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School Management

Working towards wellness

After gaining a Bachelor of Psychology, I decided my passion was to work with teenagers. I then completed a Graduate Diploma of Education in 2007 and I have been teaching at Damascus College in Ballarat ever since. A passion for ...

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Patterns of performance

Currently I am the literature coordinator at Methodist Ladies’ College in Perth. As the literature coordinator I plan, write, assess, program and implement the new WACE Literature course in WA. One of the main reasons why I wanted to pursue ...

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Letting in the light

Mental health issues, in particular depressive and anxiety disorders, are becoming increasingly common among young people, with their peak period of onset being around the age of 15 or 16. In fact, the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and ...

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Inspiring sustainable people

After four years as sustainability co-ordinator and Year 6 teacher at St Peter’s Primary School in Bentleigh East, I commenced the master of education and reduced my hours to work part time at the school. The part time hours teaching ...

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Perfecting pedagogy

I began teaching in New Zealand, where I trained, in 1982. My first appointment in NSW was in a Western Sydney primary school in a disadvantaged area. From 1987 – 2008 I taught in various schools in Western Sydney Region ...

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Mastering the future

Boys’ Town in Sydney’s south caters for 32 enrolments in its residential and day programs for students at risk of entering state care or the juvenile justice system, and works intensively with at least 60 families each year. Students at ...

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A yearning to understand

I am the head of Department of Health and Physical Education at Rossmoyne Senior High School and have been at my current school for 10 years. Postgraduate studies are very intellectually stimulating. I am developing a greater understanding of why ...

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Confronting the issues

I am currently principal of Lightning Ridge Central School, which is where I’ve been since August of 2008. My teaching background was originally in the social sciences, particularly in geography and economics, but for the last few years I taught ...

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Journey from the ashes

From the charred remains of the devastating Black Saturday bushfires, Marysville Primary School stands rebuilt - nearly two years on - as a modern, 21st Century learning hub. The state-of-the-art design has profoundly challenged the school’s modest rural identity and ...

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Rehousing the canaries

My suggestion that we rethink support classes and the number and range of special schools when interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald recently was met with dismay by some who are concerned that this could reduce “choice” for students with ...

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