Sunday Territorian 5 Nov 2017
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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5 2017 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Piercing picture of initiation wins gong HAYLEY SORENSEN THE number of teachers on fixed-term contracts has ballooned by more than 100 in six months, with students coming out the losers because of the high turnover of staff. Education Union president Jarvis Ryan said a lack of permanent positions meant there was a high turnover of staff, which created instability for students. The high turnover has an impact on staff moral and workload and the continual process of inducting new staff, and it clearly has an impact on student learning because a revolving door of teachers means students dont get the continuity they need, he said. Fixed-term contract teachers made up 34.77 per cent of the total in April but that had increased to 38.74 per cent by mid October. To help reduce the number of teachers on fixed-term contracts the Department of Education has begun a new program to lift the number of permanently employed teachers. Contract teachers threat to learning A department spokeswoman said the Teacher Permanency Strategy was formed in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Employment and the Australian Education Union NT. Having a secure and stable workforce is a priority for the department, particularly when it comes to our teachers, the spokeswoman said. We know that having consistency in the classroom positively impacts on student outcomes. The program will run from now until October 9, 2018. As schools are in charge of budgets, principals will decide whether a teacher is offered permanency. Mr Ryan said the union would be pushing for schools to permanently employ as many teachers as they could, and expected several hundred to be given permanent employment. The Government and union agree that offering permanent employment is crucial to attracting and maintaining good teachers to the Territory, he said. JUDITH AISTHORPE Christopher Dhumalwuy at his initiation ceremony Picture: SUPPLIED Premier points finger over tactics QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she does not believe the Opposition Leader knew nothing about a smear campaign over her partners work on Adani. In an election bombshell, Ms Palaszczuk on Friday pledged to veto a $1 billion federal loan for the controversial Carmichael coal mine, saying her Government would play no future role in its assessment. It comes after the Premier tried to head off an alleged smear campaign by Liberal senators in Canberra over her partner Shaun Drabschs work. Mr Drabsch, in his capacity as infrastructure advisory director for PWC, worked on Adanis application for the loan under the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund. THE pride shines through in the young mans eyes he is no longer a boy. This arresting image of Christopher, 13, is the winner of the NT Childrens Commissioners photo competition. The photograph was taken at Christophers initiation at Galiwinku on Elcho Island last year. Christopher said the photograph showed the viewer who he was. The photo show that I am Yolngu and that I am now a man, he said. The paintings on my body show who I am and where I am from. When I see this photo I remember how all of my family came to the ceremony to be there for me. Christopher won a GoPro for the image. I was happy because I will use the prize when I am riding motocross and BMX and when I am hunting stingray, he said. I am going to give the other GoPro to playgroup in Yirrkala so the families and kids can use it. John Guyula, 13, of Goulburn Island, took out second place with a dynamic picture of an Indigenous boy jumping through a puddle. An angelic image of young Josh Maralngurra, 4, from Crocker Island, looking into the camera, won third place. The ceremony was attended by Territory treasurer Natasha Fyles and the Childrens Commissioner herself, Colleen Gwynne. Judges were sent more than 80 entries from throughout the Territory. Year 12 students enter testing times TODAY is the last day before Territory Year 12 students begin a two-week exam block. Its the last hurdle for the students before they are done with high school and head off to university, trades, work or gap years. After months of studying for the exams and a year of hard work, students will put their knowledge to the test. Exams will be completed at the school and form part of the students NT Certificate in Education. The exams will count towards their Australian Tertiary Admissions Raking, which will be released on December 15. The top Indigenous NTCET student of 2016 Marcus Valastro gives his exam tips on P12 Making a difference in peoples lives Trainee Correctional Officers Be part of a team that offers: Job diversity and security Rewarding career with personal development opportunities Excellent conditions of employment Nationally accredited training and qualifications provided A salary of up to $74,504 inclusive of allowances, following training period Up to 7 weeks annual leave each year (conditions apply) Applications close Sunday 12 November 2017, positions commence March 2018. For further information and to apply visit justice.nt.gov.au/careers or contact our recruitment partner, Beilby Recruitment on (08) 8942 6621.