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Universities in NSW are looking forward to hundreds of international students returning by the end of the year under a pilot program.

Unis call for Australia to accept students vaccinated in China

Australian universities have welcomed a plan to bring 500 students into Australia, but want the government to recognise Chinese-based coronavirus vaccines to attract Chinese students.

  • by Anna Patty


Th eastern suburbs family caught COVID-19 through their primary school; they want to make sure all possible mitigation measures are in place.

Three children and a mother caught COVID through school. Here’s what happened

Sydney pathologist Andrea Thomson* didn’t see the school holidays going this way: locked inside with her three children, all COVID-19 positive, while her husband isolates separately in the house.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
Vince Lam, a recent graduate in Marketing and Design, has managed to secure a job in Sydney.

The Australian universities with the most employable graduates

Close to 40 per cent of recent university graduates say they are not making full use of their qualifications, but those who attend institutions with business partnerships are getting an edge when it comes to finding jobs.

  • by Anna Patty
NSW Education Department only began an audit of school classrooms last week

NSW classroom audit began two weeks after back-to-school plan announced

The NSW Education Department has not placed an order for any air purification devices despite conceding they may be necessary for some indoor spaces when students return next month.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet wants international students to return to his state.

International students to return to NSW by the end of the year

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet confirmed the plan to restart the state’s critical international higher education sector had been finalised and would form part of the state’s road map to reopening after the Delta outbreak, but students from key markets in China and Nepal are not likely to be among them.

  • by Anna Patty and Alexandra Smith
Tushar Joshi

The Sydney university scholarship student defying mongooses and mozzies in Indian slum

Tushar Joshi has next to nothing. But a scholarship from Sydney University with help from the non-profit Asha Society is helping lift him out of poverty and one of India’s slums.

  • by Julie Power
In the Herald

In the Herald: September 22, 1968

Australian actor George Lazenby still has a strong chance of becoming the next James Bond.

  • by Harry Hollinsworth
Students return to school in London.

‘Schools should be made safer’: Scientists say NSW needs better plan for ventilation

Science network OzSAGE said schools should be given the same treatment as NSW Parliament, where the upper house’s ventilation system has been upgraded to ensure eight exchanges of fresh air every hour.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
Patricia Graham of Minto with her daughter Ellectra.

Demand for loan laptops another signal of a city divided by COVID

Thousands of laptops have been sent to homes in Sydney’s hotspots as students face home schooling hurdles.

  • by Alexandra Smith
Students in New York, where all schools will be fitted with air purifiers as a COVID-safety measure.

‘We have to be realistic’: Temporary COVID school closures to remain

The education department is preparing COVID-19 mitigation measures for when school resumes but public school classrooms will not be fitted with air purifiers or carbon dioxide monitors despite them being part of the plan in Victoria.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
School principals are grappling with the disparate views of parents over whether children return to face-to-face learning.

Some parents demand a return to class, others want to keep their kids at home

Schools are grappling with fiery divisions among parents about whether students should be back at school, with some calling for remote learning until the end of the year.

  • by Jordan Baker
Kate Walther and her daughter, Lucy, 10 who will not return to school this year because of a chronic health condition.

Parents need more information to prepare for school return

With five weeks to go until kindergarten and year 1 are due back in the classroom, principals are grappling with parent communities that are increasingly divided over whether students should be vaccinated, and whether children should be back in the classroom at all.

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GIF - Ella and Scarlett Chappell playing on their new inflatable gymnastics mat, a lockdown present they will be utilising in the school holidays during Sydney’s Covid-19 restrictions. 16th September 2021 Photo: Janie Barrett
Rachel Chappell and her family on Berowra Waters for school holiday lockdown storyPicture: Rachel Chappell via Andrew Taylor
Rachel Chappell with her daughters Ella (on swing) and Scarlett playing in their backyard on their new tyre swing, something they will be utilising in the school holidays during Sydney’s Covid-19 restrictions. 16th September 2021 Photo: Janie Barrett

Ella and Scarlett Chappell playing on their new inflatable gymnastics mat, a lockdown present they will be utilising in the school holidays during Sydney’s Covid-19 restrictions. 16th September 2021 Photo: Janie Barrett

How to make locked-down holidays different from locked-down learning

“It’s important that children do not spend all their holidays on devices,” said STEM education professor Garry Falloon.

