Friday, 24 May 2013

Infrastructure Funding



Department of Education Media Release



Andrew Finch

Deputy Secretary, Department of Education
           Friday, 24 May 2013
 


Mr Finch, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Education said under the Building Better Schools Policy, schools were encouraged to work with their school communities to determine priorities for redevelopment projects.
 
“Schools were invited to submit for funding as part of the Capital Investment Program and the schools announced as part of the 2013-2014 Budget were assessed as high priority projects.

The work that is due to take place includes:

·        $9.3 m - Brooks High School for major redevelopment of general learning areas throughout the entire school.

·        $2.15m – Kings Meadows High School for redevelopment of learning areas.

·        $850,000 - Devonport High School for the provision of toilet, change room and teacher facilities for the gym.

Primary industry careers



Department of Education Media Release



Liz Banks

Deputy Secretary, Department of Education
Friday, 24 May 2013
 


There are a number of initiatives in schools that promote awareness of careers in primary industries, Department of Education Deputy Secretary, Liz Banks, said today.

 “The Department’s Guaranteeing Futures teams in each region organise activities for secondary students, undertake professional learning and link with outside agencies to promote awareness of careers in a range of areas including the primary industry sector,” Ms Banks said.

 “The Taste of the Polytechnic (TOP) program and Try-a-Skill events, which provide applied vocational taster programs for secondary school students, also include a focus on primary industries.

 “Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses that can lead to career opportunities in primary industries are available to students in Years 11 and 12 (and in some instances to students in Years 9 and 10).

 “These include courses in Horticulture, Rural Operations, Agriculture, Food Processing and Animal Studies,” Ms Banks said.   

Gonski



Department of Education Media Release



Andrew Finch

Deputy Secretary, Department of Education
       Friday, 24 May 2013
 


Mr Finch, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Education said the $83 million announced in the 2013-14 State Budget represents a very strong commitment to the implementation of the Gonski reforms in Tasmania.

The Budget Papers do not contain an allocation of these funds between schools because the final model is still being negotiated and specific allocations are yet to be determined.

School suspension rates



Department of Education Media Release



Liz Banks

Deputy Secretary, Department of Education
               Friday, 24 May 2013
 


In 2011, the number of recorded suspensions was 3,151 students from a population of approximately 55,500.  This represents 5.7% of all students from F-12 in Tasmania.

School Transition Fund



Department of Education Media Release



Andrew Finch

Deputy Secretary, Department of Education
  Friday, 24 May 2013
 


Mr Finch, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Education said the 2012-13 budget had an allocation of $3.5 million over 2 years for the School Transition Fund.

“In his statement on 20 May, Minister McKim allocated $900,000 for the Future Provisions of Years 11 and 12 in regional Tasmania. 

“As part of this $600,000 was made available from the School Transition Fund for schools to develop years 11 and 12 facilities and infrastructure,” he said.

Consequently the revised allocation for the School Transition Fund is $2.9 million as shown in Table 3.6 in education chapter in budget papers.

Heating in schools



Department of Education Media Release



Andrew Finch

Deputy Secretary, Department of Education
      Friday, 24 May 2013
 


The level of heating in schools is an individual school decision, Department of Education Deputy Secretary, Andrew Finch, said today.

 Schools are funded to cover their power consumption as part of the funding allocation they receive from the Department for the day to day running of their school, Mr Finch said.
 
Any new school buildings and redevelopments of schools generally have sustainable heating installed.
 
Under the State Government’s $1 million Sustainability Initiatives Program, schools and colleges were able to apply for funding to help them become more environmentally sustainable and save on their energy bills.
 
Projects funded included heating efficiency improvements in schools,Mr Finch said.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

School farms



Department of Education Media Release



Andrew Finch

Deputy Secretary, Department of Education
Thursday, 23 May 2013
 


Education Deputy Secretary Andrew Finch confirmed today that there had been a meeting with school principals involved with school farms last Friday.
 
"Discussions centred on best practice management arrangements for school farms and how best to maximise educational outcomes for students," he said.

