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North-west TasmaniaTASMANIAN SCHOOLS

Devonport High redevelopment
Tas Govt media release, 30 Mar 2019

The tender for the management of a $10.5 million redevelopment at Devonport High School has been released...




Uncertainty follows Govt's counter offer
AEU (Tas) website, 29 Mar 2019

AEUThe AEU says there will not be enough time to consider today's wage negotiation counter offer by the State Government before next week's planned closures of schools, the details of which were announced this morning by the DoE...
Bullet Offer is now 2pc in first year and 2.5pc in second and third years, Peter Gutwein, Treasurer, 29 Mar 2019
Bullet Announcing school closures before today's meeting shows lack of good faith by Govt, Josh Willie, Opposition education spokesperson, 29 Mar 2019
Bullet No formal offer delivered at meeting, AEU (Tas), 29 Mar 2019
Bullet AEU can still call off strikes, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 29 Mar 2019
Bullet UPDATE: Closures will go ahead, The Mercury, 30 Mar 2019
Bullet AEU show-of-hands voting was intimidation, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 31 Mar 2019
An AEU meeting at 4.00pm Monday will decide whether stop-work meetings go ahead, The Mercury, 1 Apr 2019


Northern Tasmania


Campbell Town safety
TasLabor media release, 29 Mar 2019

A Midland Highway underpass for Campbell Town Primary School students is urgently needed, Opposition leader Rebecca White and Member for Lyons Jen Butler say...



Lauderdale safety
Tas Govt media release, 29 Mar 2019

Infrastructure and education minister Jeremy Rockliff has revealed the details of speed reductions and introduction of safety barriers being considered to improve road safety around Lauderdale Primary School...



Closing schools named
ABC News, 29 Mar 2019

Department of EducationThe Department of Education has named 136 schools that will either close early or open late next Tuesday and Wednesday to allow staff to attend stop-work meetings...
Bullet Lists of schools (DoE Alerts page)
Bullet School closures to be announced too early, Josh Willie, Opposition education spokesperson, 28 Mar 2019




Stop-work meetings next week
AEU (Tas) website, 27 Mar 2019

AEUStop-work meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday next week will involve a number of schools being closed:
Bullet NW Tas: schools close early on Tue 2 Apr 2019
Bullet N Tas: schools open late on Wed 3 Apr 2019
Bullet S Tas: schools close early on Wed 3 Apr 2019.
Meetings will be held at:
Bullet Burnie Arts Centre (2.30pm, Tue)
Bullet Launceston Civic Square (9.30am, Wed), and
Bullet Hobart City Hall (2.30pm, Wed)...

Bullet AEU action will disrupt students and parents, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 27 Mar 2019
Bullet Teachers have no option but to take action, Josh Willie, Opposition education spokesperson, 28 Mar 2019
Bullet Minister urges AEU to call off action, Tas Govt media release, 28 Mar 2019


Youngsters (Image: Microsoft)EDUCATIONAL PEFORMANCE

Youngsters excel in Tas
Tas Govt media release, 27 Mar 2019

An improvement in communication skills and general knowledge is one of the improvements shown by first-year Prep students in Tasmania, data from the Australian Early Development Census shows...


Meningococcal diseaseHEALTH

First meningococcal case for 2019
ABC News, 25 Mar 2019

A man in his late 60s from the Huon Valley is in the Royal Hobart Hospital with the W strain of meningococcal disease.




Berejiklian gets her majority
ABC News, 25 Mar 2019
NSWThe NSW government has managed to win 47 seats in the Lower House election, enabling Premier Gladys Berejiklian to govern with a majority of one...

Bullet Latest election results (ABC)
Bullet UPDATE 4.50pm: NSW Opposition leader Michael Daley
will stand aside but recontest his position after the federal election



Strong winds tonight and Monday
BoM website, 24 Mar 2019
WindDamaging winds gusting to about 90-100km/h are expected from around midnight tonight (Sunday) and into the early hours of Monday, and possibly again on Monday evening...
Bullet BoM warnings
Bullet Weather radar
Power outages
Bullet Road closures (Police)
Bullet SES



Berejiklian government re-elected
ABC News, 24 Mar 2019
NSWThe Liberal government of NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has won a third term, albeit possibly in minority, making her the first female NSW Premier to win an election...

Bullet Latest election results (ABC)


Sue Neill-Fraser granted appeal
ABC News, 21 Mar 2019

Legal systemSue Neill-Fraser, who was sentenced to 24 years for murdering her partner, has been allowed to appeal her murder conviction...



Blue-ringed octopus in Tas
ABC News, 21 Mar 2019

Blue-ringed octopus (Image: Eric Smith/ABC)
Deadly blue-ringed octopus have been recently sighted at beaches in Devonport, Wynyard, Bellerive Bluff and Margate...



Teens watching violent footage
The Conversation (opinion by Rachael Sharman), 19 Mar 2019

There are some appropriate things teachers and parents can do if they find teenagers watching internet videos of violent events, a psychology lecturer says...



