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Week 10 - Term 2 2O17
23 June 2017

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Dates to Remember

  • Semester Break
    Monday 26 June - Sunday 23 July 2017
  • Students Resume
    Tuesday 25 July 2017
  • Darwin Show Public Holiday
    Friday 28 July 2017
  • Picnic Day Public Holiday
    Monday 7 August 2017
  • NTSDE School Review
    Friday 11 August - Monday 14 August 2017

eNewsletter Contents


Principal's Message

Marcia Harvey

Welcome to the last edition of our newsletter for Semester One 2017. We have had a very busy time and many of our students have excelled in a variety of ways with their studies. Congratulations to all of those who have been recognised for their efforts in this edition of the newsletter. Our new school building was awarded three prestigious awards at the 2017 NT Architecture Awards Gala Dinner on Friday 16 June. This is a wonderful achievement for all of those who had input into both the exterior and interior design and the overall layout of the building. You can read more about this further in this edition of the newsletter.

It great to see a contribution from the SRC this newsletter. This is one of the avenues all NTSDE students can provide input on how our school community can work to provide the best possible environment for students. If students have any ideas or suggestions, they should contact Sandra, Rachel, Connor or Hunter.

The first few weeks of Term 3 will be a busy time with my Principal Review and our Whole School Review occurring in the first 4 weeks. These two events will see many members of our school community participate and provide input into how we have been tracking over the past four years. Importantly, the reviews will also provide recommendations on how we can further improve the delivery of education to our most important stakeholders, our students. Finally, I would like to wish all students and teachers a very safe and relaxing break, and I look forward to seeing the hard work and great achievements of the students continue next semester.

Ms Marcia Harvey

Celebrating Student Success

Congratulations to Eve Brash (Alice Outcomes) who achieved seven A's in all of her Stage 1 subjects and to Sandra Jestin (NTSDE student from Maningrida) who achieved six A's in all of her Stage 1 subjects. Both students will receive special certificates for their outstanding achievements.

Year 10 Health

  • Hunter Torr and Joshua Spirat-Fleer - fantastic work and excellent grades achieved.
  • Jack Gruszkowski - great contributions in class discussions and excellent work.
  • Ted Taylor, Kaleb Butler and Michael Green - big improvements in study habits and good work this term.
  • Ebonnie Lockwood - never misses a lesson, is always first on, and has completed every activity in all six units of work at an A level - that's a sign of a girl going places!!!!

Year 10 History

  • Ebonnie Lockwood - another special mention - handed in all summative tasks ahead of schedule and has achieved an A grade.
  • Hunter Torr - excellent achievement of an A grade in the final exam.

Stage 1 English

  • Outstanding effort by all students who completed all four tasks with a grade of C or better: Emily Robb and Sophia Brown (Jabiru), Cameron Dunbar (Nutwood Downs), Connor Parsons (Utopia), Sandra Jestin (Maningrida), Olivia Tester (Darwin), Tara Little and Eve Brash (Alice Springs), Rhylie-Lyn Maurirere (Bali), Daniel Watson (Marrara Christian School). In addition to completing the course, all students demonstrated very good distance education practice maintaining weekly contact and organising their timetables to meet deadlines or seek extensions as necessary. Well done class 1ESH10A1.

Stage 1 Essential English

  • Outstanding achievement - Montannah Nicholls from Alice Springs who commenced the course in Term 2, submitted all four tasks and achieved an A grade overall.

Stage 1 Food and Hospitality

  • Alisha Fulton - completed the course with flair.
  • The Bush Mob from Alice Outcomes, and their tutor Yvonne Driscoll - for going above and beyond course requirements, cooking up a storm each week and also doing the dreaded bookwork.

Stage 1 Geography

  • Nisa Howie - special mention for her outstanding efforts - an all-round great effort from Nisa.

Stage 1 Modern History

  • Nisa Howie, Sophia Brown and Olivia Tester - all produced very impressive. essays for their final assessment. A fantastic effort.

Stage 1 Personal Learning Plan

  • Nisa Howie - put extra effort into PLP to achieve an A grade.
  • Tahlia Lester - timely completion of all aspects of the course and achieving an A grade.

Stage 2 Business

  • In Accounting and Economics, well done to Maverick Torr for his hard work, diligence and constant striving for excellence.

Stage 2 Health

  • Justice Finch - excellent Group Investigation on teenage health issues.
  • Cale Mitchell -  commitment to his studies and very good work.
  • Courtney Weippert - organised a very successful 'r.u.okay' day for the Group Investigation.
  • Patrick Walker and Brianna Barrett – excellent attendance and a wonderful Group Investigation on 'Heart Health' .

