commissioner for their project to paint a water tank with Harmony Day words, pictures and messages.

Songbird Sara a big hit at Anula Primary 19 Mar 2008
Anula Primary School students had a special treat this week when Australian country music star Sara Storer popped in to say gday, with guitar in hand. Sara had been a school teacher in Katherine and Kalkaringi in the 1990s until shooting to fame as a singer-songwriter. She has since released four albums and in 2004 won a record seven Golden Guitar awards at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Sara, who also taught briefly at Anula Primary in 2001, is a member of the Songbirds trio, who performed in Darwin at the weekend.

Lights, camera, action 11 Mar 2008
Territory school students have been invited to enter the Connecting Through Film Schools Film Festival, which was launched today. Winning entries will be screened under the stars at Darwins Deckchair Cinema on 30 August. Media release - Territory Students Tell their Stories on the Silver Screen

Support for more 'home-grown' teachers 10 Mar 2008
The Department is supporting more than 90 people to train as teachers this year with bursaries, scholarships and other study support packages. One of last year's teaching graduates, Ms OConnell was funded throughout her studies at Charles Darwin University with an Indigenous cadetship. She is now a Year 2/3 teacher at Ludmilla Primary School. Support for trainee teachers can be up to $12,000 per year. Media release - Teaching Territorians to Teach

Indigenous youth show leadership potential 07 Mar 2008
A rising tennis star, talented musicians and aspiring doctors, lawyers and journalists are among a group of Territory students who have been welcomed into the Indigenous Students' Leadership and Mentorship Program. Thirty promising young Territorians have been received into the program, which is designed to expand the educational experiences and leadership opportunities of Indigenous secondary students in the Territory. Media release - Indigenous Youth Show Leadership Potential

Trainees win apprenticeships 03 Mar 2008
Participants of a four week pre-employment training program have secured tiling apprenticeships for local contractors after learning basic tiling skills such as levelling, materials handling, surface preparation, and concreting. Pre-employment courses in block laying, carpentry skills and bus driving are also underway or commencing soon, with each course offering places for 15 people. Media release - More Territorians Benefit from Training


Students present ideas to DEET executives 28 Feb 2008
Fifteen senior secondary school students from across the Territory have met with DEET senior executives to express their views on educational issues and present their ideas about the future of education. This year's first meeting of the Chief Executive's Student Forum discussed Middle Yeas transition and heard reports on the Chief Minister's Youth Round Table and on Closing the Gap. Media release

Exit Art open to public 15 Feb 2008
The best works of art from last year's Year 12 visual art and design students are on display in the 14th annual Exit Art Exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT. The exhibition features many outstanding and thought-provoking works, including sculptures, ceramics, oil paintings, jewellery, textiles, digital photos and short films. More | Media release - Territory Visual Arts Students Recognised

Top NTCE students recognised at awards ceremony 11 Feb 2008
Top students for 2007 were honoured at Northern Territory Board of Studies presentations in Alice Springs and Darwin. The ceremonies recognise academic excellence among 2007 school leavers including students who achieved a top 20 score in the Northern Territory Certificate of Education, students with perfect or outstanding achievement scores and recipients of industry-sponsored awards for particular subjects. Media release - Top Territory Students Recognised

Vocational education and training programs in schools  08 Feb 2008
Two new tractors for the agricultural training program at Taminmin High School were unveiled yesterday. This year more than 1700 school students will undertake training in a wide range of areas including conservation and land management, retail, metalwork, hospitality and automotive. Media release - NT Vocational Training Revving Up in 2008

Top NTCE students recognised 01 Feb 2008
Top students for 2007 are being honoured in Alice Springs and Darwin at Northern Territory Board of Studies (NTBOS) presentations. The ceremonies recognise academic excellence among 2007 school leavers including students who have achieved a top 20 score in the Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE), students with perfect or Outstanding Achievement scores and recipients of industry-sponsored awards for particular subjects. The Alice Springs ceremony was held on 1 February and Top End awards will be presented on 8 February at Parliament House in Darwin. Media release


Back to School 30 Jan 2008
About 42,000 young Territorians are starting, or returning to, school this week. Some 25,700 preschool and primary, 9500 middle school and 7000 secondary students are expected to attend the Territory's 191 public and independent schools this year. 2008 also marks the start of the full Middle Years and Senior Years program in NT government schools. Media release - Exciting Territory School Year Underway

International Woman's Day VET Study Grant 2008 24 Jan 2008
To celebrate International Women's Day, four $1000 study grants are being offered to Territory women to help them return to work after a period of leave.

Back to School payments 10 Jan 2008
Back to School payments to help parents offset the cost of essential schooling items will be sent to schools across the Territory this month, before the start of Term 1. Parents of students from Year 1 to Year 12, and first term enrolled Transition students, will receive one $50 voucher per student, regardless of whether they attend a government or private school. More | Media release - $50 Vouchers Coincide with Start of Compulsory Uniforms