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Sunday Territorian 25 Jan 2015



Sunday Territorian 25 Jan 2015


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26 BACK TO SCHOOL SUNDAY JANUARY 25 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 NTCC provides guiding light on lifes pathway NT CHRISTIAN College (NTCC) is the senior years education provider for NT Christian schools, operating across the Territory with campuses at Nhulunbuy Christian College, Palmerston Christian School and Marrara Christian College. NTCC seeks to assist students to find the vocational pathway that best meets their gifts, abilities and passions. With a range of partners, the colleges provide students with a multiplicity of pathways toward their chosen vocational direction. Students have the capacity to study construction and engineering at the award-winning Trade Training Centre. They can undertake a range of vocational certificate training in areas such as IT, education support and health services. Students are also able to pursue pathways that take students directly to university and toward professions like engineering, law and medicine. At NTCC, all students are challenged to do their very best in all they set out to do. They are encouraged to contribute positively to the learning community and to seek ways to meaningfully contribute to their classes, their school and throughout their community. The staff are also lifelong learners, and seek to imbue that value into all of their students, challenging them to be come the young men and women that God has called them to be. At all three campuses, students participate in the full life of the college and have the benefits of being in community. The Marrara campus teaches students from preschool to Year 12, while the Palmerston and Nhulunbuy campuses teach to Year 10. Satellite classes help bridge the gap for students Acacia Hill School is expanding its satellite class program S T U D E N T S f r o m A l i c e Springs with a disability are benefiting from a program that allows them to integrate into the workings of a mainstream school. The Acacia Hill School satellite class program, which started in 2012 at Braitling Primary School, will this year have students attending classes at Bradshaw and Sadadeen primary schools as well. Acacia Hill principal Wendy Haynes said the program was about developing students overall skills and functional literacy and numeracy. Students who may previously have been marginalised have a secure place where they can learn at their ability level, she said. The classroom program emphasis is on students developing effective communication and they can also safely practise social interactions such as buying food at the school canteen, or joining in playtime games appropriately, she said. Satellite classes are described as inclusive because there is a high level of interaction between the satellite class and mainstream classes some examples have been buddy class reading groups. The classes, this year containing 25 students across early childhood and primary years, are at the host school for four days each week. The classes of six or seven students are taken by special ly-trained teachers, and allow for individualised programs for each student. The students are given access to specialist programs such as art, performance, music, bike riding, horse riding and swimming. Ms Haynes said the aca demic, social and self-esteem benefits were evident from those students already part of the program. Students who previously struggled in mainstream classes have shown marked improvement in their confidence as a learner, she said. With social confidence, they are developing friendships with a wider range of students, and are involved in groups and teams with higher levels of positive behaviour. Parents and carers are happy that their children are happy and engaged in learning. A lot of groundwork has gone into creating the schools, and Ms Haynes pointed to the necessity for a close partnership with all staff and the council of the host school. But she said the interest was important for the programs longevity. Teachers and lead ership staff have been making a connection with this program, and they have already been able to change the general attitude to disability, Ms Haynes said. Theres potential for other schools to have classes in the future,she said. NTCC seeks to assist students to find the vocational pathway that best meets their gifts, abilities and passions Council and Staff congratulate all of our 2014 graduates on their outstanding results! We are very proud of all our students and their achievements and wish them Gods blessings, success and happiness in their life journey beyond school. Special congratulations to our students who achieved an ATAR over 90 Over 97% of our students received their NTCET 10 students completed a Certificate III as part of their pathway Certificate III in Education Support Certificate III in Media Emily King Thomas Cobern Liliana Leschi Ruby Mulley Certificate III in Information, Digital Hannah Taylor-Breeze Media and Technology Michael Dang Tran Certificate III in Health Services Joshua McAllister Assistance Oliver Ottley Kimberley Pluto Darcy Schinkel Limited vacancies exist for Senior classes in 2015 Phone: 8920 2000 www.ntcc.nt.edu.au Learning Together - Bringing Hope to the World Christine Badenhop 96.35 Josephine Donnan 90.75 Magnolia Maymuru Winner of the Karmi Sceney Urban and Remote Indigenous Excellence and Leadership Award

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