Festival of Teaching 2019


About the Festival of Teaching

The Festival of Teaching, coordinated by the Professional Teachers’ Association of the NT (PTANT) and Member Associations, is a one-day biennial event offering educators professional development across the curriculum and all levels of schooling.

On Friday 23 August the Welcome function and art exhibition was held at the Darwin Entertainment Centre.

On Saturday 24 August, 310 educators gathered at Palmerston College to make the most of the Festival’s professional learning program, including:

  • Two keynote speakers, Mr Steve Francis and Ms Gabbie Stroud;
  • 50 workshops spanning the curriculum; and
  • Trade displays providing access to educational organisations and resources.

At the end of the day the Network function was held at Rydges Palmerston to unwind and reflect.

This was the fourth PTANT Festival of Teaching. The goal of the Steering Committee is to deliver the preeminent professional learning event of the year for NT teachers.

Click here to download the program


The PTANT thanks the following sponsors:

DoE logo

Thank you to the Department of Education for their strong partnership and support that gives teachers in the NT access to quality professional learning and networking opportunities. Department funding provides valuable resources that enables teachers to lead teachers, and improve teaching and learning outcomes in the NT.

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Office Choice Berrimah is  ‘your local’ Stationery & Education store at Fetch.
  • We are locally owned & operated
  • Fetch are your local 'everything for the office' store
  • We incorporate: Office Choice, AusPost, Lotto & Gifts
  • We offer FREE next day local delivery throughout the NT
  • We have a customer happiness team
  • We can provide your school’s 2019 Book Packs & Texts
  • Over 3000 products on our website under Education alone!

We value the extra our Teachers ‘do’!   That’s why in 2018 we ran the inaugural Fetch Christmas Drawing Competition: 3 prizes for the 3 different age divisions, $100 for each student and a $1000 Fetch Wishlist for the Teacher: our way of saying thanks and that we value the extra that you do.

Cider House ICT

At Cider House Tech, we help you create a hands-on environment that encourages students to become truly active learners, to ask great questions, design experimental approaches, critically analyse their data and think like scientists. Whether it be science, STEM, geography, Health and PE or other discipline where first hand data is essential to learning and engagement then we have the equipment, resources and curriculum materials to support you as you support your students.

Visit us at the Festival of Teaching and talk to us about our new wireless sensors for first hand data and our innovative Smart PE programs.

Beam Consulting

BEAM Consulting helps create schools that are positive, safe and inclusive for students and staff.

Jenny Cole established BEAM (2009) initially to support schools who had students with disabilities and extreme challenging behaviour enrolled. Since then BEAM has run thousands of workshops across Australia on topics such as Managing Challenging Behaviour, Trauma and Its Impact on the Brain and Understanding Anxiety. BEAM is also passionate about adult behaviour and we work with leaders to develop healthy, high performing teams.  As an executive coach and former Principal, Jenny can show you how to build team trust, increase staff engagement, manage conflict and lead confidently. BEAM runs a number of aspirant and Women in Leadership programs.

LTA Education

LTA Education is an Australian, family owned and operated manufacturing supplier who has been printing and supplying teaching resources to schools in Australia and New Zealand for 24 years.

LTA Education develops, illustrates, typesets and prints their entire catalogue range, in house, at their Perth based publishing headquarter and can cater for any language being taught or spoken in Australia.

We have a huge range of unique, illustrated Charts, posters, games, card sets, badges, jigsaws, certifcates, prize packs, books, stampers and a huge range of stickers.

We can also custom make anything that can be printed, and in any language!


The Australian Education Union NT is the professional and industrial voice of 2000 teachers, principals, support staff and vocational lecturers working in public education in the NT. We protect and advance the welfare and working conditions of our members and champion the provision of high-quality public education to all young people.

Please email us at ptant.doe@nt.gov.au for more information about the 2019 Festival of Teaching.

Steering committee

Steve Hawkins – GHTANT

Georgina Gunson – ALEA

Jemma Rust – ALEA

Carolyn Knutsen – ACHPER

Lenny – NTAEGT

Tina Challis – AASE

Vicki Potter – HEIA NT

Korin Lesh AENT

Gail Barwick – STANT

Danielle Hazleton – ETANT

Guy Glover – MTANT.


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