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Term 2, Week 10 2019
28 June 2019

Dates to Remember

  • Last day of school
    Friday 28 June 2019
  • School Holidays
    Monday 1 July - Friday 19 July 2019
  • Teachers Resume
    Monday 22 July 2019
  • Students Resume
    Tuesday 23 July 2019
  • Darwin Show Day Public Holiday
    Friday 26 July 2019
  • Picnic Day Public Holiday
    Monday 5 August 2019

eNewsletter Contents


Stage 1 Creative Arts

Eleven Stage 1 students from OLSH at Wadeye completed their final Creative Arts product during Residential School in week 6.

Students used the new media studio and green screen to do a photoshoot complete with costumes, make-up and props to create a photo in their chosen theme. Prior to coming to Darwin students completed an interactive planning task, choosing a theme and then dressing a model in the chosen outfit with written directions for photographing their idea and the background they would like.

The Art storeroom was converted into a wardrobe and dressing room and the girls went first in the morning session where Halloween and fashion were the popular themes. In the afternoon session the boys took on characters inspired by Halloween, super heroes and rock music.

Therese Dooling-Nudjulu

Outfits were accessorised with wigs, hats and make-up as characters evolved. Then into the studio where the photo was taken by one of the other students using all the skills they had learned back at school.

A final lesson was used to discuss and give feedback on the photoshoot.
The final shots were photoshopped to insert the backgrounds and a final photo given to each student. These photos will become part of an exhibition of student work to be held at OLSH next semester.

Great work, great fun and lots of learning. Thanks to Will Hoffmann for his expertise and assistance.

Winsome Jobling
Art Teacher

Contact Visits

Borroloola School

In May, I visited six of our students who are located at Borroloola School. The students are completing Stage 2 Creative Arts. Here is some photos of their artwork.

Winsome Jobling

Groote Eylandt - Alyangula Area School

In May I had the pleasure of visiting and working with some students located at Alyangula Area School. They worked very hard to finish their respective courses by the end of this semester. To show their appreciation, Sean, Johnson and Tineka took me around the school, including their impressive commercial kitchen.


Yulara School

From the 12 - 14 June, we visited four of our students at Yulara School. The school is newly painted and it looks beautiful. Our students have their own classroom that is shared with Alice Springs School of the Air students, and they work independently amongst an idyllic setting.

A highlight of the visit was Anthony’s mum cooking us lunch. It was delicious! Our students: Hunter, Gayle, Josh and Anthony, are doing well and we are looking forward to seeing them when they visit Darwin for Residential School.

After hours, we visited Uluru and completed the ‘base walk’ by running 10.6km around the outside of the rock.

Dave Armstrong and Vanessa Cuttriss

Tennant Creek - Physics Workshop

In June I was very fortunate to visit Rovin and Denver at Tennant Creek High School, as they progress through their learning of Stage 2 Physics. There were two objectives:

  • one was to interact with equipment that provided practical examples of the theoretical concepts covered in our electricity and magnetism unit,
  • the other was for the students to conduct a summative practical using a Teltron Tube that essentially fires electrons into a magnetic field and causes them to change direction.

It was an intensive two and a half days, and I am proud of how the students conducted themselves. I particularly applaud their diligence when gathering their practical results, the depth of their questions, and their enthusiasm.

With some support, Rovin and Denver are in the process of analysing their results using video analysis software, to determine the relationship between the current flowing through the Helm Holtz coils, and the radius of curvature of the electrons.

Andrew Weekes


Edu Tech

Our staff members; Will, John, Vanessa and Anthony, attended the EduTECH Congress and Expo in Sydney from the 6 - 7 June. They had a great time viewing the exhibitions and testing the robotics, drones, 3D printing and virtual reality on offer.

They were captivated and intrigued by the key speakers including:

  • Sir Ken Robinson (world’s elite thinker on creativity and innovation)
  • Dr Richard Harris (Australian’s of the Year 2019)
  • Dr Louise Mahler (Body Language Expert)
  • any many more!

