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We have been busy!
  • Met with Palmerston College Principal for a brief update on the progress of the first term as a dual campus college (14 May)
  • Monthly meeting, Minister for Education, Eva Lawler (16 May)
  • Met with NT Principals Association (NTPA) (17 May)
  • Monthly meeting, Department of Education, Chief Executive, Vicki Baylis (21 May)
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13 Reasons Why - Season 2

You may be aware that 13 Reasons Why, Season 2 officially launched on Netflix on Friday May 18 at 5pm. headspace has collaborated with Netflix to develop supporting resources and discussion guides for young people, parents and schools which will be made available upon the show’s launch (Friday May 18 at 5pm).

headspace has created a blog post on the headspace website which provides young people and parents with information to consider. The blog post includes:  

  • tips for discussing the show safely, 
  • points to consider before watching the show.
  • questions to help start a conversation  

People can be directed to where the resources will be available, including the information that can be found on the headspace blog.  You can access the blog post here:

Further to this, eheadspace will be holding group chat sessions for young people and a session for adults.  You can access the group chat sessions here on and then scroll down to find more information about each chat session.  

Dates and session times for the 13 Reasons Why, Season 2 sessions are:

  • Thursday May 24 from 7-8pm AEST
  • Sunday May 27 from 7-8pm AEST

Finally, we would like to inform you that a range of measures have been put in place with Netflix to assist with safely launching Season 2 of the series. This includes: 

  • A designated webpage where resources and help seeking information will be provided
  • Inclusion of warnings and help-seeking information before, and at the end, of each episode of the show. The end frame directs users back to

On the webpage you will find: 

  • Videos - One will feature the cast of the show (coming out of character) to address issues depicted in the show, and the other features Australian young people talking about the importance of reaching out to family and friends and seeking help on mental health issues. 
  • Resources – Tailored discussion guides for young people, parents and schools 
  • Help seeking information - Detailed help seeking information for young people.

It is important to note that 13 Reasons Why, Season 2 is rated MA15+ in Australia, therefore the resources have been developed for secondary schools, parents and secondary school aged young people.  The resources are designed to promote help seeking and support having conversations with an individual young person and are not intended to be used for large groups or for classroom lessons.

headspace National Office: (03) 9027 0100

If you need to speak to someone urgently, please call:
Lifeline - 13 11 14
Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800

Regional Governance Training

Click here to attend the Katherine Regional Governance Training
Larrakia Nation is proud to announce 20 years of delivering community and outreach support services across the NT.

We are holding a FREE Family Fun Day event at the Jingili Water Gardens on Saturday 26 May from 10am to 3pm!

Bring your families and join in the fun as we provide live entertainment, food, speeches, Welcome to Country and plenty of fun, cultural activities for kids to enjoy!

A big THANKS to our Major Sponsor Larrakia Development Corporation, our Major Media Sponsor Aboriginal Broadcasting Australia and Silver Sponsor AMSANT for supporting us in this significant event!

For more info, contact (08) 8948 3733 or email
Creating Generational Change: New Support Referral Service for Families 

Families wanting advice and support will now have a dedicated new helpline to connect them with support services and resources.

The helpline, called FACES (Family and Children’s Enquiry and Support), will be staffed by a team of specialists. It will be available to any Territory family experiencing difficulties, whether these are parenting problems, family relationships, managing money, housing, or anything else.

“This new helpline is a further critical early intervention to help prevent children and families entering the child protection system,” Ms Dale Wakefield, Minister for Territory Families said.

“It is a ‘no wrong door’ approach – if families ring this number, the specialist staff will work with them to help them get the support they need.

“This government made an election promise to put in place a ‘dual pathways’ system where families experiencing problems could get help without having to be involved in the child protection system.  We are now delivering on that promise”.

Minister Wakefield said it was important to build up the trust of families in need so that they sought help early. 

“Over time we want to see a fundamental shift in people’s willingness to seek help before issues occur that would put them in the child protection system,” she said.

