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Sun newspapers Wed 25 Jan 2012



Sun newspapers Wed 25 Jan 2012


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin Region

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12 Sun Newspapers WEDNESDAY, January 25, 2012. $75 government payment to help offset education expenses AS children continue to enjoy their school holidays, its time for parents in the Northern Territory to start thinking about the new school year. Are the childrens school enrolments in order? Do their school uniforms still fit? What fees will have to be paid? What stationery has to be bought? Do the kids need new school bags? To meet some of these expenses, the Territory Government offers families the Back to School Payment Scheme. Families can redeem $75 of educational items during term one for each student enrolled in a preschool, primary, middle or secondary school, government and non-government, in the Territory. The Government set up the scheme to help families offset the beginning-ofyear expenses that come with providing the best education for children. These include the cost of textbooks, stationery, school uniforms, excursions and the travel costs associated with school such as student identification cards. Parents can only use the entitlement to make eligible purchases through the childs school. The 2012 scheme expires at the end of term one, on Thursday, April 5. The exception is for parents of students who enrol for preschool during term two or three. For further information, contact the childs school, ring the Department of Education and Training on 8901 4943 or visit www.supportingterritorians. nt.gov.au. A happy first day Its an important stage of a childs life THE first day of school is potentially a tricky time as kids may experience excitement and some apprehension. Kids Helpline is offering parents some tips for managing the back-toschool stress. Kids Helpline general manager Wendy Protheroe says starting at a new school is always challenging for children, whether they are leaving mum and dad for the first time or moving from primary school to high school, and it may be one of the most exciting, scary and frustrating periods of their young lives. It is crucial children are provided with acceptance, encouragement and support during times of transition and change, she says. Parents have a major role in helping children feel safe and secure as they move to new educational settings. Children will be confronted with new challenges and uncertainties. It is important that parents listen to their childrens concerns and praise them for facing fears and trying new activities. Kids Helplines suggestions for parents to support their children during this time include: l Be enthusiastic about the coming change. If you are excited and confident, your child will be too. l Prepare yourself and your child ahead of time talk with your child about starting school. l Plan for the first day the night before to avoid the early-morning rush and any unnecessary stress, ensuring a calm and confident start to school. l If possible, visit the new school with your child and, on the first day, walk the little ones all the way to the classroom. l Start daily routines that will add a structure to make sure your child feels comfortable: for instance, have the school uniform ready, pack lunches in advance. l If your child has any special needs, for example, special dietary or health requirements, discuss this in advance with the teacher and the school. l Put aside extra time, particularly on the first day, for chatting and commuting together. l After a day at school, spend time with your child and listen to their stories. These transitions are very important stages of childrens lives; they help develop coping strategies, problem-solving skills and ways of seeing and understanding the world outside of their family, Ms Protheroe says. Really, the most important things a parent can do during this time are to be positive, patient and supportive. If you listen, without interrupting, your children will share what they are feeling and experiencing. Kids Helpline, Australias only national childrens counselling service, provides 24-hour counselling services to young people aged five to 25 years. Its a free call 1800 551 800 or online at www.kidshelp.com.au. Stay safe on way to and from school NORTHERN Territory schoolchildren return to school next week. Motorists are urged to take care in and around school zones and obey the 40km/h speed limit restrictions on school days. Children are often difficult to see behind cars, on street corners and along footpaths so drivers should expect the unexpected. Children can be easily excited and might forget to check for traffic. It is also a time for parents to remind children of good road safety habits. Plan safe travel routes to and from school, cross the road at pedestrian crossings and, when riding to school, wear a helmet. Teach your children to get off their bikes and walk across crossings. This is a legal requirement and it gives them time to stop, look for traffic and think before crossing the road. We all need to play our part to reduce the risks and help our kids stay safe on Territory roads. Road safety is everyones responsibility. Check your speedo and slow down. 2012 term dates for government schools Term 1, semester 1 Monday 30 January - Thursday 5 April Students resume Tuesday 31 January Mid semester break Includes Easter break Friday 6 April - Friday 13 April Term 2, semester 1 Monday 16 April - Friday 22 June Semester break Monday 25 June - Friday 20 July Term 3, semester 2 Monday 23 July - Friday 28 September Students resume Tuesday 24 July Mid semester break Monday 1 October - Friday 5 October Term 4, semester 2 Monday 8 October - Thursday 13 December Check with your childs school to confirm dates. $75 Back to School Payment The Territory Government provides every school student in the NT with a $75 Back to School payment. Visit your school to access this payment. www.smartterritory.nt.gov.au Children throughout the Northern Territory will return to school from 31 January. To help keep children safe please: Slow down and stay within the speed limit. Stop for all pedestrians when Children Crossing ags are up. Park safely when dropping off or picking up children from school. Schools in Motorists are urged to take care around school zones. Have your children had their teeth checked lately? Parents need to attend all oral health appointments with their children. Being present during your childs appointment helps you to understand what treatment is required and how to keep your childs mouth and teeth healthy. It also allows you to ask questions about oral health and how to maintain good oral health. Remember that children in the Northern Territory can get their teeth checked by an Oral Health Professional for FREE. To make an appointment phone your local Community Dental Clinic on: Alice Springs 8951 6713 Darwin 8922 6466 Gove 8987 0425 Katherine 8973 8577 Palmerston 8999 3314 Tennant Creek 8962 2438 www.healthynt.nt.gov.au

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