Top end stu­dents recog­nised

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS: QLD/NT - EMMA DAVIES

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.

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