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2017 (41) 9 October 2017

ET News Digest
Your Weekly Education Newsletter

Citizenship education: making It count

Keith Heggart describes Justice Citizens: a successful participatory program for Year 9 students at a low fee paying Catholic school in Sydney’s West


The idea of citizenship is certainly very topical at the moment amongst Australian politicians, especially those searching for a boost in the polls or a distraction from other issues. While the proposed changes to Australian citizenship tests, including an increased emphasis on English language proficiency, appear to be stalled in the Senate, there remains much discussion in the public sphere about what it means to be an Australian citizen, and what kinds of values an Australian citizen should demonstrate. Read More


Award-winning theatre works to tour Qld schools in 2018

Queensland Music Festival (QMF) has revealed its 2018 Youth Touring program that will bring some of Australia’s most exciting award-winning artists and works into Queensland schools. 


To ensure small and remote schools have access to performances and workshops, QMF is offering much lower minimum booking numbers when compared with similar organisations. Read More

Winners of 2017 NGS Super Scholarship Awards announced

Winners of the 2017 NGS Super Scholarship Awards have been announced. Formerly known as the Dedicated to the Dedicated Awards, the awards encourage the professional development of teachers, support staff and management staff of non-government schools while further enhancing the education sector. The winners will each receive a $5000 scholarship. Read More


Scholarship Winner Brett Salakas


Vic flagship language-learning disability program announced

Variety Victoria and Melbourne-based charity SHINE have announced a strategic partnership to deliver the inaugural Variety SHINE Intensive Program (VSIP) in 2018. Under the directorship of Dr Carl Parsons; the January program has been running for 16 years. The multidisciplinary, evidence-based three-week long service provides intensive assessment, therapy and support for children aged 4-14 with Language Learning Disabilities. Read More

Canvas scores with RMIT, Uni Canberra and Uni Sydney

RMIT University, Australia's largest tertiary institution, the University of Canberra, which is ranked among the top 100 young universities in the world, and the University of Sydney, ranked in the top 50 universities globally, have implemented Canvas to deliver a flexible, progressive and student-centred approach to learning. Read More


New digital wellbeing platform will aid parents facing youth mental health problems

SchoolTV, a new digital content platform designed to deliver mental health information to parents via schools, is available now.


Fronted by leading child and adolescent psychologist, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, the platform delivers multi-media based resources on how parents can prevent and manage some of the urgent mental health issues facing young Australians. Read More


No age limits for next generation of NSW entrepreneurs

Primary school students and would-be teenage tycoons will have the chance to showcase their start-up business ideas at workshops designed to support budding entrepreneurs. Initiate 48 will teach students how to build a real business, connect them with industry leaders, investors and fellow young entrepreneurs in just 48 hours. Read More


Phonice spelling resource Sound Waves Online wins education publishing award

Sunshine Coast-based Firefly Education has won the Best Student Resources – English (Literacy, Literature, Language) in the annual Education Publishing Awards for the second year in a row for the revamp of their successful phonemic spelling resource, Sound Waves Online. 

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