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The Northern Territory news Tue 2 Apr 2013



The Northern Territory news Tue 2 Apr 2013

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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2 NT NEWS. Tuesday, April 2, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 -A P R -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 2 C O L O R : C M Y K NEWS l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au In si d e GENERAL INQUIRIES: 8944 9900 l CLASSIFIEDS: 8944 9999 l CIRCULATION: 8944 9901 l ADVERTISING: 8944 9801 ONLINE: www.ntnews.com.au l EDITORIAL EMAIL: ntnmail@ntn.newsltd.com.au l OTHER INQUIRIES: online@ntn.newsltd.com.au NATIONAL: 10 Two Australian special forces soldiers have beenwounded by a bomb blast in Afghanistan. WORLD: 11 North Korea likely tookmeticulous steps to conceal any residue from its February nuclear weapon test ENTERTAINMENT:23 John Farnham has been voted Australias best singer of all time BUSINESS:27 Australias leading financeminds tell us their best financial decisions and lessons learnt Wicking ..........................12 Your say .........................12 National .........................10 World .............................. 11 AndrewBolt ..................14 The Fixer .......................18 Entertainment .............23 Movies ............................23 Community Diary ........26 Business ........................27 Comics ............................28 Television ......................29 Classifieds .....................30 Weather .........................39 Speedcameras NTPolice speed cameraswill be in theseareas today: Darwin: Bagot Rd; Dick Ward Drive; Gilruth Ave; Stuart Hwy, Winnellie. Northern suburbs: Henbury Ave; Lee Point Rd; Rocklands Drive; Rothdale Rd. Palmerston: Chung Wah Tece; Essington Ave; Roystonea Ave; Stuart Highway. Rural: Howard Springs Rd; Stuart Hwy, Coolalinga; Stuart Hwy, Noonamah; Are youon the spot? Do you have a news photo or a story tip? If so, wewant to hear from you! Newshotline: 8944 9724 Send your news photos to: newsbreakers@ntn. newsltd.com.au Include your contact details and a brief description. All emails should be notmore than fivemegabytes. Tattslotto Monday1-4-2013 DrawNo. 3230 17 37 41 32 9 21 24 38SUPPS Total prizepool: $0.9m TheNTNewshas taken all possible care but cannot accept responsibility for any errors, whether due to equipment fault, staff handling or any other cause. Fishing Barramundi sensei Hiro NakamurasNTNews fishing column has justmarked its first anniversary FISHING: P39 Wakeuptous Call8944 9901 MYSTERYNUMBERCONDITIONS: If youwin, keep thispaper forverification. Call costs55c (IncGST).Higher from mobile/payphones -DialectSolutions Group.Recommendation:Usea land-line andtouch tonephone.Somemobiles, portableandpayphonesmayexperience technical faultsdue to reception complications. Remote students missing the mark By ALISON BEVEGE FINDOUTMORE See how your childs school performed last year. RESULTSTABLE P16-17 What do you think should be done to improve education in the Territory? HAVEYOURSAY www.ntnews.com.au THOUSANDS of Territory school children are struggling to read, write or do basic mathematics. An analysis of results published on the Federal Governments My Schools website shows remote students lagging far behind their city counterparts. The remote school literacy and numeracy results have been described as a national shame. Students across the Territory in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sat reading, writing and numeracy tests last year. Urban Territory schools were patchy enough, with few schools recording results substantially above average. But that was dwarfed by the sea of red indicating results substantially below average surrounding the performance of schools in remote areas. Some classes returned a result for one category of testing and not for another, though the tests were supposed to be compulsory. The Australian Curricu lum Assessment and Reporting Authority said it was likely because of attendance issues at the school causing fewer than five students to be present for the test. The seemingly standout performance of Yulara School was explained by it being a mainstream school with many children from Yulara Resort employees and emergency services instead of from the remote indigenous community. More than 6500 children are enrolled in the remote schools. It is our national shame, Australian Education Union NT president Michael Cranitch said. Mr Cranitch said the problems included: - A HIGH turnover of staff - ENGLISH is a second or third language and may not be spoken at home - FAMILIES are disengaged in educational issues - ISOLATION and the remoteness - A CULTURAL divide with a lack of desire to integrate or engage - HEALTH issues including that many remote children suffer hearing loss We cant pretend we need to confront these issues, he said. Education Department deputy chief executive Eva Lawler said the major problem was attendance. Students need to be at school at least 80 per cent of the time, she said. She said measures were now in place to ensure this including welfare fines for parents of absent children. Year 5 students from the Alice Springs Steiner School, which has achieved outstanding results These class performers far from average A TINY school of 115 pupils in Alice Springs is a surprise star performer. The Alice Springs Steiner School did well in last years NAPLAN tests, the My School website revealed. Its Year 5 classes were close to the national average, above or substantially above average in every category. Steiner schools are educational institutions where a holistic approach is taken to education and creativity is actively encouraged through music and art. Principal Brian Dodd said he was pleased the school was doing well for the second year running. Its proof positive that the way we teach works, he said. Its more holistic. Its more about teaching the human being how to be a human being than teaching for the sake of test results. Mr Dodd said the curriculum the school used met student needs rather than pushing them to an intellectual goal. Were really proud of all of them, not just for their academic achievements but for their other achievements too including artistically and musically. The Alice Springs Steiner School achieved the highest Class 5 NAPLAN score for a Territory primary school in 2011. Fears for four as aircraft reported missing THERE are fears for four people on board a light aircraft that was reported missing in bad weather in a remote part of the Top End late yesterday. The Cessna 210 was last heard from over the sparsely populated area north of Wadeye, about 300km southwest of Darwin. Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) last night sent out its Dornier fixed-wing aircraft from Darwin to conduct a night vision search of the land and sea in the area. AMSA spokeswoman Jo Meehan said the flight was reported missing about 5pm yesterday. The privately-owned plane was one of two flying from Bullo River Station, in the East Kimberley region about 800km southwest of Darwin close to the Western Australian border to a private air strip about 30km south of the Territory capital. They left about 2pm and were due to arrive at 4pm. But when it had not reached the airstrip by 5pm, the pilot of the second plane reported it overdue to AMSA. The plane was last heard from at 3pm, about 25km north of Wadeye. Ms Meehan said the Dornier crew had been searching the area between Wadeye and Anson Bay, about 120 km south-west of Darwin, with night vision goggles. She said they had searched land and sea, sent out flares and also dropped a data marking bouy. The weather in the area is not good so we havent been able to get a helicopter in, she said last night. And we havent been able to get in contact with them, so we dont know what happened. Well likely get some more information overnight. Ms Meehan said further searches would be conducted at first light today. CareFlights Ian Badham last night said his heliopter was on stand-by to help in the search this morning. Until then, in the dark, there is not much we can do we have limited capability, he told the NT News. The 500,000 acre privately owned Bullo River Station, made famous by top-selling author Sara Henderson, is a working cattle station that offers tourism experiences.

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