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2019 (39) 11 November

ET News Digest
Your Weekly Education Newsletter

Rates of peer aggression defeat anti-bullying initiatives
Rising rates of bullying and decreasing student well-being amongst primary and secondary students need to be addressed with evidence based approaches.
   A recent study by Dr Grace Skrzypiec and Dr Mirella Wyra of Flinders University says that current anti-bullying initiatives, while heading in the right direction, have not yet curbed peer aggression in schools and calls for a “more systematic and evidence-based approach” to reduce increasing rates. Read more


Atlantis Beach school’s off grid solution
For a new college in WA with no connection to the grid and dependent on diesel generators, going solar was the right option.
   Atlantis Beach Baptist College is a creative and innovative coeducational private Baptist College which commenced its first day with students on February 1st, 2017.
   Newly constructed and situated an hour north of Perth, the College is rapidly expanding to meet the needs of the growing community in Two Rocks, Yanchep and surrounds.
   Faced with unfeasible grid connection costs, ABBC had been operating solely on diesel generators since 2017. Read more


Berwick Primary finds life lessons through performance
Berwick Primary has been buzzing since its Wakakirri team beat out 290 schools to win the primary section of the story dance competition with their show Jack and the Giants.
   The win was made official this week with Adam Loxley Festival Director of Wakakirri presenting the team with their winner’s award at a special assembly. Obviously, the dancers were still energised by the whole experience, breaking into a spontaneous rendition of their story dance song and busting a few moves as they waited for the ceremony to begin. Read more


Get a STEM specialist in your school
At the latest STEM in Schools program tour students at more than 300 schools heard directly from professionals who tackle national challenges, ranging from climate change to our ageing population to food security, as part of their work in STEM.
   The annual event is part of the STEM in Schools program, run by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, to make STEM careers more visible and relatable. Read more


Internships boost young careers – more needed
It has been called many things over the years but giving young people work experience in their chosen field helps to launch careers. And while they are effective, internships are less common in Australia than they should be.
   Degrees that have internships as a component made for graduates who were more work ready and better able to find work post study and longer courses are also associated with better employment outcomes, independent of field of study and institution. Read more


Whittlesea tech School teams SteM students with industries of the future
Over two levels, the purpose-built facility links practical workshop and laboratory spaces housing high-tech tools and equipment to auditoriums, an industry hub, conference and meeting amenities, and a double-height central gallery and exhibition space running the length of the building. Read more


Learn to code with Lanie
Helena Ingram is the author of Lanie Learns to Code and the recent founder of Tuxedo Park Labs, a blockchain development firm with a focus on foreign investment and international growth for e-commerce companies.  Her new children’s book, Lanie Learns to Code, will be launching on Kickstarter very soon.
   "STEM is the future, so are kids, so it only makes sense that we teach it to them from a young age. I started with robotic and science competitions when I was eight years old, then at fourteen, I discovered coding and started my first startup," she says.
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