EduTECH is the largest education event in the southern hemisphere with over 250 exhibits and 220 speakers.

Study Tours

Are you interested in an overseas study tour?

Students have the opportunity to apply for two study tours:

Peace in the Pacific Study Tour
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 (NT) and the United States of America.

Three NT students from year 10 or 11 will travel to Hawaii in early December 2019. For more info:

Anzac Spirit Study Tour
The annual Chief Minister's Anzac Spirit Study Tour promotes the importance of Anzac Day, Australia's involvement in various conflicts since, and the importance of peacekeeping missions today. It provides an opportunity for three Year 9 or 10 students, accompanied by two chaperones, to visit battlefields of significance to Australia and the Anzacs.

They will take part in the 2020 Anzac Day commemorations in Villers-Bretonneux, France. The Northern Territory Government will provide support for travel and accommodation costs.

Entries for both tours need to be received at NTSDE by 19 July 2019 for shortlisting. We can enter two entries for each competition.

If you are interested in applying in either tour, please contact Toni Smid on:
8922 2198 or toni.smid1@ntschools.net

Toni Smid
History Teacher

Stage 2 Research Project

Year 11 students can enrol into Stage 2 Research Project! Year 11 students will begin this subject in Semester 2 and continue completing it in 2020. Here is some information about the subject.

Did you know that you can make a product in Research Project? In the past, students have made graduation dresses, drawn portraits and landscapes, and produced travel booklets and itineraries.

Products need to be accompanied with the evidence of all your wonderful research. Research Project is a great opportunity to study an area of your own interest. Students have presented their findings in essays, reports, magazine articles... even letters to the Prime Minister!

For more information, see our Subject Handbook (page 108)

To enrol, please contact our coordinator Selina Blyton on:

Residential School Date Change

This is formal notification that the Dependent and Dual Residential 2 will now be
held from:

  • Term 3, Week 5
    19 August to 23 August 2019

to allow students to attend the Careers Expo on Friday August 23.

The Subject Handbook and 2019 Planner have been updated to reflect this.

Bev Wilson
Assistant Principal

Staff Goodbyes

We have a number of staff either taking extended leave or transferring to another school. We would like to thank them for their efforts and contributions over the many years that they have worked at NTSDE.

Leanne Goldsworthy
12 years at NTSDE

Larissa Lyons
11.5 years at NTSDE

Cathy Mcginness
9 years at NTSDE

Stephen Robinson
Career's Advisor
3.5 years at NTSDE

Year 10 Camp

One of the highlights of our Year 10 Wellbeing Program was our first Year 10 Camp held from 8 – 11 April. Students and staff were provided with an exciting, memorable, engaging and invaluable learning experience!

The six students involved had the unique opportunity to develop and use their personal, behavioural, social, and cognitive skills to promote a sense of personal identity and wellbeing.

L-R: Jerry, Peggy Magee, Kai Woodall, Claire Pagenstecher, Kelsy-Lee Beyer, Cory Hoffrichter, Ms Cuttriss, Michelle (Absent: Anthony Daria)

The students travelled in from as far as Yulara to the Adventure Bound NT camp site which is situated on ~1000 acres of natural bush land bordered by the Mary River National Park and Mary River flood plains.

Our students and staff were actively involved in the following activities that targeted enhancing respectful relationships:

  • 160 metre flying fox (the largest in the NT)
  • high ropes and low ropes courses
  • abseiling
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • crate climbing
  • various team building and initiative activities.

Students' favourite part of the camp was making new friends and building stronger relationships with their teachers. A very funny moment involved watching Mr Weekes trying really hard to light a fire!

A big congratulations to all the students involved who should be really proud of their enthusiasm and resilience skills demonstrated! It is evident in the following short clip that highlights some of the activities completed.

Many thanks to the following NTSDE staff for their support: David Armstrong, Andrew Weekes, Will Hoffmann, Stephanie Henry and Toni Smid.

To view more photos and videos from the camp click on the links below:

Vanessa Cuttriss

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