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SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

Encouraging attendance
ABC News, 23 Aug 2019
Southern TasmaniaThe Jordan River Learning Federation Senior School has an attendance rate of only 65 per cent but the school is undertaking programs to help counter disadvantage and boost attendance and the students appreciate the help they receive from their teachers...

 

 

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM

Encouraging good arguments
The Conversation (opinion by Luke Zaphir), 23 Aug 2019
Philosophers arguing (Image: quandoquidem.com)
Children should be taught the principles of making a good argument, a researcher argues...

 

 

FEDERAL POLITICS

Tim Fischer dies
ABC News, 22 Aug 2019
Tim Fischer (Image: ABC, AAP)Former deputy prime minister and Nationals leader Tim Fischer has died from leukaemia at the age of 73...

 

 

TASMANIAN POLITICS

Bacon retires
ABC News, 21 Aug 2019
Scott Bacon (Image: ABC)State Opposition Treasury spokesperson Scott Bacon is understood to be about to announce his retirement from parliament, which will possibly allow Madeleine Ogilvie or Tim Cox to be elected on recount...

 

TASMANIAN GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION

Musical chairs for Secretaries
Tas Govt media release, 21 Aug 2019
Tas GovernmentThe current three Secretaries for Justice, Health and Communities Tasmania will swap jobs, premier Will Hodgman has announced...

 

 

SEXUAL ABUSE

Pell loses appeal
ABC News, 21 Aug 2019
JusticeCardinal George Pell has lost his appeal against child sexual abuse offences, by a majority of two to one in the Victorian Court of Appeal this morning...

 

 

WEATHER ALERT
Warning of strong winds
BoM website, 20 Aug 2019
WindWinds gusting to in excess of 100km/h are expected today (Tuesday), especially around midday, except for an area from Burnie-Devonport through to St Helens-Swansea...
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Power outages
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SCHOOL INTAKE ZONES

School intake zones feedback continues
Tas Govt media release, 19 Aug 2019
Prevent gridlock (Image created using via atomsmasher)
A second round of consultation over school intake areas has commenced.
The feedback period ends on Friday, 27 Sep 2019...

Bullet School intake maps information (DoE)
Bullet School intake maps (DoE)

 

 

LITERATURE

Rhyme and reason to remember poems
The Conversation (opinion by Veronica Alfano), 19 Aug 2019
Poetry (Image: clipartmag.com)
There are many benefits to be gained by students if teachers counter the steady decline in the practice of memorising poetry, a researcher strongly muses...

 

 

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS

More kindie tenders
Tas Govt media release, 17 Aug 2019
KindergartenTenders have been advertised for upgrades to kindergarten facilities at Bowen Road and Glenorchy primary schools...

 

 

SCHOOL UNIFORM POLICY

Should school uniform be compulsory?
The Conversation (opinion), 16 Aug 2019
School uniform (Image: schooluniformsaustralia)In this collection of academic opinions the majority of five experts argue against school uniform being compulsory. But scroll right down for the link to the Comments section where the parents and teachers appear to be much more in favour of compulsion, on practical grounds
...

 

 

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM

Is teaching philosophy to children rational?
The Conversation (opinion by Ben Kilby), 15 Aug 2019
Australian CurriculumThe P4C (Philosophy for Children) movement argues that many elements of philosophy such as ethics and the use of analogies tie in nicely with the requirements of the Australian Curriculum
...

 

 

EDUCATION FUNDING

To those who have will be given more
ABC News, 13 Aug 2019
School swimming pool (Image: ABC)
Education funding in Australia is strongly skewed in favour of schools with students from the wealthiest families, research by the ABC shows.
"Australia's four richest schools spent more on new facilities and renovations than the poorest 1,800 schools combined."
...

 

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

TAFE beats uni for lower-ATAR men
The Conversation (opinion by Andrew Norton), 12 Aug 2019
VETMales, but not females, with a lower ATAR can use VET courses to obtain a job faster and secure a higher income than if they complete a university degree, a Grattan Institute study shows...
 

