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Welcome Back!

NT COGSO welcomes all of our NT Public Education parents, students, staff and  wider school community to Semester 2, 2018.

We hope everyone enjoyed a restful holiday period and thank those who continued to work tirelessly through the holidays to ensure our schools were ready to welcome students on their first day of learning for Term 3. The team at COGSO is looking forward to a busy and exciting term ahead.
During the school holidays we:
  • Held a stall at the Department of Education mid-year teacher orientation (17 July)
  • Monthly meeting with Minister for Education, Selena Uibo (25 July)
  • Worked on our Annual Reporting and preparation for our Audited Financials
  • Commenced Governance Training planning for Term 3

Department of Education (DoE) Chief Executive & Northern Territory Council of Government School Organisations (NTCOGSO) - Monthly Meetings

SUBJECT: School Counselling Service Review

MEETING DATE:    21 May 2018

NT COGSO sought information regarding the School Counselling Service review. It was agreed by members at the March meeting to place the review as an agenda item for May.

The Department of Education provides the following information:
  • The School Counselling Service provides specialist practice that complements the work of educators in schools.
  • The independent review of the School Counselling Service across the NT conducted by Dr Chris Barrett has informed the Action Plan which has been developed.
  • The Action Plan addresses the recommendations in the context of supporting student wellbeing to improve learning.
  • Actions detailed in the plan will be delivered in three stages over five years.
  • The Minister for Education is currently considering the Report Highlights and proposed Action Plan.

SECRETS 2018 - SLIDE Youth Dance Theatre Company

NT COGSO encourages educators and parents to watch this insightful production. Confronting and topical.

SLIDE Youth Dance Theatre present Joanna Noonan's SECRETS. The third instalment in the Awareness Trilogy, SECRETS was shortlisted in the 2017 Australian Dance Awards.

An original Theatre work, SECRETS is based on Jake's story of friendship, love and life, which over time, became splintered, scarred and devastated by his addiction to ICE. "I wasn't afraid. I was invincible..." Jake.

Crystal Meth or ICE, is the drug that is ravaging our towns and destroying lives. SECRETS - like all of Noonan's work is heartfelt and real - it paints a disturbing picture of how a young boy's life takes a downward spiral when he becomes hooked on ICE.

SLIDE's work is renowned for effectively communicating critical messages to young audiences, triggering vital discussions. Clever storytelling through the integration of dance, theatre, music, film and set connects the youth of today.
Tuesday 31 Jul 10:30am

Tuesday 31 Jul 7:00pm

Wednesday 1 Aug 10:30am

90 minutes

The Playhouse

All Tickets: $15.00
Read more & book here

Do you know a woman who is deadly?

She may be going above & beyond, making a difference in your community, giving a voice for others, volunteering her time selflessly, or leading the way for others to follow.

Nominate her for the Order of Australia.

Anyone can nominate at any time. It’s easy to do and it’s up to you.

Please Note: Nominations are confidential. It is preferable that the nominee not be made aware of this nomination.
Read more & nominate here

Education NT and Care Awards Nomination 

The NT Education and Care Awards nomination period has been extended!

If you know any individuals or services that excel at providing early childhood or after school care programs you can nominate them in the following categories:
  • Emerging Educator
  • Outstanding Educator
  • Outstanding Leadership
  • Outstanding Achievement in Innovative Practice
  • Outstanding Achievement in Community Engagement

Anyone can nominate an individual or service provider.
Nominations now close 10 August 2018.
Read more & nominate here

Key Word Sign Workshop

Stepping Stones in Life Therapy Service is very excited to announce that they will be hosting a 6hr Key Word Signing workshop.

Key Word Sign (formerly referred to as Makaton), is the use of natural gesture and formal signs to support communication and understanding of language. Key Word Sign may be used with both children and adults and supports communicators who have difficulties with attention, comprehension and/or developing speech.

This is run by Laura Rosenhart, Senior Speech Pathologist and owner of Out Loud Developmental Services, WA. Laura is an accredited Key work sign presenter who delivers these workshops across Australia. 

This workshop is aimed at parents, carers, support staff and teachers who would like to learn how to improve communication with someone who has complex communication needs. 

The cost for this 6hr workshop is $150 and can be paid through the link below. 

Morning and afternoon tea and lunch will be provided.

The workshop is to be held on Tuesday 14th August 9am to 4pm. There are limited places available. 

Another date is yet to be confirmed, please call (08) 8985 6067 for further details.
Book a place today

Mission Australia Cafe One Workshop

a work skills training and social enterprise mobile café for young people

more than great coffee…

Café One is a training and social enterprise program, run by Mission Australia to assist young people 16 to 24 at the beginning of their journey into employment or re engagement into further study as their pathway to sustainable independence.

As a mobile coffee and snack trailer, Café One offers young people the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence needed to succeed.

The program offers core life skills, pre-employment skills, support for wellbeing, resilience and personal growth alongside industry standard training in café operations.

