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2018 26 February

ET News Digest
Your Weekly Education Newsletter

Health and Wellbeing survey reveals many principals feel overworked, stressed and often threatened

The more things change the more they stay the same and being a school principal remains a hard-working, stressful occupation, which operates under the threat of violence and actual violence. Principals are also significantly unhappier than most everybody else, so says the just-released Principal Health and Wellbeing survey. Read more


$50k Yamaha music grant

Yamaha Music Australia is looking to give Australia’s 3.7 million students a musical start to the new school year with the launch of its second Great Start Grant – a nationwide initiative that will see one school awarded a $50,000 grant, plus an exclusive performance from Dami Im, Australia’s X-Factor winner.

     Following on from the inaugural success of the Great Start Grant 2017, this year’s grant will once again be searching for Australian schools in need of a helping hand to get their Music Performance Program off the ground. Read more

Tech and agriculture entrepreneurial learning program for Year 9 and 10 students

You wouldn’t immediately link agriculture and technology together but increasingly technology has become essential to how our food is grown.

     AgriFutures Australia and have joined forces to deliver an education program called AgriFutures™ that teaches students to solve the problems facing agriculture using innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset. Read more


Data and equity make learning visible: an Invitational Road Map

Making learning visible within an invitational framework is central to school improvement at Clarkson Community High School (CCHS) in Western Australia. Overcoming inequalities associated with the Index for Community and Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) and associated background factors of disadvantage, has provided a challenging context for school improvement and reform. An emphasis on research and data has focused teachers’ attention on the why, how and what of accelerating student learning. Read more


Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge kicks off for 2018

The Premiers’ Reading Challenge 2018 is expected to attract 250,000 eager readers this year, it’s a good program having been the catalyst for millions of books read by students in the state.
     Over 2.5 million young Victorians have read 45 million books since the Challenge launched in 2005 – enough books to fill almost 11 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Some 250,400 participants read nearly 4 million books last year. Read more

SA business and education working together on STEAM

It looks like education and industry are beginning to work together on the direction that STEAM education will take if the SMARTSchool which opened this week on the Uni SA’s Magill campus is any indication. The $4 million facility will host students from Reception to Year 12. Read more


10,000 students have access to new tech school in central Victoria

The new Ballarat Tech School has opened, giving students from 15 secondary schools in Ballarat access to the latest technology and innovative learning programs.

     It is the third of 10 Tech Schools to open under the Government’s $128 million Tech School initiative.

     The school includes an IT and virtual reality lab, along with project spaces dedicated to locally identified industry areas. Read more