Education (774 Stories)

Canberra – Shenzhen intern program connects future innovation leaders

By 23 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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.
The [...]

RiotACT Face Off: Should funded tertiary education be subject selective?

By 20 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

A-E reporting for Year 10 Certificates from this year

By 20 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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.
“All [...]

Farrer Playschool is enrolling now for 2015

By 17 October 2014

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 [...]

ACT public school enrolments continue to grow

By 15 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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.
“This [...]

ACT early learning centre receives excellent rating

By 22 September 2014

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 [...]

Nuclear Reprogramming: past, present and prospects – Public Talk, Sir John Gurdon

By 17 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 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 [...]

Top ACT educators recognised

By 12 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Public Talk: Tsunami Warning Systems since 26 December 2004

By 11 September 2014

[ 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 [...]

Enrollment fraud, is it more chicken or the egg?

By 11 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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. [...]

Getting tough on school canteens

By 26 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 have your say on child care reform!

By 26 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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.
Federal [...]

ACT Debating Union New Competitions for students

By 20 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Want to be Canberra’s first scientist of the year?

By 14 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

School Principal’s Budget Autonomy Trial

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

New Medical Research Fellowship for Gender Equity

By 23 July 2014

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, [...]

No Childcare? Try au pair?


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, [...]

Education Systems Limited


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 [...]

Should our Primary School teachers be subject specialists?


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 [...]

Partnership announced to support gifted and talented students


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 [...]

School board head calls for ACT-wide bullying audit


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 [...]

Taylor Primary School recognised at architecture awards

By 24 June 2014

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

By 24 June 2014

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 [...]

New childcare centre up for building award

By 18 June 2014

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.
“After [...]

ACT Government seeking local advocate to promote Canberra for study


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 [...]

Red tape cut for child care centres


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 [...]

Blog Post: Technology for kids


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 [...]

Primary School for Molonglo


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 [...]

Is the application of interest to historical HELP debt a breach of contract?


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 [...]

Student protests at ANU

By 21 May 2014

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 [...]

Girls in Technology

By 16 May 2014

‘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 [...]

How do I understand which ACT College is right for my child?


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, [...]

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