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Term 2, Week 7 2019
06 June 2019

Dates to Remember

  • Queens Birthday public holiday
    Monday 10 June
  • Year 12 Physics Workshop
    Tuesday 11 June - Wednesday 12 June
  • Cut off for submission of assessment items (All years)
    Friday 14 June
  • End of course feedback (Year 10, Year 11)
    Monday 17 June - Friday 21 June
  • Reports sent (all years)
    Wednesday 26 June
  • Last day of school
    Friday 28 June
  • School holidays
    Monday 1 July - Friday 19 July
  • Teachers resume
    Monday 22 July
  • Students resume
    Tuesday 23 July
  • Darwin Show Day public holiday
    Friday 26 July

eNewsletter Contents


Principal's Message

Anne WhiteHello to everyone. This term at NTSDE has been a time of change with the establishment of new initiatives to provide authentic and engaging programs for all students. Some changes include adjustment to the timing of resulting for some Stage 1 and Year 10 courses to ensure we capture all students results and position every student to complete their NTCET or their career pathway plan in a timely manner.

We have trialled the HEAL Project material and we will launch the HEAL Project in Semester 2 (see below for more information) which is an exciting opportunity to extend and sharpen our work with remote schools.

The introduction of the Year 10 Wellbeing Program and Year 10 Camp have been very successful initiatives and the introduction of the Stage 2 Research Project to our suite of subject offerings has been enormously successful.

Teachers and students are preparing and completing work in preparation for the final report cycle for Semester 1; I encourage all students to be contacting their teachers if they require assistance and to remain focussed on their studies for the remainder of the term. I thank and congratulate all the staff at NTSDE and home schools for their dedication and fabulous work through Semester 1 and look forward to building on our successes in Semester 2.

We have launched our Facebook page which provides everyone with timely updates on what is happening at NTSDE and I encourage students, parents and friends of NTSDE to follow us on Facebook.

Ms Anne White

Semester 2 Subject Selections

Students, parents and school coordinators will receive our semester 2 Subject Selection forms.

Stage 1 individual NTCET patterns and a list of subjects recommended by the NTSDE teachers will also be distributed.

Students will be able to review their NTCET pattern and discuss their semester 2 selections with their parents and home school as well as our Careers Advisor and Coordinators.

Subject selection is an important process. Please contact us with any queries.

Bev Wilson
Assistant Principa

We are on Facebook!

We have launched a Facebook page! To stay up to date with everything happening at NTSDE, please like our page!


If you have any feedback about the page, please send us a private message or email ntsde.elearning@ntschools.net

HEAL Project

NTSDE is offering a new program, HEAL (Health Education And Literacy). The program aims to transform disengaged students into successful learners through a focus on literacy, and targeted, engaging and differentiated cross-curricular learning materials in English, Health and Physical Education.

All subjects are aligned and materials are levelled for differentiated literacy access.

Selection of materials will facilitate personalised learning for individuals or instructional groups in the class.

Enrolments are now open for Semester 2!

For more information visit:

John Bennett
Assistant Principal

Welcome to new staff members

Maverick Pagkalinawan

We would like to welcome Maverick Pagkalinawan to our school! Mav has previously worked at the Katherine Flexible Learning and Engagement Centre, Katherine High School and Halls Creek DHS working with at risk students to engage in education, life skills and wellbeing.

Outside of her love of teaching, she also loves sport, music and travelling and believes in giving everything your best go! Mav has joined NTSDE this term and is working with the HEAL team, delivering Health, English, PE and Literacy units. The HEAL units are developed to allow access for students with literacy skills ranging from pre-literate to age appropriate literacy. The teaching and learning materials will allow for differentiated learning within the zone of proximal development for each student and will integrate Literacy and Numeracy Essentials (LANE) materials and Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET) Stage 1 units.

Sherrill Christensen

Welcome back to Sherrill Christensen!  Sherrill is re-developing our Year 12 Accounting course with our accounting teacher, Nathaniel Smith.

Sherrill has a thorough understanding of our school, having worked with us for over 15 years as our Assistant Principal and Principal.

The updated course will be offered to students in 2020.

