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First Private Online School Announced For Northern Territory

NEWS 27 Mar 2023

Haileybury Rendall School has announced plans to bring the first private online school to the Northern Territory. The arrival of Haileybury Pangea will make HRS the only school in the Top End to offer day, boarding and online schooling.

Haileybury Pangea will welcome its first students from across the Northern Territory to their virtual classrooms in 2024. It has been specifically developed for students in Years 5 to 12 and offers a full Australian curriculum as well as co-curricular and pastoral programs that are delivered entirely online.

“The arrival of Haileybury Pangea 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.”
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 Australian curriculum, and be able to learn from anywhere in the Territory.”

Haileybury Pangea is now accepting expressions of interest from students and families across the Northern Territory, including students living in remote and very remote communities and highly focused students who prefer the independence that comes with online learning.

“Many young people living in very remote communities 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 program who find it challenging to juggle those commitments with the traditional school timetable. Haileybury Pangea offers the flexibility those students need to be able to follow their dreams 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. 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 needs and interests, and access to an increased number of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) subjects. The VCE is an internationally recognised certificate which allows students to attain an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

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

Haileybury and Haileybury Rendall 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 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 receive 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.”

About Haileybury Rendall School

Haileybury Rendall School (HRS) is an award-winning private school in Darwin offering three education choices – day school, boarding and online schooling. Each of these options is supported by Haileybury’s world-class curriculum, pedagogy and teachers.

In 2022, HRS was named Boarding School of the Year by The Educator. It is closely affiliated with Haileybury in Melbourne, which has five campuses in Victoria, education programs in China, Vietnam, Timor Leste and The Philippines, and recently launched online school, Haileybury Pangea.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Sarah Marinos

Phone: 0418 550 357


Lisa Pititto

Phone: 0412 311 320