[ 3 February 2015 at 5:30 pm; ] Speaking, natural-sounding machines which can interact with humans using normal conversational patterns are still in the realm of science fiction – or are they?
Associate Professor James Curran is developing artificial intelligence which will revolutionise the way we interact with technology – using spoken language, the same way we interact with each other.
When: Tuesday 3 February [...]
For as long as I have been a mother I have been aware of the cost of childcare and impact it has on the family budget if parents either have to or choose to work.
In Australia we are reasonably lucky to have government subsidy on childcare, which, frankly, makes it vaguely affordable for many families [...]
Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch today launched the eBook Library, a new online resource for ACT public school students and teachers.
“The eBook Library provides students and teachers with access to eBooks and audio books via the secure ACT schools online resource portal – the Digital Backpack,” Ms Burch said.
“This allows them to access [...]
[ 12 January 2015 at 9:30 am; 13 January 2015 at 9:30 am; 14 January 2015 at 9:30 am; 15 January 2015 at 9:30 am; ] Hi All,
I am running a Summer workshop for children ages 10 – 15. From Monday January 12th – Thursday January 15th 2015.
It will be a small workshop. 5 Spots ONLY. It will be 4 half days of singing, guitar playing and song writing.
We’ll do lots of group work, writing lyrics, learning to improvise with our voices, [...]
Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch yesterday launched Skilled Capital, a new $21 million training initiative that will respond to industry identified skills needs.
“Skilled Capital will provide all Canberrans with the opportunity to upskill through access to high quality training in areas of identified skills needs,” Ms Burch said.
“Canberra needs more workers in areas [...]
More than 100 Year 12 students have been recognised for their academic achievements and extra-curricular activities and community service at the annual Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) Recognition of Excellence Awards.
A total of 104 students were honoured at a ceremony yesterday, where Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch congratulated all Year 12 students [...]
As the first seminar on this subject on 19 January is fully booked, a second FREE seminar will provide participants with information regarding the ACT’s new asbestos laws, which take effect on 1 January 2015.
Participants will receive an overview of a range of matters, including:
Changes to the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 to encompass [...]
ACT school students have again topped the nation in NAPLAN tests, with the latest results ranking the ACT first or equal first in 19 of the 20 testing areas, Minister for Education Joy Burch said today.
“I am proud that ACT students across all year levels continue to lead the nation in reading and are ranked [...]
All ACT preschoolers entering kindergarten next year will receive On My First Day, a book of words and drawings created by children to help them transition into their first year at school.
Community Services Directorate, Manager of Early Intervention and Prevention Projects, Melanie Thompson has announced the release of the recently updated publication which has been [...]
I come from the old school way of thinking which is, if it isn’t your work and thoughts then don’t try and pass them off as if they were. I also think if you are the principal of a high school then you should set the example and not plagiarise to your students.
My daughter came [...]
Minister for Education and Training, Joy Burch today presented awards to 73 Year 10 students from ACT public high schools to recognise their excellence in education.
“It was a privilege to present awards to the students from 25 public high schools and colleges as part of the 2014 Year 10 Excellence Awards for Outstanding Achievement in [...]
Chief Minister and Minister for Higher Education Katy Gallagher has welcomed news that Canberra has risen 16 places in the QS Best Student Cities 2015, the biggest jump of all six Australian cities represented.
Canberra entered the London-based institute’s ranking of the top 50 cities for students last year with a ranking of 37, climbing to [...]
We are moving to Wanniassa next month and would like some opinions on primary schools in the area. Would anyone mind sharing some experiences and advice on Wanniassa school?
My family are moving to Canberra and I’m looking for some advice on a high school for my 11 year old son. So far he’s academic, sporty and arty too. I’d like to find a school that has broad and varied curriculum and extracurricular activities, good anti-bullying policy and is very inclusive and outward-looking in its approach. I [...]
One of the leading Executive MBA programs in Australia will kick off its February 2015 Canberra intake with an information evening for aspiring leaders on 25 November 2014.
Over the past six years, Queensland University of Technology’s Canberra-based Executive Masters Program has been tackled by senior people in the Department of Defence, the Defence Materiel [...]
Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, today announced the appointment of Professor Ross Hannan as the first Centenary Chair of Cancer Research at the John Curtin School of Medical Research.
