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We have been busy!
  • Met with DoE Community Engagement Team (29 May)
  • Enjoyed the Official Office Opening Ceremony with our visitors (1 June)
  • Held our Executive meeting for 2018 here in Darwin, this is our 2nd meeting of 4 held each year (2 & 3 June)
  • Met with Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Sally Sievers (2 June)
  • Met with Minister for Education, Eva Lawler for an Education update including the Safe Schools Program (2 June)
  • Met with Margaret Lambert, Psychologist regarding Childhood Anxiety and Wellbeing - The Tapping Project in schools (2 June)
  • Met with Michele Oliphant, NT Manager of headspace (2 June)
  • Met with Northern Territory Primary Health Network (NTPHN) Suicide Prevention for families of at-risk children (5 June)

NT COGSO Official Office Opening
Thank you everyone for participating and celebrating in the Larrakia Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony

NT COGSO Executive Meeting June 2018

NT COGSO Executive team met in Darwin last weekend. As always, Minister for Education Eva Lawler spent time updating the team on government priorities for education.

The Hon Eva Lawler MLA, Minister for Education provided an update to members of the NT COGSO executive on a range of topics current in NT public education. The Executive requested an update on use of the Safe Schools Coalition Australia resources in NT Schools. 

The Minister advised that the NT Government supports all schools to work with their community to deliver programs that meet the needs of students. To support safe and inclusive learning environments, there are a range of resources available to schools including the NT’s Social Emotional Learning Curriculum; school wide positive behaviour approaches and tools to tackling bullying such as the Safe School Coalition Australia resources. Following the end of Commonwealth funding to provide professional development in the use of the Safe Schools resources, support is available via the Department of Education’s School Support Services area.

PareNT Newsletter - Issue 2, 2018

Read our latest PareNT Newsletter

Cyber Safety

The Internet is without a doubt one of the best resources available to us. Unfortunately it's also extremely dangerous if you aren't aware of who and what lurks behind the scenes. Everyone should know how to be safe when surfing the web, but internet safety tips and tricks are spread out all over the web without a go-to resource. Since the majority of internet scam and virus victims are students and young people, Open Colleges is a perfect place to post the very first full guide to being safe on the internet.
An Interactive Guide To Staying Safe On The Internet
inDigiMOB is about improving digital inclusion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote Northern Territory communities. It does this by forming partnerships with communities and local organisations and making available a suite of resources that communities can take advantage of according to their needs.

inDigiMOB seeks to support communities and partner organisations to bridge the digital divide and achieve their digital inclusion goals by adapting a number of resources and support possibilities according to needs, as identified by communities.
Download the app here
Read more here

NT COGSO Governance Trainers coming to you

NT Education and Care Awards to honour early childhood teachers and carers

Minister for Education Eva Lawler said the awards recognise the outstanding work being done in early childhood care and teaching, a key priority for the Territory Labor Government.

“Birth to five years is a crucial learning time for children, which is why it is important to recognise teachers and carers who are working hard to give Territory children a brighter future,” she said.

“Children who attend high quality early childhood programs before starting school transition into school more easily, and are often set up to do better in school and into adulthood.”

Ms Lawler encouraged parents and family members to nominate an early childhood teacher or carer who they felt deserved recognition.
Read more & nominate here
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 gardengrants@lifeeducation.org.au
Read more here
National Fete Research Project
Tthe final report from the National Fete Research Project is now available!

The National Fete Research Project is the very first large scale-survey of school fetes in Australia which was undertaken in collaboration with The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies based at the Queensland University of Technology. This research has well and truly delivered on its promise to reveal important data and insights for the benefit of school parent committees and the organisations that support them. 

The research team were very impressed with the generosity and depth of responses which has made the report particularly rich.

Another fantastic outcome is that the research team have loaded all of the data into an online data management tool, which means you can go through the data and drill down for yourself. For example, if you want to isolate the data by State/Territory of school type, you are able to.
Read report here
Read more about the research here
Have you seen the Asian Honey Bee?
Asian honey bees are a significant threat to Australian and Northern Territory (NT) honey and pollination industries because they could carry the varroa mite which feeds on bees.

They can also spread other pests or diseases to European honey bees, which are used to produce honey and pollinate fruit and vegetable crops.

The Asian honey bee is already in Queensland and a swarm was found in Karama in May 2018.

Although the bees were not carrying the varroa mite or other pests and diseases, authorities are asking the community to report any suspect bees to help protect beekeeping and plant industries.
Read more & report sightings here
Read more & report sightings here
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