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Embedding food in the curriculum
ABC Rural, 31 May 2013

The federal government's 'Food in the Australian Curriculum' initiative will provide $1.5 million for curriculum resources, teacher activities, student awareness and relevant employment opportunities..

Teacher among the best
The Mercury, 31 May 2013

Dominic College teacher Jeff Thomas is one of the best 12 teachers in Australia ..

Alarm over rise in overweight children
Tas Govt media release, 31 May 2013

Director of Public Health Dr Roscoe Taylor is concerned about a sharp increase in the proportion of Tasmanian children who are overweight or obese - from 19 per cent in 2007-08 to 29 per cent in 2011-12..

Call for sugar tax, The Mercury, 31 May 2013
Tas teen pregnancy rates fall, The Mercury, 31 May 2013
School soft drink ban call responded to, ABC News, 31 May 2013

Beehives in fashion
Tas Govt media release, 30 May 2013

Like buildings in many other cities around the world, the Hobart Polytechnic has a beehive on its roof..

Kids need scratches and gashes
The Telegraph, 28 May 2013

Young kids need to play actively and have minor accidents to learn how to assess risk, otherwise they will find out the hard way when they buy their first car, argue the opponents of mollycoddling..

Racial sledge prompts call for equality education
Herald Sun, 25 May 2013

The shouting of a racial term at a Sydney Swans footballer by a 13-year-old girl has led to a call for schools to undertake an in-depth program to ensure such incidents do not happen again..

Liberals release education policy
Will Hodgman website, 28 May 2013

Will HodgmanOpposition leader Will Hodgman said today that a majority Liberal government would:
Bullet target those students who might otherwise drop out, in extending high schools to Years 11 and 12
Bullet extend 21 schools to Years 11 and 12 by 2018
Bullet retain existing colleges to ensure student choice
Bullet aim to have Tasmanian students to be at or above all NAPLAN measures within six years
Bullet support Gonski reforms with $83 million

See also:
Bullet Change for a Brighter Future
Bullet Vision for Agriculture: $450,000 for Agriculture Skills Development Plan
Bullet More teacher aide hours
Bullet Investing in education and high schools to year 12
Bullet Extending High Schools to Year 12 - Implementation Plan
Bullet 100 more teachers, The Mercury, 27 May 2013
Bullet The Examiner, 28 May 2013
Bullet Policy in tatters, Tas Govt media release, 30 May 2013
Bullet Only the Liberals have a Year 12 plan, Michael Ferguson website, 30 May 0213

Teacher pay cut fear
The Mercury, 28 May 2013

MoneyThe budgeted wages bill for Tasmanian public sector employees including teachers appears to assume they will have a reduction in wages after inflation is taken into account..

School zoning consultation underway
Tas Govt media release, 27 May 2013

Consultation with school principals on enrolment procedures and school zones, now called "home areas", has begun, education minister Nick McKim said today..

Bullet The Examiner, 28 May 2013
Bullet No forced local enrolment but bus funding cuts possible, The Mercury, 29 May 2013
Bullet What if a family is temporarily renting?, The Examiner, 29 May 2013

More teacher aide hours
Michael Ferguson website, 27 May 2013

The Opposition says a Liberal government would provide $4.4 million to fund extra Teacher Assistant and support staff hours in schools..

Bullet Teacher aide policy backed by AEU, The Examiner, 27 May 2013

100 more teachers
The Mercury, 27 May 2013

A Liberal government would support its plan to extend high school to Years 11 and 12 in country areas by hiring 100 more teachers, Opposition leader Will Hodgman says..

Education funding without Gonski
The Mercury, 23 May 2013

State government budgeted funds for Gonski reforms in Tasmania will be spent even if the federal government's Gonski plans do not go ahead..

Bullet Peter Garrett: What the full Gonski would give Tasmania, 24 May 2013
Bullet Rally calls for Tasmanian Gonski support, The Mercury, 26 May 2013

TAFE review ignored, says Ferguson
The Examiner, 23 May 2013

The TasTAFE management structure recommended by an independent review is not being followed, Opposition education spokesman Michael Ferguson says.

Tasmanian State Budget 2013-14
Bullet The Future for Education in Tasmania (DoE Budget 2013-14 summary)
Lara Giddings, PremierBullet Creating Opportunities for the Next Generation (Premier's statement)
- Gonski reforms in Tasmania
- List of schools being upgraded

Bullet Upgrading schools and learning facilities
Bullet Upgrading schools in the North-West
Bullet Delivering equitable and high quality education
Bullet Giving young people the best start in life

Gonski education reformsPrivate school teachers confused over Gonski
The Examiner, 23 May 2013

Private school teachers are confused about how the federal government's Gonski plans will affect their schools..

Bullet Tas Govt's Gonski plans must be made clear, Michael Ferguson website, 23 May 2013

GamblingGambling education needed, says academic
The Age, 22 May 2013

Students need to be taught about the dangers of gambling, a Canadian academic in Australia for Responsible Gambling Awareness Week says..

