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AACS Annual General Meeting 24th May 2015

The AACS AGM this year again will be a Twilight reception followed by the AGM It will be held at the Hyatt Canberra. Registration will be at 5:15pm, Drinks and Canapes 5:30pm and the AGM will start at 6pm and conclude at 7:30pm. I look forward to seeing you there.

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Christian Schools National Policy Forum – May 25 & 26

The following promotional comes from CSA. AACS encourages Christian school leaders to join in the NPF. Online Registration is now open for the 2015 Christian Schools National Policy Forum. With International and Australian speakers, this year’s Forum aims to inspire, encourage and…

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Where’s The Australian Curriculum Review Up To?

The Review of the Australian Curriculum that Minister Pyne commissioned last year has been with the government since last October and many might be asking ‘what’s happened to the …

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Abolishing ACNC On Hold

AACS is very pleased to hear that the new Minister for Social Services Scott Morrison is backing away from axing the ACNC. The proposed dumping of the ACNC has been roundly criticised by…

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NAPLAN 2014 Results Out

The My School site is 5 years old now and has been slightly refreshed. Your school’s 2014 NAPLAN results were posted last Thursday March 5th. Viewpoints about the usefulness of this government program to increase accountability are…

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The Intergenerational Report and Schools

Every five years, the Australian Government produces an Intergenerational Report that assesses the long-term sustainability of current Government policies and how changes to …

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More TTC Schools

In the Feb ENews I listed that AACS had Trade Training Centres. Well I missed a number: Orange CS and Tyndale CS (NSW), Port Stephens CS and Cessnock CS (NSW), Emmaus CS (ACT), Heathdale CC (VIC).

Compliance Framework

The Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) has produced a very helpful Compliance Framework for Victorian ISV members. It is a comprehensive, interactive, web-based resource that assists schools in understanding and meeting the demands of …

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VET Changes

Christopher Pyne has introduced a Bill (National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment Bill 2015) that addresses concerns about…

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Teacher Education Report

School leaders will already be aware of the TEMAG (Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group) report, released in December 2014. In mid-February this year the Australian Government released its response to…

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Online Autism Help

My recommendation to Principals is to pass this article onto your Special Education / Education Support Coordinator. The Age (March 9, p. 15) reports about a new 6 week course from Swinburne University that offers practical help to families with a child on the autism spectrum. More than 10,000 participants have registered for this new, free…

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School Data

Australian Bureau of Statistics school data, including the numbers of schools, students and staff in Australia has been…

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ISCA Executive Director – Newly Appointed

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has declared the newly appointed Executive Director – Dr Yvonne Luxford. ISCA is the national peak body representing…

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School Governance – a Recommended Resource

Over the past year I have included the occasional article from School Governance because of its relevance to our school leaders and Boards. I’m tempted to include a whole…

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What Are We Allowed To Include In Our Employment Contracts?

We’ll watch the outcome of the case outlined below which is before the Fair Work Commission. Most Christian Schools Enterprise Agreements or Employment Contracts go further than generic ‘ethos’ clauses. This continues to be a matter of critical…

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Additional Interesting Stuff

Relaxing the Free-To-Air TV Rules

The industry body Free TV Australia is proposing to change the rules for free-to-air, changes that can’t be wise for children. The proposed changes are…

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Great Controversial Issue to Discuss with Older Secondary Students

On occasions an issue comes along that begs a response. Principals might desire to bring this matter to the attention of their secondary teachers to be possibly raised in appropriate contexts. It’s a topical, controversial and ‘hard hitting’ issue where the Scriptures speak clearly…

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Interesting Article: ‘Tide of Disregard’ for Language Kills Reading

Justine Ferrari in The Australia (5 March, 2015) reports on US leading researcher Louisa Moats and her findings on the teaching of reading. I thought the article was worth…

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