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Start of a new era

Children who survived the Black Saturday bushfires have celebrated the rebuilding of another school. Strathewen Primary School, razed during the February 2009 fires, officially opened its doors on Monday. "The return of kids to their primary school marks the start ...

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Warn kids of stranger danger: Police

Parents have been encouraged to discuss with their children how best to stay safe on their way to and from school. Police issued the reminder after reporting that two boys were approached by a man who told them to get ...

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Detention centre changes welcomed

Schools asked to cater for the children of asylum seekers located in the Adelaide Hills will be given extra resources to cope, Federal Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has said. The government has announced plans to move 400 people, mostly family ...

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Parliament hears of Afghan education improvements

The recent Parliamentary debate on Australia’s continued presence in Afghanistan has heard how advances are slowly being made in rebuilding the country’s education system. Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan said Australia was helping to give the Afghan people a chance ...

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Literacy, numeracy boosts workforce: research

Improving literacy and numeracy skills has a positive, statistically significant effect on labour market outcomes. Literacy and numeracy skills are key components of human capital, which is an important driver of economic growth. A new paper by Anthony Shomos of ...

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A question of faith?

They say you should never mix politics and religion. Little wonder then that the Schools Chaplaincy Program has become one of the most contentious issues in Australian education. The intensity of views, from all sides, makes the debates about national ...

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News turns youth off drugs

Mainstream media reporting is far more likely to deter young people from using illicit drugs than encourage their use, an Australian study has found. But the study also found that types of reports most likely to have the strongest impact ...

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New global coalition launched

A new alliance, ‘Because I am a Girl’, has been established to raise awareness about the plight of girls in developing countries and how investment in education helps break the poverty cycle. More than 30 well known Australians, including fashion-designers ...

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Teenage sex on the rise

A survey of Australian Year 10 and 12 students has shown a surge in sexual activity over the past decade, and while awareness of HIV/AIDS remained high, so was the rate of risky sexual practices. "Rates of alcohol consumption among ...

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Queensland persists with truancy efforts

School students skipping class aren't being served at local businesses under a new trial in Queensland that aims to reduce truancy. Schools currently have agreements with shops and police in Logan, Beenleigh, Cairns, Bundaberg, Gold Coast and Charters Towers. Director-General ...

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