Category: Education

Homework or No Work?

Tayla Foster A parent’s weekday nightmare, when the crumpled-up pieces of paper from the bottom of a child’s bag is placed on the table filled with sticky textures and dread. The argument begins, with a promise of getting it done later, further developing into a screaming match between parent and child shackled with the constraints of frustration, confusion and a sheer lack of interest. You’ve been battling with your child, your frustration with the school and have work of your own to do. The day in, day out arguments beg the question, is it too much, or not enough?...

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Graduating in a Pandemic

Eliza Cusack Around 300,000 university students graduate every year, which means that there are thousands of students who are graduating in what will probably be the most unprecedented time in their lives. Due to the state bans on the numbers allowed at large gatherings, universities across the country have had to postpone graduation ceremonies since March. Students will be asked to attend a rescheduled ceremony when restrictions are lifted. With the devastating effects of COVID-19 being felt across the country, job prospects are continuing to dwindle. Nearly 800,000 Aussies have lost their job since the coronavirus restrictions began. While...

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Strengthening Mathematics Skills – the new focus

Isabella Ross STEM-related subjects have been at the forefront of education dialogue recently, particularly a focus on mathematics and science. Research has shown that Aussie kids are falling behind in their mathematic skills, therefore igniting a worry among parents, educators and politicians that more needs to be done. Minister for Education Dan Tehan announced the appointment of Education Services Australia (ESA) to deliver a series of mathematics Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for teachers. The $9.5 million investment will also produce an online mathematics and numeracy resources hub for teachers, parents and students. “This initiative will provide high-quality professional...

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An opportunity to celebrate writing

Dipti Singh Storyathon is a free online event that encourages years 3-8 grade students from Australia and New Zealand to write a 100-word microstory. With more than 3000 classrooms participating, Storyathon has already proven extremely successful and it has produced more than 50,000 stories to date. Microstories are small narratives that encourage students to refine their vocabulary, play with words, and concentrate on their message. Storyathon wants students to respect writing as much as any other sports, hobbies and how other common activities are valued. Writing a microstory is a learning activity that is very inclusive and accessible as...

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The North Shore’s Local eLibrary

Isabella Ross Ku-ring-gai eLibrary is one of the best resources available to locals on the North Shore. With an abundance of digital platforms, magazines, ebooks, audiobooks and streaming services available, this Ku-ring-gai Council initiative is a must-know for all of our readers. Friendly staff from all the Ku-ring-gai Council run library branches are also on hand to assist the community in accessing the 24/7 eLibrary. BORROWBOX Reading is such a fantastic hobby to have and it is a pastime that is incredibly popular among all ages. Lots of novel categories are available on Borrowbox such as New Releases, Young...

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