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Term 4, Week 7 2018
30 November 2018

Dates to Remember

  • Year 10 and Stage 1 Assessment Cut off Day
    Friday 30 November 2018
  • Year 10 and Stage 1 Reports Sent
    Wednesday 12 December
  • Last day of School
    Thursday 13 December 2018
  • School Holidays
    Friday 14 December - Tuesday 29 January 2019
  • NTSDE Closed
    Monday 24 December - Friday 4 January 2019
  • Teachers Resume
    Friday 25 January 2019
  • Students Resume
    Tuesday 29 January 2019

eNewsletter Contents


Principal's Message

Anne White

Congratulations to students, families and staff for making our 2018 Graduation such a wonderful evening. It was fabulous to see so many families and friends attending and celebrating the achievements of the graduating class of 2018.

All the best to everyone for the remainder of the year and finishing the year in good spirits and with a sense of achievement and excitement for the future.

Ms Anne White

NTSDE Graduation - Class of 2018

The 2018 NTSDE Graduation Dinner was again held in the Grand Ballroom at SkyCity Resort Mindil Beach on Friday 23rd of November. We were fortunate that the afternoon storms were finished by the early evening and many guests took the opportunity to have their photos taken on the lawns. The graduates were the stars of the evening and shone in their best evening attire. As guests entered the ballroom the room came to life with happy chatter of students and families finding their tables decorated with teal & gold balloons and candles.

The guests totalled 136 including 15 of the 17 NTSDE graduating students for 2018. There were 6 NTSDE students, 4 students from West Arnhem College Jabiru, 2 students from Tiwi College, 3 students from Xavier Catholic College. For Xavier College it was an extra special occasion as their graduates included the first male to complete his NT Certificate of Education from their school.

List of graduating students:

  • Sophia Brown - Jabiru Area School
  • Nisa Howie - Jabiru Area School
  • Corben Nabanardi - Jabiru Area School
  • Jasmine Meredith - Jabiru Area School
  • Cameron Dunbar - Nutwood Downs Station
  • Sandra Jestin - Maningrida
  • Sylvie Martin - Darwin
  • Olivia Tester - Darwin
  • Milena Van Loenhout - Swim Creek
  • Shannai Wade - Suplejack Downs Station
  • Julianna Kerinaiua - Tiwi College
  • Arthurina Moreen - Tiwi College
  • Aggie Kantilla - Xavier Catholic College
  • Paulinus Tipungwuti - Xavier Catholic College
  • Kyanne Warlapinni - Xavier Catholic College

The evening was co-hosted by NTSDE teachers, Paul Anderson and George Tumino.

The Graduation Ceremony guests included Tiani Cook, Chairperson of the NTSDE School Council. Other special guests included Marion Guppy - Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Education and Aderyn Chatterton - Senior Manager School Improvement and Leadership. Also there to celebrate were principals and staff of the NTSDE Community and Area Partner Schools along with the NTSDE Principal, Anne White and NTSDE staff. Another honoured guest was former NTSDE principal Marcia Harvey. She was presented with a delightful floral arrangement by Olivia Tester one of the school Council student representatives, with Tiani Cook delivering a speech of thanks and farewell to Marcia on behalf of the school council and school community.

The students owned the evening. Looking relaxed and no doubt relieved to have their Year 12 studies behind them they shared their celebrations with family and friends and teachers alike.

Sandra Jestin was presented with the Caltex All Rounder Award and the ADF Long Tan and Youth Leadership Award with Nisa Howie of Jabiru Area School receiving The Board of Studies Year 12 Achiever Award and the NTSDE Principal’s Award and a number of students presented with Stage 2 individual Subject Awards.

The student addresses and presentations were definitely worth hearing. Aggie Kantilla, Kyanne Warlapinni and Paulinus Tipungwuti who studied at Xavier Catholic College talked about their pride in their completion of Year 12 and their aspirations and dreams for the future. Paulinus was particularly proud to have been the first young man to graduate from Xavier College.

Olivia Tester and Sandra Jestin gave a presentation on behalf of their NTSDE peers and thanked family and NTSDE staff for the support they provided. Both of these young ladies expressed the relief they felt at their completion and how they looked forward to whatever the future offered them.

Tiwi college students Julianna Kerinaiua and Arthurina Moreen gave a presentation about where they live, their school and their culture. They finished up by thanking all the teachers at Tiwi college and NTSDE for their support throughout the year.

Corben Nabanardi from Jabiru Area School gave a humorous presentation, saying how his parents were really important factors in encouraging his continued study. A highlight for Corben this year was representing the Jabiru Army Cadet Unit through his attendance at the Commemoration of the Battle of Amiens in France. These presentations were the icing on the cake with the students showing confidence, maturity and excellent presentation skills.

The 2018 NTSDE Year 12 Graduation Dinner was a magnificent evening. Congratulations to all the students and thank you to all the guests who contributed with their enthusiastic responses to the evening.

For further photos of the night please click on this link:

ASTA Japan Teacher Exchange

This year I was awarded a one week Science teacher exchange to Japan during the October school holidays. Other teachers who attended were:

  • Trudy Spargo from Kyogle High School and Aurora College (NSW)
  • Katrina Holewa from Noosa District State High School (QLD)
  • Geoff Quinton (Australian Science Teachers Association President)
  • Vic Dobos (Australian Science Teachers Association CEO).

As part of the visit, the delegation visited 3 schools in Fukushima;

  • Fukushima City Moriai Elementary School
  • Fukushima Prefecture Super Science High School
  • Fukushima University Junior High School.

During the school visit we met the school leadership team, had a tour of the school, watched a Science lesson and finally taught a lesson.

I was fortunate to teach a lesson to a group of 40 Year 10 students at the Fukushima Prefecture Super Science High School and a large contingent of teachers and officials. The students were presented with an engineering challenge to build a bridge made from only one sheet of A4 paper to span a gap of 20 cm. The lesson was taught through a Japanese interpreter and at the end of the lesson the students and teachers were presented with a gift from Darwin, a crocodile tooth for the students and a photographic book of the Top End for the teacher.

As part of the tour we also visited the Fukushima Environment Centre, the Edo-Tokyo Museum, Miraikan, Sony ExploraScience Centre, the National Institute for Materials Science, The High Energy Accelerator Research Organisation (KEK), Tsukuba Space Centre, Tsukuba Science Square,  Robot Cabaret, Sony Square, Shibuya crossing, Akihabra and some of the many temples around Tokyo.

I would personally like to thank SONY Education, ASTA (Australian Science Teachers Association) and GE Tours for their support and permitting me to experience this amazing opportunity. It was a huge honour and very humbling to watch the brilliance of our teachers both in Australia and also Japan.

Veronica Ross
STEM Teacher

Congratulations Deanna

Deanna Ther was recognised at the World Teachers Day celebrations by being presented with the Darwin Region Support Officer of the Year Award.

Congratulations to you Deanna, well deserved.

Distance Education

The Lockwood family is to be congratulated for its dedication to Distance Education.
Despite living in camp sites and travelling the outback, the family regularly attends IDL lessons and submits school work on Moodle.

Generators and computers are often set up in tents with open views of the bush, birds and native animals.

What an adventure the Lockwoods are having ‘at school’!

Stage 1 PE

Stage 1 PE Student Keira Stevens completing her basketball coaching task at Alice Outcomes.
Keira successfully researched, planned and conducted a great coaching lesson which incorporated teaching two trainees about rules of basketball and playing positions. Her attention to ensuring a safe playing environment was impressive.

Congratulations Coach Keira!

Vanessa Cuttriss
Health and PE Teacher

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