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.
See below more photos from the week: