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Chaplaincy Applications

States will be needing to move quickly on the application process as funding for the NSCP program is ready for 2015. Under agreements with the Commonwealth, and so as to provide on-going certainty for school (and chaplains) States will be wanting to deal with this asap.

We know the following. As at November 13th, Victorians need to apply online via the Dept’s website by Nov 21, Tasmanians will apply through the Scripture Union of Tasmania, and the deadlines for South Australia and Northern Territory will be decided next week.

If you haven’t heard from your AIS or State Education Department give them a call.

Do Christian Schools Carry their Fair Load?

Our ‘brother in arms’ CSA CEO Stephen O’Doherty took on NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli recently over the Minister’s accusation that religious schools were turning their backs on needy…

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OECD 2014 Education at a Glance

The OECD annual Education at a Glance report released back in September gave some interesting insights into the Australian educational scene. Two very interesting insights were about time spent in…

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The State of Play of the Australian Curriculum

In a fine piece of journalism (the Australian 23 Sept), Justine Ferrari summarises the state of the introduction of the Australia Curriculum and differences between the states. We await the full government response to the Wiltshire and Donnelly review particularly as relates to the…

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Changes to the Australian Education Act 2013 & SIP

As promised Minister Pyne has introduced the Australian Education Amendment Bill (2014) to the Australian Parliament which when passed will amend 2013 Act. There are a long list of small legal (funding and jurisdictions) adjustments which are of no great…

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Education Council Meeting – 31st October

The old MCEETYA is now the much easier Education Council (all the Ed Ministers) met on Friday 31 October 2014 to discuss education policies. This meeting looked…

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Unhelpful Grandstanding

There are times when Minister Pyne’s political point scoring is wholly unhelpful. In a recent Press Release from the Minister’s office labelled ‘Record funding for students with a disability’ the Minister blasts Opposition Education spokeswoman Kate Ellis because the extra $100m for SWD in 2014 was…

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Disability Funding

Justine Ferrari wrote a piece in The Australian titled ‘Hidden toll of student disability’ on Nov 3rd. She says ‘almost one in five school students requires support at school for a disability or learning difficulty, which is almost three times …

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Naplan on-line – What about the Logistics?

I mentioned this in last month’s newsletter that whilst the benefits of going online have been well spruiked, what about the logistical arrangements? We’d assume that ACARA has picked up good lessons through their trials. However, all reporting on this has only highlighted how…

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Go Home On Time Day: November 20

The proliferation of special days is a tad PC and more than one desires to keep up with. However ‘Go Home On Time’ day coming up next Thursday is a timely reminder that many of you…

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Emphasis on Teachers and AITSL Changes

The setting up of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) and the instructions to re-write AITSL’s mission reflects Minister Pyne’s intention to re-orient the focus of teacher training. Minister Pyne and the new AITSL Chair, Professor John Hattie, have released a Statement of Intent outlining…

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AITSL’s Report on Teacher Training

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) has released the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) : Data Report 2014. The Aitsl website has more…

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The Freedom to Employ Christian Staff and Victorian Election Update

The Victorian election is only weeks away (Nov 29) and the very important issue around Equal Opportunity is a hot topic for Christian schools. Along with our CSA, SDA and ACL colleagues we have mounted a…

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Freedom 4 Faith

Freedom 4 Faith is an ecumenical religious freedom organisation that AACS supports. F4F co-hosted a religious freedom conference in Brisbane on Oct 31st and our previous Executive Officer Bob Johnston…

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Freedom of Religion Under Pressure – Bob Johnston

A recent Freedom 4 Faith conference in Brisbane has highlighted a number of the pressures facing religious-based organisations in Australia and, notably, Christian schools. Unless Christian organisations become more successful in pushing back against these…

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Rights and Responsibilities Survey

Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner, Tim Wilson, is conducting the survey as part of a national consultation that aims to identify disproportionate restrictions on rights and freedoms and identify where people are advancing their rights and freedoms through community-based and voluntary programs. The deadline for the online survey is 14 November and…

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Increasing State School Autonomy

The Federal Government’s funding support to states, for state schools to become Independent Public Schools continues to gain traction with 250 Qld schools signing on. In a Ministerial Press Release Christopher Pyne said, “Parents across the nation are recognising that increasing school autonomy means better…

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Student Death Prompts Calls for Better Camp Safety

A Victorian Coroner has called for better safety guidelines on school camps after investigating the death, in 2010, of a 12-year-old school boy while on a school camp. Kyle Vassil died on 17 February 2010 after drowning in a dam at the Alpine Ash Mountain Retreat near Toolangi in Victoria. Kyle, along with around 78 other students, 5 teachers and 6 support staff, was on a camp run by…

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School Boards: Manage your Reputation

School Governance Assistant Editor Peter Fu wrote in their November 7 newsletter about the recently published 2014 NFP Governance and Performance Study and found that the highest priority of school boards is…

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Leadership Challenges

The attached article (written by Joseph Mattera, published in Ministry Today) about Mark Driscoll resigning from Mars Hill isn’t typical AACS territory but provides some very helpful insights into changing contexts and the challenges for…

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Where has AACS been Representing you Recently – October

AACS have been busy representing you over the last month. Read more to see where I have been and don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like any more details about any of the meetings or submissions.

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