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Media Release

Senator The Hon. Grant Tambling

CLP Senator for the Northern Territory



Wednesday 15 September 1999


Millner Primary School in Darwin has been commended for its efforts by Senator Grant Tambl ing, CLP Senator for the Northern Territory, after it won a major Literacy and Numeracy Achievement Award at a national awards ceremony in Melbourne last week.

The award, presented as part of National Literacy Week, was part of a Commonwealth initiative that saw ten major awards with a total prize value of $100,000 go to government and non-government schools across Australia.

One government primary school in each State and Territory was awarded $10,000. Millner Primary School, in the Darwin suburb of Millner, was the major award winner for the Northern Territory in the Government Primary Schools category.

"This award recognises Australian primary schools that are demonstrating excellence in teaching literacy and numeracy and I am very pleased to see a Territory school receive such an award," said Senator Tambling.

"It demonstrates the hard work being undertaken to improve students’ literacy and numeracy outcomes."

Millner Primary School has a diverse student population with many of its 220 students from backgrounds of low socio-economic status, itinerant lifestyles, multiple ethnicity and emotional and physical disability. However, in the four years since the school’s Gateways to Literacy program was implemented, a remarkable improvement in students’ reading levels has been recorded.

Coordinator of Millner Primary School’s Gateways to Literacy program, Nancy Batenburg, said the Gateways to Literacy initiative aimed to overcome these obstacles.

"Catering for a vast range of abilities and home lives is never easy in any school, but the Gateways to Literacy initiative - while recognising the factors contributing to a lack of academic success - did not wish to use these as an excuse for lack of success," said Ms Batenburg.

"The level of professional development has been supported by the whole school and teachers, occupational therapists and speech pathologists have gained immense knowledge in the specific skills needed for functional literacy and numeracy - far beyond what we as classroom teachers had been aware of."


Media contact: Melissa Baldwin (08) 8981 3567 / 0412 316 362



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