First Private Online School for Northern Territory Gets Approval

First Private Online School for Northern Territory Gets Approval

Haileybury Rendall School (HRS) will bring the first private online school to the Northern Territory next year. The arrival of Haileybury Pangea will make HRS the only school in the Top End to offer three choices of schooling — day, boarding and online.

After receiving approval from the government, Haileybury Pangea is preparing to welcome its first students from across the Northern Territory to their online classrooms in 2024.

“We are thrilled to receive the government’s approval to bring Haileybury Pangea to the Top End. This means that families in the Northern Territory can now choose for their children to attend Haileybury Rendall School as a day student or as a boarder, or they can remain at home and learn online. Some parents may even choose to do a combination of both, with their children studying online from Years 5 to 9 and then boarding for their final years of schooling.” HAILEYBURY RENDALL SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, ANDREW MCGREGOR

“Families and students should have this choice. The traditional classroom, school timetable and hours don’t suit every child. Haileybury Pangea gives families and their children a wider choice so they can find an education pathway that best suits their needs. It will allow students across the Northern Territory to tap into brilliant teaching resources and an internationally-recognised and award-winning school, and be able to learn from anywhere in the Territory.”

Haileybury Pangea is specifically developed for self-motivated, academically-driven students in Years 5 to 12 and offers a full Australian curriculum and the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) in Years 10 to 12 so students are able to attain an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

It also offers co-curricular and pastoral programs that are delivered entirely online.

Enrolments are now being taken from across the Northern Territory, including for students living in remote and very remote areas and for highly focused students who prefer the independence that comes with online learning.

“Many young people living in very remote areas want to receive a high-quality education, but they don’t want to leave their home and community. Being able to learn from Haileybury Pangea’s brilliant teachers should not depend on where you live,” says Mr McGregor.

“There are many dedicated students who also belong to elite sports or arts programs or who have significant commitments outside of school. They can find it challenging to juggle those commitments with the traditional school timetable. Haileybury Pangea offers the flexibility for those students while delivering a comprehensive, high-quality education.

“We are not saying that online learning suits every child—but there are many students that Haileybury Pangea will absolutely suit,” says Mr McGregor.

The typical online school week includes a bespoke blend of live instruction, prepared video content, assessment tasks and one-on-one or small group-based time with subject teachers and academic coaches. Self-paced learning is a fundamental component of the curriculum, supported by an extensive suite of online resources.

Haileybury Pangea delivers small classes, a personalised and bespoke program to cater for specific student strengths and interests, and access to an increased number of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) subjects. The VCE is already offered at Haileybury Rendall School and is an internationally recognised certificate which allows students to attain an ATAR.

Haileybury Pangea began operating in Victoria in January 2023. Developed by Haileybury over several years, it builds on the school’s over 130 years of teaching expertise and academic achievements. Haileybury consistently achieves some of the most impressive VCE results in Victoria, with its students offered places at some of the best universities in Australia and overseas.

The school’s NAPLAN results each year are also among the best in their state or territory, and Haileybury Pangea students in the Northern Territory will have access to the same quality teaching that helps deliver these results.

Mr McGregor says Haileybury Pangea uses a ‘stage not age’ approach based on entrance testing. So, if a Year 7 student is particularly strong in mathematics, they may instead join a Year 9 Maths class to continue to develop their skills.

Specific technology and software have been developed to ensure efficient delivery of learning, and to safeguard and monitor the security and confidentiality of students online. Students must sign an acceptable use policy and agree to appropriate behaviour when they enrol.

Student wellbeing is also an integral part of the Haileybury Pangea model. Parents or guardians must complete a home learning environment checklist and a duty of care training module confirming they understand their requirement to provide appropriate adult supervision of their child during scheduled class hours. A team of specialist support staff is also available to support student wellbeing.

“Haileybury Pangea builds on the success and reputation of Haileybury Rendall School and Haileybury and it delivers the parents and children important choices in how young people engage with their education,” says Mr McGregor.

“A one size fits all approach to education is no longer valid. As of today, families in the Northern Territory can select day, boarding or online schooling and so choose an education pathway that best meets the needs of their child.”

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