Welcome to the end of an extraordinary year!
In truth we will be learning from this year for a long time to come. So the time for reflection will come as we process and begin to unwind.
I hope many of you are taking the chance to relax and recoup this season.
Our role has its challenges but overwhelmingly it is a position of great privilege.
So many opportunities to bring about positive and lasting change to communities. Our job is the learning of others but it seems to teach me something new everyday.
I am privileged to work with such amazing Leaders. Thank you!
Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and very Happy New Year.
I look forward to working with you in 2021
Please stay well.
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As you are aware on the 30th November the NTPA Executive team met with Amanda Hubber from Student Wellbeing and Inclusion (SWI) and Susan Bowden to table our members concerns in regard to the current SWI service and delivery model.
Thank you to the Chapter Chairs for connecting with their members and to the principals who took the time needed to share specific concerns and examples to share with the senior management team.
As promised please see below the record of notes from this meeting.
Be the change you want to see!
Today we are saying congratulations and thank you to three wonderful principals on their retirement.
Sabina Smith, Helen Chatto and Lorraine Hodgson have gifted the NT system with decades of blood sweat and sometimes tears.
Sabina has always stood for very strong equity and social justice principles that go hand in hand with rural, remote and indigenous communities. Her passion around Government education is the corner stone of her work.
She has contributed significantly to rural and remote education submissions submitted by ASPA to the Federal Government and has provided strong representation as President of NTPA in 2017 and 2018, on the NTPA executive and on the ASPA Board.
Sabina has always been available to listen and support colleagues. Her principal check ins were always genuine and appreciated.
ASPA Board and NTPA will miss her passion and commitment.
Lorraine’s strategic thinking and deep knowledge of the science and craft of her profession has seen her contribute at regional, local, national and international levels over many years. Each organisation has cited her meritorious contributions to their boards, advisory committees and associations.
A golden thread throughout her career has been a relentless focus on enhancing teacher quality and professionalism – and her contributions have been recognised by numerous national bodies - including AITSL, ACEL, ASEPA and APTA. The list of awards and accolades acknowledging the ‘above and beyond’ contributions made by this educator is long, prestigious and so well deserved.
In speeches and presentations, Lorraine always brings the team into the spotlight with her, acknowledging the contributions of others to the work that has been celebrated on so many stages. Her humility speaks loudly to the leader Lorraine is in her work.
Helen’s balanced and thoughtful reflections and feedback are always appreciated and will be greatly missed.
Literacy has always been Helen’s passion. She has served on the Quality teaching reference group with DoE. Is a member of a group called Foundations of Literacy with some literacy gurus, (Brian Cambourne, Robyn Ewing, Jan Turbill, Chris Topfer to name a few). Helen is a valuable asset to ALEA and her work in literacy has benefited so many.
Helen always brings the focus back to the students and educators we have the honour of working with each day.
It has been a privilege working with you all as part of the NTPA exec team throughout the years. We are grateful for your collective wealth of knowledge, skills and experience.
We wish you all good health, happiness and the very best for the next chapter.
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Conversations draws you deeper into the life story of someone you may, or may not, have heard about — someone who has seen and done amazing things.
A very William McInnes Christmas
William returns with stories and reminiscences of the Christmases of his childhood.
Under the tree would be K-Tel gadgets and pop albums, bottles of cheap aftershave and perfume, and a Christmas stocking stuffed with small toys, an orange and a jar of pickled onions.
William also recounts his brief but brilliant career as a department store Santa, and a stint as the world's tallest elf.
We would love to hear of some of your favourite podcasts or reads that we can share with the members.