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Week 3
Term 2 2O17

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Dates to Remember

  • Community Residential
    Monday 15 May - Friday 19 May
  • Stage 2 Assessment Cut Off
    Friday 2 June
  • Year 10 and Stage 1 Assessment Cut Off
    Friday 9 June
  • Queen's Birthday Public Holiday
    Monday 12 June

eNewsletter Contents


Principal's Message

Marcia Harvey

Welcome to Term 2 and the start of another busy term for NTSDE. Next week, students will receive a traffic light progress report for each of their subjects. It is a great visual indicator for students about their studies and a timely reminder for those who receive yellow or red indicators, that now is the time to put in a greater effort to avoid disappointing final results at the end of Semester 1. You can read more about this report in this edition of the newsletter and I would encourage students and parents to contact their relevant teachers, if they have any concerns about the report once it has been received.

In Week 5, we will be holding our Community Residential School and staff are busy preparing for a full week of classes for the students. It promises to be another great event and we are looking forward to welcoming students from Numbulwar School, Xavier Catholic College and Ngukurr School.

Last week, we hosted a Rotary International Group Study Exchange team. The group undertook a tour of the building and visited an IDL lesson. More information about this follows below.

Tiani Cook, NTSDE School Council Chair, is organising a 1000 km horse ride from Supplejack Station to Darwin to raise awareness for students who live and study in isolated locations. The ride called 'Horses for Courses' will take place over the June/July Holiday period. There are numerous ways you can get involved. Please take the time to read more about this wonderful project here.

Ms Marcia Harvey

Traffic Light Progress Reports

TrafficDuring Week 4, Term 2, Traffic Light Progress Reports will be completed. The reports use a colour coded system to let students know if they are on track in each subject. Students who have 'yellow' or 'red' indicators have their 'traffic light' report emailed to their parent/guardian, school coordinator, as well as themselves. The purpose of the report is to prompt students to make contact with their teachers and/or school coordinator to discuss issues and identify strategies to improve their progress.

If students have been flagged as 'green' in all their subjects, an email is not sent. This system has been introduced as part of NTSDE's Visible Learning strategy to support assessment capable visible learners.

Changes to 2018 School Term Dates

From 2018, term and semester breaks will be in a 1, 3, 2, 6 model compared to the current 1, 4, 1, 6 model. This means a three week break in June/July and a longer two week break before Term 4, with the Christmas break the same at six weeks. Term 1 will run for 11 weeks, Terms 2 and 3 for 10 weeks and Term 4 for nine weeks.

The decision to change the school term dates is a direct result from feedback provided through the three rounds of consultation conducted throughout 2015 and 2016.

A comprehensive consultation process was undertaken to ensure that final decision was well informed by the community and is intended to provide the best possible educational outcomes for Northern Territory students.

The new pattern reflects evidence-based research that identifies students' school attendance and participation in learning is generally at a highest point at the start of the school year.

The new school term dates and holiday breaks have been approved for a five-year period, commencing in 2018. Please find attached the school calendars for the next five years for your records. For more information on the changes to the school term dates, please visit www.education.nt.gov.au

Special Guests

Left to right: Mario Hernandez, Jon Huffmaster, Marcia Harvey,
Martyn Wilkinson, Mark Berger (Team Leader), Lindsey Day, and Carly Lunden

On 27 April, NTSDE hosted a visit by a Rotary International Group Study Exchange Team from Wisconsin, U.S.A. The team had spent two weeks in the NT visiting places such as INPEX, CareFlight, CDU, schools, the NT Museum and many local businesses and tourist attractions. A trip to East Timor was also undertaken. During their visit to NTSDE, the group undertook a tour of the building, dropped in on a Year 10 Science IDL lesson and spoke to students, and spent time learning a great deal about what our school does. They were very impressed by our facilities and the ways in which we deliver our education programs. After the NT, the group was travelling to Cairns in QLD for a two week stay before returning to the U.S. in the middle of May.

'Writing for Life' Competition

This year, DonateLife NT are launching the inaugural 'Writing for Life' Competition to engage with students aged 13 - 18 years old across the Northern Territory.

What if our words had the power to save lives? Students are asked to consider this possibility and to think about how they would feel if they were asked to donate a loved one's organs, or how they would feel if they were waiting for a life-saving transplant. With this in mind, students are asked to write a piece of no more than 300 words about this topic.

Entries for the 'Writing for Life' Competition close on Friday 23 June 2017. Prizes include an Apple iPad, a cinema voucher and a book voucher.

For more information you can also visit www.donatelife.gov.au

NASA's Kennedy Space Centre Visit

Space Centre Space Centre

NTSDE student Micah Laco joined former Darwin High classmates and teachers for the biennial trip to the John F. Kennedy Space Centre in Orlando, North America.
By exploring and touring NASA areas, students were immersed in the past, present and future of the NASA space program. Students completed a day of hands-on mission simulations and space exploration activities designed to prepare them for the rigours of space flight.

Grand Canyon Apollo Centre

The Grand Canyon in Arizona and Universal Studios in California were also part of the 18 day experience. Thank you to Darwin High School teacher, Esther Tan for the photos.

ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards

Recognising and rewarding outstanding teachers in school communities

ASGASG NEiTA is one of the only independent national awards program where early childhood and school communities - individual parents, school councils, committees of management, parent associations, secondary student councils, and community organisations - can publicly recognise and encourage inspirational teachers, directors, and principals who are committed to excellence in education.

Nominate an inspirational teacher now, go to www.neita.awardsplatform.comASG
For general enquiries, call 1800 624 487
Nominations close 3 July 2017

Horses for Courses

Horses For Courses

Tiani and Tash are riding horses of over 1000 kms from Suplejack Downs Station to Darwin for 32 days from 17 June to 18 July 2017. That's the kind of distance children living in rural and remote areas of Australia deal with every day when it comes to getting an education in the bush. You can help by making a donation to help raise awareness and make this happen!

For more information, visit www.horsesforcourses.net.au

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