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The Centralian advocate Fri 4 Oct 2019



The Centralian advocate Fri 4 Oct 2019


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Alice Springs

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14 EDUCATION FRIDAY OCTOBER 4 2019 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 Students follow a visual timetable and learn in individual work stations, she said. One of the important parts of TEACCH is the use of a timer to keep lessons moving along at a good pace. This includes a combination of structured activities and breaks, which keeps students motivated and focused. Once TEACCH is set-up, students very quickly become independent and the teachers role is just to monitor. Behavioural problems are rare during TEACCH sessions. 12 NEWS FRIDAY MARCH 1 2019 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 Garth Thompson and Sadadeen Primary School students. Sadadeen Primary School students learnt motorbike safety. Exciting initiative for students Sadadeen Primary School students enjoying one of their new motorbikes. Pictures: SUPPLIED SADADEEN Primary School has created a school community that recognises the relationship between learning, belonging, safety, culture and the nurturing of children. It has done this through embedding a child-centred approach and working with other agencies and partner groups. One exciting initiative is the Sadadeen Quad Squad. The school was approached by Garth Thompson from Jetcor Yamaha due to its high percentage of Aboriginal students. His shop had been broken into numerous times, and there was negative community perception around groups responsible. He decided to do something positive for the youth rather than focusing on the negative aspects. The school selected students who had good attendance and would respond to the program, as well as being able to show appropriate behaviours at school and on the track. Mr Thompson had sourced funding from the Federal Government for eight quads and 24 kit bags of gear so that the students could race as part of the Alice Springs Motorcycle Club. Each group received five hours of training and participated in two or three events. Mr Thompson also worked with the Alice Springs Motorcycle Club committee to have the children included in the junior series rounds. Staff from Sadadeen School, Jetcor Yamaha, Katie and Alex worked together to instruct the students on how to ride and also the safety aspects of racing. So far 24 students have had the opportunity to participate in the program and the school has selected eight students for its first group for this year. Students feel proud when they are selected in a team and even more so when families come to watch and support. As Antonio said: Im so happy. My family will be proud. Ive never won a trophy before. Exciting year in any language Alice Springs Language Centre staff and students at a recent study trip in Canberra. Picture: SUPPLIED WITH 2019 being the International Year of Indigenous Language, its set to be an exciting year ahead at the Alice Springs Languages Centre. The Language Centre, which celebrates its 30th birthday this year, has a strong Arrernte program which sees students learn the local language and improve their ability to listen to and understand voices from the land. Alice Springs Language Centre principal Susan Moore said the Arrernte program has been taught from Primary Years to Year 9 for the past 15 years, with it expanding to Senior Years in 2017. For our younger students, it builds pride in those who study Arrernte in primary school, she said. For our senior students, weve had many graduate in the past two years with a Certificate II and III in Applied Languages (Arrernte). Some of these students have already received traineeships or full time employment since completing the courses. Only a few weeks ago, one of the first graduates from the Cert III in Applied Languages (Arrernte) course was awarded the NT VET award at the NTBOS awards evening in Alice Springs. The Alice Springs Language Centre also teaches Alyawarr by distance learning as well as Spanish, Japanese and Chinese. Every government school student in Alice Springs studies a language until Year 9 and then students can elect to study a language when they start secondary school. Adults also have this opportunity to participate in local Language Centre evening classes. More information can be found at https://www.alicespringslanguagecentre.com. The ASLC is at 56 Milner Rd, the same campus as CMS. Language Centre leading the way for Indigenous languages ALICE SPRINGS EDUCATION ADVERTISING FEATURE IDEAS LEARN BOOKS TEACH MATHS IDEAS LISTENING STUDY Sadadeen Primary School Principal - Liz Verstappen sadadeen.primary@ntschools.net Alice.language@ntschools.net80 Spearwood Rd, Alice Springs NT 0870 Milner Road, Alice Springs 8955 2299 8955 2366 Alice Springs Language Centre Principal Susan Moore A fun way to help overcome learning issues CHILDREN at Acacia Hill School are benefiting from the TEACCH Program, an approach developed in the 1960s to help children with learning and behavioural difficulties, especially children with autism. The schools TEACCH practitioner, Hannah Charlie, said the technique aims to help students become independent in their learning, and to own their learning. Before I start a lesson I clearly state what we are learning, and I ask the students to identify what they are Working For, she said. We use a lot of colourful objects such as a visual timetable, worksheets with pictures and photos, and concrete objects, including equipment for building and creating things. When I am teaching I continually remind students what they are Working For, and this helps them to engage and participate more. My junior primary class stays engaged for two hours! Students like their Working For rewards, but because they are increasingly successful in their learning they come to enjoy learning for its own sake. Ms Charlie said because children are operating at different levels, support is given whenever necessary. Marley Saylor using a word spinner to read words or endings, such as -ap words or -og words at Acacia Hill School. Picture: SUPPLIED ting couldnt have been more perfect. As preschool to Year 6 students juggled and hula-hooped their way through the night, the joy of the large audience was palpable. From the time the theme was declared, the students took Skylar Cleary-Farrell is a circus tiger challenged by a flaming hoop in the recent Larapinta Primary School concert. Picture: GRACE YESHE of DESERT FLOWER MEDIA Greatest show on Earth A festival of colour and talent would be an apt description of this years Larapinta Primary School concert. The annual performing arts event showcased the stagecraft and creativity of students playing to a circus theme. Principal Brenda Jolley said the stellar event was an excellent vehicle for illustrating the virtuosity of students as they acted in a world of different hues and costumes. The students faces beamed as they moved through a repertoire of dances, comedy and acrobatics, she said. Silhouetted against the MacDonnell Ranges, the set ownership of the show. Whether it was the contest to design the best advertising poster, compering the evening, or the tireless work of the invisible roadies, all the students collaborated to ensure all the performances were delivered seamlessly. The concert is one of many opportunities during the year where students can express their unique personalities in the creative and performing arts arena. Ms Jolley cited the Alice Eisteddfod, Alice Can Dance, the Alice BEAT, Music Count Us In and Musica Viva, as highlights of the schools arts calendar. ONE OF MANY OPPORTUNITIES WHERE STUDENTS CAN EXPRESS THEIR UNIQUE PERSONALITIES IN THE CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS ARENA. LARAPINTA PRIMARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL BRENDA JOLLEY Acacia Hill School Principal: Julie Permezel acaciahill.school@ntschools.net larapinta.primary@ntschools.net80 Spearwood Rd, Alice Springs NT 0870 22 Albrecht Drive Alice Springs 8955 2222 8958 5155 Larapinta Primary School Principal: Brenda Jolley

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