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Skydiver Luke AikinsWORLD FIRSTS
No parachute for skydiver
ABC News, 31 Jul 2016
US skydiver Luke Aikins is the first in the world to jump from a plane into a net without a parachute or wingsuit. INCLUDES VIDEO

Smoking and obesity targeted
Tas Govt media release, 30 Jul 2016
HealthSchools play a role in the state government's new five year health plan which targets smoking and obesity.

Bullet Healthy Tasmania Five Year Strategic Plan July 2016 [pdf], DHHS
Bullet Student Health Initiative commences in Term 1 2017, Tas Govt media release, 31 Jul 2016
Bullet Ban sugary drinks in school canteens, says Diabetes Tasmania, The Mercury, 1 Aug 2016
Bullet Government's canteen policy copies Labor, TasLabor media release, 1 Aug 2016
Bullet $240,000 pa on smoking education not enough, Rosalie Woodruff, Greens health spokesperson, 1 Aug 2016

ACER to review Years 9 to 12
Tas Govt media release, 30 Jul 2016
ACERA contract to review the way education is provided to Years 9 to 12 students in Tasmania has been awarded to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), education minister Jeremy Rockliff said today.

Aristotle (gagged)FREEDOM OF SPEECH
Let teachers and principals speak out
The Mercury (opinion by Bill Mulford), 29 Jul 2016
Tasmanian teachers and principals should be free to give public constructive criticism of government initiatives and tactics, a retired education professor writes.

Research to benefit littlies
Tas Govt media release, 28 Jul 2016
ToddlerServices supporting the health and education of Tasmanian children aged 0-5 years will be the focus of a major research partnership, education minister Jeremy Rockliff said today.

Bullet Telethon Kids media release, 28 Jul 2016

McKim wins, Colbeck misses out
ABC News, 27 Jul 2016
Nick McKimGreens senator Nick McKim has won the final Senate seat in Tasmania. Fellow senator and tourism minister Richard Colbeck has missed out on being re-elected. Senator Lisa Singh was re-elected in 10th place, and Senator Catryna Bilyk was 11th.

47 schools below average
The Mercury, 26 Jul 2016
Absentee checkAnalysis of attendance data provided by the DoE's edi software shows that many schools have below average attendance levels (of course!). However, edi appears to be very successfully providing principals with useful real-time information linking attendance and performance for individual students.

Damaging winds for Tas
The Examiner, 25 Jul 2016
Wind gusts up to 110km/h are forecast for tonight (Monday), and early Tuesday, along with heavy rain in some areas

Bullet BoM Warnings

Plibersek changes to Education
ABC News, 23 Jul 2016
Bill ShortenOpposition leader Bill Shorten has named his new shadow ministry which includes:
-  deputy leader Tanya Plibersek changing from Foreign Affairs to Education
- Kate Ellis with Early Childhood Education and Development, and TAFE and Vocational Education
- Andrew Giles as Shadow Assistant Minister for Schools
- Terri Butler with Universities
- Doug Cameron with Skills and Apprenticeships
- Jacinta Collins as Shadow Assistant Minister for Early Childhood.

 Bullet Labor Shadow Ministry - full list

Floods and snow ahead
BoM, 22 Jul 2016
A forecast of snow settling as low as 200 metres and moderate and minor flood warnings have been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for Tasmania on Saturday.

Bullet BoM Forecasts

More school nurses
Tas Govt media release, 22 Jul 2016
Five more school nurses commenced working with students in 21 Tasmanian schools on 1 July.

Sleeping child (Image: Microsoft)SLEEP AND BEHAVIOUR
Sleep training has benefits
The Conversation (opinion by Kate E. Williams), 21 Jul 2016
Parental modifications to children's bedtime routines can improve daytime behaviour, particularly in children with potential ADHD problems, an early childhood lecturer writes.

Early starting age questioned
The Mercury (opinion by Jannette Armstrong), 21 Jul 2016
Early learningThe government's plan to lower the school starting age from 5 years to 4 years 6 months raises many questions, a mother, union leader and former early childhood educator says.

Bullet Earlier start supported by principals, The Examiner, 26 Jul 2016
Bullet Early formal schooling is a mistake, The Mercury (opinion by Samantha Page), 27 Jul 2016
Bullet Lower starting age is about equity, says Minister, The Examiner, 27 Jul 2016
Bullet Data doesn't support lowering the starting age, The Advocate, 28 Jul 2016
Bullet Concerns over lowering kindergarten starting age from four to three-and-a-half years, ABC, 28 Jul 2016
Bullet Kiddies need more time with their mums, The Mercury (opinion by Linley Grant), 30 Jul 2016
Bullet Note the research against early starting (opinion by Ruth Forrest), The Mercury, 2 Aug 2016
Bullet Plan would disadvantage at risk students, Andrea Dawkins, Greens education spokesperson, 4 Aug 2016

For enterprising NW primary kids
Club Kidpreneur, 20 Jul 2016
Kidpreneur Challenge 2016Free information sessions for teachers and others on the Kidpreneur Challenge, a Term 3 enterprise skills competition for students in Years 4, 5 and 6, will be held from 4pm to 5pm at:
-  UTAS, Burnie on Tue 26 July, and
- Spreyton Primary on Wed 27 July.

Girl workingGirls do more homework
Roy Morgan Research, 18 Jul 2016
A survey of young Australians aged 10 to 13 years shows that more homework is done by girls, Asian students, only children, and children from wealthier backgrounds.

