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STEM: Minister Birmingham addresses ACER Conference

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

On Monday 8 August, the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, opened the annual ACER Research Conference in Brisbane. The theme for this year’s conference was Improving STEM Learning: What will it take?

The Minister spoke of the need to respond to the changing economic and technology landscape and modernise the way we prepare young Australians for their future. This, he said, will require governments, researchers, educators, industry and parents working together and “having a shared responsibility for ensuring that following generations have the necessary skills for success”.

The Minister also cited the need for coherent policy across all sectors, from early childhood, through to primary and secondary school, vocational education and university education. The National Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) School Education Strategy 2016-2026 is an essential platform for achieving this. READ MORE

NAPLAN results show student performance has levelled off

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Australian students’ literacy and numeracy performance is significantly higher than it was several years ago, but scores on NAPLAN testing have levelled off in the past couple of years, new results released this week have shown.

NAPLAN summary information, which compares results for students who sat NAPLAN tests earlier this year with students who took the tests last year and in the first year of testing, found there was no obvious trend in scores from 2015 to 2016.  READ MORE

Everybody's Children: Australia's Youth Detention Crisis

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

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BOSTES Bulletin: Stage 6 Updates

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

For Updates including New Stage 6 Syllabuses
                                 
Literacy and Numeracy Standard
                                         HSC Standards Resources
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Australian Children’s Wellbeing: Rank & Areas for Improvement

Sunday, July 31, 2016

An international survey of child wellbeing that puts Australia fourth among the world’s 19 largest economies has also highlighted the challenge of lifting educational standards for Indigenous students.

The Save the Children Prosperity Index, released last week, showed Australia ranked behind Germany, France and Japan on the overall ranking, which takes into account eight factors, including education, health, income, safety and environment.

The report found Australian children have access to high-quality education, also ranking fourth in that measure – behind Canada, Germany and South Korea.

But Save the Children Australia said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students aren’t performing at levels that would support that ranking. While the statistics are not new, the report points out that 40 per cent of Indigenous students don’t complete secondary school. The number is slightly more than 10 per cent for non-Indigenous students.

The education of children in the Northern Territory, where slightly more than half of students complete secondary school, was compared with the education outcomes observed in Turkey.

Save the Children urged G20 finance ministers, who were meeting immediately after the report’s release, to consider a range of measures to support young people internationally, including equality for all children.

READ MORE in This Week in Education

NSW HSC Reforms Announced

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has announced the first major changes to
the NSW 
HSC in 17 years.

This includes establishment of a minimum standard in literacy and numeracy 
for the award of the HSC. The minimum standard reform underpins the two 
other areas of reform – Curriculum and Assessment – through revised course 
structure and content, as well as streamlined assessment.   READ MORE

 

Cardinal Shares Love of Learning with Catholic Students

Friday, July 08, 2016

During his visit to Perth for the National Catholic Education Commission Conference 2016, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga SDB told students at St Norbert College that he and Pope Francis share the love for learning that the students have.

In visiting a chemistry classroom, Cardinal Rodriguez, a former science teacher and now one of Pope Francis’s key advisers, told students that the Pope had also been a keen scientist, working in a laboratory before training to become a priest.

“In a certain aspect, you are near the Pope because you are studying what he loved to study. I will take your greetings to him,” he said, according to a report in The Record.

In visiting a music class, the cardinal spoke of his fondness for jazz. In a geography class, he spoke of some of the challenges of life in Honduras. And in a conversation with economics students, he discussed his work lobbying for debt relief for developing countries under the pontificate of Pope John Paul II.

“The actual system has to change. We can’t continue with a system of economy that has made the market the new idol, the new God,” he said.

“Everything is sacrificed for the worship of the market. You have a very big task for the future to transform a system that is not equal, that is not fair to all people.”

Echoing comments he made at NCEC 2016, Cardinal Rodriguez praised the network of 1,731 Catholic schools in Australia.

“The Australian system, in my perception, is the best in the world. You have so many values in the schools. The first of those values is discipline; you are so fond of order and punctuality,” he said.

“Also, participation; school is a place where young women and men feel at ease, feel at home in their school. When you feel this kind of system, that is attracting the people.”

Acting principal Clem Mulcahy said the cardinal’s engagement with young people in those informal classroom settings “gives the students an insight into someone who has a leadership position in the Church and is still able to relate to them at their level”.

READ MORE                  More articles from NCEC

Parramatta Diocese launches new program “Cyberwise”

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Safe, Respectful and Responsible Online

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta recently launched “Cyberwise” – a new cyber safety program aimed at promoting respectful and responsible online behaviour among students.

The new Cyberwise website, is a valuable learning source for teacher and student strategies about using technology safely and wisely. 

It provides information, links, guidelines and procedures for students (both Primary & Secondary) and staff to manage the use of digital technologies and social networking. 


From the Campaign Trail: Week Seven

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
During the federal election campaign, This Week in Catholic Education will provide a summary of some of the key education policy announcements:
           Parties Asked About Catholic Education Priorities
           School Funding Website
                 

Minister, Opposition Leader Share Educational Hopes with NCEC 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016

The joint hosts of the National Catholic Education Commission Conference 2016 have said the presence of Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten at the gathering of 1,400 Catholic educators shows the value the politicians place on the role of Catholic schools in Australian society.

“With just 12 days until the federal election, Minister Birmingham and Mr Shorten have prioritised this event to explain their parties’ vision for Australian education and the important role that the 1,731 Catholic schools across Australia play in that educational enterprise,” NCEC executive director Ross Fox said in a media release issued on Monday.

Tim McDonald, executive director of Catholic Education Western Australia, said the visit “strengthens the already close bond that the 163 Catholic schools in Western Australia have with local and national political leaders in supporting the education of 78,000 students in all parts of the state”.

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