'The Northern Territory is uniquely positioned to forge links with international schools, access and observe best practice within the schools of our region, and offer quality education to students from other countries. There are nine world capitals as close (or closer to) Darwin than Canberra. Independent Schools in the Northern Territory have access to the northern region that other Australian schools cannot match'.
The Northern Territory Government released the Northern Territory International Education and Training Strategy 2014-2024, which outlines a plan to strengthen the Territory's position as a gateway between Australia and Asia through education.
Education is a key component of the Northern Territory's connection with the region, building lifetime partnerships and friendships. Investing in and growing our international education and training sector will have far reaching economic and social benefits, including significant advantages for young Territorians making their way in the world. A stronger education system benefits everyone.
International students from countries throughout Asia choose to undertake study and research with Northern Territory educational institutions, including Independent Schools. The Northern Territory has education and research partnerships, exchange programs and school connections with countries throughout the region including Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste. Independent Schools in the Northern Territory have established international connections with several schools in the region.
The AISNT provides support to Member Schools in establishing these connections.
CRICOS registered Independent Schools in the Northern Territory provide exceptional educational for international students.
(CRICOS - Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students)
The following Independent Schools in the Northern Territory are CRICOS registered:
- The Essington School Darwin - Rapid Creek and Charles Darwin University (02041G)
The Northern Territory Government's Study in Australia's Northern Territory website has lots of information for students and their families.
Supporting International Schools
St Anthony's International School, Dili,Timor-Leste
St Anthony's International School started as the Tutoring Tree, by Cristina Costa Ribeiro and Cesar Dias Quintas, who made a commitment to provide opportunities for Timorese children to participate the International Education system in Timor. The school is developing rapidly, due to the determination of the St Anthony's School staff to deliver an education that is rigorous and international, preparing students for the global future. The teaching staff are drawn from Filipino, Portuguese and local backgrounds and the teaching and learning programs are delivered in English.
St Anthony's was accepted as an Associate Member at the AISNT Management Committee Meeting in August 2016. AISNT and its Member Schools are supporting the emerging St Anthony's International School with resources and funding, as well as establishing ongoing relationships. We are proud to be associated with this remarkable young school.
Watch a video celebrating the partnership between SAIS and St Andrew campus of Good Shepherd Lutheran College.
International Study Tours
'We must no longer consider ourselves as citizens of the towns or cities in which we teach, but we must consider ourselves citizens of the globe'.
Benchmarking Study Tour to Shanghai
In October 2017, AISNT took representatives from Independent Schools across the Northern Territory and from St Anthony's International School in Dili, East Timor to Shanghai, China to explore innovative schooling practices and connect with schools. This professional learning journey was jointly facilitated by Dr Stephen Brown (The Brown Collective) and Peter Foster (former Principal of John Paul College).
Study Tour participants were provided with the opportunity to:
- Investigate and examine the education system in Shanghai, including pedagogy, teacher quality practices, professional development practices of school leaders and teachers, curriculum reform and assessment practices;
- Explore the link between pedagogy and International Testing results (ie: PISA and TIMMS);
- Explore current research into teacher education, through site visits to Education Academies;
- Engage with educators and students through a series of onsite visits to a range of schools; and
- Establish partnerships with schools in Shanghai.
Relational Learning - New Mexico, USA
In April 2017, AISNT took representatives from Yipirinya School and Nyangatjatjara College to New Mexico, to engage with George Otero co-founder of the Center for Relational Learning in Santa Fe, and to engage with educators with expertise in Native American schooling.
Study Tour participants focused on:
- Community Engagement: What practices are used to engage the community with the school? How important is language and culture?
- Student Engagement: What practices are used to engage students with school? how crucial is student well-being and issues around identity?
- Evidence-based Practices: What are the innovations driving improved outcomes for native American students?
- School Autonomy: How can successful New Mexico practices be mapped onto the accountabilities and procedures required of our schools by Australian and Northern Territory Government policies?
Leadership and International Education Study Tour - Hong Kong, China
In September 2016, AISNT took representatives from Independent Schools across the Northern Territory Hong Kong , to build participants knowledge and understandings on school leadership in a global context. This Study Tour was facilitated by Dr Stephen Brown (The Brown Collective).