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NT school praised

The controversial My School 2.0 website has brought needed recognition to a disadvantaged primary school in suburban Darwin, federal education minister Peter Garrett has said. The website, launched last week, showed Manunda Terrace Primary School - one of the poorest ...

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My School 2.0 goes live tomorrow

The funding schools receive and their academic performance over time will be detailed for the first time tomorrow, when the long-awaited My School 2.0 goes live. On top of the existing function of comparing individual school's academic results, based on ...

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From the ground up

Queensland principals and parents will be asked for their ideas to improve the state's school system. The new education minister, Cameron Dick, on Monday announced a series of workshops to identify what works in schools and where the gaps are. ...

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WA’s new walk to school initiative

The West Australian government wants more children to walk or cycle to school to reduce childhood obesity and traffic congestion. The government is backing a program called Choose Active Transport to encourage children and their parents to find alternatives to ...

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A friend in need…

Adelaide has offered to take at least 500 first year university students from her earthquake-stricken sister city of Christchurch. The University of Adelaide will accept students from the University of Canterbury in the faculties of Arts, Engineering, Commerce and Marketing. ...

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Unpopular recruitment rule to go: SA

The South Australian government plans to drop a rule that forces teachers to move schools after 10 years under new recruitment measures. The government has released a draft policy designed to attract the best teaching staff into state schools. Education ...

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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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