 

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Meetings with principals


   Department of Education Media Release

22 May 2013

LIZ BANKS
                                  Deputy Secretary Department of Education



 

Principal forums will be held next week with senior Department of Education officials, Department of Education Deputy Secretary, Liz Banks, said today.

 
“This is part of a regular schedule of meetings,” Ms Banks said.

 
“Included in the agenda for consultation with principals will be school home-area administrative procedures,” she said.

 

Monday, 20 May 2013

Activities around Tasmania for Library and Information Week


      Department of Education Media Release

20 May 2013

JENNY RAYNER
                                                                                                                                                     Director, LINC Tasmania



 
National Simultaneous Storytime and behind the scenes tours of the Hobart LINC are among the activities being offered as part of Library and Information Week .
 
LINC Tasmania Director, Jenny Rayner, said a number of events had been organised at local LINCs for the week, which begins today.
 
“The week is organised by the Australian Library and Information Association and promotes the value of reading and literacy, the importance of Australia’s book industry and the role of libraries,” Ms Rayner said.
 
“This year’s theme is Share Your Story.
 
“At 11am on Wednesday May 22, 26 Tasmanian LINCs will participate in National Simultaneous Storytime.

“Staff in libraries, schools and childcare centres across Tasmania will read the same book at the same time to children. In Tasmania guest readers include local author Katherine Scholes, actor John X and adventurer Rob Pennicott,” Ms Rayner said.
 
As part of the week LINC Tasmania is sharing via Historypin the story of its 91 Murray St building which was recently heritage listed. Historypin, an online interactive tool which is linked with Google Maps, allows people to view and share historical photographs, videos, audio and their personal recollections about places.
 
“LINCs, libraries and Online Access Centres across the state are offering information and training sessions about Historypin for people to add their photos and stories about their local communities,” Ms Rayner said.
 
“A range of tours are also being offered at 91 Murray St including behind the scenes tours of the stacks and an insight into how collections are digitised and both original records and convict records are stored.
 
“There is also a rare opportunity to visit the repository at Berriedale which holds more than 18 kilometres of Tasmanian records.

“LINCs in other selected locations around the State are also offering guided tours of their services. 

“LINC Tasmania offers a broad range of library and information services in over 60 locations across the state.  We are delighted to be offering a diverse range of activities for Library and Information Week and invite all Tasmanians to come and explore what is on offer at their local LINC,” Ms Rayner said.
 
More information about Library and Information Week is available at:



Friday, 17 May 2013

Facebook site


              Department of Education Media Release

17 May 2013

LIZ BANKS
                                               Deputy Secretary Department of Education


 

Ms Banks, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Education said it was always disappointing when an individual chooses to use social media in such a derogatory way.

“Unfortunately, the Education Department does not control content on such sites, and therefore the best way to discourage such activity is for it to be ignored rather than highlighted.”

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Student safety


   Department of Education Media Release

16 May 2013

BRUCE CAMERON
                                  General Manager, Learning Services North West


 



Mr Cameron said it was important that schools and parents work together to remind students regularly of the importance of personal safety.

“While schools are proactive through the delivery of a range of classroom programs, parents and carers also have an important role to reinforce personal safety messages with their children.

“Parents can help by teaching their child their full name and address and your full name, where you work, your phone number and mobile number.”

Students need to always be aware and alert and feel confident to report issues when they feel unsafe. You can help by teaching your child the following:

·  Never accept rides, lollies, gifts, or money from people you do not know. It is not rude to say, “NO THANK YOU”.

·  Always make sure your parents or carers know where you are going and what time you will be home.

·  Never go anywhere unless you have your parent or carers permission.

·  Try to always travel with a friend.

·  Make sure you know your parent or carer’s phone numbers or carry a mobile phone with their phone number saved, so you can ring them in an emergency, or just to call to let them know you will be late.

