Tag Archives: education

$10m for digital schools admin system


The ACT Government will spend up to $10 million developing a more efficient digital school administration system to improve interaction between families and schools and streamline administrative process.
ACT Minister for Education Shane Rattenbury said the new package would deliver a range of improvements to schools, including:
• An enhanced online enrolment experience so parents only need [...]

Ask RiotACT: Best secondary schools – public and private?

Ask RiotACT

Hi. We are moving to Canberra in a few months and I want to know people’s opinion of the best secondary schools in ACT.  I have two sons – one in year 8 and one in year 9.  Open to all options.

Which school model works best?

Rear view of elementary school children with raised arms.

With the kids heading back to school, I found myself wondering about the history of schooling in Australia and how we ended up with our current system in the ACT.
It turns out that having a society with a large proportion of convicts is a good way for governments to get involved in funding education. Schools [...]

Ask RiotACT: Moving to Canberra

By 10 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I’m wondering if I can get local advice on where to live in Canberra.
We might be settling in Canberra long term and will look to rent first before buying, so ideally want to rent in a place we will be able to afford to buy in. Generally looking for a family-friendly neighbourhood where we can [...]

ACT Education failing autistic students

By 27 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Commonwealth Government has just released its final report on Evaluation of the More Support for Students with Disabilities Initiative 2012-2014. Sadly, the report shows that compared to most other states and territories, the ACT did very little to improve education outcomes for autistic students.
The number of Australian children formally diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder [...]

Autism advocacy group loses confidence in ACT Government

By 22 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Advocacy group Speaking Out for Autism Spectrum Disorder (SOfASD) has passed a no confidence motion in Minister Joy Burch and the ACT Government. 
SOfASD advocates for autistic people in the ACT, including students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
SOfASD members lost confidence in Minister Burch after she claimed that the recent abuse of an autistic student in an [...]

Canberra duo’s puppy app entertains and educates

By 28 March 2015

Canberran parents of young children finally have an option when choosing an educational and entertaining mobile app.
What do you get when you mix super cute puppies with numbers and catchy music? An engaging educational Smartphone and tablet app designed by professional educators, thoroughly tested and safe for kids.
After the many disappointing experiences in finding quality [...]

Spring weeds swap in on this weekend

By 31 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 1 November 2014 at 8:30 am; 2 November 2014 at 8:30 am; ]

Swap your invasive weeds for beautiful native plants.

This Saturday 1 November and Sunday 2 of November 2014 from 8.30 am until 4.45 pm, the biannual weed swap is on. Visit the green waste recycling centres at either Canberra Sand and Gravel in West Belconnen or Corkhill Bros near the Mugga Lane landfill. Bring invasive weeds [...]

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 [...]

Major review of ACT’s Year 12 Certificate


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 [...]

Student revolt on Q&A


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 [...]

Preschool for 3/4 year old

By 11 April 2014

We have just arrived from London and I am trying to arrange schooling for my children. The 6 year old is all sorted and will be starting primary at the Easter break. However, we also have a 3 year old who will be 4 in June. She started at Nursery School (the equivalent of Preschool) [...]

Australian Education Union you gotta be kidding?

By 17 March 2014

This year I am starting my diploma in Education at UC and recently saw a presentation from some union advocates about, unions, the high level of union representation among teachers, blah blah blah. During the Q&A we discovered that school Principals and Deputy Principals can be full union members of the AEU.
To me this is [...]

Have learners gone feral? Accessing and accrediting learning at the edges of educational space

By 11 March 2014

Learners have been teaching themselves for many centuries. However in our highly connected time learning practices have truly gone feral. Twitter drips out 140 character learning bites around the clock. Google Scholar gives you, on demand, as many resources as you need. Scoop.It lets you connect with experts in your field who are curating the [...]

Primary School in Fraser area

By 17 February 2014

Hello everyone, We’ve just arrived in Canberra and are settling down with our young family in Fraser. We are contemplating sending our child to the local state primary school when the time comes however as we do not know anyone in the area we lack a little insight – any recommendations for Fraser Primary or [...]

ANU on where it gets its money from

By 22 August 2013

Vice-Chancellor Ian Young has produced a video in an effort to educate people on how the ANU makes and spends its money. Worth a look if you’ve been following this whole budget saga unfold.
In this video the Vice-Chancellor explains the University’s budget model. Budgets are allocated across the University using a formula where colleges receive [...]

A Centenury of Schooling Exhibition at the University of Canberra

By 15 May 2013

A collection of artifacts from Canberra’s education past are being displayed in a new exhibition at the University of Canberra.
A Century of Schooling in the National Capital will include artifacts, images, and documents from a variety of collections, and will be formally opened tonight.
Ms Lombard, who is studying a Bachelor of Heritage, Museums and [...]

