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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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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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A game that everyone loses

I can hardly bear to watch free-to-air television any more. Everything has been reduced to a competition. Cooking, dancing, singing, surviving – even living in a house. The whole world has been divided into winners and losers, and this will ...

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Champions for change

As educators, we know that we face the persistent problem of engaging adolescent students. We are aware that there is a link between the middle years and poor school retention in later years. And we are concerned that where you ...

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State of play

Professional development and learning is a key way to implement reform at both a system-wide and school level. It is integral to the professional lives of teachers, not just an ‘add on’, and it is being shaped by standards-based reforms. ...

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Master minds

Educators are pursuing postgraduate studies in a variety of disciplines, often as a way to further their professional practice in an area of interest to them. Take Sarah Rakich, for example. The kindergarten teacher from South Melbourne is currently studying ...

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A second chance for success

Students who experience ongoing failure in upper-primary and lower-secondary school face a myriad of difficulties in pursuing post-school options and contributing to society through employment and aware citizenship. Those who exhibit consistent weaknesses in basic skills, such as the recall ...

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