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2017 (25) 14 July 2017


ET News Digest
Your Weekly Education Newsletter
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Wording up on dyslexia

Understanding dyslexia and how to support students – Annie Facchinetti

If you can read this effortlessly, you are not one of the estimated 10 per cent of Australians who have dyslexia (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 2000), a figure that makes it particularly surprising that it has only recently been recognised as a category of exceptionality in Australia. Part of the problem stems from the lack of clarity and agreement about the very definition of dyslexia. This is further compounded by the abounding volume of information, and misinformation, about the condition. What is indisputable, however, is the importance of literacy to being able to function effectively in our society (National Literacy Trust, 2017). Understanding dyslexia and how to support students who exhibit dyslexic characteristics, is therefore critical for educators. Read More

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Write a letter... receive a letter: learning by writing letters earns a royal reply

Manyallaluk School, a remote school 100 km north-east of Katherine, is using letter writing as a strategy to engage students in literacy through creating authentic writing experiences.

 

Queen Elizabeth and Essendon Football Club megastars have received letters from junior and senior primary students at the school.

 

To the delight of students, they have received replies from Mary Robinson, Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Elizabeth and the Essendon Football Club. Read More

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Perth Steiner School principal quits as second student develops Measles

Mr Jean-Michel David resigned from his position as principal of the Perth Waldorf School last week following a possible outbreak of Measles at the school where a second student has been infected. The student has been isolated at home and is not considered as a risk to others, a Health Department spokesperson said.

 

Mr David stood as a candidate for the 2014 Victorian election on an anti-vaccination platform and specifically laws banning children not immunised from enrolling in kindergartens and childcare. Read More

SA introduces tougher penalties for offensive behaviour in schools

 

There will be tougher penalties to anyone who behaves in an offensive or abusive manner on school grounds, under proposed changes in the Education and Children’s Services Bill 2017.


New penalties – up to $2500 – will apply to those who behave in an offensive manner or use abusive, threatening or insulting language towards principals, teachers and other staff at government and non-government schools Read More

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Former VIC primary school principal sentenced following IBAC investigation

 

A former Victorian primary school principal has been convicted and placed on a two-year good behaviour bond following an investigation into allegations of corrupt conduct by senior officers of the Department of Education and Training (DET).
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New cleaning contracts in VIC schools

 

After multiple investigations over the past 12 months of cleaning staff being underpaid and mistreated while working in government schools, the Victorian Government has announced a complete overhaul of cleaner procurement. A United Voice union survey of 300 cleaners found 80 per cent were being paid below-award rates, with one woman claiming to earn as little as $2.63 per hour, cash-in-hand, in her first week of work. Read More

Children not OK with peers' anti-social behaviour

 

Children have the same capacity as adults to make judgements on the anti-social behaviour of others, from around the age of seven. A study led by University of Queensland's School of Psychology researcher Matti Wilks found that older children (aged 7–8), but not younger ones (aged 4–5), see antisocial behaviour as an important influence on their social groups. Read More

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Dancers kick off NSW HSC exams 

The first HSC performance exams in NSW have started with Stage 6 subject – Dance. Around 1000 Dance students will perform over the coming weeks, along with almost 5000 Drama students and nearly 6000 Music students.

 

More than one-third of this year’s 77,000 students are taking one of nine HSC subjects with a practical or performance component. Read More

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Qld girls urged to study STEM subjects
Former Emmaus College Rockhampton student, Claire Cranitch is hoping to have more Queensland schoolgirls involved in Physics, in her role as event coordinator of the national Growing Tall Poppies program.


The fourth-year student is passionate about science but fears a misconception of how complex the study can be inevitably scares individuals away. 
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$450,000 funding for Adelaide Crows Growing with Gratitude program

 

The SA Government will provide $450,000 over three years to the Adelaide Crows to expand the Growing with Gratitude health and wellbeing program for school children, with a particular focus on regional areas.

 

The program is delivered by the Crows’ community team to 150 South Australian schools each year. It aims to help teachers, students and families easily develop the habits of gratitude, kindness and mindfulness that have been identified as the stepping stones to greater happiness and success. Read More Ambassador Shaun Tait