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Annual General Meeting 24th May

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

A few weeks back I sent a letter out to board chairs and principal to invite them along to the National Policy Forum in Canberra, particularly those who had never…

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Invite Your Local Federal Member

If coming along to the Christian Schools National Policy Forum please remember to invite your local member to join. It’s a sitting week and most members who are free will make the effort to…

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Two Great New Resources

At the National Policy Forum two (outstanding in my view) resources will be available for sale. A group of Victorian schools under the editorial guidance of the late Harry Burggraaf have released a book called…

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New Opening for Tax Deductibility

This is of special interest to business managers of low ICSEA schools. Normally schools have been limited to school building, library and scholarship funds in seeking tax deductibility funds from donors. Now a new…

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Autism Boy ‘Locked Up’ & AEU survey

The story about the withdrawal and ‘locking up’ of a boy with autism in a Canberra school has again raised issues around support for students with disabilities. Former Disability Commissioner, Graeme Innes called for an inquiry into the education of children with disability. The ALP used it as a means to have a go at the lack of clarity around the…

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Nationally Consistent Collection of Data – SWD

The information collected by the AEU precedes the future findings of the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability. According to the website…

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Schools Obligations to Students with Disability (SWD)

All schools are reminded that they must comply with the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (Cth) (the Standards) under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) (the DDA). The Standards seek to ensure that students with a disability can access and participate in education on the…

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Online Autism Help

The following story was already tabled in the March eNews. I’ve repeated it because an early version had a glitch – missing the introductory part. My recommendation to principals is to pass this article onto your Special Education / Education Support Coordinator.

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e-Safety Commissioner Appointed

We are very pleased that the Federal Government has taken active steps to assist schools and parents in giving guidance to children so as to avoid risky online behaviour, through the establishment of the Children’s e-Safety Commission. A new Commissioner…

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Keeping up With the Child Abuse Requirements

As the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has continued through 2015, state governments have been adding new and amended…

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‘Removing School Freedoms is in Bad Faith’

The following opinion piece appeared in The Australian (March 26, 2015) written by Tony Farley, the Executive Director of the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations. I recommend it as an excellent article.

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Skills for Social Progress: the Power of Social and Emotional Skills

Reading this OECD research report could tempt Christian educators to sigh all-knowingly and mutter Ecclesiastes 1:9; “…there is nothing new under the sun”. But of course we wouldn’t do that; instead we…

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Review into Early Childhood Education Report

The release of the long awaited report into access of early childhood education reveals a dramatic uptake preschool and kindergarten with the proportion of children enrolled in preschool reaching…

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OTHER INTERESTING MATERIAL

Religious Freedom – Cardus

The following article comes from the Cardus Newsletter. We have the privilege of getting to hear Ray Pennings from Cardus at the National Policy Forum in Canberra. Cardus is a think tank dedicated to the renewal of North American social architecture. “Drawing on more than 2000 years of Christian social thought, we work to enrich and challenge public…

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The Impacts of Part Time Work on Study and Grades

This interesting article in The Guardian on 29 March, 2015 (Tracey McVeigh) looks at new research about the impact of paid employment on grades and motivation…

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Dealing with Problem Parents

This article was originally published in Education Law Notes, and reproduced from School Governance 26 March, 2015…

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