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In The Classroom

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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Opening the curtains to thinking

SPECIAL REPORT: DRAMA If schools wish to prepare students for success in the 21st century, we have to rethink the curriculum structure as a whole - and the place of educational drama and theatre. The recent 2010 European study, Drama ...

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Turning emotions into income

SPECIAL REPORT: DRAMA Drama, along with all the arts, has long claimed its place in the education of children, young people and adults. Over the years a range of arguments has been used to support and secure this claim and ...

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Real life doesn’t happen on a screen

SPECIAL REPORT: DRAMA When you hear about educational initiatives that aim to prepare students for the future you could be forgiven for thinking the future is going to be populated by little brains attached to a digital interface. There seems ...

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Helping the invisible children

SPECIAL REPORT International rates suggest dyspraxia affects one in 30 children, however, it is rarely diagnosed in Australia, as opposed to autism, of which there is a 300 per cent higher incidence here than overseas. Already there are voices in ...

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