FACES is one part of Families Enhanced Support Services (FESS) reform, which is also putting in place  new contracting and delivery arrangements for services to improve the support delivered to families and children.  An online community services directory will be delivered in 2018 designed to make support services easily accessible for families in need. 

Territorians can ring 1800 999 900 to access FACES. The same telephone number will also put callers in touch with Territory Connect, which will assist callers with general Territory Families enquiries that are not about family support or child protection.  The existing Child Protection Hotline, used for mandatory reporting and child protection referrals, will remain.

Territory Families helpline and hotline services are:
• Territory Families Connect (ph 1800 999 900)
• Territory FACES (ph 1800 999 900)
• Child Protection Hotline (ph 1800 700 250)

Robocup Junior Northern Territory
Territory schools are set to vie for engineering and programming supremacy as diminutive robots undertake prescribed tasks in the annual Robocup competition.

Robots coded and mechanically tailored to perform specific functions in the Primary and Secondary Rescue, Simple and Standard League Soccer, and Primary and Secondary OnStage Performance categories, are expected to obediently follow instructions to successfully complete their assignments.

Robocup is growing in popularity, and already 68 teams from 17 schools have registered. The number of challengers is expected to exceed the 500 students from 24 Territory schools that battled for pre- eminence in 2017.

Robocup chair, and Department of Education IT Service officer, Monica Hilse said: “As this is the third year the event has run we are expecting to see some advanced robots.

“Previously, soccer was only a demonstration event, but for the first time we are running a fully- fledged Standard League Soccer competition.

“And the Dance challenge has become the more open-ended OnStage Performance category, allowing robot performances to include theatre, drama, storytelling and scenarios.

“This fantastic development allows students to be as creative and pioneering as they wish, and to experiment with different robotic designs, be inventive in the use of sensors and robot interactions.”

The clash of the robots will be held on 28 June at the Casuarina Senior College Gym from 8.30am to 2.30pm. Follow Robocup on Facebook
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Growing Good Gardens Grant
Together with Yates® Gardening, Life Education are encouraging young people to get out into the garden to grow and learn healthy habits. Schools, pre-schools and community groups are invited to apply for one of 15 $1,000 grants to help create a garden space where kids can learn healthy habits and improve their physical and mental well-being.

Applications Now open
Complete the link below to apply for one of 15 available grants. You will need to outline how your garden meets the grant criteria and upload a budget calculation sheet with your application.

Before you start:
  • download and review the grant guidelines and criteria 
  • Have a look at the questions and gather required information before you begin
  • If you run out of time, you can save your application to finish later

Hurry, applications close Friday 15 June 2018. For more information, email
Review guideline & Apply
Resilient Australia School Awards - 
Entries close next week!
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
Sports Vouchers - 
Expire next week!

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.

Teaching in the Territory Excellence Awards -
Closing Fri 25 May!
The Territory Labor Government is on the hunt for the unsung heroes of the public education system, with nominations opening in the annual Teaching in the Territory Excellence Awards.

The awards, now in their 14th year, give school communities the opportunity to nominate dedicated teachers, school principals and educators who they believe are deserving of recognition.

“The Territory Labor Government believes that investing in education is key to a brighter future for all Territorians and our educators are critical to ensuring ours is the most improving school system in the country,” Education Minister Eva Lawler said. 

“Teaching is one of the most rewarding and challenging jobs in the world  and we are lucky in the Territory to have such passionate and dedicated staff, committed to providing quality education that gives every child the opportunity to engage, grow and achieve.

“It is important to celebrate the wonderful teachers and educators who continue to strive to deliver excellence in our schools.”

Nominations opened on May 1 and close on Friday, May 25. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony for World Teachers Day on Friday, October 26.

Award categories include: 
  • Northern Territory Principal of the Year
  • Northern Territory School Leader of the Year
  • Northern Territory Primary Teacher of the Year
  • Northern Territory Secondary Teacher of the Year
  • Northern Territory Aboriginal Educator of the Year
  • Northern Territory Special Educator of the Year
  • Northern Territory Vocational Education Trainer of the Year
  • Northern Territory Education Support Person of the Year
For more information or to nominate an educator, click here
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