The Le@rning Federation has added further learning objects and digital resources to its growing collection of online curriculum for schools. Its September release of new items includes learning objects for Mathematics, Literacy, Science, Studies of Australia, Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian, Business and
The Leadership Toolkit is a workshop for current and aspiring female leaders. It is part of the Australian Women & Leadership Forums (AWLF). One-day workshops will be held in different cities from October to December. See the AWLF website for details.
The Minister for Education, Science and Training, Julie Bishop, has announced Australian Government funding of $1 million for a new early childhood science travelling program. Questacon SciencePlay will be Australia’s first outreach program for early childhood science discovery and will travel to regional, rural and remote Australia, including Indigenous communities. See Ministerial media statement, 19 October 2006.
New South Wales Education Minister Carmel Tebbutt has released a new strategy to support students in Years 5 to 9, particularly during their transition from primary to secondary school. Our Middle Years Learners: Engaged, Resilient, Successful will aim to build better links between primary and secondary schools by coordinating transition activities and units of school work, supporting orientation programs; encouraging the establishment of home room groups to provide students with an opportunity to meet and get to know their new classmates and teachers; coordinating school work; and systematically monitoring every child’s progress from primary to high school. See Departmental media statement, 11 October 2006.
Nominations are invited for the 2006 Australian Careers Service (ACS) Judith Leeson Award for Excellence in Career Teaching. The award is open to all government, independent, Catholic and other denominational schools in
Experienced maths and science teachers are being asked to consider leadership roles in a regional South Australian school. A new pilot program, C-Change, will seek to attract specialist teachers to relocate to country regions for at least four years.
New South Wales Education Minister, Carmel Tebbutt, has indicated that she will strongly defend the retention of the State's Higher School Certificate (HSC) against moves to replace it with national curriculum and assessment arrangements. See article in the Daily Telegraph, 16 October 2006.
There has been a cost overrun on a project to replace school management systems used in more than 1,200 public schools in Queensland, according to a report in The Australian, 17 October 2006. Other States intending to update or replace school management systems include Victoria and South Australia. See also the report on South Australian school infrastructure funding in The Advertiser, 17 October 2006.
In Northern New South Wales, Macquarie University has come together with local high schools and Aboriginal Land Councils to raise awareness of science. Local Indigenous students, trained by scientists from the Indigenous Bioresources Research Group (IBRG) at Macquarie, made use of everyday items to demonstrate ways of exploring science to hundreds of junior students. These activities are the latest in an ongoing collaborative partnership between the IBRG and local Aboriginal Land Councils. A major focus of the partnership has been on training Indigenous students from Year 10 and above to facilitate hands-on activities and explain the science behind the activities to their fellow students and the public. See item in Macquarie University News, October 2006.