Palmerston College will be gazetted on 1 January 2018, creating the very first dual campus College in the Northern Territory. Palmerston College will consist of two campuses, Years 7 – 9 Campus and Years 10 -12 Campus, with one leadership team. Palmerston College will provide seamless and connected pathways as the secondary campus within Palmerston City Schools.
The Department of Education and the Minister for Education considered community consultation and advised in May 2017 Rosebery Middle School and Palmerston Senior College will be amalgamated to form Palmerston College from January 2018.
History of our Campuses
1987 – 1999
Years 10-12 Campus history
The Years 10 – 12 Campus was the first high school facility in the Palmerston area. In 1999, the campus was renamed to Palmerston High School.
In 2006, a review of education in the NT led to the introduction of the stages of schooling with the middle years phase of schooling from Years 7 to 9 and senior secondary phase of schooling from Years 10 to 12. Work commenced to build the first purpose built middle school in the Northern Territory in Palmerston.
Years 7-9 Campus history
The Years 7 -9 Campus was the first purpose built middle school facility in the Northern Territory with a capacity for 850 students. Opening as Rosebery Middle School in 2011, the campus catered for 515 students in Year 7 and 8 growing to an enrolment of 745 with the inclusion of Year 9 in 2012. Located in the suburb of Rosebery within the City of Palmerston, it has been a special place for travellers and explorers in the Northern Territory’s foundation days. It has been a crucial location for our defence forces in times of war and is the gateway to several airstrips of major significance in the outcome of World War II. It is also an important place in the Indigenous and natural histories of our land. Mitchell Creek runs across the back of the Years 7-9 Campus and connects Palmerston to the ocean through the Elizabeth River. The location at the corner of Forrest Parade and Belyuen Road is named after Crab Billy Belyuen, a senior Aboriginal elder of the Larrakia people. His name means “Sacred Water Hole”. Contemporary Indigenous people of the Northern Territory believe in the notion of freshwater and saltwater coming together for improved communication and fellowship with non-Indigenous Australians. Where saltwater and freshwater meet the result is a unique and thriving ecosystem where new ways of living together emerge. The concept can be further enhanced to consider the meeting of land and water – where Indigenous knowledge is represented by “knowledge from land” and Western knowledge by “knowledge from water”.
Years 10-12 Campus history
In 2011, the Years 10 – 12 campus was renamed to Palmerston Senior College catering for students from Years 9 – 12 and in 2012 onwards catered for Years 10 – 12 students.
The Years 10-12 Campus was one of the inaugural, Independent Public Schools, selected on merit, with the ability to exercise a greater level of autonomy in many key areas including staff selection, management and development.
In 2015, Palmerston Senior College was formally recognised for an innovative range of senior secondary specialist programs, a supportive pastoral care network, provision of excellent facilities, a committed professional staff and vibrant arts program.
Palmerston Senior College governance structures included the College Council and connectED Partnership Board. The connectED Partnership Board was in place from July 2015 to June 2017 and comprised of three partnering schools – Palmerston Senior College, Rosebery Middle and Woodroffe Primary School. The purpose was to proactively lead innovation in the seamless delivery of educational outcomes through the opportunities of joint partnerships. The board provided high level strategic advice to the principal of each school and each school council.
Community consultation was undertaken in November and December of 2016 to seek the views of students, parents, staff and the community of Palmerston, including key education stakeholders for the creation of a dual campus secondary college in Palmerston.
School Council – Parent Representative Body
Palmerston College will be governed by an interim council who will develop and consult on a new constitution. This constitution will be ratified at a special general meeting to be advertised in the NT News. In 2018, Palmerston College will have interim Independent Public School status with the ability to exercise a greater level of autonomy in key areas such as staff selection, management and development. The interim Council will consult with students, staff, families and the community regarding Independent Public School status. If these stakeholder groups support the Independent Public School status they will undergo a rigorous selection process in Term 3 2018.
Joint Council’s chairperson – Renè Prosser
In 2017, our Years 7 and 9 NAPLAN results in all areas was above the NT Mean with growth in writing and numeracy from 2016. Also our NAPLAN data shows our AIM 4 Excellence class had 38% of students achieving in the top 20% of Australian Students in Reading and Writing.
In 2016, we doubled the number of students achieving their NTCET, with 3% achieving a 90+ ATAR, a 96% completion rate and 14 aboriginal students achieved an NTCET. More importantly, improvement across the board, including our average ATAR score increasing by over 20 points in the last two years.