Annual Report 2004-2005 Northern Territory Education Advisory Council
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Boys in Schools A Report on the Committee's activities The Boys in Schools Committee, in conjunction with the Boys Education Project Officer, spent most of 2004 co-ordinating the implementation of the Boys Education Lighthouse Schools (BELS) Project. The NT schools that commenced as part of the BELS project in 2004 were: Alawa Primary Anula Primary Anzac Hill High Berry Springs Primary Driver Primary Gray Primary Howard Springs Primary Kormilda College Maningrida CEC Manunda Terrace Primary OLSH - Alice Springs Palmerston High Ross Park Primary Wagaman Primary Yirara College Yirrkala CEC The NT schools were grouped into two dusters, with Kormilda College and Palmerston High School serving as the Lighthouse schools in each of their respective clusters. A delay in the processing of applications and funds resulted in the project not commencing until semester two 2004. The committees activity dropped off somewhat during term three 2004 when the Boys Education Project Officer position became vacant due to the previous occupant returning to a position in a school. The position was filled temporarily during term four for 10 weeks. During this period the Project Officer was able to organise and conduct a series of focus groups with boys in schools on Indigenous boys attitudes to schooling. Initial work also commenced on the production of a Boys Education handbook to be distributed to Territory teachers. The Project Officer was also able to offer support to BELS schools as they worked through the implementation and management of their projects. The Project Officer was responsible for connecting some clusters with a consultant from Charles Darwin University to assist clusters with the BELS paperwork as advised by Melbourne University. In term four the Project officer conducted discussions with a representative from Charles Darwin University regarding the possibility of introducing a unit covering issues in boys education to the undergraduate Education course at the university. DAVID MACLEAN Chairman EAC Boys in Schools Committee