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Senior News This term has seen our Senior students sit examinations that are designed to give a taste of what is to come beginning 1 November and continuing on for a gruelling two and a half weeks of intense final exams. I appreciate that our students approached these mid-year exams seriously and many attended tutorial sessions held by senior school teachers in the weeks prior to exam time. Keegan Kelly, Michael Mayer and Taylor Niemz have been named as finalist for the NT VET Awards for 2011. These students will travel to Darwin and stay at the Charles Darwin University campus in the first week of the holidays, where they will be interviewed by a panel of judges, as well as participate in VET workshops. Not only do we have our three trainees vying for a VET award, but Marlene Organ, our head trainer and VET administrator has also received a well earned nomination for Trainer of the Year. I wish all our nominees well. Mr. Dyson, at the time of writing this piece, is in Darwin with chosen Information Technology (IT) students, challenging for a place in the WorldSkills competition. Gabby Birch, Corey Van Jaarsveldt and Hayden Banks are accompanying Mr. Dyson on what will be an exciting competition against other schools in the territory. If any individual student is successful they will go on to the Nationals later in the year. Nhulunbuy High School will be hosting the WorldSkills competition for Business and Engineering on 28 September and Hospitality students (to be advised) will travel to Darwin in October. The Gove Caf has had another successful term, and the new specials menu has been a hit with both staff, students and community members who visit the school. A big thank you to those school and community members, who donated fish and other items throughout the term, which contribute to our healthy eating policy. The cafe has been well patronised throughout the term. Any profits made go towards refurbishing equipment. Our students who are dually enrolled with NTOEC are also sitting exams and results are looking favourable. Our fellow teachers from distance learning are happy with our students progress and a big thank you to Mrs Sue Clark who co-ordinates our distance program and makes sure those students are on task and keeping in touch with their teachers. Mrs Clark has also co-ordinated, under her career advisor role, a number of visits from organisations such as ADF ,Medical and University teams and a careers breakfast for local sources to showcase career pathways to ensure that our students, though in a remote part of Australia, still receive the career advise that their city cohort have access to. A little disruptive but necessary, were the clarifying sessions that Senior School teachers participated in throughout this term. The changes to SACE assessment and learning procedures dictated that all Senior School teachers met with their peers to practise assessing tasks set by the SACE board, to ensure that all teachers meet criteria when resulting their students. Our recent moderation results ensure that our teachers are exemplary at their resulting and I would like to thank all the Senior School staff and their families for making that time possible so that our students continue receiving the quality education that you deliver. Good luck to Mrs Monteiro as she leaves us at the end of the semester. Mrs Jodie Beauchamp will be leaving us for a time, to continue her studies. Welcome back to Mr and Mrs Barrett who return from long service/study leave in Semester 2. I hope everyone enjoys their well deserved rest over the June/July break and will see you all back, fresh and invigorated for Semester 2. Karen Hill Assistant Principal
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