The Greens’ Meredith Hunter has held forth on education:
To increase learning opportunities in the ACT, the Greens will:
– Increase funding to students with English as an Additional Language/Dialect to increase language proficiency standards;
– New Student Assistance Teams, to improve student engagement and better support schools and families;
– More professional development opportunities, for over 100 Learning [...]
The Australian National University is making sure we all know they’ve done well in the Time Higher Education World University Rankings:
ANU has continued to perform strongly against universities around the world rising one place from last year to 37th in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings released overnight.
The result confirms the University’s [...]
It’s World Space Week 4 to 10 October, and here’s a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in astrophotography. A free presentation in Canberra by the 2012 Astronomy Photographer of the Year Martin Pugh.
You can check his award-winning photograph of the Whirlpool Galaxy M51 on my blog or better still click through to the high-resolution version for all [...]
To celebrate World Space Week, the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics and Mars Society Australia proudly presents…
PLANETARY GEOLOGY FOR BEGINNERS
Presenter: Dr. Jonathan Clarke – Australian Centre for Astrobiology & President, Mars Society Australia
Date: Thursday 4 October 2012 at 6:30pm
Location: RSPE Seminar Room, Oliphant Building #60, Research School of Physics & Engineering, Mills Road, The [...]
With the school holidays approaching, entertaining the kids will be high on your agenda.
You want somewhere that’s fun, exciting and safe and is not going to break the bank.
You also want somewhere to relax and catch up with friends while you enjoy a great cup of coffee and a bite to eat.
KidCity in Mitchell is [...]
The Librarians are trying to crowdsource the painting of a wall at Erindale Library:
“We need your help to paint a mural that brightens up the area and can be enjoyed by all who visit the library,” said Vanessa Little, Director, Libraries ACT.
“Participants will paint a selection of geometric shapes in vivid colours and designs and [...]
In an interesting move Zed Seselja is letting it be known rugby league legend Ricky Stuart is getting behind the Liberal plan for an Autism School:
ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja has welcomed today’s funding pledge from Ricky Stuart for the autism school that the Canberra Liberals have committed to if elected. The Ricky Stuart [...]
My 16 yo daughter (year 10) has always had “issues” with maths, or to quote her “I like maths, it doesn’t like me”. Prior to this year she maintained a B average. I think that she decided she wouldn’t need maths in College, she’s now failing and is behind is key concept areas.
She now wants [...]
Katy Gallagher’s turned her thoughts to Tuggeranong and is sure to get the votes flooding in with a promise to build a maths facility at the Caroline Chisholm school:
if re-elected ACT Labor will commit an extra $8.7 million to build and staff a numeracy centre at Caroline Chisholm school over the next two years.
The Centre [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has unleashed three education policies all in a row.
We have refurb money for older schools:
if re-elected ACT Labor will commit $70 million to create the best learning environments for students and teachers in our older schools.
We will provide $45 million to build a new Primary School at Coombs in the Molonglo Valley [...]
The Australian National University is celebrating the lastest QS World University rankings:
ANU continues to climb through the ranks of global universities, rising to 24th in the world according to the QS World University rankings released this week.
Two places up from last year, and the best result for an Australian university, the ranking is the [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has announced she’s going to build a CIT campus in Tuggeranong if she’s re-elected:
if re-elected ACT Labor will build a new $7.5 million CIT Tuggeranong Learning Centre.
The construction of a new CIT learning campus in the Tuggeranong Valley will make sure that students have access to the latest in VET teaching and [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher is playing the obesity card again (everyone else’s obesity is terrible can someone else do something about it) and promising to make tuck shops less competitive but notionally healthier.
If re-elected in 2012 ACT Labor will invest $1 million to make sure public school students have access to the highest quality canteen options.
A second Labor policy today for making us smarter.
If re-elected ACT Labor will deliver educational, economic and social benefits to all Canberrans by investing $2 million to establish StudyCanberra.
Its aim is to establish Canberra as Australia’s study destination of choice for local, national and international students.
Education Minister Chris Bourke has put out a media release on yesterday’s FOI release of critical incidents at schools:
A review of critical incidents at ACT public schools shows reports have remained relatively stable over a two year cycle. The documents are available from the Open Government FOI page covering critical incidents from May 1 2011 [...]
The Greens have announced their policy on feeding children:
– Legislate to protect children from junk food advertising to children, to help parents and children to make healthy choices, and to fight childhood obesity;
– Improve school canteens, by funding a high level task force, creating new jobs, and improving canteen infrastructure;
– Create new schools [...]
