Australia Education
Safe Schools faces uncertain future in Victoria, despite high sign-up rate
Nazi recruitment posters plastered around university campus
ACT parenting body says children missing out on preschool
Local Roundup: Minico blows out Australian team
Indian School Girl Drowns In Australia
Apocalypse of James: Lost original Greek text of banned Bible book found at Oxford University
University of Canberra degree completion rates hit record low
Maths teacher Eddie Woo to deliver the Australia Day address in NSW
2018-01-18 08:11:45 Eddie Woo's dream of taking maths to the masses is becoming a reality. The maths teacher is not only a global YouTube sensation with his maths channel – which has more than 160,000 subscribers – but the 32-year-old is also in the running for a $US1 million global teaching award. The head teacher at Cherrybrook Technology High will also give this year's Australia Day address in NSW – the first time a classroom teacher has been asked to give the high profile speech   Read More ...
'Severe moral crisis': what I know about selective school students
2018-01-17 16:18:59 Over a decade ago, I didn't get into a selective high school. At age 11, I felt like my life was over. In the words of my Chinese migrant parents, I would only be able to make a living as a prostitute or a garbage man. For the previous three years, I had spent my Saturdays at coaching cram schools run by Chinese migrant franchises who did not care about your progress or whether you could not keep up; they only wanted to keep you there for their profits   Read More ...
Health top pick for Queensland students
2018-01-17 12:24:24 Health courses dominated Queensland students' first preferences after the second swag of university offers was released this week. The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre released offers to more than 35,000 students across two dates - December 21 and January 16. James Cook University's Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery was the most popular university course choice for Queensland students, with 2404 putting the undergraduate degree as their first preference   Read More ...
Cuts will see 10,000 potential students miss out, universities warn
2018-01-17 07:02:20 Ten thousand students will miss out on government funding for university this year, peak body Universities Australia says, as the sector looks to accommodate $2.2 billion in funding cuts by the Turnbull government. More than 190,000 students are expected to commence university from March, after a similar number graduated last year, but the government has frozen public funding at 2017 levels   Read More ...
Keeping selective schools true to their vision
2018-01-16 14:15:16 When the school-by-school breakdown of the annual HSC results is released, one thing that remains fairly consistent is the domination enjoyed by the state's selective schools. In 2017, as in the previous year, there were eight selectives among the top 10 performing high schools. Good news? Well, maybe, but like anything else to do with official policy towards gifted students, even this statistic sends experts and commentators with strong views rushing to their bunkers   Read More ...
Cuts will see 10,000 potential students miss out, universities warn
2018-01-16 14:14:19 Ten thousand students will miss out on government funding for university this year, peak body Universities Australia says, as the sector looks to accommodate $2.2 billion in funding cuts by the Turnbull government. More than 190,000 students are expected to commence university from March, after a similar number graduated last year, but the government has frozen public funding at 2017 levels   Read More ...
Fewer students make the grade for teaching courses as new standards take effect
2018-01-16 14:14:16 Victorian students are abandoning teaching courses as tough new entry standards come into force. But those embarking on a teaching career are achieving much higher ATARs than their predecessors. For the first time, Victorian school leavers wanting to study undergraduate teaching this year had to achieve a minimum ATAR of 65. The change coincided with a 22 per cent decline in offers made to aspiring teachers in the first round of university offers, an analysis by The Age found   Read More ...
First round offers: It's getting harder to get into university
2018-01-16 06:11:43 It became harder to get into university this year. After a nervous wait over summer, tens of thousands of school leavers found out on Tuesday whether they had been accepted into their preferred university course. But fewer students received a first round offer, although more school leavers are vying to study at university. The first round of offers revealed students are flocking to nursing, Victoria's most popular university course has become easier to get into and medicine remains the most competitive degree   Read More ...
The university courses the most people are applying for this year
2018-01-16 06:10:50 Thousands of Victorian students will this afternoon receive their university offers, and find out if their VCE results were enough to score them a place in the subject of their choice. More than 65,000 people have applied for a tertiary place through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre, seeking a spot in one of more than 1800 courses that are offered in the state   Read More ...
UWA graduates ranked least employable in WA
2018-01-16 03:09:04 Notre Dame University graduates are the most employable in Western Australia while alumni from the prestigious University of Western Australia struggle the most to get a job, a government-funded survey has found. The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching Graduate Outcome Survey 2017, released on Friday, showed Notre Dame had the highest full-time graduate employment rate (79.1%) and the best graduate pay rate ($62,000)   Read More ...
