Make IT business a realistic goal for students
The Mercury, 29 Feb 2016
Tasmanian high school students need to be persuaded
they can start up their own information technology business here
in Tasmania, TasICT chief executive Will Kestin says...
Tas education system
needs to be rebooted, The Mercury (editorial), 29 Feb 2016
Silicon Valley in Tassie's suburbs, The Mercury, 1 Mar 2016
Students skipping school
The Mercury, 28 Feb 2016
Tasmanian high school attendance levels are
among the lowest in Australia, a Productivity Commission report
More school upgrades
Tas Govt media release, 27 Feb 2016
Tenders have been
called for redevelopment at the following schools:
- South Hobart Primary...
Equity aim of Greens package
Aust Greens, 26 Feb 2016
The Australian Greens have
released a $3.5 billion needs-based education package,
emphasising that the Gonski years five and six would be funded...
TasTAFE students recognised
Tas Govt media release, 26 Feb 2016
Finalists and winners of the inaugural
TasTAFE Student Excellence Awards have been announced by the
Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff...
Digital divide deepens
The Conversation (opinion by Scott Ewing), 25 Feb 2016
Though narrowing, the digital
divide in Australia is deepening, with the disadvantaged groups
becoming even more relatively disadvantaged as the NBN spreads...
More bomb hoaxes
ABC News, 25 Feb 2016
A further five
bomb hoax phone calls have been received by Tasmanian schools...
ABC News, 25 Feb 2016
A former Education Department southern
Tasmanian female teacher
has been charged with having sexual intercourse with two more
TAFE fees alarm
The Examiner, 24 Feb 2016
Diploma and advanced diploma TasTAFE students are
being forced to pay the full cost of their courses this year
because the federal government has restricted its assistance
system in its efforts to crack down on dodgy providers...
Reduced VET fee caps will
reduce TAFE student numbers, Andrea Dawkins, Greens education
spokesperson, 24 Feb 2016
EDUCATION & BULLYING
School LGBTI program controversy
The Examiner, 23 Feb 2016
being questioned of a Safe Schools Coalition program to reduce
bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex
PM requests investigation, ABC News, 23 Feb 2016
What is the Safe Schools Coalition?, The Conversation, 19
Aim is protecting and supporting students, not implementing an
LGBTI agenda, Michelle O'Byrne, Opposition education
spokesperson, 23 Feb 2016
Tas should have more than the current 16 schools participating,
Andrea Dawkins, Greens education spokesperson, 24 Feb 2016
Senator calls for program's suspension, ABC News, 25 Feb
Use measured language, urges PM, ABC News, 26 Feb 2016
In-school programs to de-radicalise students under way
ABC News, 23 Feb 2016
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan told a Q&A audience that
de-radicalisation programs aimed at young teenagers were
already under way in "the most vulnerable parts of the
Tas Govt media release, 20 Feb 2016
construction works involving the
following schools have been called:
Ulverstone Primary School
- School of Special Education North
OF THE EDUCATION ACT
Act changes loom
The Examiner, 19 Feb 2016
A report on the outcome of
earlier consultation over changes to the Education Act is due in
March and will include proposed changes to the school starting
and finishing ages, education minister Jeremy Rockliff says...
UNIVERSITY AND TAFE
Burnie post-school education boost
Tas Govt media release, 19 Feb 2016
A new UTAS/TAFE
campus is to be established at Burnie's West Park, education
minister Jeremy Rockliff announced today...
MoU to move UTAS campus
signed, The Advocate, 19 Feb 2016
VICE News, 19 Feb 2016
To avoid the creation of
terrorist targets outside schools, French student smokers are
being encouraged to light up inside their school grounds...
app fun to use, claims 5yo
The Examiner, 18 Feb 2016
An iPad app from the Early
Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program is helping young
Tasmanian children learn Indonesian...
Tasmanian Ministerial changes
Tas Govt media release, 18 Feb 2016
The Premier, Will Hodgman, has
announced the following changes to his Ministry:
- Peter Gutwein will
take on the Forestry portfolio.
- Adam Brooks
will take on the portfolios of Mining, Racing, Building and
Construction (a new portfolio), Consumer Affairs and red tape reduction.