 

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS

Brighton High site uncertainty continues
TasLabor media release, 9 Aug 2019
Southern TasmaniaThe government needs to say whether the planned expenditure of $30 million for the future Brighton High School includes the cost of land acquisition, Opposition education spokesperson Josh Willie says...
 
Bullet Minister reiterates that the JRLF school farm site is not an option, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 9 Aug 2019

 

 

STUDENT SUPPORT

Kid carers
The Conversation (opinion by Myra Hamilton and Gerry Redmond), 9 Aug 2019
Stressed boy (Image: The Conversation)The 9 per cent of Australian children aged 8-14 years who have caring responsibilities for a family member with a disability or health issue are more likely to leave the school system earlier than their peers, a survey shows...
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aug 2019 news archive

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TASMANIAN FIRES

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Education links for Tasmanian teachers

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Dates

Speech Pathology Week:
Sun 25 - Sat 31 Aug 2019

National Skills Week:
Mon 26 Aug - Sun 1 Sep 2019

MS Readathon reading period ends:
Sat 31 Aug 2019

Last day of Winter:
Sat 31 Aug 2019

Father's Day:
Sun 1 Sep 2019

First day of Spring:
Sun 1 Sep 2019

National Wattle Day:
Sun 1 Sep 2019

Asthma Week:
Sun 1 - Sat 7 Sep 2019

Legacy Week:
Sun 1 - Sat 7 Sep 2019

Child Protection Week:
Sun 1 - Sat 7 Sep 2019

National eSmart Week:
Sun 1 - Sat 7 Sep 2019

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month:
Sun 1 - Mon 30 Sep 2019

Biodiversity Month:
Sun 1 - Mon 30 Sep 2019

Landcare Week:
Mon 2 - Sun 8 Sep 2019

National Stroke Week:
Mon 2 - Sun 8 Sep 2019

National Flag Day:
Tue 3 Sep 2019

Battle for Australia Day:
Wed 4 Sep 2019

Indigenous Literacy Day:
Wed 4 Sep 2019

 


 

 

 

SPECIAL WEEKS:

Keep Australia Beautiful Week:
Mon 19 - Sun 25 Aug 2019

Speech Pathology Week:
Sun 25 - Sat 31 Aug 2019

National Skills Week:
Mon 26 Aug - Sun 1 Sep 2019

Asthma Week:
Sun 1 - Sat 7 Sep 2019

Legacy Week:
Sun 1 - Sat 7 Sep 2019

Child Protection Week:
Sun 1 - Sat 7 Sep 2019

National eSmart Week:
Sun 1 - Sat 7 Sep 2019

 

MONTH OF AUGUST:

MS Readathon reading period:
Thu 1 - Sat 31 Aug 2019


 

 

Legacy Badge Day: Fri 6 Sep 2019

National HPE Day: Thu 12 Sep 2019

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The new Tasmanian whole-of-government email system.  From home, teachers should precede their username with education\

New email system

http://mail.connect.tas.gov.au

The above whole-of-government email system replaces the old "Microsoft Outlook Web Access" system.

Bullet See also our Email Help page

Bullet You can also find email addresses here:
Tasmanian Government Directory - look up people and departments 
Tas. Govt Directory

Intranet of the Education Department, for employees only. From home, precede your username with education\ (or eos\ or schools\ if appropriate).
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vKey Tas
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SARIS Tas - Student Assessment and Reporting Information System
SARIS (pw)

 

 

 

 

 


 
The eCentre has been replaced by the Curriculum Support Centre (pw required)

 


Tasmania Online - "Your comprehensive guide to Tasmania on the web"
Tasmania Online search

Bullet See also our Search help page

 

 

     

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TASMANIA

AUSTRALIA

Our Tasmanian state election 2014 page is still useful for obtaining some old policies and news releases

 
 

Subjects and learning

Resources

Subjects and learning areas

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Curriculum Support Centre (formerly eCentre) - pw required

Tasmanian eSchool


 Libraries

Libraries Tasmania (Formerly LINC Tasmania. LINC stood for Learning and Information Network Centre.)
SEARCH everything
eMagazines  (Zinio), eBooks, eAudio, eMusic
Information resources roundup
For Kids State Library's web page for young people
Tasmania's Heritage "Historical, archival and contemporary Tasmanian information, images and more"

Media

ABC schools TV schedules
ABC: Behind the News (BTN)

Educational institutions

 Administration

Schools, colleges, further education

See our Educational institutions page.

