PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING IN THE REMOTE NORTHERN TERRITORY ESSENTIAL
With the mercury hitting around 38° Celsius and the piercing sound of the pink and grey galahs in the background, 51 staff members from Ngukurr Remote School and the Katherine Schools District Office met at the outdoor setting of Mataranka Manor 150km south of Katherine. Sports Challenge Australia with support from DrinkWise Australia assembled its CEO Dr Garry Tester, Director Jennifer Clay, Programs Coordinator Jacqui Finnegan and lead mentor and former International Women’s Squash Player Amanda Hopps for a day of Professional Development. In hot and humid conditions with competition from the local bird life the men and women who ply their trade in some of the toughest conditions on this planet were given valuable insight into Corporate Training from personal audit of wellness, personality types, communication skills, team work and experiential learning to benchmark their own skills.
With the Sports Challenge team bringing all their equipment, computer and printers from Perth instant feedback was provided to allow each staff member a suite of paper work and personal evaluations completed before they left the work shop.
At the end of a long, hot day the sentiments echoed by Principal and Deputy Principal Ric Eade and Deb Olle summed up the impact.
“To have the quality of this type of PD in the territory is a unique opportunity for all involved and will assist us all in providing the best possible education to the students in remote schools. Thank you Sports Challenge!”