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Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 November 1999



Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 November 1999

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Parliamentary Record 20


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




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DEBATES - Tuesday 23 November 1999 community was held by the Alyangula Area School; a book character carnival was hosted by Tennant Creek Primary School; and Tipperary Station School in tandem with the Adelaide River Primary School invited an illustrator into the school to give students an understanding of the use of illustrations in gaining literacy skills. Despite the stop work action by the AEU which coincided with Education Week, the weeks activities were an enormous success with some 72 Territory schools participating. This represents an increase of 21 schools to the number of schools that participated last year. As the premier event in Education Week, this years performance of the Beat, The Beat in Cabaret, was an overwhelming success with crowd numbers far surpassing those of previous years. As a joint effort between the department and the Rotary Club of Darwin and industry sponsors the success of the event has paved the way for the 20th annual performance in the year 2000. This years Beat featured as a full colour centre page spread in the following days Sunday Territorian. Full credit must go to the efforts of the 700 students in the massed choir, the voluntary efforts of the Secondary Schools Wind Symphonic Band and the enormous dedication and after hours work of individual teachers, office-based staff and parents. The 1999 Beat awards which were also held and announced during Education Week went to Virginia Crowley from Darwin High for dance; Patrick Carson from Casuarina Secondary College for percussion; the Northern Territory University student, Sharon Wauchope for dance; Meg Hill, a student at Casuarina Secondary College for voice; and Elli Vukasovic from Darwin High School for dance. I would like to personally congratulate these students for their works and their achievements. Another major event of Education Week was the Rolling Book competition. This concept focuses on literacy, one of the Northern Territory departments key learning objectives. Its an innovative, positive approach without workload implications for teachers. The rolling book is a more sophisticated version of writing a phrase on a piece of paper, passing it on to another person who adds another phrase and continuing the process with all other participants. In the rolling book, the idea is to write 3 books each with 4 chapters with each chapter being written by a different author. To give you an example, one book rolled from Jilkminggan to Alice Springs, on to Darwin and ended in Palmerston. Schools were very supportive of the concept and entries were received from all sections of education throughout the Territory. It resulted in some very exciting stories that are a good read for everyone, regardless of age. The only disappointing thing about such a successful activity is that everyone cant be a winner. I congratulate all the Territory schools and students who participated in the rolling book competition and commend the teachers for their efforts and enthusiasm. Id like to thank the Territory media for its interest and the tremendous exposure Education Week received in the Territory. I believe that its important for the efforts of teachers, students and the community which are at the heart of quality education. Every Territory media outlet was provided with a comprehensive information kit about Education Week events. Feedback received to date has been overwhelmingly positive and complimentary. Im pleased to say that feedback has included phone calls from many parents who attended the weeks activities as well as comments from the general community on the information published in newspapers and from teachers expressing their satisfaction at the level of interest Education Week attracted. As an indication of general community feedback, the Department of Educations Information Centre logged up to 50 acknowledgments for the weeks efforts. I congratulate everyone who put Education Week in their diary for 1999, and I urge everyone to do so for Education Week 2000. I know the first Education Week of the next millennium - will you believe it is the last of the current millennium? - will be bigger and better than ever. Mr RIOLI (Arafura): Mr Deputy Speaker, tonight I would like to offer my congratulations to Pedro Wonaeamirri. Pedro won the Northern Territory Young Achiever of the Year award in the arts category. Pedro is a Tiwi man who lives at Milikapiti. Pedro is a painter and a sculptor. He currently works from the Jilamara Arts Centre and he is the vice president of the Jilamara board. Pedro was nominated by Felicity Green, the coordinator of Jilamara Arts. Felicity was not alone in her support for Pedros achievements, as her nomination for Pedro was supported by the curators of the Northern Territory Museum and Arts Gallery, the New South Wales Arts Gallery, as well as the WA Art Gallery. This support reflects Pedros recognition as a fine artist by many in the industry throughout Australia. Pedro will now represent the Northern Territory in the National finals next year in Canberra. I wish him well and I am sure he will 4828