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Sunday Territorian 25 Jan 2015



Sunday Territorian 25 Jan 2015


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SUNDAY JANUARY 25 2015 BACK TO SCHOOL 27 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Getting sporting chance SCHOOLCHILDREN who are ready to get active in a sporting or cultural capacity can once again benefit from the NT Governments Sport Voucher Scheme in 2015. The scheme was expanded last July to include recreational and cultural activities. Every child enrolled in a Northern Territory school can claim two $100 vouchers across the year. Students in urban areas will receive a $100 Sport Voucher in January and July at the start of terms 1 and 3, distributed by their school. All vouchers must be redeemed by May 31 either in the current year, or the year following their issue. Sport and Recreation Min ister Gary Higgins said it was a major boost for NT families. The initiative is designed to ease the financial pressure on parents while getting Territory kids involved in sport and recreation, he said. It is important to continue to invest in our childrens health and wellbeing, and getting them involved in activities is definitely one way the Government aims to achieve this. The vouchers are mainly used to offset costs of afterschool sport, recreation and cultural activities. We have expanded the scheme to include not just your mainstream sports but also activities such as dance, visual and performing arts and music, Mr Higgins said. Costs that can be offset include registration, insurance, membership, uniforms and equipment. Students in remote schools will be able to access programs funded by the Sport Voucher Scheme as determined by their school and appropriate community representative or school council. The scheme was increased to help families keep down the cost of living. There are currently 246 registered activity providers. A full list of activity providers is available on the Department of Sport and Recreation website: http://www.sportand recreation.nt.gov.au/grantsvouchers/200-sport-voucherscheme/parents-or-carers. Principal Anne Tonkin of Leanyer Primary is confident that their move to become an independent school will be a strong change for the better Picture: IVAN RACHMAN Independent schools aim to pass test THE way things run for six Northern Territory schools will be very different in 2015 as they make the switch to greater independence. Leanyer Primary School is one of those to become an independent public school, and principal Anne Tonkin said it was a thrill to see how the process would unfold. Its a great recognition of the job were already doing it confirms the journey our school is on, she said. We now have the foundation to manage ourselves with less red tape from the Education Department. An independent public school sees the principals and school council given increased flexibility and responsibility to shape the establishments priorities and directions. Successful independent schools went through a rigorous selection process, and demonstrated vision and innovation to use the enhanced freedom and flexibility to improve student outcomes. Their school councils will change to become school boards, allowing more outside influence from the community. Ms Tonkin said Leanyer Primary School would consider board members very carefully from a wide spectrum. We already had a council that operated at a high level, so some of what the board will require is in place, she said. With a school board in place, we will have the opportunity to say who we want and how their position will benefit the school. Besides staff and parental representation, others on the board could be community members who can provide in formation, direction or important networks for the schools current or future projects. Ms Tonkin said the aim was to develop stronger partnerships with parents and the overall community to support and develop the schools work. In 2015, well take the time to reflect on our schools vision and the current situation, including our successes, challenges and levels of achievement of student outcomes. The school board will work together to consider the type of education it would like the school to provide for its students and community. In 2016 we will be able to build a new Strategic Plan which will include a business plan to guide the work, she said. Independent public schools also receive greater freedom from the department in relation to staff selection, financial management, and the teaching and learning program. The other schools starting 2015 as independent public schools are Darwin High School, Larrakeyah and Wulagi primary schools, Palmerston Senior College and Braitling Primary School in Alice Springs. Its a great recognition of the job were already doing it confirms the journey our school is on ... the foundation to manage ourselves Study help from your Library Feel confident heading back to school knowing that help is available at your local Library. We offer free online tools for Library Members that can be used in the library or remotely. Hardware PCs, laptops, tablets and printing are available in all four City of Darwin Libraries plus free WiFi and internet access. Use our computers and software to make your assignments the best they can be. Then print them on our state of the art printers! Homework Club The Multicultural Council of the NT runs a Homework Club at Casuarina Library on Wednesdays from 4-6pm during school terms. This is a great way for children from non-English speaking backgrounds to do their homework together and feel supported. E Resources Weve a wide range of online resources that can help with your studies and assignments. These are available in the library or from any internet connection. Free access to: Student Resource Centre, World Book Online & History Reference Centre Full-text articles and journal databases Local and international news Health, Science, Environment and General Reference Popular Magazines online with Zinio and lots more! darwin.nt.gov.au/libraries