  • by Andrew Taylor
Composite - Kate Walther and her daughter, Lucy, 10, who she will not send back to school until next year, because of her concern about the spread of Covid-19 in the community in Sydney. 17th September 2021 Photo: Janie Barrett
Peta Di Palma and her son, Felix, 16, who she will not send back to school until next year, because of her concern about the spread of Covid-19 in the community in Sydney. 17th September 2021 Photo: Janie Barrett

‘Not too much to ask’: The students who won’t return to school this year

Many children with chronic health conditions are unlikely to return to NSW classrooms this year, despite the Department of Education saying it won’t run a dual system.

  • by Caitlin Fitzsimmons
Teachers are spending too much time on red tape and paper pushing.

Teachers to spend less time on reports, forms and playground duty

A plan to reduce the time teachers spend on menial tasks could save them up to 40 hours a year.

  • by Jordan Baker
Murdoch University was investigated by TEQSA over breaches to English literacy standards required of foreign students.

Opportunity knocks for WA unis to reset targets since losing foreign student ‘punchbowl’

Once university management and former auditor of Australian universities, Dr Michael Tomlinson knows the difficulty of ‘herding’ academic opinion but sees increasing value in them.

  • by Michael Tomlinson
Teachers say shortages will continue without better pay

Industrial battle with teachers looms as students head back to school

Teachers are campaigning for a wage rise of five per cent beyond the government’s cap, and say low wages are putting people off a career in classrooms.

  • by Jordan Baker
Chanel Contos said it was important to launch a final push for sex education reform before ACARA finalised the national curriculum.

‘I want their voices heard’: Assault survivors to speak at consent roundtable

The online event will involve a significant gathering of high-profile ministers, rights groups and curriculum authorities to discuss sex and consent education reform in light of Chanel Contos’ petition.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
Universities Australia chief executive Catriona Jackson, who is on the federal government body drafting foreign interference guidelines for the sector, said she is not aware of which other countries could be targeting Australian universities.

University peak body unsure which countries are a foreign interference risk

Universities Australia says foreign interference on campus is “not a one-country problem” but the peak body is unsure which countries besides China are potentially exerting undue influence.

  • by Lisa Visentin
Students at some NSW have missed out on planned classes hundreds of times

‘They just sit there’: The schools where hundreds of lessons are cancelled

At some schools, there have been hundreds of classes merged or put under minimal supervision due to a shortage of casual teachers.

  • by Jordan Baker
Rebecca Barrett booked in her 12 year-old daughter Edie Barrett for her first dose of Pfizer on Monday which is the first day children aged between 12-15 are eligible.

‘Gone in 15 minutes’: Parents rush to vaccinate children before school return

Some parents have been able to secure vaccine appointments for their children as the clock ticks on their return to school. Others face a busy Monday.

  • by Anna Patty
Alice Dawkins is senior associate at Asia strategy firm Lydekker.

COVID cuts to Asia-Pacific learning experiences put regional ties at risk

Australia could lose a generation of people who want to study and work with their Asia-based peers, and we’ve seen before the consequences of blundering engagements with key neighbours.

  • by Alice Dawkins
The social connection at school is just as important, if not more so, than book learning.

Opening pubs and hairdressers before schools a sign of misplaced priorities

There’s something badly wrong when pubs and hairdresser can open before schools.

  • by Caitlin Fitzsimmons
Schools need improved ventilation to be safe.

Public schools checking 150,000 classrooms, libraries, halls ahead of return to school

Airflow is also a priority for the non-government school sector, which is testing air quality, buying carbon dioxide monitors and installing air filters.

  • by Jordan Baker
Taking the plunge: the public deserves to know that the reopening plans are based on strong data.

COVID facts under pressure: we need transparency on the data that justifies reopening

If NSW’s end to lockdown is to work, the public needs to trust its government’s decisions. That means making all the data public.

  • by Alexandra Martiniuk
Jenni Rickard, of the Australian Parents Council, with a photo of her soldier grandfather

‘Howard on steroids’: History wars reignite over contested Anzac legend

Education Minister Alan Tudge says he wants history class to teach students to love, not hate Australia. Teachers say when they tried to question him about this on social media, they found themselves blocked.

  • by Jordan Baker
Smoke billows from the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York after hijacked commercial passenger planes were flown into both towers.

History must teach children the nation’s strengths and its failures

The government wants a new curriculum to accentuate the positives but the events of September 11, 2001 give a textbook case of why history is never simple.

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Students are set to begin returning to school on October 25, with all students back on November 8.

