Friday, 31 October 2014
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Teachers at Guides Night - 2014
On Thursday night, October 30th, the Delacombe Junior Girl Guides celebrated World Teachers’ Day by inviting their school teachers to join them at a special Girl Guide activity. The girls acknowledged the fantastic work performed by teachers and the massive commitment involved in running a classroom. It takes a dedicated teacher to spend time with their students at an after-school activity.
The Guides and their teachers worked together to make and fly kites, decorate owl biscuits, play frisbee golf and make a uniform sash for their teachers to wear. The girls presented their teachers with a badge, certificate and survival kit.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Monday, 27 October 2014
Clive Palmer has declared "bye bye" to the Federal Government's university overhaul, saying his party will vote against the measures.
In the May budget, the Government announced it would cut funding for courses by 20 per cent and allow universities to charge their own fees.
The legislation is set for debate in the Senate tomorrow, but Mr Palmer, whose Palmer United Party holds three balance of power seats, said his senators would be voting against it.
"It's bye bye for the education retrospective refit that they're trying to do," he said, while inviting students to write to the Education Minister and "tell him he's a mongrel".( Yes that's what he said!)
Saturday, 25 October 2014
Parents at Campbells Creek Primary School, near Castlemaine, have gathered 1,600 signatures in support of their student welfare officer Prue Robertson.
Ms Robertson has held the position for almost two years, assisting the school's 150 students, as well as providing support for the teachers and giving parents advice.
"I love this work, I love this job and everyday when I leave the school I feel like I've made a difference to the kids who attend this school," Ms Robertson said. By the end of the school term, funding for her position will disappear, after the Federal Government changed its policy on school welfare officers
Clare Baker, a parent at Campbells Creek Primary School, said the students, staff and parents all appreciated Ms Robertson and her knowledge of the region.
"We've made this progress and, for some change in policy, why should we have to find somebody else with the same skill set? And I'm not sure we will be able to find that," Ms Baker said.
"We're in regional Victoria. We don't have an enormously large number of people applying for the job."
Read more on the ABC online site: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-26/victorian-school-fights-to-keep-its-welfare-officer/5842488
Friday, 24 October 2014
With or without higher interest rates, deregulation will lead to doubling of degree costs, $100,000 degrees and a lifetime of debt.
Thursday, 23 October 2014
The gap between student performance at Australia's richest and poorest schools has widened in the three years since the Gonski report into education was delivered, a new report has found.
The report, written by members of the Need to Succeed Alliance, which champions public education, found the gap widened from 32 to 37 per cent between 2010 and the end of 2013 – with the wealthiest schools performing better and the poorest schools performing markedly worse.
The study was based on an analysis of every Australian school's NAPLAN test results published on the Federal Government's MySchool website.
The study found that on the whole, all student performance was stagnating or worsening, and secondary students' results were worse than those in primary schools.
That came as no surprise to Karen Money, principal at William Ruthven Secondary College in Reservoir, in Melbourne's north.
Seventy-five per cent of Ms Money's students come from non-English speaking backgrounds, and the school has a higher than average number of low-income families.
"If you have students that don't have help from mum and dad at home because they can't speak English ... then those students do need more intensive English support and help at school. And that takes time and money," Ms Money said.
"So from that perspective, you can see why, if that resourcing for those students isn't there, why the gap starts to get wider."
The Gonski report recommended a $5 billion funding boost across all schools, with extra loadings for disadvantaged kids.
But Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne has said the Government will only fund the first four of the recommended six years of Gonski money.
The states are also yet to sign up to all of the reforms.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
2. withdrew Australian troops from Vietnam,
3. implemented Equal Pay for Women,
4. launched an Inquiry into Education and the Funding of Government and Non-government Schools on a Needs Basis,
5. established a separate ministry responsible for Aboriginal Affairs,
6. established the single Department of Defence,
7. withdrew support for apartheid–South Africa,
8. granted independence to Papua New Guinea,
9. abolished Tertiary Education Fees,
10. established the Tertiary Education Assistance Scheme (TEAS),
11. increased pensions,
12. established Medibank,
13. established controls on Foreign Ownership of Australian resources,
14. passed the Family Law Act establishing No-Fault Divorce,
15. passed a series of laws banning Racial and Sexual Discrimination,
16. extended Maternity Leave and Benefits for Single Mothers,
17. introduced One-Vote-One-Value to democratize the electoral system,
18. implemented wide-ranging reforms of the ALP’s organization,
19. initiated Australia’s first Federal Legislation on Human Rights, the Environment and Heritage,
20. established the Legal Aid Office,
21. established the National Film and Television School,
22. launched construction of National Gallery of Australia,
23. established the Australian Development Assistance Agency,
24. reopened the Australian Embassy in Peking after 24 years,
25. established the Prices Justification Tribunal,
26. revalued the Australian Dollar,
27. cut tariffs across the board,
28. established the Trade Practices Commission,
29. established the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service,
30. established the Law Reform Commission,
31. established the Australian Film Commission,
32. established the Australia Council,
33. established the Australian Heritage Commission,
34. established the Consumer Affairs Commission,
35. established the Technical and Further Education Commission,
36. implemented a national employment and training program,
37. created Telecom and Australia Post to replace the Postmaster-General’s Department,
38. devised the Order of Australia Honors System to replace the British Honors system,
39. abolished appeals to the Privy Council,
40. changed the National Anthem to ‘Advance Australia Fair’,
41. instituted Aboriginal Land Rights, and
42. sewered most of Sydney.
Monday, 20 October 2014
Many of you would have seen today’s report in The Age that the Independent Broad-based
Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) is conducting an investigation into activities by former and current staff in our Department.
As the investigation is ongoing I cannot provide you with further information at this stage. I can however assure you that the Department is cooperating fully and proactively with IBAC.
According to the story in The Age ( click on the link to read it in full) some past and present DEECD employees have allegedly received free-travel , some nice little perks and jobs once they'd left DEECD from the company that won the $180 million Ultranet contract.
Mmmmm stay tuned.
The grade 4s have nearly finished their peaches.