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Term 1, Week 8 2019
22 March 2019

Dates to Remember

  • Cut off for submission of assessment items (all years)
    Friday 29 March 2019
  • Reports Sent
    Wednesday 10 April
  • School Holidays
    Monday 15 April - Friday 19 April
  • Easter Public Holidays
    Friday 19th April & Monday 22 April
  • Students Resume
    Tuesday 23 April
  • ANZAC Day Public Holiday
    Thursday 25 April
  • Year 12 Biology
    Thursday 2 May & Friday 3 May

eNewsletter Contents


Principal's Message

Anne White

Thank you to the staff, students and parents who made our first Residential School for the year such a success. It was great to meet all the students and some parents in what was an actioned packed week full of fun, food and hard work.

Staff will commence writing the Term 1 Progress Reports in the coming weeks so parents need to take time to read the reports and the comments from teachers so they can support their child’s improvement focus. I encourage all parents who would like to know more about their child’s progress to contact the school or the teacher directly. I am looking forward to reading every student’s report and sharing in their success and learning of their improvement targets.

Ms Anne White

Residential School #1

On Monday 11 March we welcomed over 40 students to NTSDE for our first residential for 2019. Students came from across the Territory, including Batchelor, Bathurst Island, Jabiru, Mataranka, Ramingining, South Goulburn Island, Tennant Creek, Yuendumu and Yulara, stations in the Barkly, West Arnhem and Tanami regions, as well as locally-enrolled students from Darwin.

Morning Tea on Monday doubled as a fundraiser for the Royal Flying Doctors Service, organised by the Year 10 student cohort – thank you Year 10s! Parents were also invited to morning tea to meet with teachers and staff and it was wonderful to be joined by parents for the event. We welcome these special opportunities to gather with the school community.

The residential week provides an opportunity for students to meet and work with their teachers and peers, in a structured study environment similar to that found in a ‘face to face’ school. Students participated in 5 lessons per subject, providing plenty of opportunity for teaching and learning across all subjects and increasing the likelihood of successful outcomes for students. The students enjoyed working together in their class groups, and many friendships were formed over the week.

A number of subjects also included excursions throughout the week. These included trips to Flip Out and the Life Style Studio, the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT, and Merit Partners Chartered Accountants.

Students also participated in a range of afterschool activities, including a sports session in the Darwin High School tank on Monday, Ice Skating on Tuesday, Casuarina Square and The Quarter on Wednesday and King Pin on Thursday. Many thanks to the teachers involved for organising these events; the students thoroughly enjoyed themselves!

On Friday, students celebrated the achievements of their peers at the Principal’s Awards and Morning Tea. The 2019 Spirit of Learning Awards were presented to well deserving students and for their diligence towards their studies, and to the Year 10 cohort for the effort and engagement during the week. A new award, the Living Green Award, was presented to Cameron Dunbar and Kiralee Wade for their environmental initiatives. Several Merit Awards were presented to students in recognition of their efforts in afterschool activities. Well done to all students!

We would like to thank all students for their commitment and enthusiasm during the week, and all parents and carers for their support of the residential. We look forward to seeing everyone again in Term 3 for the Year 10/Year 11 Residential and the Year 12 Completers Residential.

Click on the link below to view a short video of Residential week.

Click on the link below to view a gallery of photos from the week.

Student Services Team

Stage 1 Creative Arts at Wadeye

Thirteen Year 11 students at Wadeye are doing Photography for their Creative Arts course this semester.

The Practical Skills component of the course aims to develop and hone skills. Students are going to write a quick manual so other students can use the new digital SLR cameras. They have photographed portraits of all the senior students for the student records and used proof sheets to choose the best photos. Now they are experimenting with camera angles and how different viewpoints can change the mood of a photo.

Their final Creative Arts product will be a group exhibition held in the school and the design and production of the posters and catalogue will be assessed as the Inquiry component of their course.

Photo by Brody Karui

Three students entered the Moran student photographic prize on the theme Life in Australia. Brody Karui has been selected as a finalist.

Photo by Mary Domoo

Photo by Mary Pupuli-Longmair

Winsome Jobling
Art Teacher

Year 10 Camp

Year 10 Camp

  • When? Term 1, Week 11 (8-11 April, 2019)
  • Where? Adventure Bound NT, Mount Bundey
  • Who? Year 10 students

Read the handbook below for details:

Payment is due by end of week 9 - $200.

Please return all permission forms to Vanessa Cuttriss - vanessa.cuttriss@ntschools.net

Vanessa Cuttriss
Health and PE Teacher

Thank you for your Feedback

Thank you to all of the students who submitted the Week 5: Learning Progress Feedback form. We had 128 responses across all year levels which is great result.

38% were from our dependent students (those enrolled only with us)

36% were from our dual school students (urban and regional schools across the NT)

25% were from our area school students (Alyangula, Batchelor and Jabiru)

1% was from our remote community students (remote schools across the NT).

Students answered questions using stars, with 5 stars being the highest rating:

  • 89% of students understood ‘what they were expected to learn’ by rating 5 and 4 stars for this question.

  • Only 75% of students rated 5 and 4 stars for understanding ‘how their learning was being assessed’. This is an area for improvement for us.

Our staff will use the feedback to improve their courses. Thank you again to all students.

Make Up Cake Recipe

Year 10 Health and PE students have been working on 'Make Up Cake Recipe' task.

Cake Name: Forgiveness Cake
Serves: 2 teenagers
Prep time: 2 years
Cooking time: 15mins

1 face to face conversation
1 place both sides will enjoy
5 cups of forgiveness
2 cups of discussion
1 cup of honesty
1/2  a cup of disagreeing
3 cups of commitment


  1. Contact friend and request a place that people enjoy.
  2. Add 3 cups of commitment, 2 cups of discussion and 1/2 of disagreeing.
  3. Give step 2 time to set in.
  4. Add 1 cup of honesty and 5 cups of forgiveness.
  5. Leave with a friend.

Guaranteed Forgiveness!

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