Guy Barnett will take on the position of Parliamentary Secretary for
Adam Brooks enters
Cabinet, ABC News, 18 Feb 2016
Paul Harriss retires
ABC News, 17 Feb 2016
Minister for Resources Paul
Harriss has announced his retirement from Parliament ...
Harriss pulls the pin, The Mercury, 17 Feb 2016
Paul Harriss thanked, Will Hodgman, Premier, 17 Feb 2016
It was a privilege, Paul Harriss, Minister for Resources,
17 Feb 2016
Resignation is good news, Cassy O'Connor, Greens Leader and
Forests spokesperson,17 Feb 2016
LITERACY AND NUMERACY
Tas Govt media release, 17 Feb 2016
The new literacy and numeracy
support program, Learning in Families Together
(LIFT), was officially launched today by the
Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff...
Advice on homework helping
The Conversation (opinion by Judith Locke), 17 Feb 2016
A clinical psychologist
provides some tips for parents on what to do, and not do, when
thinking about helping their children with their homework...
Australia hits 24m
ABC News, 16 Feb 2016
Australia's population has
reached 24 million.
- Every state and territory is growing.
- Migration is exceeding births.
- Total population increases
by a million every two to three years...
Labor would restore teacher numbers
The Mercury (opinion by Michelle O'Byrne), 15 Feb 2016
A future Labor government would
restore teacher numbers, reinstate Pathway Planning and prevent
millions of TasTAFE training dollars from leaving Tasmania,
Opposition education spokesperson Michelle O'Byrne writes...
EXTENDING HIGH SCHOOLS
Rural students being helped
The Mercury (opinion by Greg Barns), 15 Feb 2016
The policy of
extending high schools to Years 11 and 12 provides much-needed
hope for rural students, commentator Greg Barns writes...
Creating memory power
The Age, 14 Feb 2016
Relating information to
contrived visual imagery is a valuable technique to improve the
ability to memorise...
Daniel Kilov's blog of the
Australian Memory Championships
ABC News, 13 Feb 2016
Prime Minister Malcolm
Turnbull has outlined changes to his Ministry which include
Scott Ryan replacing Luke Hartsuyker as Minister for Vocational
Education and Skills...
$8.5m in school upgrades
Tas Govt media release, 13 Feb 2016
Tenders have been called for
construction projects at four schools:
- Oatlands District
- New Norfolk High
- New Norfolk Primary
Gravitational waves confirmed
The Conversation (opinion by Keith Riles et al), 12 Feb 2016
The existence of
gravitational waves as predicted by Albert Einstein has been
confirmed. This report provides an explanation of what
gravitational waves are and comments on the significance of the
Alleged bomb hoaxer arrested
news.com.au, 12 Feb 2016
An 18-year-old French computer
hacker has been arrested following a recent world-wide spate of
school bomb hoaxes...
ABORIGINALS AND EDUCATION
Closing the Gap update highlights educational
The Conversation (opinion by Nicholas Biddle), 10 Feb 2016
The latest Closing the Gap
update on Aboriginal educational, health and welfare
outcomes shows that desired improvements in literacy and
numeracy are not being met...
Closing the Gap Statement, Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister, 10
Tas Aboriginal attendance
up but reading standards down, Will Hodgman, Premier, 10 Feb 2016
Australia failing to meet
goals on Indigenous disadvantage, ABC News, 10 Feb 2016
Free data this Sunday
ABC News, 9
Feb 2016, 8.30pm
will give its mobile customers a day of free data this Sunday as
compensation for today's nationwide outage.
services restored, Telstra Twitter
Understanding is important
The Conversation (opinion by Vanessa LoBue), 8 Feb 2016
Young children need to be taught
the reasons they should adopt safe health practices such as
washing hands, not just be told what to do, an assistant
School costs a growing impost
The Mercury, 8 Feb 2016
Many low-income families are
struggling to pay the costs of sending their children to
government schools, Smith Family general manager Alison Standen
AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION UNION
New AEU president commences
The Mercury, 6 Feb 2016
The new president of the AEU Tasmanian Branch, Helen Richardson,
commenced working in the position last Monday...
