Monthly Archives : May 2021

Year 9 NAPLAN writing results the best predictor of HSC success: study

That compares with one in 20 below the minimum standard in reading and in numeracy. A major review by the NSW Education Standards Authority, obtained by the Herald last year, also showed teachers lacked the skills, knowledge and confidence to teach writing, as well as the training and resources that…

Writing is a critical life skill and it’s time to focus on it

“Words create sentences; sentences create paragraphs; sometimes paragraphs quicken and begin to breathe,” Stephen King wrote in his memoir, On Writing, with a delightful use of the semicolon. But in NSW, far too few school students know how to bring their words to life. Many are leaving school without the…

Anti-vaccination, anti-lockdown protesters clash with police at Melbourne rally

Police have tackled a number of men to the ground in North Melbourne after an anti-lockdown and vaccination protest in downtown Melbourne turned violent. At least five men were arrested, with one man bleeding from the head and police deploying OC spray during the scuffle with protesters on Victoria Street….

Archbishop says cashed up Catholic schools must learn from state schools

“They regularly beat us in academic results. By any measure [such as international assessments and NAPLAN], they all tell us this. “We’ve got to be doing better academically, for no reason other than a purely pragmatic one in that the [Catholic] tribe does not carry people into the school anymore,…

Universities Have No “Bottom Line”

BOULDER, CO University of Colorado students returning to campus, fall 2020. Getty Images I have been spending a lot of time lately pondering the measurement of academic success. How do we know whether a university is doing a good job or not? A fine and decent man, Duane Nellis, recently…

The ‘difficult choice’ new NSW schools’ boss made for her daughter

The new head of NSW’s 2200 public schools says she sends one of her two daughters to a private school because she believes in parents’ rights to make the best decision for their children. Georgina Harrisson, who was named as the new secretary of the NSW Department of Education on…

‘Risk-appropriate’ travel plan key to unlocking border

At 95, my wife and I recently had our first vaccination at our local GP’s. It was a memorable experience: well organised, compassionate, efficient attention, painless jab, no after-effects whatsoever and peace of mind. Highly recommended, if only for selfish reasons. – Jim Ayling, Kirrawee Dutton’s war on wokeism weaponises…

School climate strikes resume

School climate strikes resume School climate strikes resume We’re sorry, this service is currently unavailable. Please try again later. Dismiss Skip to sections navigationSkip to contentSkip to footer 8 Images Thousands of NSW students walked out of classrooms on Friday in Sydney as part of a mass call for climate…

Thousands of students join climate rally in Melbourne

Loading “Everyone’s super excited. They understand it’s a really important fight.” Charli said her school had been supportive of the striking students. “They understand the importance of building women who fight for their future,” she said. The Melbourne event was one of about 50 planned across the country, with large…

School climate strikes resume around Australia with more to come

NSW students have vowed to continue regular strikes for climate action, defying inclement weather and a demand by the NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell to stay in school. Thousands of students and participants from environmental groups gathered in Sydney’s CBD on Friday for the first major climate strike since the…