Oldest animal cave painting found
Conversation (opinion), 14 Jan 2021 2020
A painting of a pig in an Indonesian cave is
believed to be 45,500 years old
Tas quarantine of 14 days for Sydney people
Govt media release, 19 Dec 2020
Travellers to Tasmania from the
Greater Sydney area will have to undergo 14 days of quarantine,
premier Peter Gutwein said today.
Northern Beaches residents are not allowed to enter at
all (unless they are returning Tasmanians).
YACHT RACE FUTURE IN QUESTION: The new restriction will
need to be considered by Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race organisers.
TESTING CLINIC: The testing clinic at Princes Wharf 1
which was due to relocate to Melville Street will remain open
until at least Tuesday next week. The new Melville Street clinic
will still open on Monday, providing central Hobart with two
clinics for the time being.
UPDATE 23 Dec 2020:
PW1 clinic closed.
Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race updates page
Jump in COVID cases expected
News, 18 Dec 2020
The number of coronavirus cases
in the Northern Beaches area of NSW jumped to 17 overnight but
announcement of a significant further rise is expected at
Tas Govt message to Northern Beaches travellers
Northern Beaches Tas travel alert -
travel passes cancelled in Tas (Tas Govt)
NSW outbreak grows to 28 cases (ABC News, 11.15am, 18 Dec
Northern Beaches cluster grows by 13 (ABC News, 19 Dec
Helping struggling students
Conversation (opinion) , 17 Dec 2020
Five evidence-based ways teachers can help
struggling students are presented by four Monash University
Biden presidency confirmed
News, 15 Dec 2020
US electoral college voting has
passed the threshold of 270 votes necessary for Joe Biden to be
Tas devil on track to survive
Conversation (opinion by Hamish McCallum and Austin H. Patton), 11 Dec 2020
Genomic testing shows that the Tasmanian devil
population now appears likely to survive the facial tumour
disease, scientists say. However, reintroducing current captive
devils could derail this projected successful recovery.
MOBILE PHONES IN
Little evidence for phone bans
Conversation (opinion by Marilyn Campbell and Amanda Third), 10 Dec 2020
Evidence that banning the use
of mobile phones in schools improves student outcomes is lacking
or misinterpreted, two academics say.
Fourth COVID case
News, 10 Dec 2020
A man who is part of the family
of yesterday's three Tasmanian quarantine COVID cases has also
tested positive for the virus.
Hobart CBD COVID testing clinic moves
Govt media release, 9 Dec 2020
The COVID testing clinic
currently located at Princes Wharf in the Salamanca area of
Hobart will be relocated to the old Webster car park near the
corner of Argyle and Melville streets from Sunday 20 December
Three COVID cases in Tasmania
News, 9 Dec 2020
A woman and two children under
10 have tested positive for the coronavirus while being held in
quarantine at the Best Western Hotel in Hobart.
SCIENCE AND MATHS
Aussie kids improve in science and maths
Conversation (opinion by Sue Thompson), 9 Dec 2020
The performance of Australian
children in maths and science has improved relative to the
performance of students in other countries, a TIMMS (Trends in
International Mathematics and Science Study) survey shows.
No more school banking in Vic
Conversation (opinion by Catherine Attard), 4 Dec 2020
Victoria will ban all school
banking-related financial literacy schemes from 2021 such as the
Commonwealth Bank's Dollarmites program.
Abuse inquiry portal online
Govt media release, 2 Dec 2020
special portal will facilitate the lodging
of submissions for the Tasmanian government's 2021 Commission of
Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which is investigating
responses to allegations of abuse within Tasmanian government
The portal can also be used for submissions to
Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (website), Department of
Justice, Tas Govt
Statement by Premier, 23 Nov 2020
New CEO for TasTAFE named
Govt media release, 2 Dec 2020
Grant Dehar from Victoria has
been appointed as the new CEO of TasTAFE, education minister
Jeremy Rockliff announced today.
Teddy Sheean gets his just award
News, 1 Dec 2020
World War 2 seaman Teddy Sheean today
posthumously was the first member of the Navy to receive the
Justice for Teddy Sheean at last, Guy Barnett, Minister for
Veterans' Affairs, 30 Nov 2020
Damaging winds on way
website, 1 Dec 2020
Winds gusting to around 100 km/h across
Tasmania, apart from the central north,
are expected today (Tuesday) and tomorrow.
Concept designs completed
Tas Govt media release, 30 Nov 2020
Concept designs for the
new Child and Family Centres at the Sorell and East Tamar
schools are now ready, education minister Jeremy Rockliff says.
Phonics check now statewide
Tas Govt media release, 26 Nov 2020
The Year One Phonics
Check will be made available online to all Tasmanian government
primary and district schools.
$4.9m over three years for early learners
Tas Govt media release, 24 Nov 2020
A boost in funding for
government school students in the early years will be provided
from next year, education minister Jeremy Rockliff says.
New Town High and Ogilvie to be co-ed from 2022
Tas Govt media release, 24 Nov 2020
Ogilvie High School and
New Town High School, Tasmania's only government single-sex
schools, will be co-educational from 2022, education minister
Jeremy Rockliff announced at an Estimates hearing this morning.
