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The Northern Territory news Tue 3 May 2011



The Northern Territory news Tue 3 May 2011

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24 NT NEWS. Tuesday, May 3, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 3 -M A Y -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 2 4 C O L O R : C M Y K ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l SCHOOL MATTERS Leaping into Games fun Students from Wagaman Primary School (L-R) Hafsa Robbar, 5, Emilie Mvuyekure, 5, Tobey Pablo, 6, Keiko Zaicz, 5, and Hannah Shalders, 5, with Rocky. Picture: FIONA MORRISON A GIANT kangaroo is hopping from school to school across the Top End promoting the Arafura Games. Rocky, the official mascot of the biennial event, has been visiting local schools and encouraging students and their wider families to the Games opening ceremony. The 2m tall marsupial was yesterday snapped with these happy little Vegemites from Wagaman Primary. Among the other schools Rocky is visiting during the lead-up to the event include the Holy Family Catholic School, Marrara Christian School, Karama Primary, The Essington School, Stuart Park Primary, Parap Primary, St Josephs College in Katherine, Mataranka School, Anula Primary, and Palmerston Senior College. The popular mascot has had something of a make over in the last few years. He has bulked up, lost the fur, and become hip and cool and can now run as fast as a bullet. Held once every two years, the Arafura Games are about to be staged for the 11th time. To help promote the Games within them, Top End schools have put together banners highlighting the individual countries participating in the prestigious event. The banners will be carried by two students at the head of each group of athletes during the opening ceremony on May 7. Key lessons for kids in a day as a pollie Speaker Rhys Maurier (left), sergeant-at-arms Shahleena Martin, clerk Peter Pusterla and deputy speaker Ellisa Bell, at Wanguri Primary School taking part in parliamentary sittings of their own. Picture: REGI VARGHESE Sometimes people arent that good, so the government and opposition will do something about it By ELLIE TURNER POLITICIANS seem to spend time acting like children, so it was only fair Wanguri Primary School kids could turn their classrooms into chambers for a day. Students donned robes, a mace and took on various responsibilities to transform them into pollies to learn about Parliament. A day was dedicated to the event to give kids a better understanding of the nations democracy. Year 4 student Tifaine Haansbergen said she learnt Parliament wasnt just about making rules. Sometimes people arent that good, so the government and opposition will do something about it, she said. Teachers and parliamentary relations and education unit officers Karen Parker and Caroline Cavanaugh led the role plays. Interactive learning is so effective with this sort of thing because were explaining to children things that some adults dont even understand, Ms Cavanaugh said. Its been a real buzz for the kids. She said relating parliamentary process to things with which children were familiar, such as SRC voting and a NAPLAN writing com ponent, was effective. She said Question Time was eliminated as the young charges should be encouraged to listen to and respect each other. They enjoyed a surprise visit from Chief Minister Paul Henderson while debating bills, such as the government should provide a laptop for every student and chewing gum should be allowed in school. Week of sports, culture QUIZ AMONG a wide range of sporting and cultural exchanges, the biennial Arafura Games is one of the most anticipated events in Asia-Pacific region sport and entertainment calendars. Thousands of athletes and spectators from across the world will gather in Darwin for a week of exciting competition. 1. WHEN were the first Arafura Games then called Arafura Sports Festival held? 2. HOW many countries participated in the first Arafura Games? 3. WHAT is the name of the Arafura Games mascot? 4. HOW many sports are being played in the 2011 Arafura Games? 5. HOW many days do the Arafura Games last? 6. WHAT is the name of the Arafura Games song? 7. WHICH female Darwin singer will perform at the opening ceremony? 8. WHERE does the word Arafura come from and what does it mean? 9. WHEN and where will the 2011 opening ceremony be held? 10. WHEN were the Oceania Paralympic Championships incorporated in the Arafura Games? For answers, log on to the website at www.ntnews. com.au/schoolmatters. ANSWERS TO THE ANZAC QUIZ: 1. Anzac Day is on April 25; 2. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps; 3. Anzac Day first originated in World War I; 4. The Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought in Gallipoli in Turkey; 5. The Gallipoli campaign lasted for eight months; 6. Anzac Day was officially recognised and named in 1916; 7. Rosemary and poppies are often used during Anzac Day commemorations; 8. The man with the donkey was John Simpson Kirkpatrick, better known to Australians as Jack Simpson; 9. The nickname Digger is attributed to the number of ex-gold diggers in the early army units and to the trench-digging activities of the Australian soldiers during World War I. The origin of the name has been lost, but Australian soldiers are known affectionately around theworld as Diggers; 10. 2000 Anzacs were killed on the first day of the Gallipoli battle onApril 25, 1915.