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Shall I compare thee to a rabbit

Students throughout the Sydney region are being encouraged by teachers to get creative, as part of a literacy competition called The Poetry Object. The competition, run by The Red Room Company, encourages primary and secondary students as well as their ...

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US student exchange group hits a hurdle

The San Diego-based Pacific Intercultural Exchange (PIE) has been suspended from the US visa program used by students on exchange trips over undisclosed rule violations. The US State Department says the suspension affects eight students currently in the US and ...

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Education aid for Burma announced

Australia will spend $80 million over the next four years in an attempt to increase the number of Burmese children completing primary school. Foreign Minister Bob Carr on Saturday announced the new funding while visiting AusAID education projects in Burma. ...

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From little things big things grow

Having spent three and a half decades in the education system, Lou Single has learnt a thing or two about teaching, young people and the challenges that come from disadvantage. For the past eight years Single has been working at ...

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Build it and they will come

With soaring ceilings, modern pops of colour and clever pockets for play and retreat that maximise every spare centimetre of space, the redesign of St Joseph’s Primary School has had a transformative effect on students and teachers. As a result ...

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Courts to decide on religion classes

Sex, politics and religion, once taboo subjects in polite conversation, are now common fodder for robust debate and protest in our communities. But no subject is so divisive and capable of generating such intense passion as religion, especially when it ...

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Swapping asphalt for grassy hideaways

Landscape fulfils two essential roles in children’s lives and education; as a place of play and as a place to experience nature. In today’s society, both of these things are diminishing or being challenged. Why is this? And why is ...

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A lack of chemistry

Just as the country was quietly winding down for the Christmas break, the long-running discussion about declining enrolments in science in the senior years took an interesting turn. The Australian Academy of Science released a report which claimed that year ...

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Reading, writing, return on investment?

Two years ago, central city high school Perth Modern was doing pretty well. It ranked third among government schools and 18th on the contentious Western Australia Curriculum Council league tables, representing year 12 students with scores in the top third ...

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