Tag Archives: schools

Walking and cycling to school in the ACT

By 29 September 2011

Unfortunately the number of children and young people getting to school via an active travel mode has been in decline in the ACT; however the ACT government is looking at ways to encourage families with children and young people to once again choose to walk or ride to school, rather than using the car.
Your feedback [...]

Why ACT Teachers are Striking on Tuesday

By 26 September 2011

On Tuesday morning, ACT teachers will stop work from 8.30 to 11.30am and rally outside the legislative assembly to demand better pay and conditions. While this reflects fierce disagreement between teachers and the Government, the one thing everybody can agree on is that the disruption of normal classes is highly regrettable. Canberrans, especially parents of [...]

Liberals to strip discrimination protection to target waggers [With poll]

By 21 September 2011

The Liberals’ Zed Seselja has announced plans to legislate a right for shopkeepers to turn away customers they think are students who should be in school.
“Last year, the Lanyon High School Principal tried to stop wagging by asking local shop keepers not to serve students during school hours.
“ACT Labor, together with the Human Rights Commissioner, [...]

Suspicious package at Macquarie Primary

By 12 September 2011

ACT Education has tweeted cryptically:
After a suspicious package was found at one of our schools today the staff and Police responded quickly and classes are back to normal.
We’ve asked ACT Policing for details and will update as more comes to hand.
UPDATE: This in:
ACT Policing responded to a suspicious package at a north Canberra primary school [...]

Teaching in the ACT. Do we have a rotation policy?

By 17 August 2011

Having a conversation with my younger brother today about whether he and his wife should come and live in the ACT or surrounds, (from Sydney), to enable them to more easily afford a house/apartment.
Having discussed this with him many times before, I am familiar with some of the reasons as to why they can’t. The [...]

Barr for Fairer Funding: Open Letter to Federal MPs

By 15 August 2011

The following letter was sent to Canberra MPs, Andrew Leigh and Gai Brodtmann (and forwarded to Kate Lundy and Gary Humphries) on Sunday 14th of August. ______________________________________________________________
Dear Dr Leigh and Ms Brodtman,
I write to draw your attention to two issues recently raised by the ACT Minister for Education, Andrew Barr, in the [...]

Bracing for the school torch up.

By 8 July 2011

ACT Policing is seeking the community’s support in watching out for suspicious behaviour or unlawful activity in and around Canberra’s schools during the upcoming holiday break.
Operation School Safe kicks off this Saturday (9 July), and will bring an increase in police patrols around schools and school grounds until the end of the holiday period (Sunday, [...]

Queanbeyan primary schools?

By 5 June 2011

Hi, just wondering whether anyone had any info on Queanbeyan public schools and what kind of reputation they have.
Maybe also Jerrabomberra?

Canberra Schools and homes close to UC?

By 24 May 2011

I’m moving to Canberra end of year and trying to find out about primary and high schools both private and government run.
Also if anyone has any ideas regarding well priced, pleasant suburbs within a 10 km radius of the Canberra University it would be much appreciated!

UC takes over the name of two schools

By 22 March 2011

Andrew Barr has announced that he’s handed over the names of two schools to the University of Canberra:
Today I launched the University of Canberra (UC) partnership with the ACT Department of Education and Training, which sees Lake Ginninderra College and Kaleen High School officially become the University of Canberra Senior Secondary College, Lake Ginninderra and [...]

Outcomes? ACT schools cyber safety summit

By 18 March 2011

Back on 8 February there was some mirth at the concept of Andrew Barr’s ACT schools cyber safety summit.
Readers will be thrilled to see these photos tweeted this afternoon by Mr Barr from the summit.
Behold the “student declaration banner”, marvel at the “students delivering their commitments”.

Minister Barr has also put out a media release celebrating [...]

Bullying laws in ACT schools

By 24 February 2011

Is there any policy and or consistency of how the ACT deals with bullying in schools?
I witnessed a girl trying to hide a swollen face and bruised eye on the bus, she was naturally distressed and was not like being on the bus but was her only way to the Dr’s. She was with her [...]

Amanda Bresnan on Islam

By 23 February 2011

The Greens Amanda Bresnan is calling for leadership following the alarming Challenging Racism report results this morning:
“Rather than promoting understanding, politicians have instead recently tabled an anti-Muslim petition, made insensitive remarks about refugees attending the funeral of people killed near Christmas Island and insulted traditional Islamic Halal food preparation.
“The use of asylum seekers [...]

Mobilising the kids on Territory Self Determination

By 15 February 2011

The Legislative Assembly has announced that it’s running an essay competition for college age students.
The topic, oddly enough, is the privilege of the Assembly:
The topic of the essay is Should the Commonwealth have the power to override laws made by the ACT Legislative Assembly? To be eligible essays must be 1000 words (minimum) and 1300 [...]