Cosgrove shifts to Claremont College site
Cosgrove High School Facebook, 23 Nov 2020
Cosgrove High School
students will resume face-to-face lessons on Thursday this week,
but at the Claremont College site and for at least the next two
Details are provided in a
letter sent to parents [pdf] today.
Letter to parents [pdf], Cosgrove
High School, 23 Nov 2020
over Cosgrove High fire
The Mercury, 23 Nov 2020
A girl aged 17 years
and a boy aged 15 have been charged with arson following the
fire at Cosgrove High School.
closure to continue:
Cosgrove High School
will be closed to students on Tuesday and Wednesday. Plans for
Thursday onwards will be announced later today (CHS Facebook
page, 23 Nov 2020)
Cosgrove High closed to students on Monday
The Mercury, 22 Nov 2020
Students have been told
not to attend Cosgrove High School on Monday, to allow
investigations and safety operations to continue following a fire on Saturday night.
High School Facebook page: "To ensure safety
of students and staff, Cosgrove High School will be closed
tomorrow - Monday 23/11/20"
Only one new
case in SA
ABC News, 22 Nov 2020
South Australia has recorded one new case of
coronavirus, an overseas traveller already in quarantine.
Twenty-one staff and contacts related to the Woodville pizza
shop have been placed into quarantine.
SA pizza worker lied
ABC News, 20 Nov 2020
SA's strict lockdown will be lifted to allow family groups to exercise and
from midnight Saturday night for a range of
business and community activities to recommence.
FALSE BASIS FOR DECISION: It
has been revealed that a person now known to be a second pizza
shop worker had lied in claiming he had been a customer. That
false information suggested the risk of spread was greater
and helped form the trigger that sent the state into lockdown.
CASES UPDATE: Three new cases have been
identified in the last 24 hours, both of them in quarantine. The
number of cases linked to the Parafield cluster is now 25.
Greens Budget alternative
TasGreens website, 19 Nov 2020
The Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget features a
guaranteed quality for Tasmanian schools, tutoring for students
below national standards and extra teachers and support staff,
Greens leader Cassy O'Connnor says.
Greens Alternative Budget 2020-21
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racing animal welfare puzzles
New crossword and
word find puzzles with a horse racing animal
welfare theme are available on ausclassroom.com.
MEMORY AND LEARNING
Learning tips for revising students
(From Amina Youssef-Shalala, The Conversation,
7 Oct 2019)
TASMANIAN ABORIGINAL HISTORY
How early Tasmanian Aboriginals influenced the landscape
Archaeological research suggests that the nature
of land and whether it was close to the coast was more important to
Tasmanian Aboriginals than vegetation type.
(From The Conversation, 4 Oct 2019)
Climate change action for individuals
What can people do in their daily
lives to help counter climate change?
(From Nick Golledge, The Conversation,
2 Oct 2019)
10 ways to get the most out of silent reading
Silent sustained reading for
pleasure needs to be encouraged but it is declining in some schools.
(From Margaret Kristin Merga, The Conversation,
23 Sep 2019)
How was maths discovered?
A simplified response to questions asking how maths was discovered
and who made up the rules of mathematics.
(From Linda Galligan, The Conversation,
22 Aug 2019)
How to spot a fake review
Online reviews of hotel accommodation and other services and
products are sometimes rigged. Find out how to identify a genuine
And try the simple five-question online test to see
whether you are as good as you think you are at spotting fake
(From Adrian R. Camilleri, The Conversation,
12 Aug 2019)
See computer-generated still and 360-degree panoramic images of
Hobart Town in the 1820s.
Town YouTube teaser
WEATHER AND CLIMATE
What is a cold front?
Find out what a cold front is and how it can adversely affect our
weather, particularly here in Tasmania. Bonus: information about
warm fronts. From ABC Weather.
SOCCER IN THE CLASSROOM
SBS teaching resource for Years 5-8 prepared to coincide with the
Matildas, Australia's women's soccer team, participating in the FIFA
Women's World Cup..
Everyone's Game Classroom Resource Teacher Notes
Quizzes, videos and classroom material
STUDENT HEALTH AND SAFETY
in Sport Australia
Information and resources on the dangers of concussion in sport,
from the Australian Sports Commission. See especially the
Parents and Teachers section.
The BeachSafe website, run by Surf Life Saving
Australia, provides patrolling details and current water and weather
conditions for just about every beach in Australia.
Scroll down for the beaches near your location.
Click on beach thumbnail or name for patrol, weather and
For more, including a search box for other beaches, click
Surf Life Saving Tasmania
Surf Life Saving Tasmania services include the
provision of water safety advice and lifeguards for school
Beach safety top tips
TMAG dinosaur exhibition
Fri 7 Dec
2018 - Sun 5 May 2019
The Dinosaur rEvolution (not a
typo) exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery uses
animatronics and 3D models.
There are entry fees.
See also the
school bookings page.
Hobart's coastal defences
Several gun batteries were built on the shores
of Hobart's River Derwent in the nineteenth century.
TASMANIAN ABORIGINAL CULTURE
Outstanding quality short videos and other teaching
materials to give students of all ages an appreciation of Tasmanian
See also the DoE's
The Orb web page
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