As Chair, Professor Hannan will oversee a collaborative hub for cancer research that will involve leading researchers from within the Australian National University, as [...]
[ 2 December 2014 at 5:30 pm; ] The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) is one of the biggest and most ambitious global scientific projects ever conceived. Once completed, it will enable us to delve further into the Universe than we ever have before.
In this talk, CSIRO astronomer Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith will kick off our Frontiers of Science Conference on astronomy by describing what [...]
Libraries ACT has been eagerly waiting to find out what Australian books the young people of the Canberra region have enjoyed reading the most throughout the year and the wait is finally over.
“We are very pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 COOL Awards (Canberra’s Own Outstanding List),” said Vanessa Little, Director, Libraries ACT. [...]
Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher today congratulated Arawang Primary School for being one of fifty ACT schools keeping children active by signing up to the Ride or Walk to School Program.
“It is great to see so many Canberra schools embracing the Ride or Walk to School program which enables schools to provide [...]
I’ve heard you can salary package child care fees. Our circumstances are my wife’s an APS6 at Department of Human Services part time, takes home about $700/week. I’m on $80k pa gross with a NSW State Govt department, but this isn’t an option through my provider Maxxia.
Is Salary Packaging a realistic financial option for us? [...]
With deregulation of uni fees going before the Senate soon this is the ideal time for a conversation about what we want higher education in this country to be. The Canberra International Film Festival is contributing to this public debate with the documentary Ivory Tower, about the experience of the United States with a competitive [...]
I have previously raised the question that perhaps it’s time to close UC Kaleen High School on the grounds that it is costly, under-utilised and increasingly redundant. Despite initial outbursts against my proposal it seems now there is some growing community support and political consideration to redirect the operational funds for the school into far [...]
A new StudyCanberra student intern program between Canberra and Shenzhen will attract the best and brightest students from Shenzhen to Canberra and will give local students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in Shenzhen, the home of a major technology company in the world, Chief Minister and Minister for Higher Education Katy Gallagher said today.
It’s time for another RiotACT Face Off. This week, we asked Kate Carnell and Steven Bailey to share their thoughts on government funding of tertiary education. Both were given the following question and their responses are below.
Should tertiary education directly align with the business needs of the nation in order to [...]
Year 10 students in the ACT will have their achievements graded from A-E in nationally recognised standards on their Certificate for the first time this year, Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch said today.
The change from school-based descriptions of achievements to nationally agreed A-E standards is part of the implementation of the Australian Curriculum.
Is your child turning 3 before 30 April 2015?
The FARRER PLAYSCHOOL is a non-profit, community based educational facility for 3 year olds. Our fully qualified teachers use a structured program to help the ‘Playschoolers’ develop the social skills and confidence that will be of value to them in their Preschool year and most importantly it [...]
Enrolments in ACT public schools are continuing to grow, the 2014 ACT Public Schools Census released today shows.
“ACT families and students are continuing to choose our public schools, with an increase in enrolments of 2.9 per cent in August 2014 compared with August last year, and 9 per cent since August 2010,” Ms Burch said.
Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch today congratulated Canberra Girls Grammar School Early Learning Centre for becoming the first service in the ACT to be awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
“The rating acknowledges the commitment shown by management and staff of this Centre to continuous improvement [...]
[ 27 September 2014 at 5:30 pm; ]
It sounds like the stuff of science fiction but changing one kind of cell to act like another is nothing new. In fact, in some of the first experiments of their kind, our next public speaker Sir John Gurdon was able to do just that more than fifty years ago.
This work with frogs was later [...]
Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch last night congratulated the winners of the 2014 ACT Public Education Excellence Awards, recognising school leaders, teachers, support staff and volunteers in the ACT public school system.
“Our school communities do an outstanding job in educating and supporting our children,” Ms Burch said.
“The Public Education Excellence Awards were introduced [...]
[ 16 October 2014 at 12:00 pm; ] With the tenth anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami this coming December, it is timely to reflect on the progress made by Australia and the international community to safeguard nations from this most destructive and cruel geophysical hazard.
This talk will look at the historical development of tsunami warning systems, their existing limitations [...]
Last week I saw an article in the CT about parents lying about their place of residence to get their kids into elite target public schools in the ACT. It generated a lot of discussion but got me thinking about the flip-side to this debate, principals who pick and choose kids from out of area. [...]