ABC News, 20 Oct 2019
The British parliament has not
accepted PM Boris Johnson's negotiated BREXIT deal, instead
triggering confusion by asking the EU for an extension while the
PM advises the EU he disagrees with an extension being granted..
Adjusting for disability
ABC News, 18 Oct 2019
A new nation-leading needs-based disability funding
model to commence in Tasmania in 2020 will benefit 2,000
students, education minister Jeremy Rockliff says..
Educational Adjustments Disability Funding, DoE website
BREXIT deal agreed
ABC News, 17 Oct 2019
Umpteenth time lucky? British PM
Boris Johnson and the European Union have agreed on a new BREXIT
deal. However, the deal has yet to pass the British and EU
Don't wax lyrical over study songs
The Conversation (opinion by Timothy Byron), 17 Oct 2019
Listening to music while
studying is less likely to be a hindrance if it puts a student
in a good mood, is neither too loud nor too fast, and contains
few or no lyrics - so long as the student is not too introverted
psychology lecturer suggests...
Tas Govt media release, 16 Oct 2019
A survey of over 28,000 students in Tasmanian
government schools shows they have good relationships with their
teachers, education minister Jeremy Rockliff says..
palawa kani vocabulary widens
ABC News, 12 Oct 2019
An expanded dictionary has been
produced for the reconstructed Tasmanian Aboriginal language,
palawi kana information, Tasmanian
Composing video game music
The Conversation (opinion by Dan Golding), 3 Oct 2019
The composition of music for
video games has come a long way, an academic writes..
GOVERNMENT VS PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Abolish private schools?
The Conversation (opinion by Paul Kidson), 2 Oct 2019
The British Labour Party wants
private schools to be abolished for the 5 per cent of students
who attend them but abolition is virtually out of the question
in Australia where non-government schools are considerably more
popular, an academic writes..
Interest rates cut by 0.25 per cent
ABC News, 1 Oct 2019
The Reserve Bank of Australia
has reduced the official interest rate by 0.25 per cent to a
historic low of 0.75 per cent..
Voting looms on agreement
(Tas) media release, 27 Sep
Teachers will vote in early Term
4 over a new agreement that will provide them with a pay rise of
more than 6 per cent over three years, give primary school
teachers the lowest contact hours in Australia and improve
conditions for teacher assistants and new teachers, AEU state
president Helen Richardson says...
Teachers achieve major
breakthrough, The Examiner, 28 Sep 2019
More TFA teachers
Govt media release, 27 Sep
Up to nineteen mature age people are to train to
become teachers through the continuing Teach for Australia (TFA)
program, education minister Jeremy Rockliff has announced ...
eSchool positions safe
Govt media release, 26 Sep
Funding and teacher allocation
at the eSchool will not be cut next year, education minister
Jeremy Rockliff stressed today...
eSchool funding continuation is
a backflip, and there is a looming four-year $120 million
education cut, Josh Willie, Opposition education
spokesperson, 26 Sep 2019
More early learning places
Govt media release, 25 Sep
The success of the
Working Together- Supporting Early Learning free
early education pilot has resulted in 240 new places being added by 2021 ...
Suspension was unlawful
News, 24 Sep
British PM Boris Johnson's
advice to the Queen to suspend Parliament was unlawful, the
Supreme Court has ruled, prompting calls for the prime minister
News, 12.02pm 24 Sep
The prisoner who escaped
from the Risdon Prison yesterday has been recaptured by police...
SCHOOL INTAKE ZONES
Zone change awareness needed
TasLabor media release, 23 Sep
The community needs to be made more aware of the
government's planned changes to school intake zones, Opposition
education spokesperson Josh Willie says...
and ongoing, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for
Education and Training, 22 Sep 2019
Govt media release, 20 Sep
The names of educators who have
received Together We Inspire awards have been released
by the Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff...
Fear over climate change anxiety
Conversation (opinion by Rachael Sharman and Patrick D. Nunn),
The fears for the planet's future exhibited by
the students participating in today's global climate change
protest could turn into anxiety unless the students are shown
how we will be able to adapt to the expected harmful changes,
two academics write...
curriculum does not adequately address climate change, The Conversation (opinion), 19 Sep
Sorell concept plan unveiled
Govt media release, 19 Sep
Feedback on the concept drawings
for a redeveloped Sorell School is being sought by Friday 1
eSchool teacher cuts fears
News, 16 Sep
Four full-time distance
education teaching positions are apparently to be axed from the
Tasmanian eSchool from the beginning of 2020...
eSchool to shed four full-time positions, Josh Willie, Opposition
education spokesperson, 17 Sep 2019
eSchool staffing remains above 2016 recommendations, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for
Education and Training, 17 Sep 2019
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Learning tips for revising students
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TASMANIAN ABORIGINAL HUISTORY
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)
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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,
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Parents and Teachers section.
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conditions for just about every beach in Australia.
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provision of water safety advice and lifeguards for school
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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
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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
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