ANU College company Study Group Australia's registration cancelled by Australian Skills Quality Authority
2018-01-16 02:08:30 The company that runs ANU College has had its registration cancelled by the vocational education and training regulator for failing to comply with a suite of requirements linked to the VET Quality Framework. ANU College, run by Study Group Australia, charges international students almost $40,000 for courses it says will help gain placement at the Australian National University. The Australian Skills Quality Authority has also written to Study Group Australia requiring it to cancel a number of VET qualifications and statements of attainment where the organisation did not provide the assessment necessary for those qualifications to be issued   Read More ...
The university courses the most people are applying for this year
2018-01-16 01:10:53 Thousands of Victorian students will this afternoon receive their university offers, and find out if their VCE results were enough to score them a place in the subject of their choice. More than 65,000 people have applied for a tertiary place through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre, seeking a spot in one of more than 1800 courses that are offered in the state   Read More ...
Australian Scholarships Group says Canberra's schools among most affordable
2018-01-15 15:14:39 New analysis by an education investment fund has found Canberra families could pay more than $400,000 for a child born this year to go through the independent school system. The Australian Scholarships Group has estimated parents of children born in 2018 could fork out $424,844 for 13 years of private schooling, $234,975 for a faith-based education and $50,145 to go through the public system   Read More ...
Unfair that HSC scaling system benefits selective school students
2018-01-15 14:14:45 I've yet to see a better argument against selective schools ("We'd all miss out if selective schools were dismantled", January 13-14). Grace Leung admits that the HSC scaling system benefits selective school students over comprehensive school students. How can this ever be justifiable? Penelope Smith, Lane Cove. Students in comprehensive schools do not get "shot down for being bright" or "teased" for wanting to do well, Ms Leung   Read More ...
Focus on VCE English essays is a glitch in the system
2018-01-15 14:14:38 Many VCE students woke up on Tuesday anxiously awaiting an offer for tertiary education in 2018. I felt it was timely to share with you the journey my son had to take after completing year 12 in 2016 and finally enrolling in his chosen course. A strong maths and science student, he worked hard during his VCE to achieve good results and secure a place in a computer science degree   Read More ...
Selecting the right path for gifted students
2018-01-14 14:10:49 We are fortunate in Australia to have a number of selective schools as an option to address the educational and related needs of gifted and high-ability students. In particular, the NSW Department of Education should be applauded for its initiative not only in establishing and maintaining almost 50 of these schools, but also for their diversity. Selective schools are located in both urban and non-urban areas, enrol varying percentages of students of non-English-language backgrounds, and are found in both socio-economically privileged and disadvantaged parts of the state   Read More ...
Radford College introduces compulsory building levy for 2018 school year
2018-01-14 14:10:13 Families enrolling at Radford College for the first time this year will be slugged with a compulsory $1190 building levy ahead of an ambitious campus redevelopment aimed at expanding the school by 25 per cent. The introduction of the fee means families of year 11 and 12 students starting at Radford in February will pay almost $2000 more than those who enrolled in 2017   Read More ...
Bringing back a language only 50 people can speak
2018-01-13 14:08:14 All that's left of the Gamilaraay language from northern NSW and southern Queensland are a few phrases spoken by fewer than 50 people. "The language stopped changing 70 or 80 years ago," said John Giacon, a lecturer at the Australian National University who is trying to bring the language back from the brink of extinction. "Many of the things we want to talk about today, there are no words for them   Read More ...
The Sydney high school built three years ago that is already full
2018-01-12 11:11:30 One of Sydney's newest schools, The Ponds High, is full just three years after it was built and before it even has years 11 and 12, prompting concerns that the NSW Department of Education has underestimated swelling enrolments in public high schools. The north-west school was designed for 1200 students when it opened to its first cohort of 180 year 7 students in 2015   Read More ...
McGowan reverses education cuts, backflips on Schools of the Air closure after backlash
2018-01-11 08:13:49 The WA Government has backflipped on a controversial plan to shut down the state's Schools of the Air (SOTA), following an angry backlash from families in isolated and regional areas. Premier Mark McGowan and Education Minister Sue Ellery revealed the Government would reverse its decision to close all five schools at the end of this year, saying the Government had taken its efforts to find savings too far   Read More ...
ANU on a high after tie-up with Australian university
2018-01-10 20:39:40 Enthused by signing of MoU with Curtin University of Australia, Acharya Nagarjuna University plans to go for collaborations with more foreign universities in the new academic year, its Vice-Chancellor A. Rajendra Prasad said here on Wednesday. “Universities, especially from China and Japan, are keen on collaboration with ANU,” Prof. Rajendra Prasad said after inaugurating an NSS unit at the PG centre here   Read More ...
