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The Northern Territory news Mon 25 Jul 2011



The Northern Territory news Mon 25 Jul 2011

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www.ntnews.com.au Monday, July 25, 2011. NT NEWS. 37 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:25-JGE:37 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K EVERY CHILD, EVERY DAY Special feature 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 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 Drive boosts schools Angurugu School students Trent Mamarika and Jarenzo Davis (centre), the first two students to sign school-based apprentices, are congratulated by Groote Eylandt director Mark Monaghan and Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Enterprises general manager Andy Irvine Angurugu School student Reanna Mamarika and other middle years girls are enjoying being the first Groote Eylandt school to trial iPads. Picture: DANIELLA COOPER Umbakumba School held its first school fair on the northeast coast of Groote Eylandt this year with community engagement the major focus of the school event GROOTE Eylandt schools are seeing large increases in attendance in 2011 thanks to a range of new initiatives. Angurugu and Umbakumba schools are boosting attendance through a range of programs that emphasise community engagement. School communities are safer than ever with Umbakumba staff back living in the community and running more after-school activities, such as fetes and sports carnivals. Both schools run successful 3-9 programs which were introduced into many remote Northern Territory schools earlier this year. These programs open the school facilities to the wider community after the school day finishes at 3pm. They also encourage engagement, adult learning and enterprise development. The programs run up to 9pm and offer classes for adults and activities for children and parents, from cooking and nutrition to construction, sewing, music and financial literacy. This after-hours access to Groote Eylandt schools has seen increased confidence and learning participation. The program has strong community support and is well attended and involvement is increasing. School governance on Groote Eylandt has also been strengthened through the formation of the Anindilyakwa Education and Training Board, Schools Community Advisory Board and ensuring every school now has a school council. Local school leaders have worked collaboratively to identify strategies to drive improvement and form partnerships with the Anin dilyakwa Land Council (ALC), Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Enterprises (GEBIE) Construction and the GEMCO manganese mine. These were early strategies that began the transition to becoming Groote Eylandt College. Groote Eylandt College director Mark Monaghan maintains relationships between the Groote schools and the communities. Mr Monaghan works collaboratively with teaching staff, school leaders, communities and the ALC to position schools as the education hub of the community and improve student attendance and engagement with schooling. As a result, last month marked a historic event at Angurugu with the first two school-based apprentice ships being signed at the premises of GEBIE civil construction. Present at the signing were Angurugu students Trent Mamarika and Jarenzo Davis Mamarika, their proud families, Groote Eylandt College staff, the members of the Anindilyakwan Land Council, Apprenticeships Australia and staff from GEBIE. Trent and Jarenzo completed work experience with GEBIE as part of their Stage 1 Personal Learning Plan subject. Mr Monaghan said it was a successful example of partnerships between industry and education. He congratulated the boys on their hard work and the role they would play as future leaders and role models. Groote Eylandt schools are also focusing on integrating service and support in early childhood learning through programs including Child and Family Leader, Families as First Teachers, and Early Literacy. Families as First Teachers is an indigenous parenting support services program achieving good education results in the early years through a focus on parenting, school readiness, literacy and numeracy foundations and parent engagement initiatives. No-serve success A SIMPLE strategy is proving to have a positive impact on keeping students at school. The No School, No Service campaign was first launched in Alice Springs. The initiative has grown to include Katherine, Palmerston and Hermannsburg. Since being launched in Palmerston last year with more than 80 companies involved, feedback from local businesses indicates there has been a marked drop in students at local shopping centres. The strategy is a straightforward one: Participating local businesses agree not to serve any children during school hours unless they are accompanied by an adult or have a leave pass from their school. The programs success in combating truancy will see No School, No Service rolled out in Darwin, Tennant Creek and Groote Eylandt by the end of September. No School, No Service is proving to not only encourage children to go to school, it also helps reduce anti-social behaviour. The Department of Education and Training, in partnership with other government and nongovernment organisations, is keen to work with businesses and retailers throughout the Northern Territory on this initiative to improve school attendance. Businesses and retailers, including government and non-government agencies, that choose to take part in the campaign put up signage in shop windows showing that they support the No School No Service initiative. A rewarding experience Telstra Indigenous Directorate general manager Lauren Ganley (centre) explains to Ntaria School students some of the rewards that come with attending school Our support is making a small yet very important contribution in encouraging young Territorians to value education TO SUPPORT students and families in the Territorys 20 growth towns who manage to maintain their school attendance, the Department of Education and Training is working with private companies to provide rewards for good attenders. The Frequent Attenders program rewards students who have: o 80-90 per cent attendance per month; o 90 per cent-plus attendance per month; o 90 per cent attendance per term. Telstra is a major sponsor, rewarding students with free movie and music downloads trialled earlier this year in Ntaria, Yuendumu, Yirrkala, Gunbalanya, Angurugu/Umbakumba and Maningrida. Telstra Indigenous Directorate general manager Lauren Ganley said that Telstra was committed to supporting this important initiative and believed it was everybodys responsibility to improve student attendance and partici pation in learning. Our support is making a small yet very important contribution in encouraging young Territorians to value education and recognise that going to school every day brings both immediate and long-term rewards, Ms Ganley said. From next month, Macarthur River Mines is also sponsoring a Frequent Attenders program in Borroloola, Arnhem Land Progress Association is sponsoring Gapuwiyak School and Outback Stores is involved in Ali Curung. The Department of Educat ion and Training is looking for other corporate partners that can play a part in helping to get every Territory child into school every day. If you would like to get involved with this program, contact the Department of Education and Trainings corporate engagement manager Tim Nicol at tim.nicol@nt.gov.au for further details.