Friday, 26 April 2013

Vacant school sites


Department of Education Media Release

26 April 2013

Deputy Secretary Department of Education


The Department of Treasury and Finance handles the disposal process on behalf of the Department of Education and sites are handed over to Treasury when they are ready for sale.

“We are currently working with the Department of Treasury and Finance to prepare the old Moriarty Primary school site for sale.

“In the case of the Maydena Primary School, the Department is working with the Derwent Valley Council for them to assume responsibility for the site for ongoing community use.”

Mr Finch said Geeveston Primary School were still utilising the Geeveston school site.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Principal, Wynyard High School


Department of Education Media Release

16 April 2013

General Manager, Learning Services North West


Mr Cameron said the Department of Education was working with the school community to fill the permanent Principal position as soon as possible to minimise disruption and deliver stability for the school.

“Given the pivotal role a Principal plays, it is crucial that a permanent position is filled with the highest quality candidate.

“This involves a rigorous process conducted by a selection panel which includes a parent representative to ensure the community’s views are taken into account.

“Learning Services North West has responded to the strong desire from the community to maintain the current leadership at Wynyard High School while further selection processes are undertaken.

“While acknowledging this can be a difficult time for the school, we are committed to working with the community to find the best possible candidate to deliver positive outcomes for the school now and into the future.”

Monday, 8 April 2013

Education for young asylum seekers

Department of Education Media Release

8 April 2013

General Manager, Tasmanian Polytechnic


Paul Murphy, General Manager, Tasmanian Polytechnic said that up to 150 young asylum seekers currently housed at Pontville would commence formal study this week through the Tasmanian Polytechnic.

“Students engaged in this program will range from 15-17 years of age and their program of study will focus on English language training.

“This includes being taught English through a range of practical activities which incorporate social studies, maths and environmental studies,’ he said.

Mr Murphy said the program had been developed specifically for this cohort of students with each program running for 10 weeks.

“The students will participate in a full 6 hour day and attend 5 days a week.

“English language teachers at the Polytechnic are fully qualified to meet the learning needs of this cohort of students.

Mr Murphy said the program was being delivered on a commercial basis through a contract between the Polytechnic and DIAC and that DIAC were responsible for the transport requirements of the students.


Friday, 5 April 2013

School psychologists

   Department of Education Media Release

5 April 2013

                                     Deputy Secretary Department of Education

As at 25 March 2013, the Department of Education employed 55 full time equivalent school psychologists, Department of Education Deputy Secretary, Liz Banks, said today.

“An additional four psychologists were employed in 2011 as a result of extra funding provided in the 2011-12 budget,” Ms Banks said.

“The Department recognises the value of school psychologists in supporting students, however the Department is unable to comment on issues relating to the upcoming budget,” she said.

Tasmania’s AEDI results

   Department of Education Media Release

5 April 2013

                                     Deputy Secretary Department of Education

Deputy Secretary, Liz Banks said that significant investments had been made into early years development through the introduction of Child and Family Centres and the Launching into Learning Program.

“Launching into Learning is a program managed by schools and delivered by appropriately qualified teachers.

“Child and Family Centres are also run by appropriately trained and qualified staff,” she said.


The AEDI results tables show the local communities’ results displayed as the proportion and number of children developmentally vulnerable on the AEDI domains and the total number of children surveyed from each local community. 
It is important to consider both the proportion of children developmentally vulnerable and the number of children this represents. 
For example in Launceston, the 10 per cent of children identified as developmentally vulnerable against the “emotional maturity” domain represents 3 children.