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Week 4 - Term 3 2O17
18 August 2017

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Dates to Remember

  • Stage 2 Reports Sent
    Monday 28 August 2017
  • Stage 2 Completers Residential
    Monday 4 - 8 September 2017
  • Year 10 and Stage 1 Assessment Cut Off Day
    Friday 15 September 2017
  • Year 10 and Stage 1 Reports Sent
    Friday 29 September 2017

eNewsletter Contents


Principal's Message

Marcia Harvey

Welcome to our first newsletter for Term 3. The term has gotten off to a great start and as I write this, our dependent Year 10 and 11 students are into their final days of a weeklong Residential Program. The students have made the most of this week and have really enjoyed working with their peers in a face to face setting and also the social activities that have been provided after school. You can read more about this further on in the newsletter.

Our external whole school review was conducted late last week and into Monday this week. This process occurs every four years and is an important aspect of our whole school improvement processes. The initial feedback from the review team has been very positive and once the report is finalised, it will be fully shared with our school community.

The annual school survey is now open to all dependent and independent students, parents and staff. I would encourage everyone to take the time to participate in this as the results also provide us with valuable information about how we can further improve our relationships with our school community.

Finally, this Week 5, staff including myself, attended the biennial AADES Conference - Connecting is Learning in Adelaide.

AADES Conference room
AADES Conference Room

AADES Conference
Ms Bobbie Thomson, Ms Selina Blyton, Ms Deanna Ther, and Mr John Bennett in AADES Conference

NTSDE presented a workshop entitled "Empowering Distance Learning Through Interaction and Collaboration". The feedback was very positive and NTSDE staff attending thoroughly enjoyed the conference and were provided with an excellent opportunity to be able to collaborate with other Distance Education teachers from across Australasia. 

Ms Marcia Harvey

Dependent & Dual Residential

The second semester residential school for dependent and dual Year 10 and Stage 1 students was held in Week 4 of Term 3.  Our 20 participants came from all regions of the Territory.

It was second visit to our new facility for most students and this made for a smooth start to the week with very few students appearing bewildered or overwhelmed.
Very early in the week, some of the students participated in interviews related to the School Review with the Regional Director, Aderyn Chatterton. The students shared some of their personal experiences at NTSDE and provided helpful insights into the challenges of learning by distance.

residential residential

At Monday’s Morning Tea, the fundraising event for the Kids Cancer Project was held. The ‘Cupcakes 4 a Cure’ event raised $104. Thank you to everyone who made the delicious cupcakes also those who donated money. Olivia won the prize of 2017 cupcake queen!

On Tuesday and Thursday, during the second half of lunchtime, many students participated in STEM activities with STEM Lead Teacher, Veronica Ross. The first of the activities involved building structures using only newspaper and tape and in the second activities the students built catapults to launch marshmallows into designated target areas. The chatter and laughter coming from the students during these activities showed that they loved the activities as well as the participation prizes! The CDU also had a pop-up information stall for students during Thursday lunchtime. This was very well attended by the students.

residential residential

The after-school activities included orienteering through the George Brown Botanic Gardens, ‘Learning to Tackle Waves’ with Surf Lifesaving NT at the Wave Pool, and ‘Bouncing and stand-up paddle-boarding’ at the Big Buoy Waterpark. Other class activities included excursions to the Nightcliff foreshore, Ice Skating at the new Darwin Ice Skating rink and Trampolining.

residential residential

At the final Morning Tea on Friday, Sandra Jestin and Sarah Leicht were awarded Spirit of Learning awards for their enthusiasm and commitment to their studies.

Congratulations to all students and teachers who have helped to make this Residential a successful and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Student Services Team

Geography Competition

NTSDE Geography students tested their geographical skills and knowledge against students from all around Australia in the 2017 Australian Geography Competition.

Geography teacher Ms Chris Cox recently received the results and is very pleased with how the students performed. "Over 70,000 students from 743 schools across Australia entered the competition, and it's great to see how well our students are going", said Ms Cox.

Congratulations to the following students who performed extremely well:

  • Miriam Ellen-Barwell, who won first place in the 'Australian Territories for Year 12' category. This means she won for the NT and ACT combined - an outstanding achievement!
  • Jarod Grisdale, Stage 2, also received a High Distinction.
  • Hunter Torr, Year 10  received a Credit.

And to all the following students who also participated well in the competition:

  • Travis Kennell, Stage 1
  • Laura Luchetti, Stage 2
  • Dylan Banicek, Stage 2
  • Cale Mitchell, Stage 2
  • Sandra Jestin, Stage 2
  • Nisa Howie, Stage 2

The students were presented with their certificates during Dependent & Dual Residential School #2.

Australian Made Youth Match Regatta

youth match regatta

In the second week of the school holidays, the Darwin Sailing Club hosted its first ever match racing regatta. Match racing is a race between two sailing boats. The aim is to use the rules of sailing racing to score a penalty on the other boat and beat them across the finish line. Each race is followed by umpires who award the penalties. The regatta came about after Darwin Sailing Club purchased four new training boats. Elliot 7’s are high performance training boats that are sailed in teams of four or five. They’re the boat of choice for match racing programs all around Australia and New Zealand. Having them in Darwin opens opportunities to host international events on our beautiful harbour.

The event consisted of four days of competition between the six teams. Four teams travelled from Sydney and two Darwin teams competed. Both Darwin teams were finalised at the last minute, due to injuries. So, both entered the event with minimal preparation and low expectations results wise. I was skippering a team, steering the boat. Two round robins were raced over two days before a finals series between the top four boats. Darwin delivered perfect dry season weather, which delighted the Sydney teams escaping their winter.

Our team made the finals, finishing the two round robins in equal second and having had wins against every team. However, after two long days in sun, our concentration slipped and we missed the podium. The event was won by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, with a clean sheet in the final. Overall the event was a great success and the Sydney teams look forward to next year’s event. The next event for the Darwin teams are in Sydney over the summer, where we’ll be using the experience we gained and race with our Sydney rivals again.

John Lynch
Stage 2

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.

School Survey

The 2017 School Survey will be conducted during 14 August - 1 September 2017 (Weeks 4 - 6).

The annual School Survey collects the opinions of students, families and staff about school performance, culture and services.

The results of the survey will be used to inform planning activities, identify school improvement, increase student outcomes and meet student, parent and staff expectations.

The responses will also be used to help to shape important decisions within the Northern Territory Department of Education.

Feedback will be shared with school communities so they can gain a deeper understanding of their school, what it does well and where it can improve.

We encourage all NTSDE students, parents and staff to participate in this year survey.

You will be sent a link via email to complete the survey.

Further information can be read from the 2017 NT School Survey Poster.

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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