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New NSW Education MInister

Monday, January 30, 2017
Rob Stokes will replace the veteran Nationals MP Adrian Piccoli who was axed from the cabinet by new NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. 

Read More on SkyNews HERE
Read Mr Piccoli's statement HERE
Read about the new Minister HERE


Back to School ... with the ABC

Friday, January 27, 2017

From Finding the right shoes, to A psychologist's tips to ease the journey,
to How much should children carry on their backs? 
and much more,

Check out the ABC website HERE

New NSW Education Website

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) replaced the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) on 1 January 2017.

NESA PARENT GUIDE

Whether your child is beginning school or transitioning into high school, navigating the NSW school system needn’t be a daunting experience.

To help you understand what’s involved with your child attending school, Education Standards has created a Parents Guide covering all the stages of schooling from starting school in Kindergarten to finishing high school, and provides advice about how you can support your child during their time at school.

Visit the Parent Guide on new NESA Website

NEW: NSW Education Standards Authority

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

From 1 January, 2017: NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) board has replaced BOSTES 

NESA has an increased focus on:

  • developing evidence-based policy to improve student achievement and support teachers
  • risk-based monitoring of Teacher Accreditation Authorities and schools.

NESA continues to set and monitor quality teaching, learning, assessment and school standards. This includes responsibility, across NSW public, Catholic and independent schools, for:

  • kindergarten to Year 12 curriculum
  • accreditation of teachers and teaching degrees
  • the internationally recognised HSC
  • school registration and home schooling.

A new website is being constructed: http://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au

                 

Outstanding HSC Aboriginal Studies Major Projects

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

St. Scholastica’s Outstanding HSC Major Works

Each year five outstanding works from the HSC Aboriginal Studies Major Projects are selected for permanent display as part of the NSW State Library Digital Collection. Only five from across the state of NSW.

Last week St. Scholastica’s, Glebe were informed by BOSTES that ALL FIVE students whose works were selected! That is a massive accomplishment.

What a remarkable achievement for ONE school and as such, should be recognised and congratulated accordingly.

St. Scholastica’s, Glebe currently has over 60 Aboriginal students.

Valuing and embedding culture in the everyday lives of their students along with rich learning experiences, is a reflection of the high results achieved from 5 of their Year 12 students.  

Congratulations to all five students and their teacher, Jen Petschler. 

Government Announces $3.9 million to Support Girls in STEM

Friday, December 09, 2016

More than 20 organisations have received grants totalling $3.9 million to encourage more girls and women to study and work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

In a joint media release, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Ministers Greg Hunt and Craig Laundy explained the reality of the gender disparity in STEM courses and careers.

“Women are underrepresented in STEM-related studies and professions,” the release said.

“Only one in four IT graduates and fewer than one in 10 engineering graduates are women. Women occupy fewer than one in five senior researcher positions in Australian universities and research institutes, and are less than half the overall STEM workforce.

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NAPLAN writing tasks to be double-marked in 2017

Monday, December 05, 2016

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority believes computers can mark NAPLAN writing tasks as effectively as human markers, but tests will be marked under both systems in 2017.

A transition from literacy and numeracy testing using pencil and paper to an online testing environment begins next May, with about 10 per cent of students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 taking the test online next year. All students are expected to be sitting NAPLAN online by 2019.

ACARA general manager of assessment and reporting Stanley Rabinowitz told The Australian that while there is broad acceptance that computers can mark the majority of the test questions, for which there is a right or wrong answer, doubts remain over computerised essay marking.

“We are proposing that computers can do as good a job as humans,” Dr Rabinowitz said.

But, “for 2017, we understand there’s concern, so we’re going to double-mark everything. Computer and human, and if there’s a discrepancy, a human will fix the discrepancy.”

Dr Rabinowitz said trials of the NAPLAN online environment earlier this year highlighted some issues to be ironed out before the May testing window, but said he is “more than confident” that the self-selected 10 per cent of schools will be able to administer the test effectively.

It is still unclear if year 3 students will complete the writing component of NAPLAN testing using computers next year or use pencil and paper, with some concerns about the typing skills of those students.

Education ministers are expected to make a decision on that question later this month.

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Pope's Message to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Friday, November 25, 2016

“This anniversary affords me the happy opportunity to express
my deep esteem for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and for your ancient cultural heritage”
.

"As we prepare to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of St John Paul II’s iconic words to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Alice Springs on 29 November 1986, we are strengthened and emboldened by a message of hope and a blessing received directly from the Holy Father, Pope Francis.
 
In recent weeks, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC), with the assistance of the Bishops Conference used a video message to request a blessing from the Holy Father. Recorded in Alice Springs, the video features people that were present at Blatherskite Park in 1986. These people experienced firsthand the impact that St John Paul II’s words made. A letter accompanied the video, along with Spanish translations, which expressed the power of the event in Alice Springs."  

Source 
www.natsicc.org.au




CEC: Major Sydney Infrastructure Plan - Enrolment challenges

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Catholic Education Commission NSW has questioned the lack of a clear plan for new school places in the corridor between Sydney and Parramatta as the state government announces plans for more homes and jobs in the area.

The Baird Government has outlined plans to revitalise Parramatta Rd, but CECNSW says the need for new and expanded schools is largely ignored.

“There is little point designing neighbourhoods for 27,000 new homes if there are no plans to expand the capacity of schools to educate the children who will be living in those homes,” CECNSW acting executive director Ian Baker said.

“If 56,000 additional people are to move in between Granville and Camperdown, this corridor will need places for at least 20,000 new students across all school sectors.

“Based on current class sizes, that’s 800 additional classrooms required in a region where schools are already at or over capacity – and land to expand or build new schools is scarce and costly.”

Mr Baker said the proliferation of new apartments in many parts of Sydney has increased the number of residents in inner and middle-ring suburbs – and therefore the need for additional school places.

“At first glance, it looks as though the education needs of the children who are to live in those new dwellings have been overlooked once again,” he explained.

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Our Education System: How do we Compare Internationally?

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Recently the OECD released its major education report card comparing school systems and higher education in 35 advanced economies. 

Federal education minister Simon Birmingham seized on the report, Education at a Glance, saying while it highlighted Australia's "world-class education system", it also showed more money does not improve results.