Education (832 Stories)

Public stargazing at Mount Stromlo Friday night

By 16 May 2013

Where’d the month go? It’s already time for the next public viewing night up on the mountain.
Plenty of us members of the Canberra Astronomical Society will be up there with our telescopes. And Saturn plus a new moon will make for great viewing if the weather cooperates. There will be professional astronomers from the ANU [...]

What’s to become of the ACT’s middle class schools under needs based funding

By 15 May 2013

While everyone who supports public education chants the mantra of Gonski there are questions about what it means for schools that have been going well to date.
The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson is starting to ask difficult questions about just what the ACT has signed up to:
n question time today Katy Gallagher refused to outline how much [...]

Canberra based AILC Trains Indigenous Leaders in Cairns

By 13 May 2013

Another round of Indigenous leaders has graduated from Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC)

ANU investments in fossil fuels exposed in FOI documents

By 13 May 2013

In a tale that’s been slowly unfolding over the past few months, we’ve gone from ANU promising to stop investing in one gas company, to refusing to share info on its other investments, to being forced to release those documents under the freedom of information act.
What have the students behind the Fossil Free ANU movement [...]

ANU subjects ranking quite well

By 8 May 2013

The annual QS World University Rankings by Subject ranks Universities around the world in several popular subject areas.
The ANU has come off looking rather spiffy in the 2013 findings.
ANU has nine top-ranked subjects in the country, according to the latest QS World University Rankings by subject for 2013.
ANU subjects leading the way in Australia include: [...]

Growing legions of kiddies in public schools

By 8 May 2013

Joy Burch has expressed her glee at growing enrolments in ACT Public Schools:
ACT Government schools have recorded a growth in enrolments for the fifth consecutive year, accounting for almost 60 per cent of all enrolments, Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch announced today.
The Government today released the results of the February 2013 Census of [...]

The incredible expanding UC

By 7 May 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is proudly announcing the growth of student numbers at the University of Canberra.
Canberra is continuing to grow as an academic centre following the release of new statistics that show a 32.7% increase in student numbers at the University of Canberra over the past three years, Chief Minister and Minister for Higher Education, [...]

The new dish going up at Tidbinbilla


The Register has the exciting news that Tidbinbilla’s Deep Space Communications Complex is about to hoist its new dish skyward.
As the image below from the Complex’s Webcam shows, getting the 34-metre dish from the ground onto its pedestal (completed in December 2012) won’t be trivial. DSS 35 is one of two new antennae under [...]

Tetun Language Speaking Group in Canberra?

By 6 May 2013

Having just returned from East Timor and planning to return before too long, I’d like to be able to practise my Tetun in between visits. The ANU has a six-year-old webpage about starting one, but the contact email address has shuffled off this mortal coil and joined the bleeding choir invisible.
So I’m wondering if any [...]

Forming One Lane as traffic in the ACT

By 3 May 2013

Hi all,
Have been reading posts on here for about a year now, but after what I saw today compelled me to make a quick topic on here I think needs addressing.
Long story short….kinda
This afternoon approx about 6:20pm I was amongst traffic ahead and behind. In front was a white 4×4 which was tailgating a car [...]

Preschools in Canberra?

By 2 May 2013

We are fairly new to Oz and Canberra and with a child turning four later this year, we need to select a preschool.  
First, can anyone tell me the difference between a preschool and an early childhood schools?  
They sound the same to me.  
And any opinions regarding South Curtin Preschool, Yarralumla Preschool (the regular, [...]

ANU an elitist prison… says two elitist law students

By 1 May 2013

ANU law students Uma Patel (wannabe journo) and Olivia Clarke (ANUSA Social Officer) are in today’s Australian, spouting some woefully bad hyperbole.
“ANU is a fate you chose but you cannot escape” they write, also complaining about the cost of airfares, the lack of beautiful buildings and historic graffiti and that nobody knew what Brian [...]

Tom Calma to don the robes as UC Chancellor

By 26 April 2013

The University of Canberra has announced the appointment of Tom Calma as John Mackay eases out of public life:
Dr Calma, who is Deputy Chancellor and the 2013 ACT Australian of the Year, will take over from current Chancellor Dr John Mackay when his term ends at the end of the year.
“It is a real privilege [...]

Applications open for ACT Artists in Schools Program

By 18 April 2013

The ACT Artists in Schools Program gives young people access to artists as a resource and artists access to a community they might otherwise never reach.
Both of those things sound pretty good, anyone here keen to give it a go?
2013 Artists-in-Schools Program
artsACT is now seeking applications from experienced ACT-based artists from all art forms for [...]

Digging up Gungahlin, Lecture

By 17 April 2013

The Canberra Archaeological Society has been active in local archaeology and heritage protection for most of its 50 years.
At this presentation, Helen Cook will start with a panoramic view of Canberra Archaeological Society involvement in identifying, recording, excavating, conserving and promoting cultural heritage in Gungahlin, including embarrassing photos, the ghosts of history past and [...]

John Mackay stepping away from his UC roles too

By 16 April 2013

Following on from yesterday’s bombshell news that John Mackay was giving up his roles act Actew and ActewAGL the University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker has announced the big guy is giving up his Chancellorship:
John Mackay decided earlier this year that he did not intend to seek re-election as Chancellor of the University when [...]

Glass ceiling holding men down in the Library Service?