Why 7 adults impersonated students at a Kansas high school
2018-01-10 14:36:25 But a new series, “Undercover High,” turns that fiction into reality. The docuseries, which premiered Tuesday night in the US, follows seven twenty-somethings from different backgrounds who spend a semester posing as students in a high school in Highland Park, a suburb of Topeka, Kansas City. Unlike their fictional counterparts, the “students” here aren’t police officers looking to bust a drug ring or journalists looking for a scoop   Read More ...
Great school levelling seen as throwback to the 1950s
2018-01-10 14:17:30 Education Minister Rob Stokes wants selective public schools to accept local enrolments so that they are "inclusive of everyone" ("Open up selective schools: minister", January 10). Academic excellence expresses a talent that deserves encouragement and support like any other talent. To contend that selective schools are inherently elitist is a crass, populist throwback to the anti-intellectualism that so stifled Australia in the 1950s   Read More ...
Depending on what State you're in, you may not be recognised as a student
2018-01-10 10:11:46 Students studying full-time at universities outside of NSW are being forced to pay full adult price fares when catching public transport, with students saying it is "unfair". Under the NSW Transport Guidelines, a student studying full-time at a NSW university is eligible for discounted rates on transport. However, the student must reside in NSW to receive the benefits. Courtney Love-Foster, who is originally from Sydney and is currently living and studying at ANU in Canberra, is just one of many students who wasn't aware of this law and almost learnt the hard way when she was visiting her family in NSW   Read More ...
School holidays dragging on? Our guide to keeping the kids entertained
2018-01-10 05:08:55 With the Christmas presents now gathering dust and the beach getaway now just memories the school holidays can begin to drag on. We've compiled a list of events and workshops for all ages to help get you through those last few weeks. Cockburn Gateway has a Smurf Village which includes a walk-through, life-sized village, mushroom houses and Smurf displays. There's also an art exhibition with original drawings by Smurfs' creator Peyo plus a craft zone   Read More ...
Gonski 2.0: the Canberra private schools receiving extra funds revealed
2018-01-09 12:30:09 Nine independent schools scheduled for annual funding increases under Gonski 2.0 will also receive extra "adjustment assistance" money from the federal government. The Association of Independent Schools of the ACT said the extra funds came after the government pledged to maintain system-weighted funding for Canberra's Catholic schools for the 2018 school year. New documents show schools receiving additional cash on top of a slight increase in recurrent funding include Canberra Girls Grammar, which will receive a one-off payment of $291,508, and Trinity Christian School, which will be given $245,874   Read More ...
Open up selective schools for more 'inclusive' education, says Rob Stokes
2018-01-09 11:02:13 Education Minister Rob Stokes says opening up selective schools to local students would create a more equitable education system, as the NSW Department of Education reviews the decades-old system for teaching the state's brightest students. Mr Stokes said the selective system should not "create a rigid, separated public education system". "While recognising that selective schools have a history and are popular, is it correct that local kids must walk past a local public selective school that is closed to them?" he said   Read More ...
Melbourne Christian school changes tune on turbans
2018-01-09 11:02:03 A Melbourne Christian school has amended its uniform policy after being found to have discriminated against a young Sikh boy because he wore a turban. The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in September found Melton Christian College breached the Equal Opportunity Act by not allowing Sidhak Singh Arora, then aged five, to attend the school wearing a patka, or children's turban   Read More ...
Princess Charlotte celebrates first day of nursery school with proud pictures from mum
2018-01-08 20:18:39 Princess Charlotte's first day at nursery school has been marked by the release of two pictures taken by her proud mother, the Duchess of Cambridge. The two-year-old, who is fourth in line to the throne, was photographed at Kensington Palace before travelling to nearby Willcocks Nursery School. Charlotte is pictured sitting down on some outside steps in the grounds of the famous palace and another standing as she holds onto a rail   Read More ...
The universities with the highest employer satisfaction ratings
2018-01-08 09:07:33 Employers are far more happy with graduates from smaller universities than with those from the bigger "group of eight" institutions, with students from James Cook University in Queensland receiving the highest satisfaction ratings in Australia and graduates from the University of Wollongong rated most favourably in NSW, a new national survey has found. The Department of Education and Training's 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey, which received responses from more than 4300 workplace supervisors of recent graduates, also found that only 56 per cent of university graduates and 64 per cent of their employers think university degrees are important or very important to their current jobs   Read More ...
