Top end students recognised
NORTHERN Territory Education minister Eva Lawler has presented awards to NT students in recognition of achieving outstanding results in their 2016 studies.
“A total of 62 students, 57 in Darwin and five in Alice, have been honoured for their academic excellence in 2016,” Ms Lawler said.
The NT Board of Studies awards recognise top scoring students from across the Territory in primary, middle and secondary years, including the top 20 achievers in the NT Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET).
The presentations took place in both Darwin and Alice Springs to recognise the tremendous work by students and to acknowledge the educators and families who helped them excel.
“More than 100 Territory students achieved an ATAR score of more than 90, which puts them in the top 10 per cent of students across Australia,” Ms Lawler said.
The top NT Student was Darwin High School student Aaron Berthon with an ATAR of 99.5, and the top NT Indigenous student was Marcus Valastro – also from Darwin High School – with an ATAR of 92.95.
In 2016, a record 1399 Year 12 students completed their NTCET.
330 out of 333 students at Darwin High School completed their NTCET, and 43 students achieved an ATAR over 90.
“Thank you to all the staff of Darwin High School for their time and dedication in helping so many students complete their NTCET,” Darwin High School principal Trevor Read said.
“[It’s] a fantastic result for all our students, their families and for the public school system of the Northern Territory.”
While the results are outstanding, Minister Lawler stated that NT schools have been making do with less in recent years.
“These are excellent results and reflect the quality and dedication of our educators and are a positive reflection on our schools here in the NT,” Ms Lawler said.
“We want to turn that around [and] are investing an additional $124m into schools across the Territory, targeting the areas of greatest need to boost educational outcomes.”
The package includes an additional $20m in funding each year which will go directly to government schools to give them the capacity to hire more staff and funding certainty to be able to offer longer-term positions.
Darwin High School students with NT Education minister Eva Lawler.