Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Monday, 22 October 2012
The General Manager Learning Services South, Judy Travers said today that Tasmania is the only jurisdiction in Australia that has a comprehensive mandatory approach to swimming and water safety.
Ms Travers said that this approach ensures the provision of an equitable and quality-assured program for students in years 3 to 5 across the State.
“The Department of Education ensures every child in government schools has an equal opportunity to participate in quality swimming and water safety instruction.
“All primary school students have an opportunity to participate in swimming and water safety lessons annually, part funded by the Department.
“Students currently take part in a program at Government-owned, council and private swimming pools, taught by qualified swim instructors,” she said.
Ms Travers said that the levy for the Swimming and Water Safety program covers transport, pool entrance fees and additional staffing. The cost is around $2.25 per lesson in 2012. Students who are eligible for the Student Assistance Scheme receive a free service.
“Many schools supplement these programs for other year groups, including infant classes and at-risk year 6 students. School resources are used for these programs.
“As well as teaching students to swim, the program also develops an understanding of water safety, survival and swimming practices to ensure that water-based activities are enjoyable, rewarding and safe,” she said.
Ms Travers said that all students in Years 3, 4 and 5 are aiming to achieve the year 6 National Benchmark for swimming and water safety skills.
For further information: http://www.education.tas.gov.au/documentcentre/Documents/Swimming-and-Water-Safety-Program.pdf
Thursday, 18 October 2012
Department of Education Media Release
16 October 2012
General Manager, Learning Services (South)
What are the current criteria for being enrolled in an out-of-area school? I was told there were about five different circumstances?
Most schools have a transparent list supported by the parent body. For example, if they have a sibling, there was a specific reason (medical / identified need) or children of parents who went to the school.
Some parents have been asked in for an “interview” to attend an out-of-area school. What would this be for?
Most schools have an interview with every student in their feeder primary school as a courtesy and to build a relationship with the student before they arrive. Large high schools, for example Taroona High School, interview all students with a parent/guardian but other schools might just leave an interview for only an out of area application. This process varies across schools, particularly those with many feeder schools as it encourages a personal connection.
Is there any way to stop parents putting a different address to have their child enrolled in a school of their preference? I know of cases where parents write down their relatives’ address, even though the relatives won’t be involved. Is this common? Is it frowned upon?
Confirmation of address is required for all enrolments.
Do some schools get too crowded because they reach maximum and then find a large number of new families move into the area?
Students who are in area have an entitlement to enrol at their local school and schools must manage student numbers carefully. Principals know what the capacity of their school is and ensure that wherever possible this capacity is not exceeded.