Stage 1 Research Practices

In Semester 2, the Humanities faculty at NTSDE is excited to be offering a new Stage 1 general pathways subject. Research Practices is a semester length, 10 credit NTCET subject - which will be taught by Ms.Toni Smid, a Nationally Certified Highly Accomplished Teacher. Toni has taught investigative and inquiry skills in Humanities subjects for 17+ years and also has an honours degree in History.

In Research Practices, students choose from a range of Health and Humanities topics, and use their interest in this topic to develop and improve their research skills.

These skills are the key to success in many other Stage 1 and Stage 2 subjects, and are the foundation for further academic pursuits. Students will have the flexibility to modify and refine their research questions during the semester.

To find out more, please visit our Subject Handbook. We would love to have you enrol in Research Practices in Semester 2!

Jenny Godden
Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Senior

Community Residential School

We held our first Community Residential School for the year in May, with 27 students attending from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Thamarrurr School, Xavier College and Tiwi College from Tiwi Islands, and one student all the way from Robinson River.

Students worked incredibly hard during the week, completing an enormous amount of work and assessment tasks with their NTSDE teachers during a week of timetabled lessons. They also had plenty of activities after school, participating in sport, bowling, laser tag, enjoying the cinema, eating out at restaurants around Darwin, and shopping at Casuarina Square.

It was a productive week for everyone involved. Thanks to all the students, teachers and supervisors that came and made it such a fantastic week of learning and fun. Our building has never been so lively!

Bronny Burger

Author Visit: Scot Gardner

We were very lucky to have Scot Gardner, author of ‘Sparrow’ visit us.
Scot talked with Year 10 English students who are currently studying his great adventure novel, set in Darwin and the Kimberley coast.

Students from Jabiru Area School, Batchelor Area School and Darwin joined the IDL lesson to hear all about Scot’s experiences writing the novel, and to share some of their own stories.

Kelsy-Lee Beyer and Claire Pagenstecher were fortunate to be in the studio live.

Jan Thomas
English Teacher

Specialist Mathematics

Louise Becker ran a Year 12 Specialist Mathematics class during the April school holidays at St John's Catholic College. The students who attended were:

  • Lachlan Anderson (Darwin High School)
  • Jessica Marquez (Marrara Christian College)
  • Andrew Caldwell and Lance Hutt (St John's Catholic College)
  • Eleanor Edwards and Hannah Hobbs (Taminmin College) and,
  • Ianna Lalim (St Joseph's Catholic College in Katherine).

They were all keen to learn and to get some additional tuition!

Louise Becker
Mathematics Teacher

Astrophysicist Visits

Dr Brad Tucker, an astrophysicist from The Australian National University, visited us on the 16 May to deliver an entertaining presentation about the universe and the future of space to our students via IDL.

Brad was able to use our new media room including the green screen. You can view his presentation below:

We were also very fortunate to receive a generous donation of a telescope. We will use the telescope at our next Residential School and when Physics students study 'light'.

Thank you Brad, Grace, Clara and The Australian National University for visiting us.

Escape Room Challenge

Attention Year 10 students!

  • Are you resourceful?
  • Do you enjoy active problem solving?
  • Are you good at thinking outside the box?
  • Would you enjoy a memorable challenging experience that has a lasting impact?
  • Are you interested in uncovering your hidden talents?
  • Would you be interested in being involved in a team of 2- 6 to compete in the challenge to design and build you own escape room (with a health theme)?

An escape room is a real-life escape game experience which requires 6 players to work together as a team to find hidden clues and solve puzzles, both mental and physical, to escape a themed room. Players need to think fast, think hard and think smart to beat the clock and it’s fun too!

Last year our school came first and won $1000!

Let Vanessa Cuttriss know if you are keen to join our team! Contact her if you have any questions on vanessa.cuttriss@ntschools.net or 8922 2205.

You will need to be in Darwin to compete at Flinders NT CDU Casuarina Campus on Friday 20 September (Term 3, Week 9) but all preparation with your team is done via IDL.

If you are unfamilar with escape rooms or want to get a better understanding about the upcoming competition, watch the video below and be amazed by our NTSDE staff as they try to solve the challenge and save Fabian's life!

Vanessa Cuttriss
Health and PE Teacher

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