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Term 2, Week 10 2018
29 June 2018

Dates to Remember

  • Term Break
    Monday 2 July - Friday 20 July 2018
  • Teachers Resume
    Monday 23 July 2018
  • Pupil Free Day
    Tuesday 24 July 2018
  • Students Resume
    Wednesday 25 July 2018
  • Dependent & Dual Residential School 2
    Monday 13 August - Friday 17 August 2018
  • School Council Meeting
    Thursday 16 August 2018
  • Assessment Submission Cut Off Day Year 12
    Friday 17 August 2018
  • 2018 Planner below for Dates to Remember
    Further Dates to Remember

eNewsletter Contents


Principal's Message

Marcia HarveyHello everyone

Welcome to our last newsletter for the semester. The last few weeks have been a busy time for students and teachers in the lead up to the three week semester break.

A further round of science workshops took place in week 8 as part of the practical component of Year 12 Physics and Chemistry. The students were again able to use the wonderful facilities at Darwin High School to undertake this work.

There are currently a number of competitions available to students that you can read more about in this edition of the newsletter. NTSDE students have had great success in a number of these and I would encourage students to have a go. You have to be in it to win it!

How wonderful to see ex-student Kezia Dilettoso drop in to school recently. Kezia is currently studying a Batchelor of Arts at CDU and has been achieveing great results including receiving a special award which you can read more about further on in the newsletter.

Student reports were sent out this week and it was pleasing to see so many positive results. For our Year 12 students the next three weeks is a time to reflect and recharge as the commencement of Term 3 in July will see them edge closer towards the completion of their studies. I would encourage students to remain in contact with their teachers and seek additional assistance in the lead up to the end of the year assessment and examinations.

A reminder that lessons for students commence on Wednesday 25th July as staff will be undertaking an extra day of Professional Development on Tuesday 24th July.

Finally, in closing, this will be my last Principal newsletter message. I have been successful in obtaining a new Principal role with the Department of Education commencing on 30th July. The position as Director School Resourcing gives me an opportunity to work with and provide support to Principal colleagues across the NT with a particular focus on strategically supporting schools in the areas of school resourcing, and workforce attraction, planning and retention programs that have a strong focus on attracting and retaining quality teachers in the NT. I am looking forward to the challenges this new role will bring.

I will very much miss my role as Principal of NTSDE. The entire school community have been so supportive of me during my five years as Principal. I would like to sincerely thank the wonderful staff and students, along with the NTSDE School Council (both past and present members) who have given their time to work on some very challenging issues. It has been my absolute pleasure to lead the school and as I reflect on our journey over the last 5 years I realise just how much we (as a collective) have achieved. We now have the best purpose built Distance Education School in Australia, staff who are committed to providing students with the best possible learning programs and solid working partnerships with the schools with whom we work.

A recruitment process for a new Principal will be undertaken over the three week break and I will spend the first week of Term 3 providing a hand over.

I would like to wish all students, staff and families all the very best for the future and will watch with great interest what the future holds for this wonderful school.

Ms Marcia Harvey

Science Workshops

During Week 8 we had a number of Year 12 Science students visiting us to participate in their workshops. The workshops, conducted at both NTSDE and Darwin High School, are a compulsory part of their programs and these allow the students to undertake both summative and formative work.

The Physics and Chemistry students had a packed program in which they were required to design and conduct an experiment as well as performing a variety of other experiments and observing demonstrations. The students left tired, but wiser for the experience!

The students that attended were: Oliver Veale (Physics), Liam McGinity (Chemistry), Sandra Jestin (Chemistry) and Tahlia Lester (Scientific Studies).

NTSDE would like to extend thanks to the science faculty at DHS for their support during the science workshops.

Paul Anderson
Senior Teacher
- Maths, Science, ICT

Escape Room Challenge

Attention Year 10 and Year 11 students!

It’s the last chance to be a part of the 2018 Flinders NT Students Science Challenge which involves designing an escape room with a health theme. If you are unfamiliar with escape rooms or want to get a better understanding about the upcoming competition, watch the view below and be amazed by our NTSDE staff as they try to solve the challenge and save Fabian’s life!