 

Qualifications
TQA (subsumes TASSAB)
Tasmanian Qualifications Authority (formerly TASSAB). Manages the awarding of post-year 10 education and training qualifications.

Style Guides and Govt (pw)
DoE:Practical Writing Manual (style guide) [pdf] (pw)

Guidelines for Inclusive Language, DoE [pdf]

Tas Treasury Style Guide [pdf]
Style guide and logo policy (Tas Govt logo)

Tas Govt Communications Policy

Employment

DoE employment page
DoE employment application guidelines [pdf]
DoE employment register

Teachers Registration Board


Infostream (Dept notices)

Young people

Other education links

Children and Youth Affairs

Linkzone - information and services for young Tasmanians

National Youth Week - national site

Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT) - non-government sector peak body

Metro Tas School Bus Timetables - Hobart, Launceston, Burnie

Commissioner for Children (Department of Health, Tasmania) 

Other education links

Department of Education (Australian Government)

Tasmanian Association of State School Organisations Inc (TASSO) - Facebook 1, Facebook 2)

Our Children Our Schools (Vic.)

Independent Schools Tasmania

Tasmanian Catholic Education Office

Independent Education Union Victoria Tasmania

 

Personal business

Personal business

AEU: Australian Education Union Tas. Branch
Media releases (State)
Media releases (Federal)
Union Shopper
Teachers Registration Board

ATO: Australian Taxation Office
See box "Teachers and tax" below
myGov login (Aust Govt services)
RBF: Retirement Benefits Fund
TASS: Tas Assoc of State Superannuants
Superannuation reforms (15 Sep 2016)

Service Tasmania

Finance

CREDIT UNIONS:

B&E

myState

BIG FOUR BANKS:

ANZ

Cwlth

National

Westpac

OTHER BANKS:

Adelaide

Macquarie

Bank of Qld

Members Equity

BankWest

St George

Bendigo

Suncorp

Citibank

 

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Superguide
(Superannuation)
MoneySmart: financial calculators
Petrol Spy
ScamWatch
ID Care
Currency conversion: current exchange rates

 

 

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New & useful websites

 
MATHEMATICS
How was maths discovered?
Maths history (Image: The Comversation, Shutterstock)
A simplified response to questions asking how maths was discovered and who made up the rules of mathematics.
(From Linda Galligan, The Conversation, 22 Aug 2019)

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Online news sources

Ed news (Aust): 
SMH   Age   ABC

Ed news (Aust) - search:
Goog

Ed news (Int): 
NZ   US   UK   Ed Wld   Ed Wk   Gua   Alltop   RCE

Ed news (Int) - search:  
Goog

Ed opinion (Aust):   
Conv
 
 EdHQ

Aust news: 
ABC   SMH   Age   Aust   HS   ND   Gua   Huff    news
  SBS

Aust news live: 
ABC24   ABC NewsRadio   ABC Lvstrms (radio)

Aust news search: 
ABC 

Tas news: 
Merc  Ex  Ad  ABC   ABCHob   ABC NTas  TTimes

Tas ed:  
Ex   TTimes   Goog   EdAmbT  

Tas sport:
Merc   Ex   Ad

Tas tweets:
Merc   Ex   Ad    ABC   SXNews   WIN

 

 

New sites (cont'd)

 

NTERNET LITERACY
How to spot a fake review
Fake reviews (Image: The Conversation, Shutterstock)
Online reviews of hotel accommodation and other services and products are sometimes rigged. Find out how to identify a genuine review.
Bullet And try the simple five-question online test to see whether you are as good as you think you are at spotting fake reviews.
(From Adrian R. Camilleri, The Conversation, 12 Aug 2019)

TASMANIAN HISTORY
Virtual Hobart Town
Virtual Hobart Town
See computer-generated still and 360-degree panoramic images of Hobart Town in the 1820s.
Bullet Virtual Hobart Town YouTube teaser

WEATHER AND CLIMATE
What is a cold front?
Cold front (Image: ABC)
Find out what a cold front is and how it can adversely affect our weather, particularly here in Tasmania. Bonus: information about warm fronts. From ABC Weather.