By 15 April 2013

Mayor Rattenbury is encouraging us to vote for our favourite local librarians in the Australia’s favourite librarian competition competition.
Let’s take a look at the entries shall we?
1. Sue Box –Libraries ACT. Nominated for her service to patrons. Sue is adept at finding out what a patron really wants and will hunt it down until she [...]

ACT Library Fines?

By 14 April 2013

So I may or may not have recently been slapped with one of the new ACT library ‘administration fees’ after being unaware of a book being out for the last couple of months thanks to letters being sent to my old address =(
Does anyone have any experience with not paying library fines in the [...]

Want to be creative at ADFA? There’s 10,000 reasons to have a shot

By 12 April 2013

It might be apocryphal. But I was once told a story that many of the philosophy seats in American universities are paid for by the US Marine Corp. The thinking is that it costs north of a million dollars a year to train, equip, and maintain a single jarhead grunt. But you can keep a [...]

Sir David Butler looking back at The Canberra Model


ANU has posted a 40 minute slab of interview with Sir David Butler 40 years after his book “The Canberra Model” attempted to explain our system of power and Government:
Professor John Uhr sits down with Sir David Butler to discuss his 1973 book, The Canberra Model, and David’s history with Australia and Canberra.
This year [...]

Arboretum offering itself as a holiday option

By 11 April 2013

If you’re looking for ways to occupy the kids TAMS are suggesting the new arboretum:
Join in the hive of activity at the National Arboretum Canberra during the school holidays, with fun activities for children to take part in and over 104 tree species for them to discover.
“Canberra’s newest major attraction is open each day throughout [...]

ANU studies penises, decides bigger is better


ANU researchers have been doing research on penis sizes.
Like as a real thing, not just as a hobby. This is what they do.
Through rigid methodology, many hard and long days of work, and despite stiff opposition, the ANU has finally probed the depths of this topic and hit the metaphorical g-spot of knowledge.
What they discovered [...]

8,600 student MyWay cards cocked up

By 5 April 2013

TAMS have given notice they’re in the middle of fixing a monumental cockup:
Each year the ACT Government undertakes a routine verification process of student MyWay cards to ensure only eligible students receive discounted travel.
During the last update on 31 March 2013 a total of 8600 student MyWay cards were incorrectly reverted to standard cards.
“Unfortunately there [...]

Six figure salaries for Teachers

By 3 April 2013

Joy Burch has just announced that 10 ACT teachers in the ACT have had their salary bumped up to six figures. Another 10 will receive the bump soon. This is all a part of a commitment by the ACT Government to keep talented teachers in classrooms.
ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch said the [...]

Students seek review into ANU Fossil Fuel investments

By 2 April 2013

Last month students were begging ANU to follow through on its promise to sell its shares in Metagasco.
This month they want the ANU to be more transparent in letting the public know what is going on.
Following ANU’s decision to refuse public access to 54 documents about ANU’s investments in coal, oil and gas—including ANU’s ill-fated [...]

Horse riding holiday programs around Canberra?

By 28 March 2013

I’ve just been googling and decided I needed to consult the hive.
I would like to book my 8yo in for 2 days of horse riding during the 2nd week of school holidays. Can’t really afford 4 and have care for the other days.
But it looks like the main equestrian places I can find online require [...]

Canberra based Indigenous Training Centre Launches New Brand

By 28 March 2013

Dr Tom Calma AO has launched the new look Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC) – a milestone for the organisation that has trained more than 1,000 Indigenous leaders throughout Australia. A new DVD, celebrating the work of the AILC, has also been released.
Dr Calma, Australian of the Year Finalist and AILC Chairman commented, “We’re working [...]

ANU’s four new science fellows

By 27 March 2013

Four academics from the ANU have been elected to the Australian Academy of Science Fellows for 2013.
22 new scientists were elected this year so four of them being from the ANU is noteworthy. The new fellows will be fully admitted into the fellowship during a three day celebration later this month
The Academy annually honours [...]

Designs finished for Canberra College to help out the teen mothers


Joy Burch has sent forth information on the designs for a $14.5 million facility at Canberra College for pregnant teenagers and young parents:
ACT Minister for Education and Training, Ms Joy Burch MLA, today welcomed the designs for the new $14.5 million CCCares facility at Canberra College in Phillip.
The designs signal an important milestone towards fulfilling [...]

Hey Melanie Poole won a Fulbright Scholarship!


Canberra’s Melanie Poole is the Anne Wexler Australian-American Studies Scholar in Public Policy for 2013, which is a pretty awesome thing and kind of a big deal. Congratulations Melanie!
Ms Melanie Poole, Parliamentary Advocacy Co-ordinator, with CARE Australia will spend two years in the United States to undertake a Masters in Public Policy. Melanie’s work [...]

UCPeoplescape sees UC invaded by Cardboard men

By 25 March 2013

Celebrating Canberra’s 100th, and their own 45th birthday, UC has installed a forest of cardboard cutout people onto their concourse. I grabbed some photos during the launch of the exhibition today.
Dozens of figures have been created by members of the University community, including children from its early childhood centre (who will attend the launch), [...]

National Museum embraces the innevitable robot apocalypse

By 22 March 2013

The National Museum of Australia has employed robots to help their education programs and hasten mankinds fall to robot overlords. These two chess piece-like robots are known as B1 and B2, and as a part of their fiendish robotic machinations to destroy all of us puny meat-bags they will be allowing school children from regional [...]

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