Mould hits Dunalley Primary
ABC News, 18 Jul 2016
Southern TasmaniaMould has delayed Dunalley Primary students' return to school to Thursday this week.

Bullet Mould meeting, The Mercury, 19 Jul 2016
Bullet Meeting hears concern over student safety, The Mercury, 20 Jul 2016

PM announces new ministry
ABC News, 18 Jul 2016
Malcolm TurnbuillThe Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has announced his new ministry. Education ministers:
- Simon Birmingham continues as Minister for Education and Training
- Karen Andrews becomes Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills.

Bullet Full ministry
Bullet Minister for Tourism and International Education Richard Colbeck dumped as vote counting continues, ABC News, 18 Jul 2016

Enrolments jump in 'closure' schools
The Mercury, 17 Jul 2016
Enrolments have increased in 10 of the 17 schools earmarked for closure last year, jumping by 70 per cent at Edith Creek Primary and 30 per cent at Sprent Primary.

Turkish coup attempt fails
ABC News, 16 Jul 2016
Turkey flagA group within the Turkish military has attempted to take over the country, but over 2800 soldiers have been arrested and the Prime Minister says he is now back in control...

Bullet BoM warnings

Bullet Road closures (Tas Police)

Bullet Power outages (TasNetworks)

Non-computer skills still key
The Mercury (opinion by Peter Wilson), 15 Jul 2016
Electronic devices present a challenge and potential but good teaching will continue to win the day, a teacher writes.

Three educational reforms
The Conversation (opinion by Peter Goss), 15 Jul 2016
Grattan InstituteThe new government should focus on reforms that raise student outcomes such as undergoing more rigorous research, allocating funding to where it will make the biggest difference and making teaching more professional without taking a market approach, a think-tank member argues.

Bastille Day truck attack
ABC News, 15 Jul 2016
France flagAs many as 84 people are believed to have been killed in an apparent terrorist attack in Nice, France, when a  truck ploughed into people leaving a Bastille Day fireworks celebration...

Damaging winds on way
BoM, 14 Jul 2016
Gusts up to 120 km/h in southern Tasmania and 110kn/h elsewhere are expected to cause damage to property today (Thursday).
Bullet Winds of 120km/h, flash flooding, ABC News, 14 Jul 2016

Snow snaps
13 Jul 2016
For images of today's snow around Tasmania, see:
Bullet The Examiner
Bullet The Mercury, especially Snow gallery
Bullet ABC video
Bullet ABC Hobart Facebook
Bullet ABC North Tas Facebook

Guy Barnett new minister
Tas Govt media release, 12 Jul 2016
The Premier, Will Hodgman, has announced three promotions:
- Guy Barnett will join Cabinet as the new Minister for Resources, and Minister for Building and Construction, and
- Sarah Courtney and Roger Jaensch will become Parliamentary Secretaries.

Theresa May UK PM
ABC News, 12 Jul 2016
The British Home Secretary, Theresa May, will become the new British Prime Minister after being elected unopposed as the Conservative leader to replace David Cameron.

Coalition gains majority with 76 seats
ABC News, 11 Jul 2016
The ABC's election computer claims the Coalition will win 76 seats, giving it the majority it needs to form government in its own right.

The Election

Latest prediction (ABC)



Starting age facts
Tas Govt media release, 11 Jul 2016
Early learningThe proposed new compulsory starting age (for Prep) is 4 years and 6 months, only six months lower than the current 5 years, Premier Will Hodgman stressed today in issuing a fact sheet as Acting Minister for Education and Training.

Bullet Fact sheet: Lowering the prep starting age by six months [pdf], DoE
Bullet Fact sheet aims to play down fears, The Mercury, 13 Jul 2016
Bullet Mental health could be harmed, The Examiner, 14 Jul 2016

National fame for Queechy STEM team
The Mercury, 11 Jul 2016
F1 in SchoolsA four-member all-girl team from Queechy High School has come second in the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge held in Sydney, following a school effort that would not have been possible without teachers working weekends without payment.

Powerful weather system to hit Tassie
ABC News, 10 Jul 2016
Heavy rain (Image: weather.com)
Northern Tasmania is to be hit by heavy rain and possible floods in the coming days.

Bullet Snow to sea-level in south and west on Tuesday and Wednesday, The Mercury, 10 Jul 2016
Bullet Damaging winds ahead, ABC News, 11 Jul 2016
Bullet Current BoM warnings

Turnbull claims victory
ABC News, 10 Jul 2016
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has claimed victory in the federal election, following Opposition leader Bill Shorten's concession speech earlier today.

Beacon keen to raise retention
The Mercury, 10 Jul 2016
Beacon FoundationThe Beacon Foundation,  the Paul Ramsay Foundation and the state government are working to help disengaged students reach Year 12.

Gonski the winner
The Mercury (opinion by Helen Richardson), 7 Jul 2016
The thrashing of the Turnbull government in Saturday's election shows there is no support for cutting the final two years of the Gonski reforms, AEU state president Helen Richardson writes.

Bullet Gonski no longer exists, The Mercury (opinion by Kevin Donnelly), 14 Jul 2016
Bullet Response to Kevin Donnelly, The Mercury, 18 Jul 2916

Where is the evidence?
The Mercury (opinion by Bob Holderness-Roddam), 7 Jul 2016
The problem with the state government's plan to lower the school starting age is the lack of evidence to support the idea, and the apparent evidence against it, writes a former educator.


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