[ 29 October, 2010; 6:30 pm; ]
Tonight the annual Henry Parkes Oration is on at the National Library, 6.30pm, and it’s free: http://www.parkesfoundation.org.au/
The importance of public education as a fundamental building block of a sustainable democracy is the theme of the Oration, to be delivered by Associate Professor Lyndsay Connors. She will argue that Henry Parkes’ vision for public education [...]
I would have thought, with an Honours degree under my belt, and having started a PhD, that there would be nothing for me to learn from kindergarten.
My eldest daughter started school this year, you see. Surely, with all that education, kindergarten in Canberra could offer me nothing more.
Well, it turns out not to be strictly [...]
The ABC has education union research showing the ACT’s public schools are the most reliant in the country for fundraising to conduct their basic operations.
So are we happy for parents to keep making up the difference (entrenching postcode disadvantate)? Shall we hope the Federales throw some money at it? Or should the ACT Government live [...]
[ 17 October, 2010; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. ]
Geoscience Australia celebrates Earth Science Week 2010
Geoscience Australia will celebrate Earth Science Week 2010 with a range of activities.
The main event, Geoscience Australia’s annual Open Day, will be held on Sunday 17 October from 10am-4pm. Open Day offers a diverse program of activities, science displays, tours and talks that will showcase our agency’s latest research [...]
I am in the processes of considering a move to Canberra from Melbourne with my husband that is from Canberra, but out of touch with schools (as of course they change over the years). I have a daughter and a son that are to enter high school (one in high school when we plan to [...]
While down at the Cook shops this morning, getting milk for my early morning cuppa, I noticed a posted advertising courses for “Professional Organisation” and offering to train one up to a certificate in such things. As some one who is as organised as a one legged man on a pogo stick in a ball [...]
Andrew Barr is letting us know he’s off to China to sell education:
“The ACT education system has a world reputation for excellence. That’s why there are around 6,000 international students studying in Canberra, including more than 450 in ACT public schools,” Mr Barr said. “Overseas students contribute around $200 million a year to our economy. [...]
The Liberals’ Steve Doszpot is stamping his tiny feet that the Greens and Labor won’t agree with him about guaranteeing rivers of gold to private schools.
“I presented this motion today to give the Greens and the Labor Party an opportunity to step up an support the non-government education sector, which provides quality educational outcomes for [...]
Labor’s Kate Lundy doesn’t have to sully herself with the undignified matter of wooing voters.
But the Liberals’ Gary Humphries and the Greens’ Lin Hatfield Dodds want to have an education debate. They’ve got, as far as I can be bothered to tell, the same decades old boring argument on just how much public money we [...]
We currently live in Queanbeyan East and are looking to move to Greenleigh Estate.
We have a 16 month old son and are starting to consider his schooling, and are aware that St Gregorys’ is the only private school in Queanbeyan.
Are folks in our region using this school (present or past), and are there other alternatives [...]
[First filed: Aug 2, 2010 @ 13:51]
The ACT Department of Education and Training has issued a discussion paper on “Improving ACT Public High Schools and Colleges”.
The discussion component seems to be driven by two pages asking “What if?”:
… high schools and colleges worked together as connected learning communities to offer greater choice to students?
I am sure most Rioters would be aware that, here in the ACT, we have the highest proportion of people with tertiary qualifications in Australia. We also have the highest proportion of people with a post-graduate qualification in Australia. One might reasonably assume, then, that there exists a collectively higher IQ in our fair land.
My workplace has asked that I get my Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. I’ve started to do some research, and have literally found dozens of programs that offer this program, which all claim to be the best.
I’d preferably like to do a combination of face to face and distance learning, although I’d also be [...]
In the world of ACT Education “innovation” seems to be “untested experiments to try on your child”.
It’s a problem because you can’t just trade the kid in if the twelve year experiment doesn’t work out.
Andrew Barr has announced that the already novel Kambah school serving primary kiddies to year 10 young adults is to have [...]
In a move confirming UC’s role as a technical college, the ANU has announced that they’ve signed an agreement to offer joint education degrees:
The Vice-Chancellors of ANU and UC signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Canberra this morning to capitalise on the complementary strengths of the two institutions in research, education and professional training. [...]
I am keen to send my kids to a school offering bilingual education if possible.
Does anyone have any feedback on Telopea park or Yarralumla for kids who come from non bilingual families.
In particular, I haven’t heard too much about how the bilingual Italian teaching is going at Yarralumla primary. Are the kids doing [...]
