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We have been busy!
Welcome back!! We hope you all had a well deserved break and are ready to start Term 2.

Since we last spoke we have successfully moved into a permanent location next to the MVR in Casuarina. 
  • Met with NT Children’s Commissioner (13 April)
  • Monthly meeting, Minister for Education, Eva Lawler (16 April)
  • Attended Safe, Thriving and Connected: Generational Change for Children and Families Implementation Plan with Minister for Territory Families, Dale Wakefield (20 April)
  • Monthly meeting, Department of Education, Chief Executive, Vicki Baylis (23 April):
  • NT Full Council Motion – Priority Enrolment and Overcrowding in Public Schools
  • NT Full Council Motion – Social and Emotional Learning and Restorative Reflective Practice
  • NT Full Council Motion – Security Audits of School Facilities
  • NT Full Council Motion – Funding of Student Transport
Regional Governance Training
Click here to attend the Darwin Regional Governance Training
Click here to attend the Palmerston & Rural Regional Governance Training
Minimum Finance Suite
School Representative Bodies (School Board or School Council) require a minimum level of financial reporting to perform functions outlined in section 107 of the Education Act.

The introduction of the School Reporting Tool (SRT) has enhanced reporting options available to schools.

The 'Minimum suite of reports to be provided to a School Representative Body (on the link below) has now been revised to reflect the enhanced reports available from the SRT. The updated minimum reports enable the School Representative Body to meet their financial governance requirements in a more streamlined way, with the minimum reports provided monthly 
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Each one of us can make a difference.
Together we can make change.
Our children only get one chance at an education. 

Help them reach their potential with Fair Funding Now!

2018 should have been a year of celebration for our schools. The start of the biggest investment in schools in decades. Needs-based funding started in 2014 after the independent “Gonski review” warned too many children were missing out due to lack of resources. These reforms were delivering:
  • Smaller class sizes.
  • More specialist teachers in areas such as literacy and numeracy.
  • More help for students with disabilities or behavioural problems.
  • And those in danger of dropping out.

Schools are missing out on billions that should have been delivered this year and next year.

What we want is needs-based funding that ensures all schools can meet the agreed school resource standard. But the Turnbull Government legislated to cap Commonwealth funding to public schools at 20% of what they need to reach the minimum schooling resource standard.

The Commonwealth will fund private schools to 80% of schooling resource standard. Some of the biggest increases in funding go to the schools that need it least.  That isn’t fair and it certainly isn’t needs-based funding. 


Every child has a right to a quality education and the opportunity to learn and fair funding for public schools is the best way to help them get it.  We are calling on all political parties to support the following:
  • Reverse the $1.9 billion cut to public schools in 2018 and 2019.
  • Agreements should be struck between the Commonwealth and the states and territories to ensure every public school is funded to 100% of the schooling resource standard (SRS) by 2023.
  • Remove the 20% cap on the Commonwealth share of the SRS from the Australian Education Amendment Act.
  • Establish a capital fund for public schools ($300m in 2018 and increase each year in line with enrolment growth and rising costs) to ensure all students are educated in classrooms and learning spaces where their needs can be met.
  • Reverse the cuts to disability funding in five states and territories.
Resilient Australia School Awards
Open to all public and private pre-school, primary and secondary schools only. This does not include school related projects managed by a local or state government department. 
The 2018 Resilient Australia Awards program is being managed by the Australian Institute for Disaster
Resilience (AIDR), on behalf of the Australian Government.
Entries in the 2018 awards must relate to projects or initiatives commenced after 1 January 2016, or
demonstrate significant outcomes or enhancements since 1 January 2016.
Details of previous awards recipients are available from the AIDR website. 

Key Dates
05 March 2018 - Entries open for the 2018 Resilient Australia Awards

31 May 2018 - Entries close for the 2018 Resilient Australia Awards

6 June – 22 June 2018 - Public judging of the Resilient Australia Photography Award

30 June 2018 - State and territory judging complete

31 July 2018 - National Award Judging complete

August-October 2018 - State and territory award ceremonies

October-November 2018 - National Award Ceremony
Read More on Website Here
Read 2018 Guidelines Here

Rock & Water Training

The Rock & Water program engages participants with skills for physical-social teaching with a focus on body awareness, emotional awareness and self-awareness.

The program is an excellent tool to support young people in finding their grounding, learning how to centre oneself and learning how to self-manage in social settings.  

Topics include Discussion topics include:  bullying, life goals, developing a mental strength, emphatic feeling, positive feeling, positive thinking and positive visualising, intuition, body language, positive self-image, communication skills, personal boundaries and following an inner compass.

Northern Territory 2018

Darwin - April 30th, May 1st & April 2nd 2018 | 3 Day Workshop
Darwin  - May 21st & 22nd | Focus on Primary School Workshop
Darwin  - August 14th & 15th 2018 | Focus on Girls & Women Workshop
Darwin  - October 22nd & 23rd 2018 | Focus on Autism Spectrum Workshop
Mission Australia is a non-denominational Christian charity that has been helping vulnerable Australians move towards independence for more than 155 years.

Every day they support people nationwide by combatting homelessness, assisting disadvantaged families and children, addressing mental health issues, fighting substance dependencies, and much more.

Standing with Australians in need until they can stand for themselves.


Mission Australia provides hundreds of free community and employment services in cities, suburbs, towns and remote areas across Australia. 

Some of these services are:
  • Partners In Recover (PIR) Mental Health Service - Darwin & Katherine
  • Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) - Darwin & Palmerston
  • SPIN 180 Youth Program – Darwin & Palmerston.
There are 3 activities delivered via the Youth program to support disengaged young people and/or Youth at risk, these are:
  • Personal Development Programs Shine (girls) & Strength (boys);
  • Sailing One course and 
  • Café One program. I have attached the relevant information.
The Shine & Strength & Sailing programs can be delivered on a fee-for service basis per student between 3 to 12 participants per course/program. The Café One programs is still being developed and it can cater up to 6 students per course/program.
Read more & Search for a Service
The STARportal
The STARportal is the most comprehensive directory of STEM activities.

The STARportal is Australia’s first centralised national portal for exciting and engaging STEM activities from around the country. This searchable database connects parents, students and teachers with their local and online STEM activities in real time.

What is STEM?
STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in these four specific disciplines using an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Each has a critical role to play but also enables discovery and progress in other fields.
Search the STARportal for activities

Celebrations with Mataranka School !!

The Mataranka Never Never Festival 2018 will be awesome! “Back to the Never Never” Theme Night, Friday 18th May will be super exciting. There will be a Deckchair cinema showing of “We of the Never Never” movie, history and entertainment by Ted Egan & Indigenous elders, period costume - prizes for best dressed. Plus awesome food.
Mataranka Never Never Festival
MAY18 Back to the Never Never Theme Night - Fri 5pm
MAY19 Family Sports & Fun Day - Sat 9am
MAY19 Mataranka Rodeo & Entertainment (NNF) - Sat 5pm
MAY20 Mataranka Market Day - Sun 9am
MAY25-27 Mataranka Campdraft
Register here
Sports Vouchers

The Sport Voucher Scheme is available to every school-enrolled child from preschool to year 12 and home-schooled children.

Children living in an urban area will automatically receive two $100 sport vouchers each year from their school, one in January and one in July, for sport, recreation and cultural activities.

You can use vouchers at more than 300 registered sport, recreation and cultural activity providers listed on the Grants-Tracker website.

Sport vouchers expire on 31 May each year.

Update your contact details with NT COGSO today!
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