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Week 6
Term 2 2O17

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Dates to Remember

  • 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
  • Stage 2 Reports Sent
    Wednesday 14 June

eNewsletter Contents


Principal's Message

Marcia Harvey

Welcome to the week 6 edition of our newsletter. Week 5 saw the successful completion of our first Community Residential Program for 2017. The students from three remote communities spent the week in Darwin undertaking five full days of lessons with a variety of social activities being provided after school. The building of relationships between the students and their NTSDE teachers was the key feature of the program and the students worked very hard throughout the week. Ngukurr Visual Arts - Hair Design students produced some wonderful hairstyles as part of their course work. You can read more about this and other student's experiences and achievements in this edition of the newsletter.

It is also tremendous to see the achievement of students from Bush Mob who are undertaking their studies with us through Alice Outcomes in Alice Springs. Their recent production of food as part of their Stage 1 Food and Hospitality Course has seen some spectacular dishes being prepared. More information about the students' achievement follows in this edition of the newsletter.

BalaNaidooNTSDE Accounting, Business Studies and Economics teacher Bala Naidoo was recognised for his service as Treasurer of the joint Professional Teachers' Association of the Northern Territory. Bala recently stepped down from the role after 11 years in the job. Bala still remains active in the Business Education Teachers Association of the NT (BETANT) where he is both Chairperson and Treasurer. Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition Bala!

Finally as the end of Semester 1 looms large, I would like to encourage all students to focus on their studies as the pressure to complete final assessments increases in the coming weeks. Students who know they are behind need to work closely with their teachers to ensure all work is completed and final results are not affected due to non-submission of work.

Ms Marcia Harvey

Community Residential School


NTSDE recently held their Community Residential School with sixteen Year 10-12 students from Ngukurr School, Numbulwar School and Xavier Catholic College in attendance with their teachers. Students were actively engaged in their studies and were able to work on assessment tasks with their NTSDE teachers during a week of timetabled lessons at NTSDE. The Menzies School of Health Research came in and delivered a captivating HealthLAB session that promotes healthy living. Health Lab researches worked with students to promote healthy living allowing them to test their health to give them a better understanding of what is good for the body and what isn’t.


Students also enjoyed many after-school activities including trampolining at Flip Out, a hip hop dance workshop with Rix Kix, a movie at the Darwin Cinema, a footy skills session at Marrara, shopping at Casuarina Square and they experienced the culinary delights of a seafood buffet dinner at The Jetty Restaurant! The annual Community Residential School was once again a very productive week with students completing an enormous amount of work and enjoying the opportunities provided to explore and experience Darwin!

Food and Hospitality


The table setting with copies of the menu of chicken and spinach dumplings, lasagne with salad and apple tarts and ice cream.


Delicious, freshly baked
bread loaves

The Bush Mob at Alice Outcomes with Yvonne Driscoll have been cooking up a storm as part of working to complete the Stage 1 Food and Hospitality course offered by NTSDE.

The students have been working together as a very productive team creating culinary delights beyond those required in the course and getting lots of kudos for their efforts. They baked delicious breads from pumpkin seed to wholemeal, made pizzas, spaghetti bolognaise, pies, rissoles, cupcakes and prepared a full three course meal of chicken and spinach dumplings, lasagne and salad and apple tarts and ice cream for the lucky recipients.

Visual Arts - Hair Design

Stage 1 Visual Arts students got a feel of what it's like to be a model as they pose during the class' photoshoot session, to showcase different hairstyles that they designed. Students planned and styled their hair and make-up with teacher Winsome Jobling and were asked to choose the city they wanted to go to. The Ngukurr students were photographed in front of a green screen and the city of their choice got ‘dropped in’ later. The activity was one of the summative tasks for this course.

Shianna Joshua

Desearae Thingle

Alexis Rogers

Northern Australian Books and Library Project


The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation, as part of their Northern Australian Books and Library Project, donated a box of books to NTSDE for distribution. Ngukurr School were the lucky recipients and collected the box while attending Community Residential School recently. NTSDE hopes these books add to the  resources used for the reading program and are enjoyed by a wide cross section of students at Ngukurr School.

More than 200 hundred schools have been involved in this initiative where books and library grants will be made available to remote Australian schools! For more information, or to contribute, please visit the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation website.

Host an International Student


Love where you live and want to shout it to the world? Share your favourite sights, spots and maybe a few local secrets with an international exchange student.

Bring an international culture into your own family and learn more about the difference voluntary hosting can make to your family and community. The Southern Cross Cultural Exchange are still looking for over 100 families for our exchange students due to arrive into Australia in July and August. The students are coming from France, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Finland.

Read some great stories from our Australian volunteer host families as they reflect on their hosting experiences. For more information about voluntary hosting, call the National Office on 1800 500 501 or email Jenny Hanson to receive comprehensive profiles of preferred students who will blend with your family and interests - athletes, musicians, dancers, artists, etc, or a 'big' brother or sister to your family.

2017 SAE ATOM Awards Entries


The 2017 SAE ATOM Awards feature forty-five categories covering everything from feature-length films and television programs to animation, short fiction, educational resources, and new media including web series, apps, ebooks and games. Entries for 2017 are now open until 2 June 2017 and NTSDE students are encouraged to enter.

Watch last year's film entries for inspiration.

COGSO Newsletter

The latest edition of the NT Council of Government School Organisation (COGSO) is now available.

Click here to access Issue 1 - COGSO Newsletter 2017

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