Café One provides a safe and supportive environment for young people who are at risk, homeless or experiencing disadvantage, marginalisation, disengagement and have barriers to access training elsewhere.
The Training:

Four 8 week program intakes per annum plus workplace and practical training

Stage 1; Engagement, Assessment and Enrolment
Vetting, interviews and staged assessments to find suitable participants who are willing to make positive change and provides an environment for success.  Behaviour, attendance and participation agreements are a prerequisite to commencement of training.
Stage 2; Core life skills training (4 weeks)
Training includes behaviour, wellbeing, personal growth and employability skills. Personal hygiene and health, breaking negative habits and goal setting
Stage three; Food and Beverage training (4 weeks)
Training includes beverage preparation, basic food preparation and food safety, Cleaning and maintaining a kitchen and bar. Customer service skills, cash handling and operation of POS and EFTPOS equipment, basic business reports (stock taking, ordering WHS reports)
Stage four; Work placement and continued support and mentorship for up to 12 months. Placement of graduates into employment, work experience on Café One van, internships, apprenticeships or further study
what can I do to help ?
  • Volunteer as a mentor, tutor or teacher during training 
  • Volunteer as café worker during special events
  • Donate a uniform pack for participants
  • Donate learning resources for participants like laptops, ipads etc
  • Donate graduation prizes
  • Donate money, goods or services
  • Offer our participants personal encouragement during their training and service
  • Take on our graduates as trainees, apprentices or workers in your establishment
  • Support our social enterprise and enjoy a cuppa and conversation
  • “pay forward” so others can enjoy a cuppa and muffin too

further details from
Mission Australia
Spin 180 Youth Support
Ph (08) 8935 0900
Level1, 6 Frances Drive
Palmerston NT 0830
Email for further details
Training Opportunities from Volunteering NT
Volunteering NT provides free and low cost training for volunteers, volunteer managers/co-ordinators and volunteering-involving organisations. Sessions are interesting, informative and inspiring and offer straightforward suggestions for dealing with all matters volunteering.

Training takes the form of two to three hour sessions, longer workshops, full or half day forums and multiple day conferences. They can meet all of your professional development needs.

Training is conducted by qualified and experienced presenters in a friendly and interactive way that encourages discussion, information sharing and skill development.

Sessions cover general topics on volunteering and volunteer management as well as mentoring, grant writing, communication, effective recruitment and governance. Sessions are designed to cater for beginner, intermediate and advanced skill levels.

Training Dates

1 Aug – NT Volunteer Managers and Coordinators Networking (Darwin)
15 Aug – Refining your grant writing (Tennant Creek)
29 Aug – The Non-Profit’s guide to best practice sponsorship with Infinity Sponsorship (venue TBC)
26 Sep – WEBINAR: Volunteer Management: Young people and volunteering
24 Oct – WEBINAR: Volunteer Management: A Wellbeing Approach

Read more & book a place today
ANZ Seeds of Renewal - Grant
The ANZ Seeds of Renewal Program, which has been running since 2003, demonstrates ANZ’s belief in vibrant, sustainable rural communities.

The program focuses specifically on helping build vibrant and sustainable rural communities, to ensure the ongoing prosperity of regional Australia. It is built on two key tenets:
  • Vibrant communities are diverse and inclusive with strong social capital, where everyone can participate and build a better life.
  • Sustainable communities innovate, expand and create opportunities that will deliver demonstrable medium-to-long-term economic benefit to the community, contributing to economic sustainability.

Grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations for projects in communities with a population of 15,000 people or fewer.
Applications are invited from not-for-profit community-based organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate for projects that help community organisations to help convert their ideas to build vibrant and sustainable rural communities into reality.

This year Lenovo is again supporting the program, with donations of ten Lenovo Yoga 730 devices to eligible community projects. This means community groups can apply for a funding grant or for IT equipment.
Strong projects include those that:
  • Focus on building local capacity and increasing community participation;
  • Benefit a large number of people from a diverse range of social groups;
  • Encourage inclusion and participation of under-represented and marginalised groups;
  • Will deliver ongoing and widespread economic benefits to the community and contribute to economic sustainability.
For more information or to apply
The Happy Educator - Workshop

The work of education is stressful. It is difficult to manage the classroom, conform to policy requirements, deal with negative colleagues, balance home and work, and take care of one’s self. As a result, many teachers struggle with feelings of frustration and overwhelm in what should otherwise be an energizing profession.

This workshop offers participants a unique approach to creating well-being at work: by learning skills to better cope with negativity and by learning to build on positive experiences.


AM, Part One:
Working like Sisyphus: Overcoming Professional Stagnation

In this session, we will explore school culture, criticism, and feelings of powerlessness. We will begin with a focus on the culture of complaint and its effect on job satisfaction. We will introduce skills to side-step both stagnation and frustration, and replace them with more satisfying alternatives.  

AM. Part Two:
Dealing with Feeling: How to cope with emotional burdens

Wouldn’t it be nice if emotional intelligence was a school course that received equal attention as do math and reading? Sadly, this is not the case. As a result, most graduates know more about algebra and Lord of the Flies than they do about how to interpret, tolerate, and manage anger. In this session, we will learn new skills for managing negative emotions.

PM, Part One:
Remember when you enjoyed work? Why not do that again?

In this portion of the workshop, participants will be introduced to the science of happiness. They will learn the many benefits of positive feelings, understand the process of savoring, and learn two skills to boost daily enjoyment.

PM, Part Two:
The Mission of Education: Re-connecting with your values

One of the most insidious aspects of professional burnout is that people are too overwhelmed to re-connect with the very principles and elements of teaching that were so attractive when they first joined the profession. We will close the day by reflecting on our core values, and translate these into personalized teaching philosophies.


Darwin NT
Friday 21 September 2018
Time: 9am - 4pm 
Venue: Vibe Waterfront 
Click here to register online

Read more & book a place today

Q. What is the difference between a School Representative Body and School Council?
A ‘School Representative Body’ is the collective term used for School Council, Independent Public School Board or a Joint School Representative Body.
Read more FAQ's here

School Sports Voucher

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.
Read more here
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