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A greater purpose

The task for teachers is always to educate their students, not just to give them schooling. By schooling, I mean the functional apparatus of schools, textbooks, lesson plans, units of work, assessment. Education is more than that. It is what ...

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Me and my deputy

Canterbury Primary School in Victoria is headed by principal Anne Tonkin with associate principals Kim Dray and David Wells. It has 580 students and 40 staff. Last month Kim left Canterbury to assume a principal’s position. Anne Tonkin says The ...

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The winner takes it all

JANE CARO Public School Advocate There is an old saying that the people most in favour of any competition are those who are most likely to win it. And so it is, I am afraid, with competition in education. An ...

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Getting real about relationships

Humans are tuned for relationships. Relationships are everything. In classrooms, positive relationships facilitate learning and collaboration. Healthy relationships with each other, the planet, other species, things, institutions, choices and change are vital for a sustainable society. Sustainability, in its full ...

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Ghosts from the past

There is an old Chinese proverb that says: “When planning for a year, plant corn; when planning for a decade, plant trees; when planning for life, train and educate people.” As common sense as this may seem today, 10 years ...

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Breaking the cycle

Over the last decade or so there has been a vast increase in literature on countering bullying in schools. A significant proportion of it has focussed on what can be done to reduce its prevalence. Recently, researchers have begun to ...

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Talking in tongues

For the past three years Jesús Bergas Paz has been implementing the first Spanish immersion program in Australia – at Indooroopilly State High School in Queensland. Under the program, students in Years 8 to 10 receive more than 50 per ...

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Guiding the gifted

Gifted education, and the role of a “thinking curriculum”, is the focus that drives Toni Meath in both her professional role and her postgraduate research. Since completing a masters of education in 2004, specialising in curriculum and leadership, Meath has ...

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Power to the principal

Cathy Wever reports. Successful organisations have capable, confident, skilled leaders. Schools are no exception. To effectively run a school the person on the ground needs the ability to make a whole range of decisions. In other words, they need autonomy ...

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The power of your peers

Bringing principals from small rural schools together to collaborate and share resources is the aim of a three year research project taking place in Victoria. Professor Karen Starr and Dr Simone White, of Deakin University’s Centre for Educational Leadership and ...

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