 

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Tasmanian Polytechnic’s Alanvale Campus open tomorrow


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Department of Education Media Release

15 May 2013

PAUL MURPHY
General manager, Tasmanian Polytechnic







The Tasmanian Polytechnic and Tasmanian Skills Institute’s Alanvale campus will re-open tomorrow (Thursday May 16).

Tasmanian Polytechnic general manager, Paul Murphy said the campus was closed today because of a power outage.

“Repair work was carried out today and the campus will re-open to students and staff tomorrow,” Mr Murphy said.

Incident Exeter High School


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Department of Education Media Release




15 May 2013

ANDREW FINCH
Deputy Secretary Department of Education






Mr Finch said the incident at Exeter High School this morning was isolated to one science lab and no students were injured.

As a result of a fire in one science lab this morning, the science block was evacuated and the fire brigade was called as a precaution.

No students were injured during this incident, however an ambulance was called, also as a precaution to check any students who were in close proximity to the fire.

Mr Finch said as he understood it, the students were engaged in an approved science experiment.  The fire started when chemicals boiled over and ignited on a hotplate which had accidentally been set too high.  The fire was extinguished immediately and no students were in immediate threat.

The Department of Education has clear and effective procedures in place to respond to these types of incidents in schools.

In this case all appropriate procedures were followed and the school community will be informed via a letter from the Principal this afternoon, he said.


Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Incident at East Derwent Primary


   Department of Education Media Release

14 May 2013

LIZ BANKS
                                  Deputy Secretary Department of Education


 

Ms Banks said that the device brought to school does not allow for a substance to be injected. 

“The student brought their grandmother’s diabetic testing kit to school and together with three other children used the diabetic finger stick test to prick themselves.
 
“The incident occurred in the playground during a scheduled break, and the kit was confiscated as soon as the teacher became aware.
 
“While the students claim to have changed the head of the finger stick test before each use, to be safe, it was recommended to parents that the students involved be taken to the doctor for appropriate follow up,” she sai

Ms Banks said the Department of Education had previously worked with Health and Human Services to develop clear and effective procedures to deal with public health incidents in schools.

“In this case, we have followed the procedures immediately and provided appropriate care to students and proper advice to parents.”



Monday, 13 May 2013

NAPLAN support for teachers


   Department of Education Media Release

13 May 2013

LIZ BANKS
                                   Deputy Secretary Department of Education



 
Ms Banks said the Department of Education offers a range of support and information to assist the school community in the lead up to and during NAPLAN testing.
 
“Principals are provided with comprehensive advice in order to work with parents around student participation.
 
“The Department of Education proactively encourage all students to sit the 2013 NAPLAN tests.”





Friday, 10 May 2013

Breakfast program on NAPLAN testing days


   Department of Education Media Release

10 May 2013

LIZ BANKS
                                      Deputy Secretary Department of Education





Ms Banks said eating breakfast can have a significant effect on a child’s ability to learn, pay attention and retain information.
 
“Many government schools run very successful breakfast programs where the food offered is consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents in Australia.

Employment Arrangements

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Department of Education Media Release





10 May 2013

COLIN PETTIT
                                                              Secretary Department of Education





 
The Secretary of the Department of Education Colin Pettit said today that all positions advertised in the department are awarded on a merit-based process and individual staff employment details are not discussed publicly.

“All departmental staff are invited to apply for any positions advertised by the department if they meet the necessary skills for those positions,” he said.



Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Teaching kids about mobile phone use


   Department of Education Media Release

7 May 2013

LIZ BANKS
                                  Deputy Secretary Department of Education







Deputy Secretary Liz Banks said the Department believes this is a high quality program that supports the Australian curriculum and would be recommended to schools.

 

Monday, 6 May 2013

AEU negotiations


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Department of Education Media Release





6 May 2013

ANDREW FINCH
                                                              Deputy Secretary Department of Education





 
Education Department Deputy Secretary Andrew Finch said today that the current industrial agreement with the AEU expires in February 2014  and the parties are committed to commencing  negotiations for a new agreement no later than six months prior to the agreement expiring.


“The Department of Education expects to begin negotiations with the AEU in August,” he said.