Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Schools bushfire management

Department of Education Media Release

23 January 2013

Deputy Secretary Department of Education

The Department of Education works closely with the Tasmanian Fire Service in relation to bushfire management strategies for schools, Department of Education Deputy Secretary, Andrew Finch said today.

“Schools assessed as being at higher risk of being affected by bushfires have developed bushfire response plans and these include whether the school has been assessed as suitable to protect in place or not.

“The assessments are updated every year.

 “In the event of very high fire danger ratings, an assessment will be made on a case by case basis as to whether a school should remain open.

“Students remaining at school will receive adequate and appropriate direction and advice rather than be located at home where guardianship arrangements can be quite variable and may or may not be adequate in the circumstances prevailing at the time.

“This assessment will be made in collaboration between the Tasmanian Fire Service and the Department of Education taking into account all known factors including the forecasts available, the status of any existing uncontrolled fires and the individual school bushfire response plan,” Mr Finch said.  

A list of schools considered to be at increased risk of being affected by bushfires is attached. 

Avoca Primary School
Brooks High School
Bruny Island District School
Cape Barren Island District School
Collinsvale Primary School
Dodges Ferry Primary School
Fingal Primary School
Geeveston District High School
Glen Huon Primary School
Hobart College
Molesworth Primary School
Northern Support School - St Georges
Prospect High School
Queechy High School
Redpa Primary School
South Arm Primary School
South George Town Primary School
Taroona Primary School

Mr Finch said that for these schools, in addition to having a bushfire response plan, the department also assists schools in a range of maintenance tasks including regular  gutter cleaning and tree trimming.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Supporting better behaviour in schools

 Department of Education Media Release

22 January 2013

Deputy Secretary Early Years and Schools

All members of our school community including students, staff, parents and visitors, have a right to feel safe at school, the Deputy Secretary Early Years and Schools, Liz Banks, said today.

 “Importantly, there is a strong connection between students’ wellbeing, behaviour and learning.
“The Department of Education’s Learner Wellbeing and Behaviour Policy has a clear purpose of ensuring schools provide safe and inclusive learning environments.

“All learners have the best opportunity to strive for excellence and reach their potential.
“Schools support and promote the Department’s values of equity, respect, relationships, learning and excellence. 

“This policy supports the community’s expectation of better behaviour in schools,” Ms Banks said.

“Bullying can have a traumatic effect on the physical, social and mental wellbeing of children and young people.

“Tasmanian Government schools have in place many programs to build safe and supportive learning communities for all students.

“All schools have policies and processes, which apply to all forms of bullying,” Ms Banks said.
“The Department, through its Learning Services, is committed to assisting schools in the areas of health and well-being.

“Wen an issue arises, support is available to schools and individual students and families through School Psychologists and Social Workers.

“Behaviour by students that is likely to be detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of others is deemed unacceptable by the Department of Education,” she said.

The Learner Wellbeing and Behaviour Policy can be referred to at

The national day of action against bullying and violence is on Friday 15 March 2013 and further information is available on the website 

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Launceston Cup Day public holiday

  Department of Education Media Release

9 January 2013

Deputy Secretary Department of Education

Schools in Northern Tasmania will observe the public holiday set for Launceston Cup Day, Department of Education Deputy Secretary, Andrew Finch, said today.

Mr Finch said public holidays including Launceston Cup Day are part of teachers’ entitlements under their award and the Department observes the holidays that are set.

Public holiday arrangements for Launceston Cup Day and how it applies to various regions in Northern Tasmania are available at: