[ 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. [...]
I was living in the UK when Jamie Oliver started his campaign against school lunches – to remove ‘turkey twizzlers’ (I was always a bit afraid to ask what these were) and other nutrient free items from canteens and replace them with good, healthy (real) food.
This was at least 5 years ago. So, I was [...]
ACT residents are being encouraged to have their say about making child care more affordable, flexible and accessible as new analysis shows the ACT had the largest increase in enrolments in the nation.
The analysis coincides with the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning continuing its public hearings in Canberra today.
The ACT Debating Union (ACTDU) is the largest organiser of schools debating in the ACT. A volunteer run organisation that aims to promote debating, public speaking and analytical skills to students in the ACT.
This year ACTDU is running two new exciting competitions! They will both involve two full days of debating over concurrent weekends, held [...]
I was thrilled to announce the “ACT Scientist of the Year” award today when I officially opened the Canberra contingent of National Science Week. This is the first award of its kind in the ACT and it will recognise the amazing work of Canberra’s scientists. The “ACT Scientist of the Year” will be awarded annually [...]
Does anyone know when the report into School Principal’s Budget Autonomy Trial will be released? The trial was significantly scaled back after 18 months in July last year which raised a more than a few eyebrows. I for one am curious to know if the principal’s came in on budget? Did they appropriate the money [...]
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher today announced the establishment of the Judith Whitworth Fellowship for Gender Equity in Science at an event held at The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University (ANU).
“This new Fellowship, which is believed to be the first of its kind at any Australian University, [...]
Rising childcare waiting lists in Canberra with no immediate solution in sight, is driving families to seek options elsewhere. Nanny agencies and au pair placement services are overloaded and the hunt for a solution to look after precious children is becoming competitive.
Many families are placing unborn children on childcare waiting lists to guarantee a spot, [...]
In John Dewey’s book Democracy and Education he writes, ‘it is illiberal and immoral to train children to work not freely and intelligently but for the sake of the work earned’. I agree with him, and think so too would most Canberrans. To see a teacher teaching well, full of compassion and creativity, is surely [...]
I heard an interview on 666 during the week about having specialist teachers in Primary Schools, in contrast to the current model where Primary teachers are predominantly generalists. The idea made a lot of sense.
From my experience, it is difficult to be good at all things – particularly across the broad range of subjects taught [...]
Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch yesterday announced a new partnership with Gateways Education to help ACT public schools provide focussed support to gifted and talented students.
“The Education and Training Directorate will work with Gateways Education to provide 12 professional learning sessions for school leaders and Gifted and Talented Liaison Officers at ACT public [...]
Primrose Riordan’s article in the CT this week is unfortunately more of the same – kids bullying kids and schools who are unwilling or unable to stop it. In the article School Chair Mr Villafor’s suggests an ACT-wide bullying audit which seems like something that could be very useful. An audit with the intention of [...]
The redeveloped Taylor Primary School has been recognised at the Australian Institute of Architects Awards (ACT Chapter).
ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch congratulated the team at Small Quinton Coleman Architects who took out the Education Prize for their work on the school’s redesign.
The Australian Institute of Architects Awards recognise outstanding achievements and excellence [...]
Applications open for Young Women’s Enrichment Grants
Girls and young women with a particular passion – be it sports, music or beekeeping – are encouraged to apply for the 2014 Audrey Fagan Young Women’s Enrichment Grants program.
Applications for the grants program are open to girls and women aged 13-18 who are residents of the ACT and [...]
The new Holder Early Childhood Centre has been shortlisted for a major building award, Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch said today.
The centre, which has now opened to families in Weston Creek, has been shortlisted in the 2014 Master Builders and Cbus Excellence in Building Awards in the ‘building less than $5 million’ category.
Applications have now opened for a StudyCanberra scholarship that seeks to find one of Canberra’s best
advocates to promote Canberra as a world-class destination for education and business, Chief Minister Katy
Gallagher announced today.
The ACT Government has partnered with local corporate and government training and education provider
Yellow Edge to establish the scholarship which is open to ACT [...]
Child care centres will find it easier to employ temporary staff during unexpected leave under amendment regulations to be tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly today.
The Education and Care Services National Amendment Regulations 2014 introduce minor changes which will improve operational processes and cut red tape for child care services.
“These changes will help services [...]
According to an article in the Canberra Times, the ACT Education and Training Directorate has spent $2.5 million on tablet computers since 2010, with 5160 now in ACT public schools.
Although this averages one tablet per 8 children, I can imagine the real breakdown is likely to vary wildly from school to school, particularly with socio [...]
Construction is expected to begin on the new Coombs Primary School in August, with nearly $30 million to be allocated to building the school in the 2014-15 ACT budget when it is handed down on Tuesday, according to the Canberra Times.
The amount allocated in this budget will increase the $7 million already committed to the [...]
There is a fair amount of debate going on around changes to University fee structures at the moment, including the application of an interest rate to the debt racked up through the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). During Senate Question Time last week, the Greens Higher Education spokeswoman Lee Rhiannon posed an interesting question [...]
Scuffles broke out at the ANU today as protesters tried to force their way into the chancellery.
Today’s national day of action against Government plans to deregulate university fees saw protests in CBDs across the country.
Students are protesting changes to the higher education sector, including deregulation of fees and an increase in the interest rate [...]
‘Tech Girls are Superheroes’ was launched at the ANU today. A program for school aged kids, using cartoon characters to encourage girls into careers in IT.
I think it’s kind of cool, but ‘they’re still trying to attract girls into Technology?’ I could kind of understand that it was something requiring specific campaigning 20 years [...]
I have not been through the Canberra College system for kids going to Year 11 & 12 – so how do I find out which school is right for my child?
I have seen signs for various school “Open Nights” – but is there a central place where I can understand if schools have various specialties, [...]
Throughout my career I have heard many a manager lament the challenges of motivating and engaging someone of the younger generation in the workforce. I have generally stood up for the newbies as I believe they have a huge amount to offer if those ‘older’ generations of us can find a way to work with them. [...]
I noticed an article in the Canberra Times yesterday about NAPLAN, with senior ‘people in the know’ saying there shouldn’t be so much pressure on kids to perform in these tests and that comparisons with countries like Singpaore and Korea were tough yard-sticks, giving their differing approach to education.
I don’t recall doing NAPLAN myself when [...]
My son is at school age now. I live in Forde and have an investment property in Lyneham. I am wondering if it is possible to enroll him into Lyneham school even though I don’t live in there? Do I have to move to Lyneham?
Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch has called for a major review of the ACT Year 12 Certificate and is urging the Canberra Community to have their say.
The ACT Year 12 Certificate hasn’t had a major review for over three decades.
“ACT secondary schools produce outstanding student outcomes, with some of the highest levels of [...]
Anyone else watching the debacle on Q&A tonight?
I’m not a big fan of Christopher Pyne but wouldn’t have blamed him if he’d walked out, along with the rest of the panel.
I don’t feel like the behaviour does anything to benefit the cause of students, if anything would it perhaps be driving viewers to [...]
How can it be that so many clever, competent and capable people can feel that they are just one step away from being exposed as a complete fraud? Despite evidence that they are performing well they can still have that lurking fear that at any moment someone is going to tap them on the shoulder and say “We need [...]