Northern Territory

School returns for 45,000 Territory kids

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School’s in again for 45,000 Northern Territory students, who return to the classroom after their Christmas breaks.
Urban Northern Territory government school students return on January 29 2019, one day ahead of remote students. Some independent schools will not resume until later in the week.

In government schools, about 3000 transition students are starting school for the first time in 2019, alongside 3000 beginning pre-school and 170 teachers, who are starting work in the profession across the NT for the first time.

Parents are reminded the Territory Government is offering $150 per student to help with school costs, redeemable at their child’s school and valid until the end of Term 1.

NT Minister for Education Selena Uibo and Member for Drysdale Eva Lawler welcomed some of the returning and commencing students at Gray Primary School, where 380 students are enrolled for the 2019 school year.

2019 marks a big year in NT education, with significant construction projects due for completion at schools in Darwin, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek. A new primary school, scheduled for a 2020 opening, is also under construction in Palmerston.

It will also see the rollout of several key Territory Government policies to enhance learning and support the wellbeing of both teachers and students.

Policies include the new Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum, the Teacher Wellbeing Strategy and the STEM in the NT strategy, which will prepare Territory students for the jobs of the future via the growing areas of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Source: NT Government