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Violence Against Women Doesn't Just Start, it Grows

Friday, April 22, 2016

As parents, and as influencers of young people, we want the best for kids. We want them to have positive experiences, healthy relationships and opportunities to learn. We want them to understand right and wrong. We want them to respect others, and respect themselves.

We do our best to set a good example, but sometimes, without meaning to, we might say things that excuse disrespectful behaviour in young people.

It’s important we understand the cycle of violence. Not all disrespect towards women results in violence. But all violence against women starts with disrespectful behaviour.

We can all help stop it at the start.


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New Website: Cyberbullying

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Around 463,000 young people are bullied online in Australia each year with victims being impacted by cyber-bullying to the point where some engage in self-harm and suicidal ideation. READ MORE

The National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence on Friday 18 March, was used to launch new online technology aimed at preventing the growing incidence of cyberbullying of children.

The Reword technology can recognise certain words and phrases that are commonly used to insult and bully people and recommends that the person consider changing the language they have used. According to the University of New South Wales, 463,000 young Australians are bullied online each year.

The technology, created by a Melbourne advertising agency in conjunction with headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, was developed with input from schools and youth groups. Users can offer suggestions on words and phrases that are captured as likely to be used to offend others.

Initially released for use in Google Chrome, it will also be compatible with other browsers. Visit website: Rewordit

    
   

2015 Australian Early Development Report Released

Friday, March 11, 2016

 

Everyone is Talking About ... New My School Data

Friday, March 11, 2016

Catholic Schools & Community Join Together to Educate Syrian Refugees

Friday, March 04, 2016


















Over the next 18 months, NSW will take in 4000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

The Principal of Mary Mackillop College, Narelle Archer, said that schools are a key part of that plan."I can see a future for schools as being a community. We don't see it as a burden, we have the skills and the expertise and capacity to do so much more."


PDHPE Year 7-10 syllabus: New Domestic Violence content

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Implementation of amended Years 7 to 10 PDHPE syllabus content relating to domestic violence has commenced in 2016.

The domestic violence prevention toolkit has been developed to assist PDHPE teachers to implement the amended content.

Key features of the teacher toolkit include:

  • frequently asked questions
  • definitions
  • signs and symptoms of abuse
  • suggested resources
  • support available
  • sample activities
  • research and references.

For further information on the BOSTES Website  CLICK HERE 

Catholic old boys named Young Australians of the Year

Friday, January 29, 2016

Two best friends who attended Brisbane’s St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace and were ambassadors for Catholic Education Week in Queensland last year have been named Young Australians of the Year.

Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi founded Orange Sky Laundry in 2014, creating what is believed to be a world-first initiative with a mission to “Provide a vehicle for conversations, opportunities and educations through a free mobile laundry service for the homeless, worldwide”.

READ MORE        Visit Orange Sky Website

Treasurer Scott Morrison urged to let students pay off study debt with super

Friday, January 29, 2016

Treasurer Scott Morrison is being urged to introduce a plan to allow graduates to use their retirement savings to pay off government loans to cover course fees ... Read More

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Psychologist says emphasis on ATAR scores unhelpful

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

As year 12 students across the country began to receive Australian Tertiary Admission Rank results this week, an expert in teen behaviour warned a focus on those scores is unhelpful and could fuel increasing anxiety in students.

Michael Carr-Gregg, managing director of The Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, suggested there should be a ban on schools using ATAR scores to promote themselves.

Those schools, he said, “are basically saying ‘You are your ATAR’, and that’s a nonsense”  READ MORE 

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STEM investment in schools: Government innovation package

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
The Commonwealth Government will spend more than $50 million over the next five years to help increase students’ engagement with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), part of the broader package to boost innovation in Australia.