[Photo: Belinda Pratten]
The ANU brings word that Vice-Chancellor Ian Chubb will be leaving the uni next year after more than a decade leading it up the world rankings.
“Professor Chubb has invigorated ANU, made the most of its exceptional research strengths, and extended those riches to all students, making the educational experience at ANU a [...]
I am having some issues with the choice of a college.
I am hoping that some fellow RiotACTers will be able to help me out with the choice between Canberra and Narrabundah College.
I am interested in English and Law and I am your typical A grade student (and I would like to stay that [...]
The Canberra Times is bemoaning the lack of demand for “teacher librarians” which in turn is leading to a decline in this ancient and noble tradition in Canberra and elsewhere.
Does anyone care?
Have crucial skills which must be maintained
Should go the way of buggy whip makers
I’m on my winter break from uni now and am looking to do a short course to keep me busy.
I’ve looked at all the CITace ones but none of them are tempting or work for me on the day they are on.
Does anyone know of any places other than CIT (and the colleges [...]
[First filed: May 25, 2010 @ 14:34]
Andrew Barr has announced that the “Connected Learning Community” (cLc), currently being trialled at eight schools (Hawker College, Lake Tuggeranong College, Stromlo High School, Alfred Deakin High School, Campbell High School, Weetangera Primary School, Ngunnawal Primary School and Wanniassa Hills Primary School) is going live to the rest of [...]
Apparently the youth of Kaleen High and Lake Ginninderra College have had their fates determined.
Andrew Barr has announced that the University of Canberra has bought naming rights to these schools:
From 1 July Kaleen High School and Lake Ginninderra College will be renamed University of Canberra High School, Kaleen and University of Canberra Senior Secondary College, [...]
Well kiddies, here we are in Term 2, 2010.
I have received information from one of my insiders, that again the various Technology faculties in ACT Colleges are running out of money, because parents still are not paying the Voluntary Contributions.
So what should they do……
1. Have a massive Bake Sale, so [...]
The Canberra Multicultural Community Forum (CMCF) gives its full support to the relocation of the Islamic School of Canberra from Watson to a larger site at Weston Creek, Chair Sam Wong said today.
“I congratulate the Islamic Council of the ACT, the Council’s president, Mohammed Berjaoui, the Chair of the ACT Muslim Advisory Council, Ikebal Patel, [...]
Hi all, it has been a long time since i have posted here
I am posting this today to get advice or find out the laws for discriminating an autistic child from entering main stream preschool, I was told by the deputy principle that my 4 yr son shouldnt be entering pre school until term 3 [...]
We have moved to the north side from interstate and have missed the chance to get to schools prior to enrolment. My daughter is about to start college and has some special needs that could use the support of good pastoral care and also has arts/music (contemporary, not formal) and drama interests.
Can any RiotACTers give [...]
Having worked for The Australian Catholic University in Watson for 4 years, I regularly encounter individuals who have never heard of it, and are astounded to learn that there is indeed, a third university in Canberra. (Not counting CIT)
Yes, it’s a real university, offering several varied course streams.
I’m wondering.. is it because of the type [...]
[First filed: September 16, 2009 @ 06:34]
I’ve just been watching Four Corners on ABC TV, and they had a very interesting story about bilingual education in Northern Territory public schools. You can check out the details here.
In short, English literacy tests showed that some NT public schools had poor results. The NT government decided that [...]
Small business operators in Canberra are invited to an ANZ small business workshop designed to help them cope with the cash flow challenges of the current economic environment and plan for more prosperous times ahead.
ANZ Group Managing Director, Commercial Banking, David Hisco said this was the first time the free ANZ workshops had been offered [...]
The Canberra Times notes an interesting change of direction for the “Save Our Schools” group.
The Government is talking about turning the Weston campus of the Canberra Institute of Technology over for use as an Islamic school.
Strangely when the government hands over unwanted facilities for Christian schools it passes without note.
But the SOS group, who have [...]
The ABC brings word that the annual report card on the ACT’s universities has thrown up much the same results as always.
ANU is number one in the ACT. The University of Canberra is still best at getting its graduates a job but still hated by its graduates. Signadou appears to have improved its disability access [...]
Simon Corbell has proudly announced a new road safety show and tell to try and “ram home the safe driving message”.
(I normally find that messages which require brute force are of dubious merit, but let’s move on)
The attention-grabbing display, entitled Real Decisions, Real Consequences has as its focus a wrecked vehicle from a fatal [...]