ANU is letting us know about another prize win:
Professor Chris Goodnow has claimed the prestigious GlaxoSmithKline Award for Research Excellence for his pioneering work on autoimmune diseases. The prize includes $80,000 research funding.
The funding will allow Professor Goodnow from The John Curtin School of Medical Research to test a controversial theory, that autoimmune [...]
Someone has FOI’d “Critical Incidents at ACT Schools“.
So for fun I thought I’d tally them up:
Lake Ginninderra 5
Kaleen High 4
Lanyon High 3
Gungahlin College 2
Hawker College 2
Melrose High 2
Telopea Park 2
Ainslie Primary 1
Alfred Deakin High 1
Arawang Primary 1
Campbell High 1
Canberra High 1
Caroline Chisholm 1
Dickson College 1
Forrest Primary 1
Florey Primary 1
Gilmore Primary 1
Gordon Primary 1
Kingsford Smith 1
ANU is celebrating the award of the very big Balzan Prize to their Professor Kurt Lambek:
Professor Lambek, from the Research School of Earth Sciences in the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, has won more than $750,000 for his exceptional contribution to the understanding of the relationship between post-glacial rebound and sea level [...]
We have been quite enjoying the progress of the world’s biggest useless thing at ACT libraries.
Territory and Municipal Services today reports on the progress:
Dickson Library has been inundated with knitted donations, receiving 16,729 individual bookmarks so far as part of its National Year of Reading challenge to create Canberra’s longest bookmark.
“We have achieved just over [...]
This morning Chief Minister Gallagher was promising largesse to the already privileged private school sector.
Zed Seselja has moved swiftly to prove that only the Liberals will truly shower tax payer money over the children of the well to do:
ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja said Canberra families now face a very clear choice on school fees [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher is letting it be known that she’s signed a Heads of Agreement with UC for the “University of Canberra Public Hospital”:
The Chief Minister and University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker signed a Heads of Agreement this morning confirming the ‘University of Canberra Public Hospital’ will be built on the northwest of [...]
We seem to have a policy race on to see which of Labor or Liberals loves private education more.
Chief Minister Gallagher has unveiled her latest pitch to the aspirationals:
If re-elected, ACT Labor will ensure fairer funding for every student by investing $18.5 million in needs-based funding to support non-government students over the next four years.
Chief Minister Gallagher has decreed that kids in Oaks Estate and Hall will pay the same bus fare to get to school as everyone else.
“To ensure that all ACT students benefit from our reduced student fares when they travel to school, I have decided that those students who live in Oaks Estate and Hall should [...]
Showing how to execute a media strategy (unless the strategy is “let’s hope no-one actually reads this stuff“) Chief Minister Gallagher has been dripping out little feel good policies on a daily basis.
Today we have funding for a pre-school program:
If re-elected, ACT Labor will provide $400,000 for a Preschool Matters program to provide more support [...]
The Canberra Liberals have just dropped a huge slew of policies:
Today, ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja outlined a comprehensive plan to give Canberrans better basic services and lower rates and charges.
We’ll link them in as we get them online. But here are the headlines:
Cost of living:
– Libs won’t triple your rates
– Libs [...]
I always thought my children – or child as it has turned out – would go to government schools. I believed (and still believe in many ways) that there should be one system of schooling, publicly funded.
And then… My daughter, at a very well regarded government primary school, made a cross from two [...]
Katy Gallagher has unveiled her a policy on giving schools more money to develop their IT teaching:
If re-elected ACT Labor will provide $5 million in grants to provide students in high schools and colleges with the education they need to succeed in a digital city.
We want young people to not only use technology, but be [...]
The ANU is understandably chuffed that they’re able to entangle eight modes of light within a single laser beam (beating the 2011 record of four modes per beam):
Mr Seiji Armstrong, a PhD researcher from the Department of Quantum Science in the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, has led a team which has [...]
The Liberals have announced they’re going to putting an extra $30 million into Canberra’s private schools, because those kids need even more help in life:
CT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja and ACT Shadow Education Minister Steve Doszpot announced today that if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will increase non-government school funding to bring the ACT on [...]
Katy Gallagher is promising to offer schools a teeny weeny little bribe in exchange for giving up the ongoing revenues of selling soft drinks to their students:
If re-elected in 2012 ACT Labor will establish a $500,000 fund
to install water bottle refill stations and supply reusable drink bottles to any school that agrees to end the [...]
News today that the Common Thread ticket, has swept the ANUSA election, taking all executive positions. Perhaps it took an (alleged) serious crime to act as a wake up call, but this year’s ANUSA elections were markedly different to past elections. Noticeably less triviality, most of the tickets had more substance to their policies and [...]