The Competition Starter Kits have just arrived and Team Scrubs have started to develop their ‘health’ theme, watch this short clip and find out what’s inside the kit!

If you are interested and would like any more information please contact Ms Vanessa Cuttriss on 8922 22205 or vanessa.cuttriss@ntschools.net.

Vanessa Cuttriss
Health and PE Teacher

Contact Visit to Yulara

A wonderful contact visit to Yulara in May found teachers and students amidst the field of light with Year 12 Art student Tahlia Lester.

The senior classroom was visited by Helen Prichard and Christine Cox. Students were assisted with their studies of Biology, Chemistry,Maths and Geography.

Ms Bev Wilson consulted with students and parents about their subject selection for Semester 2.

An excursion to Uluru, including a ranger guided Mala walk, was most enjoyable and a great success for Tahlia Lester, who with her camera, a GPS and a tourist survey, collected data for her Year 12 Geography Fieldwork.

Ms Chris and Ms Helen also enjoyed cycling around Uluru and catching a sunset.

We would like to than Yulara School and students for making us feel welcome.

Ms Helen Prichard riding a bike

Tahlia Lester at Uluru

The Field of Light at Uluru

Uluru at sunset

Christine Cox
Geography Teacher

History Competition

Would you like to win a trip to Hawaii or France/Belgium?

There are two competitions which offer a great opportunity for our Year 10 and 11 students:

Peace in the Pacific study tour – Year 10 & Year 11 Students
The Chief Minister’s Peace in the Pacific study tour offers Territory students an opportunity to learn about the shared military history between the Northern Territory and the United States of America. Three Year 10 or Year 11 students from Northern Territory schools will travel to Hawaii in early December 2018. All costs for the six day tour will be covered including travel, accommodation, insurance, meals, uniforms and additional expenses.

Anzac Spirit Study Tour
The 2019 Anzac Spirit Study Tour will support students to explore the history of Anzac Day and Australia's involvement in various conflicts and peacekeeping missions. It will provide an opportunity for three Year 9 or 10 students, accompanied by two chaperones, to visit battlefields of significance to Australia and the Anzac and take part in the 2019 Anzac Day commemorations in Villers-Bretonneux, France. All costs for the seven to 10 day tour will be covered including travel, accommodation, insurance, meals, uniforms and additional expenses.

For more details see the competition websites:

If you are interested please contact: toni.smid1@ntschools.net or 8922 2198.

Entries are open to all NTSDE students (not just those currently enrolled in History). Two students for each competition will be selected to represent NTSDE.

Entries close 27 July 2018 for both competitions.

Toni Smid
History Teacher

Career Bullseyes

Start exploring career pathways by selecting a learning area you enjoy! For more information click on the link below:

This information is interactive and current and useful for all senior students.

Bev Wilson and Stephen Robinson
Student Support Team

Meet Some Students!

Here is a short video where you can meet some students from NTSDE. They also offer some expert tips for learning by distance! Click on the link below to watch a short video:

Student Location

Here are some photos from Erica Portelli who is located in Oecusse, Timor

Life after NTSDE

It was fantastic to hear from one of our past students this week, with news of her adventures and achievements since completing her secondary schooling with NTSDE.

Kezia Dilettoso graduated from NTSDE in 2016. She took a gap year after completing her ATAR, and then enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts at CDU where she is currently studying Art and History.

Kezia was an exemplary History student with NTSDE, who was fascinated and enthused by her studies into Australian History and in particular NT History. Kezia produced an excellent individual enquiry during her final year, which documented the contribution of the Greek community to NT development, and she is still shining in History.

To her great credit, Kezia recently received the Friends of Barbara James Memorial Prize awarded by the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society at CDU  for outstanding academic achievement in Australian History.

Kezia receiving her award at the CDU prize giving ceremony in May.

Still proud of you Kezia! Congratulations on this wonderful achievement.

Jenny Godden
Senior Teacher - Humanities, Health, PE

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