Cyber security lecture/summit for yoof leaders

By 8 February 2011

Andrew Barr has announced he’s roping up 6 “leaders” from each and every year 9 class in Canberra for the stunningly named “Who R U in the Digital World”, supposedly a summit but I’ll drink a shandy if the students have any real input.
It is the first time such a summit had been held in [...]

Andrew Barr’s plans for education in 2011 unveiled

By 7 February 2011

Andrew Barr has celebrated the start of the school year with a visit to schools in Tuggeranong and Gungahlin.
More interestingly he’s outlined what he wants to achieve this year in education:
That’s why 2011 will be a year that sees the ACT Labor Government:
• provide principals with more say over who teaches in their school and [...]

Andrew Barr to bring more gay education to Canberra’s schools

By 21 January 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Sydney Morning Herald has a story on a new program being rolled out in NSW schools to “encourage gay role models and open discussion of homosexuality in schools” called “Proud Schools”
The Canberra angle is that the Education Minister Andrew Barr has just tweeted that he’s hoping to bring the program to the ACT’s schools.

New heights of crap acronyms reached by the InSPIRE Centre

By 6 December 2010

Andrew Barr has breathlessly announced that work has begun out at UC for:
The Innovative Sustainable Practical Interactive Research in Education (InSPIRE) Centre, which will be the centre for teacher training and research in the use of ICT in education, has received $2 million from the ACT Labor Government and $5 million from the Federal Labor [...]

Formal Car Hire

By 9 November 2010

My friends and I are looking for a vehicle to take us to formal.
I recently saw a post on here about someone looking for a stretch hummer, but we are going more for something different.
We were actually looking for a VW Kombi van like the one above. I have seen a few around Canberra but [...]

Zed’s truancy bill, a bazooka to kill roaches

By 28 October 2010

Liberal Leader Zed Seselja has announced he’s introduced legislation “to allow businesses who choose not to serve students during schools hours to do so without fear of unintended legal consequences”.
In particular he’s proposing exemptions to the Discrimination Act, which he rightly points out is riddled with exemptions already.
This all stems from the whoo haa down [...]

Canberra men don’t want to be teachers

By 10 October 2010

The Canberra Times notes that the ACT has the lowest percentage of male teachers in Australia and that number’s dropping.
The Department of Education and Training’s 2009-10 annual report showed government schools had even fewer men than the territory overall, with the ratio of male to female staff at 22per cent to 78per cent, which has [...]


By 15 September 2010

Does anyone know of any primary schools or preschools holding special activities on Friday to support the RAIDERS ahead of their semi-final clash?  
I know Waniassa High is asking students to wear green for a gold donation and the money will be donated to SIDS.
Any other schools??

Canberra Primary Schools?

By 14 September 2010

My husband and I bought property on Smiths Rd, out past Tharwa 5 years ago, loving the fact that Tharwa Public school was our ‘local’. We subsequently spent 4 years living overseas, but are now back.
Our eldest daughter is due to start Primary school next year and we find oursleves in the catchment for [...]

ACT kids smarter than other, clearly inferior models

By 10 September 2010

The ABC has the happy news that students in the ACT have outperformed the rest of the country in NAPLAN testing:
The latest results shows ACT students continuing to perform above the national average.
In most areas, ACT students are the best performing in the nation or are just below students from Victoria or NSW.
One suspects [...]

Andrew Barr releases disability education strategy

By 7 September 2010

Andrew Barr has today announced that he’s released the Excellence in Disability Education in ACT Public Schools – Strategic Plan 2010-2013.
He made particular, nigh on excruciating, reference to the Catholic Education Office and the Association of Independent Schools who have agreed to “join” the ACT Government in working “more closely together for the benefit [...]

Supporting democracy, not buying votes.

By 4 September 2010

Community Services Minister Joy Burch has been a bit naughty according to the ABC, handing out ALP Show Bags at a local high school.
Don’t worry though, Andrew Barr assures us she was just helping support “things about the democratic process”.
He adds that it was the school’s responsibility to decide what was appropriate for the [...]

A new preschool in “rural Canberra”?

By 31 August 2010

In Saturday’s Canberra Times there was a job ad for a position at a new preschool in “rural Canberra”, to be conducted by Blue Gum School. There were no further details provided about the school in either the ad or on the school’s web site.
Does anyone have any details about what and where this school [...]

Won’t any one think of the private schools?

By 26 August 2010

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 [...]

Your say on improving schools

By 3 August 2010

[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?
… [...]

Public or Private Primary School?

By 6 July 2010

I have a toddler and I recently became aware that public schools have priority areas for school children. I would like to consider moving to a suburb with good NAPLAN results and from research; 4 public schools fall in this category: Kaleen, Red Hill, Garran and Telopea. If I am to consider private, Canberra Girls [...]

Bilingual education in Canberra

By 8 June 2010

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 [...]

College selection

By 4 June 2010

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 [...]

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