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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 17 February 1999



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 17 February 1999

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Parliamentary Record 14


Debates for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001




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DEBATES - Wednesday 17 February 1999 Darwin that the bought and upgraded. Most recently he bought a property in Rapid Creek and supervised construction of a residence of his own unique design. Ill health forced David into premature retirement and I know that I speak for all of his teaching colleagues in expressing profound regret at his recent passing. I wish now to formally extend the governments condolences to his wife, Kerry, as well as to his surviving children, David and Mark. Id also like to pay tribute to two well-known Northern Territory educators, namely Dr Harry Payne and Mr Nicholas Cockshutt, who recently retired from the Department of Education. Dr Payne, the former deputy secretary, board of studies services division, was also chairman of the NT Board of Studies; he played a great role in the Northern Territorys education system. Dr Payne has had a long and distinguished career in education. He commenced teaching English and history in New South Wales in 1959 at Tumbarumba Central School. By 1971, hed become the youngest secondary deputy principal appointed in New South Wales. After deciding upon a career change, Dr Payne accepted a position as inspector, planning and coordination with the Aboriginal Education Branch of the Northern Territory Administration in 1972. In 1974, he became principal of Alice Springs High School and remained there for 5 years. During this time, he became a council member and chairman of the Community College of Central Australia, and president of the Australian High School Principals Association. In 1979, Dr Payne accepted the position of regional director north, and moved to Darwin with his family. Following this move he held a number of high level positions including acting deputy secretary, policy and planning services; director, management services, and director of personnel. In August 1985, Dr Paynes contribution to education was recognised with him being awarded an A W Reeves Memorial Fellowship to study at the University of Alberta, Canada. He spent 2 years in Canada and in June 1987 was awarded his Doctorate in Philosophy, Educational Administration. Never idle, Dr Payne contributed to Canadian education and while studying there, was faculty consultant for Student Practicum - University of Alberta, Audit, High Prairie School Division, Alberta and Intern, Alberta Education Department. On his return to the department, Dr Payne accepted a position as director, curriculum and assessment, and was subsequently promoted to assistant secretary. He continued and expanded his involvement in curriculum and assessment by being appointed chairman of the NT Board of Studies. He was also the chair of the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Certification Authority for 4 years. In 1994, in recognition of his expanding portfolio and expertise, Dr Payne was promoted to deputy secretary of curriculum and assessment division, which was later changed to Board Services. Dr Payne has made an invaluable contribution to education. He has contributed in many and varied ways and his leadership in education is recognised nationally, most recently with the award of the Australian Council of Education Administration gold medal. In addition to his professional achievements, he has contributed by promoting the recognition of excellence in our students. He has been instrumental in such efforts as the Beat, the Northern Territory Board of Studies presentation ceremony, and numerous other community activities that provide the opportunity for the success in education to be showcased. Harry involved himself in many community activities and was the founder and chairman of the Rotary Club of Darwin and Schoolchildrens Arts Education Foundation, which produces the Beat. His involvement and success in education was made possible by the support of his family, his wife Pauline, sons Bruce, Christopher and Stephen, and more recently his grand-daughter. Dr Payne has had a long and meritorious career in Territory education. His dedication and loyalty is acknowledged, and I wish him well in his retirement. Nick Cockshutt was well known to Territory educators as the director of curriculum over the past 10 years. During that time, he made considerable contribution to the development of curriculum for Territorians by Territorians. Nicks experience spanned a 30-year period in a variety of educational settings. He worked in east Africa and Papua New Guinea before coming to the Territory in 1983, as the education officer, social and cultural education. He subsequently moved from education officer to senior education officer to principal education officer. In 1988 he was appointed director curriculum. He was also deputy chairman of the Board of Studies from 1996 until his retirement. Nick achieved much during his years with the department, but the recent production of the learning area outcome statements is of particular note. It required considerable leadership skill and knowledge of curriculum to ensure that the statements become a reality. He brought wisdom and problem-solving skills to his branch as well as to the operation of the Board and its committees. His ability to see the light side was appreciated by those who were confounded by a seemingly impossible situation. Nick and his wife, Jane, are remaining in the 2837