Bullet Impact of betting ads on kids being watched in Tasmania, The Examiner, 25 May 2013

iphonesNet use alarm
The Australian, 22 May 2013

Six per cent of children aged 8-12 years have met up with a stranger they met online, a survey on children's Internet use by McAfee shows..

Bullet Aust Govt media release, National Cyber-security Awareness Week, 20 May 2013

School capital works boost in Budget
Tas Govt media release, 21 May 2013

This Thursday's state Budget will include infrastructure projects for a number of Tasmanian schools..

Bullet The Examiner, 21 May 2013
Bullet The Mercury, 22 May 2013

Review of children's laws
Tas Govt media release, 21 May 2013

Tasmanian laws relating to the care and protection of children, including the powers of the Children's Commissioner, are to be reviewed..

Bullet ABC News, 21 May 2013

Andrews Creek Primary SchoolNew uniform for merged school
The Advocate, 21 May 2013

Students are wearing a new uniform at Andrews Creek Primary School which was formed from the merger of Wesley Vale Primary and Moriarty Primary..

SNorth-West TasmaniaCHOOL FINANCES
School theft leads to jail
The Advocate, 21 May 2013

The theft of more than $50,000 from Strahan Primary has resulted in a jail term for an employee.

TasTAFESkills conference opened
Tas Govt media release, 20 May 2013

Education minister Nick McKim, today opened the 2013 Skills Tasmania Conference and commented that the formation of TasTAFE is subject to legislation being passed by the Legislative Council by July 1..

Bullet The legislation (Training and Workforce Development Bill 2013) was passed on 23 May 2013.


Future provision of Years 11 and 12 education in regional Tasmania: Minister's Action PlanREGIONAL YEARS 11 AND 12
Tas regional education report released
Tas Govt media release, 20 May 2013

The Minister for Education and Skills, Nick McKim, today released a six-point plan to encourage students to participate in Years 11 and 12..

Bullet Download Future provision of Years 11 and 12 education in regional Tasmania: Minister's Action Plan [pdf]

Education Minister Nick McKimLeaving age stays at 17, schools not forced to close
ABC News, 20 May 2013

Education minister Nick McKim says the school leaving age will not be extended to 18 years.
Instead, retention rates will be boosted in other ways.
Mr McKim also announced that Thursday's Budget would not include forced closure of schools..

Keeping students in Years 11 and 12
The Mercury, 20 May 2013

The Tasmanian Budget will provide $900,000 in funds to allow regional and district high schools to provide more options for Year 11 and 12 students, education minister Nick McKim says..

Bullet The Examiner, 20 May 2013
Bullet Michael Ferguson website, 'Drop in the ocean' measure,19 May 2013
Bullet Michael Ferguson website, Q & A on extending high schools to Year 12,20 May 2013

Prime Minister Julia GillardFEDERAL BUDGET
Tas loses $660m with Abbott, says PM
The Mercury, 20 May 2013

If Opposition leader Tony Abbott refuses to go ahead with the Gonski reforms Tasmania will receive $660 million less in school funding, prime minister Julia Gillard says..


Michael Ferguson, Opposition education spokespersonGONSKI FUNDING
Tas premier must explain, says Ferguson
Michael Ferguson website, 19 May 2013

Tasmanian premier Lara Giddings must "come clean" over whether she is attempting to deny Gonski funding to non-government schools, Opposition education spokesperson Michael Ferguson says..


Facebook page targets teachers
ABC News, 19 May 2013

A Facebook hate-page is vilifying Tasmanian teachers..


Schools training own student IT techies
news.com.au, 18 May 2013

Some Mainland schools are training their own students as computer troubleshooters in order to avoid the cost of hiring computer specialists..

Tony Abbott, federal Opposition leaderFEDERAL BUDGET
School funds take a hit
Canberra Times, 18 May 2013

Julia Gillard's Gonski reforms would reduce previously budgeted funding,
Tony Abbott says. And he would drop the Gonski reforms if they were not supported by every state..

Geilston Bay faces future
The Mercury, 16 May 2013

Parents of Geilston Bay High School's 130 students are about to examine options for the school's survival..

No cuts to school funding, says Garrett
Aust Govt media release, 16 May 2013

The federal budget does not cut school spending, Schools Minister Peter Garrett said in response to claims by Opposition education spokesman Christopher Pyne..


Christopher PyneSchool spending slashed, says Pyne
Daily Telegraph, 16 May 2013

The federal budget reduces school spending by $325 million, Opposition education spokesman Christopher Pyne says..


