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We have been busy!
  • Meeting with Australian Education Union NT (AEUNT) President, Jarvis Ryan (26 April)
  • Meeting with previous MLA and School Based Police Officer, Peter Styles, regarding School Based Police Officers (26 April)
  • Meeting with Shadow Assistant Minister for Schools, Mr Andrew Giles MP (2 May)
  • Teleconference with Strong Kids Strong Centre and Anglicare NT to discuss scoping for the State of the Children Report Project (3 May)
  • Guest Speaker at the AEU Conference (5 May)
  • NT COGSO/DoE Community Lead Schools (CLS) collaboration (9 May)
  • Meeting with Chief Minister, Police Minister, Michael Gunner on School Based Police Officers (14 May)
Shadow Assistant Minister for Schools, Mr Andrew Giles MP with NT COGSO President, Tabby Fudge
AEU Federal President, Correna Haythorpe with NT COGSO President, Tabby Fudge
NT COGSO - New Team Member

Welcome to our team, Moira Lanzarin our new Governance and School Mentor, joining our fabulous Alice.

‘It is with excitement that I join the hardworking and committed team at NT COGSO! Assisting to create the most positive pathways possible for our children fills me with hope and enthusiasm. In my role as a Governance Mentoring & Training Officer, I look forward to meeting and working with the wide diversity of people - parents, teachers, carers, support personnel - who nurture and develop our children during their educational journey’.

Moira will be based in the Katherine region and will also support Barkly schools.

Best of Luck, Moira!

Teaching in the Territory Excellence Awards
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

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


Now in its 19th year, National Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) is an annual event when all Primary School children will be encouraged to walk and commute safely to school. It is a Community Event seeking to promote Road Safety, Health, Public Transport and the Environment.

Kids need a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

We can all do our part to encourage them to reach this goal, by helping them take the first steps to an active lifestyle.


Healing Programs for working with Aboriginal People.  
Music reaches beyond words and across cultures. 

Rhythm2Recovery delivers healing programs and professional development, that utilise fun and engaging rhythmic musical activities to support social and emotional development. Based on the latest neuro-science.

This approach has been shown to support increased emotional regulation, improved social connection and reduced levels of anxiety and other elements of psychological distress.


The R2R model is used by counsellors and educators around the world working in diverse fields including trauma, mental health, behavioural education, custodial facilities, child protection and refugee integration.

The exercises are fun, engaging and practical and require no prior musical experience. This work is strongly evidence based and client focused with an emphasis on empowerment.

Access to over 120 practical rhythm games and exercises plus exclusive training videos. Suitable for both counselling and education settings and can be adapted for individual, family and larger group work. 

Developing and restoring trust | Communication | Teamwork | Managing Change | Values & Boundaries | Healthy Relationships | Violence Prevention | Bullying Prevention |  Loss & Grief | Emotional Regulation & many more


The workshop is suitable for the needs of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people, and other cultural minorities with an emphasis on experiential learning, teamwork, social skills and emotional regulation.

A two day course that provides attendees with the practical tools and skills to introduce music into their practice in order to address the social and emotional challenges faced by their clients or students. No previous music skills are required.
REGISTER NOW - DARWIN 2018 20th & 21st September 2018
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  - 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
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.

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