Teachers to be at frontline in fighting terrorism
ABC News, 6 Feb 2016
government has stepped up its plans to enable teachers, other
school staff and parents to recognise and counter
radicalisation in students...
New school anti-radicalisation initiatives, Simon Birmingham and Michael Keenan,
Aust Govt media release, 6 Feb 2016
Index finger a secret learning tool
The Conversation (opinion by Paul Ginns and Janette
Bobis), 5 Feb 2016
Using the index finger to trace over components of a
learning task can improve the efficiency of learning, two
Some retention improvement; high school attendance concern
Tas Govt media release, 4 Feb 2016
Productivity Commission's Report on Government Services
2016 now measures the proportion of students whose
attendance is 90 per cent or more, revealing an above average
rate for Tasmanian primary school students and a below average
rate for high school students...
Retention rate needs
improving, The Examiner, 5 Feb 2016
The Conversation (opinion by Pearl Subban), 4 Feb 2016
There are a few strategies teachers can employ to reduce student
disengagement, an education lecturer writes ...
Tas Greens media release, 4 Feb 2016
A Federal government plan to deregulate the TAFE
sector would lead to privatisation of vocational training and
leave students with larger debts, Greens education spokesperson
Andrea Dawkins says...
Community would pay
dearly for TAFE deregulation, The Conversation (opinion by Shirley
Jackson), 5 Feb 2016
Federal VET takeover would be highly risky, The Conversation
(opinion by Peter Noonan), 8 Feb 2016
TAFE students could be ripped off by unscrupulous private
providers, Michelle O'Byrne, Opposition education
spokesperson, 10 Feb 2016
Where our colleges went wrong
The Mercury (opinion by Mike Frost), 4 Feb 2016
Tasmania's colleges were
originally very successful, but today reform is needed,
particularly for students in the middle range of abilities and
aspirations, a former college teacher writes...
TREATMENT OF TASMANIA BY WA
Tasmania snubbed yet again
ABC News, 3 Feb 2016
A calf has been born in Western Australia
showing a map of Australia that omits Tasmania...
EXTENDING HIGH SCHOOLS
Students staying at school longer
The Mercury, 3 Feb 2016
policy to extend high schools to Years 11 and 12 is having the
desired effect, the Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockilff, said on a visit to New Norfolk High school today...
Labor wants to axe
extension program, Sarah Courtney, Tas Govt media
release, 4 Feb 2016
Look out for Ride2School students
The Mercury, 3 Feb 2016
Students are encouraged to ride their bicycles to
and from school from today under the Bicycle Network's
Hoax threats received
The Mercury, 2 Feb 2016
Threatening phone calls made to a number of unnamed Tasmanian
schools have been described by police as hoaxes...
Threats made against
schools, The Examiner, 2 Feb 2016
Hoax probe continues, The Examiner, 3 Feb 2016
Top students recognised
Tas Govt media release, 2 Feb 2016
Tasmania's top Year 12 TCE
students have been acknowledged in a ceremony at Government
Urban colleges could suffer
Greens media release, 1 Feb 2016
College culture and course
diversity could be the losers from the government's policy of
extending suburban high schools to Years 11 and 12, Greens
education spokesperson Andrea Dawkins warns...
students return, The Mercury, 2 Feb 2016
Truancy now, failure later
Courier Mail (opinion by Karen Brooks), 1 Feb 2016
Parents who condone truancy by
their children could be setting them up for failure at school
and in later life, a Queensland researcher warns...
Learning Potential app updated
Aust Govt media release, 1 Feb 2016
An updated version of
Potential, a free Australian government
app providing tips to enable parents to help their children make
a successful start to the school year, has been released...
Learning Potential or try it online
Road safety reminders
Tas Govt media release, 1 Feb 2016
Infrastructure minister Rene
Hidding has issued a reminder that a 40 km/h speed limit
operates within school zones and when school bus lights are
flashing, and has encouraged school children to enter the iPad road safety
road safety competition
Police to conduct speed checks near
schools, Tas Police website, 1 Feb 2016