'Cultural invasion': Iran bans English in primary schools
2018-01-08 08:09:32 Dubai: Iran has banned the teaching of English in primary schools, a senior education official said, after Islamic leaders warned that early learning of the language opened the way to a Western "cultural invasion". "Teaching English in government and non-government primary schools in the official curriculum is against laws and regulations," Mehdi Navid-Adham, head of the state-run High Education Council, told state television late on Saturday   Read More ...
The secret to better school results is outside the classroom
2018-01-07 14:12:17 I wasn't always a high school teacher, I started my working life in the Australian Regular Army in the mid '90s and I did a stint as a police officer in far north Queensland. Before that, I went to school in the country, came from a dysfunctional family and played a lot of sport. I might be a small woman but I can pull out a big voice when I need one   Read More ...
Safe Schools faces uncertain future in Victoria, despite high sign-up rate
2018-01-06 22:10:39 The future of Safe Schools in Victoria is under a cloud, despite the fact that most of the state's secondary schools have already signed up. Education Department figures reveal that 321 secondary schools are now participating in the program, leaving the Andrews government only 83 schools short of meeting its commitment to roll it out across the entire state secondary system   Read More ...
Safe Schools faces uncertain future in Victoria, despite high sign-up rate
2018-01-06 08:09:43 The future of Safe Schools in Victoria is under a cloud, despite the fact that three quarters of the state's secondary schools have already signed up. Education Department figures reveal that 321 secondary schools are now participating in the program, leaving the Andrews government only 83 schools short of meeting its commitment to roll it out across the entire state secondary system   Read More ...
Apple Launches 'Back to University' Promo in Australia/New Zealand: Free Beats With Mac or iPad Pro
2018-01-05 22:00:42 Apple today launched its annual Back to University promotion in Australia and New Zealand, offering the choice of a free pair of Beats Solo3, BeatsX, or Powerbeats3 headphones to qualifying students, teachers, lecturers, and educational staff members who purchase an eligible Mac for a limited time. Eligible models include any MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, iMac Pro, or Mac Pro, including custom configurations   Read More ...
Push for the International Baccalaureate to be in NSW public schools
2018-01-05 15:12:18 The NSW Department of Education is investigating how other states offer the International Baccalaureate in public schools in a signal that NSW could introduce the diploma as an alternative to the HSC. NSW is the only state in Australia that does not allow the IB in any public schools but the diploma has been growing in popularity in private schools across Sydney, with 14 schools last year offering the program in year 12 and several others introducing it into their primary years   Read More ...
Best 50 WA schools revealed as Perth Modern tops the class
2018-01-05 10:08:35 Western Australia's only academically selective public school, Perth Modern, has been awarded the state's top academic achievement for the third year in a row. Subiaco's Perth Modern topped the list for schools with the highest average ATAR, or Australian Tertiary Admission Rank score, with a median score of 95.90 achieved by 223 Year 12 students. The upper end of the list was filled by mostly private schools - with Manjimup Senior High School - the only other public school to crack the top 10   Read More ...
The most sought after WA university degrees in 2018
2018-01-05 10:08:26 As thousands of West Australian graduates wait to learn if they have been accepted into university, WAtoday has crunched the numbers on which courses are the most sought after. Tertiary Institutions Service Centre data has revealed what degrees were most commonly listed as a Year 12 school leaver's first preference for university entry at Curtin, Murdoch, Edith Cowan and UWA's metropolitan campuses   Read More ...
NSW students receive their International Baccalaureate results
2018-01-04 08:09:03 For two Sydney girls, scoring a perfect mark in their final year 12 exams also means they are the top students in the world. Ravenswood student Ashley Masters, and St Paul's Grammar School student, Sarah Bakker, join a very select group of students around the world who achieved the highest possible result - 45 out of 45 - in their International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) results, released in Australia on Thursday   Read More ...
ATAR results: International Baccalaureate students receive their scores
2018-01-04 04:07:04 Hundreds of Australian students have received their International Baccalaureate results today, almost three weeks after their VCE and HSC counterparts. Lauriston Girls' School student Caitlin Louey was overjoyed when she opened the envelope containing her scores on Thursday morning - relieved her grades were likely high enough to secure her a place studying medicine at Monash. Her friends Isabel Nakonieczny and Cassandra Murrell were also delighted at how they had fared and were glad the suspense was finally over   Read More ...