Metro bus disruption on Thursday
Metro website, 19 Mar 2019

Metro busSevere disruption to Metro bus services in the Greater Hobart area this Thursday, 21 March, will occur to enable a stop-work meeting to be held...
Bullet Details of bus services affected (Metro Tas)



Kingston High open
Kingston High Facebook page, 19 Mar 2019

Southern TasmaniaKingston High School wil be open as usual today, following a fire last night in a separate community-use building on the school site...



Teachers lodge counter offer
AEU (Tas) website, 18 Mar 2019

AEUThe AEU has given the Premier, Will Hodgman, one week to respond to its wage negotiation counter offer which includes a 3 per cent wage rise and improved conditions such as caps on class sizes...


One shooter
BBC News, 17 Mar 2019

New ZelandPolice say there was only one shooter at the two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, where 50 people were killed...


NZ mosque shootings
ABC News, 15 Mar 2019

New ZelandPolice have apprehended three men and one woman after murderous shooting rampages at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which 49 people were killed.
An offender livestreamed the incident on Facebook, using a mounted camera.
One of the offenders is an Australian




Mozzie alert
ABC News, 14 Mar 2019

Mosquito (Image: ABC News)
Five cases of the mosquito-borne disease Barmah Forest virus, which is carried by the same mosquitoes that spread the Ross River virus, have been detected on Tasmania's east coast...



Facebook outage
BBC News, 14 Mar 2019

Social media giant Facebook today underwent its most severe outage Instagramever.
Instagram and WhatsApp were also affected.
All three websites appeared to be working again at 2.05pm today

Bullet DownDetector: Facebook
Bullet DownDetector: Instagram

Bullet DownDetector: WhatsApp




Show respect for Tas teachers
TasLabor website, 14 Mar 2019

Industrial actionEducation minister Jeremy Rockliff needs to depart from the hardline wage negotiation approach being pursued by Treasurer Peter Gutwein and not ask teachers to take a pay cut in real terms, Opposition education spokesperson Josh Willie says...




Public shaming claim
SMH, 13 Mar 2019

A Sydney primary school gave bags of popcorn to those students whose parents were not in debt to the school, leading to claims of 'public shaming of children'...


Teachers (Image: Lifelong Learning)STAFFING

More teachers
Tas Govt media release, 13 Mar 2019

An additional 69 teachers commenced in government schools this year as part of the state government's program to add 250 new teachers and 80 teacher aides over the next six years...


George Pell (Image: ABC)SEXUAL ABUSE

Pell gets 6 years
ABC News, 13 Mar 2019

Cardinal George Pell has received a six-year jail sentence for historic sex abuse, with a non-parole period of 3 years 8 months...




Modified Brexit deal agreed
ABC News, 12 Mar 2019

Theresa MayUK Prime Minister Theresa May has secured an improved deal with the EU that addresses the Irish border issue...
Bullet UK Parliament rejects the modified deal, ABC News, 13 May 2019
Bullet UPDATE:  MPs vote to reject the idea of leaving the EU without a deal, 14 Mar 2019L




Google Classroom concerns
ABC News, 8 Mar 2019

GoogleSome parents are concerned that doing homework on the online Google Classroom platform was too early for younger students and could lead to a decline in handwriting skills...
Bullet Google Classroom




Unions reject revised pay offer
ABC News, 8 Mar 2019

AEUPublic sector unions have rejected the government's pay offer rising to 2.5 per cent and accompanying loss of conditions.
Teachers will be consulted during the next week over the next step in the dispute, AEU state president Helen Richardson says...



Out-of-hours work key focus
AEU (Tas) website, 7 Mar 2019

AEULow teacher morale caused by excessive out-of-hours work and teachers' workload featured in an AEU submission to a federal parliamentary committee...



Farm, staffing upgrades under way
Tas Govt media release, 7 Mar 2019

LambPlanned redevelopment of school farms, increases in school farm teacher numbers and extra funding for school farm operations continue to be implemented, education minister Jeremy Rockliff says...



Ensure students are climate-change ready
studyinternational.com, 6 Mar 2019

CFlimate change (Image: KissPNG)Schools need to be ready to teach students about climate change, Study International staff say ...



Unfair outcome for government schools
The Conversation (opinion by Peter Goss), 6 Mar 2019

MoneyState schools actually receive less funding than is identified in their needs-based targets, a Grattan Institute researcher says ...



Meningococcal death followed school absence
ABC News, 5 Mar 2019

Meningococcal diseaseA 16-year-old St Mary's College girl who was absent from school on the day A, C, W and Y meningococcal vaccines were administered died from the W strain of the disease less than four months later...



Launceston College labs upgrade
Tas Govt media release, 2 Mar 2019

A $750,000 tender has been advertised to provide refurbished science laboratories at Launceston College...



Reading Challenge looms
Tas Govt media release, 1 Mar 2019

Reading ChallengeThe 2019 Tasmanian Premier's Reading Challenge will run from Mon 29 April to Fri 5 July 2019. School registrations finish on Fri 15 March. Student registrations run from Mon 18 March to Fri 5 April

Bullet Tasmanian Premier's Reading Challenge website






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