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Debates Day 6 - Thursday 19 October 2017



Debates Day 6 - Thursday 19 October 2017

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Debates for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2018; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020




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DEBATES Thursday 19 October 2017 2750 focus on here because that is where our emphasis needs to go, in helping those people who really need it. She is concerned with supporting other young people. She is doing that every day, stepping in and helping out where young people have come off the path. She described her experiences at the forum as wonderful and life -changing. That feeling came through in the letter she wrote us. Khayla is inspirational. She is a mom and a photographer; she studies, works and makes the most of her time, contributing to her community through her dedication and focus. Congratulations, Khayla, on your journey so far. I know she has a long way to go, and all the members of the Assembly will watch her as she soars. Members: Hear, hear! Ms UIBO (Arnhem): Madam Speaker, tonight I will share with the House a wonderful story. From 19 to 26 August was Childrens Book Week, as we heard. The Minister for Education has spoken about some wonderful stories of her experience during book week. I was travelling during that time but I have a wonderful story I would like to share. It is a project that is being driven by two teachers at Nightcliff Primary School who held a massive book drive for some pre-loved books to send out to my electorate. The recipient was Ngukurr School. It was wonderful and I put on the record tonight an acknowledgement of the hard work of Kiah Fereday, who is the Year 2 teacher at Nightcliff Primary School, and Greg Hauser, who is the Year 6 primary teacher at Nightcliff. It is wonderful that they have done this hard work with their school and studentswhich has a wonderful sense of communityin collecting 160 books during book week to send to Ngukurr. I was the fortunate person to be the courier. I collected the books from Nightcliffactually, I have to thank my father, Mick, for collecting the books from Nightcliff and leaving them at his house in Malak, ready for the next trip I made. I collected them from my fathers house and when I drove to Ngukurr on 8 September I was able to deliver those books directly to the school on behalf of Kiah and Greg and the Nightcliff Primary School community. It is a wonderful story. Thank you, Kiah and Greg. From what I understand they are quite kee n to build a relationship between Nightcliff and Ngukurr, which is wonderful. It is a good 600 kilometre distance between the two, so it is wonderful to see we have educators and teachers willing to share and look after each other, no matter the location. That community spirit is the main thing I take from this wonderful story. I delivered the 160 books to Ngukurr School and Principal Lynda Pascoe, who was a very excited recipient on behalf of the students. I had the fun job of sitting in a Year 2 class held in the librarythis was after the Ngukurr clinic opening day. The Year 2 students were excited and surprised at the idea of being abl e to take these books home. These were not just books for the library; they were able to take these books home and practice reading with their family and friends. I thought it was a wonderful story and a tribute to the hard work of Kiah and Greg from Nightcliff. Thank you to them for building that relationship. Hopefully that will grow and flourish over the coming mo nths and years. Fingers crossed; I am sure there will be a good relationship built there. I would also like to talk about the National Indigenous Education Conference. Yesterday I mentioned that I was able to listen to Minister Lawler deliver her speech at the conference. It is an annual conference held around the country, focusing on different techniques and policy sharing across schools and across jurisdictions. It is a wonderful event, particularly as it is held here in Darwin for three days. The final day is tomorrow, which will culminate into workshops being discussed by all the participants. There are about 200 participants all packed into a room, shoulder to shoulder. It was wonderful that that learning and collegial experience is happening and that there is a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education across Australia. I think it is fantastic. A big thank you to the organisers for coordinating. There is a high calibre of speakers at the forum over the three days, which is fantastic. I was very fortunate this morning to be one of the presenting speakers at the forum. I talked about my experience of being a teacher in a remote community, Numbulwar, and some of the techniques I used to encourage students to come to school every day and strive for academic success. I highlighted that in my presentation this morning.

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