Student Works

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Stage 1 Visual Arts Drawing with teacher, Andrew Geraghty
'Charcoal Drawings'

Sandra Jestin

Stage 1


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The majority of these photos were taken around my house, but the photo of the croc is taken when we were relocating it to the pub with Matty Wright. The one of the fishing rod and sun through the field is when I was out fishing with Matty Wright and we caught heaps of fish.

Christina Abdoo

Stage 1



Using construction techniques in Geometry to make a snowflake design in Year 10 Maths

Harley Wallace

Year 10

Student Representative Council (SRC)

The NTSDE SRC Members are Sandra Jestin, Rachel Leight, Connor Parsons and Hunter Torr. We meet by IDL most Fridays and have also established a 'Google Hangout' forum that allows us to share information outside of IDL times. The items that have been on our agenda have included:

  • Finding a suitable design for the new NTSDE School Shirt. There were 30 different designs to choose from and then by adding our school colours to each one we have come up with a final 8. From there we have chosen our favourite 4. I think all the SRC members enjoyed the process and we certainly took it seriously and look forward to seeing the final choice.
  • We have fundraised at Residentials for childhood cancer and Careflight which SRC raised money for in 2016. We will make a decision on what and how in the next few weeks.
  • Brainstorming ideas for activities at Residentials, many of which have been already included into planning for Semester 2 Residential.

Mr Steve Robinson
Career Advisor

Year 12 Jacket

Year 12 students have the option of purchasing a jacket as a memento from their time studying with NTSDE.

  • It costs $82.
  • The front will feature '2017' and the NTSDE logo.
  • The back will feature:
    • your chosen name or nickname (a maximum of 13 characters and can be a combination of uppercase & lowercase letters).
    • the number '17' (for the year 2017).



If you would like to purchase a Year 12 jacket, please email bev.wilson@ntschools.net and you will be asked to fill in a form and make payment.

Please note that a minimum of 10 jackets in total will need to be purchased. If there is not enough interest from students, we will not be able to proceed.

Yearbook Items

The 2017 yearbook committee would like students, parents and partner schools to submit stories, articles, photos, artwork, awards - anything that NTSDE students have produced or would like to share.

Please submit by email to ntsde.dtp@ntschools.net or students can also upload through the 'Learning By Distance' Moodle course.

The yearbook committee will evaluate your submission.

NT Architecture Awards

Excitingly, the Northern Territory School of Distance Education building was the most awarded project at the 2017 Northern Territory Architecture Awards on Friday 16 June. The building claimed the coveted Tracy Memorial Award of the Australian Institute of Architects' NT chapter.

Designed by MODE, the facility also collected the Northern Territory Chapter Award for Educational Architecture and an interior fit-out award. Named award and award winners will now progress to the National Architecture Awards to be announced in Canberra on Thursday 2 November. A wonderful achievement for all those involved in the project. For more information, visit this link.

Photo courtesy of Gary Annett

Menzies Visit

Xavier 'Community Studies - Health' students visited the Menzies School of Health Research during Community Residential School week. The students are investigating health issues affecting their communities and each has a mentor from Menzies who is assisting them with their learning. The students met and interviewed their mentors and had a tour of the research facilities.

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A Menzies Health team also visited NTSDE for a HealthLab session and conducted some fun and engaging activities with the students. Later in the year, the students will assist the Health team do the same activities in their community.

Australia-Japan Essay Competition

If you are a dependent student with NTSDE you can be involved in this competition. If you are a dual enrolled student with another school your home school will provide the information and the opportunity.

This is an opportunity to submit an essay in the annual 2017 Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest. The prizes are fantastic!

If submitting an essay it must first be forwarded to me. I then print off the essay and submit by post. The essay must arrive at the Consulate General of Japan in Sydney by 23 August 2017.

To date, NTSDE students have achieved two Highly Recommended awards. Please consider applying, I look forward to receiving your essays.

Mrs Bev Wilson

Fundraising Dinner

Please join us for a wonderful evening of fun and food to raise funds for Isolated Children. We set off on Saturday 17 June on the 'Horses for Courses' - 1,000km Ride for Bush Kids with the ride culminating at Freds Pass Reserve, Rural Darwin with the Fundraising Dinner @ 6pm, 18 July 2017.

Where: Lake View Hall Area, Fred's Pass Sport and Recreational Reserve,
Humpty Doo, NT 0836, Australia

When: Tuesday, 18 July 2017 at 6pm until 10:30pm

We are having an auction at the Dinner and welcome any donations to be auctioned on the night. Please email me at tiani.cook@live.com if you have a donation for the auction.

Click here to purchase dinner tickets.


Ms Tiani Cook
School Council Chairperson

COGSO Newsletter

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

Click here to access Issue 2 - COGSO Newsletter 2017

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