Timetables – The Enemy of Creativity

Originally posted on Educationed:
I’m writing this while sitting next to two students who are editing a short film. One just turned to the other, and in an expression of pure joy, exclaimed, “OMG! I literally have goosebumps right now!”, in reference to her creation. More on this later… Currently, the vast majority of my students…

We Need to Get Serious About Bullying

I find it hard to believe that the front page story in today’s Courier-Mail that outlines the desperate measures taken by a 13-year-old girl in a bid to secure help in dealing with schoolyard bullying would come as a surprise to anybody. It is hardly a secret that bullying is rampant in Queensland schools and that […]

The Race is on Again

The Race Around the Ekka School Film Competition is on again in 2016, offering Queensland secondary school and university/TAFE students an opportunity to produce a professional advertisement suitable for television. Working in teams, students have just 24 hours to write, shoot and edit a 15 or 30 second promotional clip for the Royal Queensland Show […]

Scared of What Exactly?

The ignorance and disregard for young people demonstrated by members of the Australian Government in recent days has been disturbing and disgusting. The attacks on the Safe Schools program that is being implemented in over 500 Australian schools is typical of an administration that has thrived on creating and maintaining divisiveness within the Australian community. Cory Bernardi and his […]

Uniform Changes a Great Move

In another great story about progressive educators who are putting their students first, the new uniform policy at Sydney’s Newtown High School of the Performing Arts  allows “students to wear boys or girls uniforms regardless of their gender.” Furthermore, whilst transitioning students previously had to seek special approval to access alternative toilets, students no longer need to seek formal permission. […]

All Hail an Education Hero

Queensland has a new hero! Paul Thomson, the principal at Kimberley College has taken a stand against the all-pervasive NAPLAN testing regime that has infected Queensland schools. According to a story published in the Courier-Mail today, only a dozen of the more than 300 eligible students at the school sat the NAPLAN tests last year […]

No Place for the Individual in Education

The media coverage of the so-called ‘controversial’ farewell speech by Ravenswood Girls School captain Sarah Haynes at the end of last year was interesting to say the least. I mean headlines such as ‘Private School Captain’s Shocking Speech Goes Viral’ are far more extreme or provocative that anything Sarah said in her speech. Whilst the […]