Home' Tennant and District Times : 2015-0612 TDT Contents FAMOUS American dancer and
choreographer, Martha Graham
once said that “dance is the hid-
den language of the soul”.
That hidden language came to the fore
on the magnificent Araluen theatre stage
last Tuesday and Wednesday evenings
when Ashara McNamara, Holly and Kai-
ley Timmins, Dayna Dowling and Abbey
and Olivia Haines, under the watchful
eyes of parents and dance teacher Kirsty
Eberl, performed at the 2015 Centralian
TC Dance Crew took out first place
in the 16 years-and-under Jazz or Con-
temporary section held on Tuesday and
were competing against six Alice Springs
“This has been such a confidence boost-
er for these young dancers,” Kirsty said.
“They were just so excited after their
big win they kept themselves busy work-
ing out who would look after the trophy
the first night and who would have it the
second and so on.”
Dayna and Holly performed a duet in
the 13 years-and-under Jazz or Contem-
porary section as did Kailey and Abbey.
Last Wednesday evening, five of the
dancers performed solo pieces in the 12
years-and-under Jazz section and group
performances in the 13 years-and-under
as well as 16-and-under Jazz or Contem-
Both groups received honourable men-
tions or second places for their perfor-
mances, bringing home the equivalent of
one gold and two silvers for their debut
Centralian Eisteddfod sojourn.
“Apart from the trophy and the two sec-
ond places, the Tennant Creek group was
given a special mention by the adjudica-
tor in her closing speech,” Kirsty said.
“That was pretty special for myself and
the girls because she acknowledged that
we had put a lot of effort and travelled a
long way to be part of this great event.
“She said that she looked forward to
seeing us again next year.
“If I have my way, not only will we
be there, but we intend to win in every
category we enter.
“By the way, the TC Dance Crew is now
looking for a permanent studio to house
our new trophy and all the other trophies
we intend to win in the coming years.”
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OVER 40 per cent of children from the Bark-
ly region are not enrolled at school, a draft
discussion paper released this week has re-
Based on figures from the 2011 Australian Bureau
of Statistics, there are approximately 1400 enrolled
primary, secondary and tertiary students with a further
1000 whose ‘educational status is unstated.’
Let’s Make It Better for the Future, a joint project by
Papulu Apparr-Kari Aboriginal Corporation (PAK) and
the University of NSW, compared and analysed data
from parents participating in PAK’s Parent and Com-
munity Engagement Program (PACE) survey with data
from the My School database.
PAK made a successful submission to the Department
of Prime Minister and Cabinet last year to develop
the PACE program which focussed on Tennant Creek
Primary, Tennant Creek High, Ali Curung and Epenarra
Parents told researchers they were concerned about
poor educational standards, behaviour management
models, bullying and ineffective truancy measures.
Lack of accelerated learning programs in schools, poor
education amongst parents – affecting their ability to
help their own children to learn, and communication
barriers between parents, teachers and students were
also cited as concerns.
In 2007, just a little over two weeks after Kevin Rudd
was sworn in as the 26th Prime Minister of Australia,
the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) com-
mitted to “closing the gap” in life expectancy between
Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
A year later, COAG members pledged their sup-
port to the National Indigenous Reform Agreement
(NIRA) in November 2008 and placed $4.6 billion on
the table to be directed to projects in health, housing,
early childhood, economic participation, and remote
Progress under the agreement is assessed every year
in February but this year, Prime Minister Tony Abbott
confirmed national education targets were not being
Let’s Make It Better for the Future is the result of
PAK’s efforts to reduce school absenteeism and increase
parent and community engagement in the Barkly.
This week’s forum, held at the Civic Hall, was at-
tended by stakeholders and around 70 concerned par-
ents and guests who workshopped recommendations to
overcome shortfalls in attendance numbers.
The PACE team is now working on a plan to formulate
ideas and strategies that would address this major deficit
in education participation throughout the Barkly region.
Over the course of the next two weeks, the PACE
team will contact forum participants to garner responses
from the meeting.
A final version of the report and recommendations will
be presented at a follow-up forum in July.
at Barkly schools
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