SOCCER IN THE CLASSROOM
Everyone's Game
Everyone's Game (SBS)
SBS teaching resource for Years 5-8 prepared to coincide with the Matildas, Australia's women's soccer team, participating in the FIFA Women's World Cup..
Bullet Everyone's Game Classroom Resource Teacher Notes [pdf]
Bullet Quizzes, videos and classroom material

STUDENT HEALTH AND SAFETY
Concussion in Sport Australia
Concussion in Sport Australia
Information and resources on the dangers of concussion in sport, from the Australian Sports Commission. See especially the Parents and Teachers section.

WATER SAFETY
Beachsafe
Beachsafe
The BeachSafe website, run by Surf Life Saving Australia, provides patrolling details and current water and weather conditions for just about every beach in Australia.
Bullet Scroll down for the beaches near your location.
Bullet Click on beach thumbnail or name for patrol, weather and water details.
Bullet For more, including a search box for other beaches, click Explore

WATER SAFETY
Surf Life Saving Tasmania
Surf Life Saving Tasmania
Surf Life Saving Tasmania services include the provision of water safety advice and lifeguards for school water-related events.
Bullet Beach safety top tips
Bullet Book a lifeguard


DINOSAURS
TMAG dinosaur exhibition
Fri 7 Dec 2018 - Sun 5 May 2019
Dinosaur rEvolution
The Dinosaur rEvolution (not a typo) exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery uses animatronics and 3D models.
Bullet There are entry fees.
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See also the school bookings page.

TASMANIAN HISTORY
Hobart's coastal defences
Gun battery, noat now Princes Park (Image: State Archives Office of Tas)
Several gun batteries were built on the shores of Hobart's River Derwent in the nineteenth century.

TASMANIAN ABORIGINAL CULTURE
The Orb
The OrbOutstanding quality short videos and other teaching materials to give students of all ages an appreciation of Tasmanian Aboriginal culture.
Bullet See also the DoE's The Orb web page

FAUNA
Pooseum
Pooseum
Learn about animal droppings at Richmond's Pooseum.

MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY
Airbag recall
IsMyAirbagSafe
Enter your car number plate to find out whether your car is affected by the Takata airbag recall.

TASMANIAN HISTORY
The Colonisation of Hobart
Risdon colonisation (Painting attributed to Gregson, TMAG)
The eSmart Digital Licence program has been taken up by a number of schools including Lansdowne Crescent Primary.

ONLINE SAFETY
eSmart Digital Licence
eSmart Digital Licence
The eSmart Digital Licence program has been taken up by a number of schools including Lansdowne Crescent Primary.

CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Airbag recalls list
ACCC
Is your car on the ACCC's Takata airbag recalls list? One million cars were recently added. (Note the link to FUTURE recalls.)
Bullet See also Tasmanians urged to check airbag recall list, Tas Govt media release, 28 May 2018

MARINE SCIENCE
Educator on Board program
CSIRO's RV Investigator
The CSIRO's Educator on Board program is enabling teachers to prepare STEM teaching material and conduct lessons from the RV Investigator in Antarctic waters.
Bullet More information for teachers
Bullet See 360-degree views in virtual tour
Bullet ABC news report, 20 May 2018

FINANCE, ECONOMICS
Balancing the Budget
Balancing the Budget (ABC)
Short Behind the News (ABC) segment on the Federal Government's Budget.
Bullet See also Budget fact sheet (Parliamentary Education Office) - click on "Fact Sheet - Budget " [pdf]




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