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Alcohol at school fundraisers criticized

Parents and principals are being warned that using alcohol for school fundraisings may be sending mixed messages to children. The Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) has written to every school principal in the country asking them to reconsider the ...

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Tick of approval for computers in schools

The federal government's computers in schools program has had a generally positive review by the Commonwealth Auditor-General. Labor's $2.2 billion National Secondary Schools Computer Fund aims to give all students in Years 9 to 12 access to a computer by ...

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The great outdoors?

Poorly designed neighbourhoods can sow the seeds for ‘couch potato’ children, an Australian study has found. Research which looked at children growing up in suburban Melbourne has identified a link between activity levels and the quality and availability of public ...

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SA reviewing bullying procedures

South Australia will conduct a review of bullying in schools following a recent assault of a high school student who was knocked unconscious. State education minister Jay Weatherill has appointed former education department boss Bill Cossey to conduct the review, ...

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Sink or swim

Most school principals and other school leaders sent to the bush are inexperienced and almost half admit to being ill-prepared for their roles, a survey has found. Releasing details on Tuesday, John Halsey, a professor of rural education at Adelaide's ...

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Extreme weather shuts schools

Even though Cyclone Carlos has been downgraded to a tropical low, after battering Darwin with gale force winds and heavy rains last night, schools remain closed today. ABC Online reported that Police Commissioner John McRoberts said while the system was ...

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Disability review underway

Educators have welcomed the review of disabled students’ education entitlements, announced by the government on Tuesday. Independent Education Union of Australia (IEUA) federal secretary Chris Watt said the needs of disabled students were not being met and schools were struggling ...

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Chaplains review underway

The review of the National School Chaplaincy Program is well and truly underway with the government releasing the discussion paper last Friday. The paper seeks the community’s views about how the program may be targeted and expanded, including how the ...

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Defence gap-year programs cut

Defence has made deep cuts to its gap-year program, suspending the RAAF intake and more than halving the number of navy entrants this year. Only the army intake remains unchanged at 317. The changes reflected Defence's strong improvement in both ...

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Mind the gap

Prime Minister Julia Gillard wants indigenous people to take greater responsibility for improving their own lives, after admitting the task was proving difficult for government. Gillard yesterday delivered Labor's third report card on actions taken to improve indigenous health, employment ...

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