Concerns prompt NAPLAN inquiry
news.com.au, 15 May 2013

A Senate inquiry will look into the impact of NAPLAN testing. Reported issues include:
Bullet a booming industry in NAPLAN support products such as workbooks and stress-relieving teddy bears
Bullet a vitamin company's advertisement being withdrawn following complaints about its final line "NAPLAN testing starts May 14" [performance-enhancing fish oil?]
NAPLANBullet children reacting to pressure from schools and parents
Bullet misuse of the test results
Bullet distraction from the rest of the curriculum

Bullet Teachers urged to participate, SMH, 17 May 2013
Bullet Righting some wrong thinking, The Age, 16 May 2013

Top NAPLAN students recognised
Tas Govt media release, 15 May 2013

NAPLANThe southern Tasmanian students who were best at doing the 2012 NAPLAN tests were presented with certificates today by education minister Nick McKim..

Alanvale re-opens tomorrow
DoE website, 15 May 2013
The Alanvale campus of the Polytechnic and Skills Institute will re-open tomorrow, Thursday, 16 May (following today's power outage).

Northern TasmaniaEmergency at Exeter High School
ABC News, 15 May 2013

Emergency services were called to Exeter High School this morning when a science experiment went wrong.
However, there are no reports of injuries..

Bullet The Mercury, 15 May 2013

Computer focus dies
The Australian, 15 May 2013

The federal Budget kills off spending on computers and chaplains but provides funding for financial literacy and solar power in schools..

TasmaniaPrincipal exodus looms
ABC News, 15 May 2013

With most of Tasmania's principals now eligible for retirement, ways need to be found to support the younger people who replace them, the Principals Association's David  Raw says..

Gonski education reformsGonski reforms a trickle for now
Adelaide Now, 14 May 2013

Just $353 million more will be spent on education next year, with the full amount of Gonski funding not being received until 2019 ...

Bullet Federal Budget 2013-14

Prompt procedure follows needle use
ABC News, 14 May 2013

The use of a diabetic needle by four East Derwent Primary students has led to blood testing, a meeting with parents, a newsletter message and advice to the Health Department ...

Bullet The Mercury, 14 May 2013
Bullet Tas Govt media release, 14 May 2013

NAPLAN results as entry criteria
SMH, 12 May 2013

NAPLANSome private schools are asking for the NAPLAN results of students applying for enrolment ...

NAPLAN industry booming
SMH, 11 May 2013

NAPLANStuffed toys are being promoted to help children deal with NAPLAN stress, and more than 180,000 NAPLAN-related books have been sold so far this year ...

Kimochis educational toys (SMH photo)  NAPLAN-style book (SMH photo)
Bullet NAPLAN-style books selling, SMH, 9 May 2013


Aussie kids in top 5 most sleep-deprived
SMH, 10 May 2013

Australian children are the fifth most sleep-deprived in the world, a survey of Year 4 students shows...

TasTAFE's step back is a step forward
The Mercury, 11 May 2013

TasTAFEStudents will benefit when the Polytechnic and the Skills Institute become a single TAFE unit on 1 July, new chief executive Stephen Conway says...

Vaccination booster
news.com.au, 11 May 2013

The federal government's push to have a child's vaccinations up to date on enrolment in a school is expected to raise vaccination levels in Australia...

The Examiner, 9 May 2013

Tasmanian teachers are under stress from the amount of time devoted to and diverted to NAPLAN test preparation...

Leaders swoop on Huonville Primary
Tas Govt media release, 8 May 2013

More than one hundred student leaders met at Huonville Primary School today...

Annular eclipse (Herald Sun)Friday eclipse
Herald Sun, 8 May 2013

A ring-of-fire solar eclipse will occur over Australia this Friday when the Moon moves in front of the sun...

Bullet In Tasmania, the eclipse will commence around 8.15am (The Mercury, 8 May 2013)

Whooping cough vaccine less effective
The Mercury, 8 May 2013

The current whooping cough vaccine does not provide a long enough protection...

ASIC MoneySmart TeachingBetter mobile phone consumers
ASIC website, 7 May 2013

ASIC has launched several multimedia activities to help students in Years 5-8 choose mobile phone plans carefully..

SMH, 7 May 2013

A small group of Victorian teachers is urging parents to boycott next week's NAPLAN tests..

Detention students to go to Cosgrove High
Tas Govt media release, 6 May 2013

The high school aged Pontville detainees are to attend classes at Cosgrove High School from this week, education minister Nick McKim said today..

Bullet The Mercury, 7 May 2013

Greater Hobart TrailsGet fitter around Hobart
The Mercury, 6 May 2013

A new website providing details of 77 walking and riding trails around Hobart was launched today..

Children losing the strength to write
The Mercury, 4 May 2013

With the world changing to touch-screens and keyboards, physio and occupational therapists are being brought in to help children find the strength needed for handwriting..

Vulnerable young kids need numeracy help
news.com.au, 2 May2013

One-third of Australian four- and five-year-olds are unable to count from 1 to 20, researchers say..

New Scottsdale LINC
Tas Govt media release, 1 May 2013

A new LINC will provide information, education and training facilities in Scottsdale.
[Bet you don't know what LINC stands for. It's an abbreviation of Learning and Information Network Centre.]..



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