Humphries in a huff about education reforms

By 15 April 2013

Humphries doesn’t like the Govenment’s plan to help improve literacy in poor children, because Canberra is a rich person’s town.
“Canberra will lose because, with our city’s high socio-economic status and an education system already meeting the Gonski benchmarks, little extra funding can be expected for Canberra schools”, Senator Humphries said.
Humphries also points out a [...]

Blow up the humanities? A British perspective on university futures

By 23 November 2012

In Blow Up The Humanities, Professor Toby Miller has provocatively outlined an argument for a new model of humanities teaching and scholarship that will address the social, cultural and economic crises it faces. In England, the newly formed Council for the Defence of British Universities argues the university system is being deliberately designed to subordinate everything [...]

Women in science: from high school expectations to academic career

By 13 November 2012

It may appear that women have reached parity with or even surpassed men with regard to their engagement in science education and employment. However, recent research, which the speakers will present and discuss, documents persistent gender differences not only in academic science careers but also in high school science subject choices and science-related adolescent career [...]

Tuggeranong Masters Swimming Club supports swimming education being mandatory in ACT Schools

By 24 October 2012

Members of the Tuggeranong Vikings Masters Swimming Club fully support the proposal by the Royal Life Saving Society for swimming to be a mandatory part of the primary school curriculum in the ACT. In its 2012 National Drowning Report, the Royal Lifesaving Society has identified that there has been a 25% increase in the 5-year [...]

A Green education policy

By 4 October 2012

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 [...]

A slew of education policies from Labor

By 17 September 2012

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 [...]

Mass resignations from Kaleen Primary School due to ACT wide Dept Ed changes

By 8 August 2012

I cant take this any more, the stress Ive been put under is just too much.
To any interested heres some interesting news for you. Parents be very afraid for your kids schooling next year if they are in year two or below.
Theres a desision thats come from the ACT Education Dept admin and next year [...]

Educator awards for 2012

By 27 June 2012

Chris Bourke has announced the winners of this year’s Public Education Excellence Awards. The award celebrates excellence in teaching and leadership as well as support staff and volunteers.
The winners are:
• Early Childhood Teacher of the Year – Gina Nugent (Ainslie School)
• [...]

Have you got a student with a disability?

By 13 June 2012

The Chamber of Commerce is putting the word out about their 2012 Post School Options Expo:
The Post School Options Expo provides students with disability, their families, carers and teachers with appropriate and timely information and advice on services and pathways available, including but not limited to
– Transition Planning
– Career Pathways
– Employment Services & Options
– Further [...]

More money for childcare centres


The ongoing prostitution of the budget process continues with today’s announcement that there’s some money (a bit less than the amount required to build a seagull intersection on a highway) going into childcare.
Making the announcement at Civic Early Childhood Centre, Ms Burch also released the ACT
Education and Care Workforce Strategy 2012-2014, which outlines the Government’s [...]

Parental help at schools

By 14 May 2012

What are your thoughts on paying full school fees for your children and then being shamed into taking time off work to help out with normal school activities (reading, maths, etc)?

UN Youth ACT Territory Conference

By 16 March 2012

2012 ACT TERRITORY CONFERENCE: UN Youth ACT invites local students to participate in the 2012 ACT Territory Conference. The conference is a 3-day residential event. It is open to students in years 9 to 12 from the ACT and surrounding NSW schools. The conference provides a fantastic introduction to global diplomacy and the inner workings [...]

Feel the joy of Irish music: Hop! Skip! Jump! Clap!!!

By 16 December 2011

Hop! Skip! Jump!!Clap!!!
Simple movement & rhythm classes for kids & parents this school holidays.
When: Thursday afternoons January 2012- 5 Jan;12 Jan; 19 Jan; 26 Jan 2012
4.30-5.25pm (6-8 years) + parents
5.30-6.25pm (9-12 years)+ parents
Where: Palmerston Community Centre,Tiptree Cres & Kosciuszko Avenue, Palmerston.

Cost: $10 per child/$15 child & parent together
Contact:   Nora Stewart 6230 [...]

Teachers to get pay rise, merited promotions

By 29 November 2011

Andrew Barr and Chris Bourke have released a statement about the government’s dealing with the Australian Education Union.
The deal will see teachers promoted based on performance not after their placement time has finished.
That’s why in this agreement we are putting an end to the long slow march of career advancement within the teaching profession with [...]

Teachers Campaign For Better Investment in ACT Education

By 30 September 2011

The Australian Education Union (AEU) has released a flyer as part of their community campaign for better investment in ACT public education. It reads in part:
All teachers and school leaders deserve salary parity with NSW to ensure ACT public school teacher salaries remain competitive. The Government offer of 9 September will still leave school leader [...]

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