Pubs could reopen before schools: Expert says children should return to class sooner

The NSW government plans to have the first groups of children returning to school on October 25 and all students back by November 8; up to three weeks after vaccinated adults could return to pubs.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
All HSC exams will go ahead, and results are due before Australia Day

All HSC exams to go ahead, results before Australia Day

All the exams are to go ahead, with an accidentally leaked preliminary timetable showing they will finish on December 3.

  • by Jordan Baker
Some of the letters were sent to the University of Technology, Sydney.

‘Worst-case scenario’: UTS contingency plans if Australia-China relationship collapses

The University of Technology Sydney has prepared a contingency plan for a “worst-case scenario” collapse in the China-Australia relationship.

  • by Lisa Visentin
Rose Bay Secondary College co-captains Hattie Shand and Hordur Zoega

‘What’s the point?’: High stress, low motivation hits HSC students

As year 12 awaits a decision on whether all HSC exams will run, and when results will be released, they are disillusioned and burnt out.

  • by Jordan Baker

Delta transmission in children low, causes mild illness, report finds

Delta has spread five times faster through NSW educational settings but transmission between children remains low, a report has found.

  • by Jordan Baker
Universities and HSC authorities are at odds over when results should be released

HSC bosses, universities at odds over late January results date

Universities and exam authorities are in tense discussions over how late results can be released, with university bosses saying the end of January is too late.

  • by Jordan Baker
A survey found more than one-quarter of young Australians experienced psychological distress during 2020.

Call for mental health screening in schools amid surge in psychological distress

A national survey of more than 25,000 teenagers has found one-quarter experienced psychological distress during 2020.

  • by Jewel Topsfield
Sam Kosack has spent months preparing for works which will not be assessed centrally.

‘We’re crying out for help’: HSC students want a seat at the table

Year 12 student leaders across Sydney want the class of 2021 to be given the choice of sitting their final exams or receiving an estimate.

  • by Kiran Gupta
Documentary producer Simon Nasht warns that  online child sex abuse is “me too” in scale and urgency

Battle to make sex abuse documentary accessible in schools

A documentary warning teens about the dangers of online entrapment has had its audience reach limited by a controversial classification ruling.

  • by Deborah Snow
Fin Bowden, 7, is taught maths by his grandfather John Evans, who lives in Canberra.

‘We’re lucky to have help’: It takes a village to remote-school a child

Working parents trying to supervise remote learning are recruiting outside help because they are concerned about their children’s academic progress.

  • by Caitlin Fitzsimmons
Coronavirus- COVID 19. Daily Health briefing Deputy Premier John Barilaro, Minister for Health Brad Hazzard, Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell and NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Marianne Gale will provide an update on COVID-19.  Photographed Friday 27th August 2021. Photograph by James Brickwood. SMH NEWS 210827

‘Sleight of hand’: Public schools get $3.5b less than original Gonski plan intended

A change to the way states could calculate their Gonski targets means NSW public schools are getting $600m less this year than under the original plan.

  • by Jordan Baker
We must ensure children can return to school safely.

Children have made great sacrifices to protect adults - now it’s time to return the favour

It is important for children to get back to school and as adults who have benefited from their sacrifice, we are under a moral obligation to ensure they can do that safely,

  • by Catherine Naylor
Children under 12 can’t yet be vaccinated, so educators and health experts say teachers should be prioritised for jabs.

Educators want plan to keep schools open, including ventilation and testing

If the country can’t yet immunise children under the age of 12, experts say teachers should be prioritised for vaccinations.

  • by Rachel Clun and Lisa Visentin
Students undergoing rapid antigen testing at Presbyterian Ladies College.

‘Real sense of security’: Sydney school embracing daily nasal swabs

A Sydney independent school is trialling rapid antigen testing for staff and students and says it has been “fantastic” and increased the sense of safety.

  • by Jordan Baker
The University of Sydney posted a $100 million profit last year.

Sydney’s top universities slip in rankings as Asia’s institutions rise

Australia’s best universities remained in the top 100, but the old world order is under a challenge from institutions in Asia.

  • by Jordan Baker
Fostering a culture of complaint against academics? The University of NSW.

What goes wrong when uni students mark their teachers

A major university wants to publish the results of students’ course evaluations on a public website. It won’t be hard to figure out the individual teachers involved in these often unfair assessments.

  • by Jenna Price
Nelson Mandela said you can judge a society by how it treats children.

America has a big-picture vision for its children, so why don’t we?

Now is the time to make our early childhood system the backbone of Australia’s social and economic wellbeing.

  • by Leslie Loble, Travers McLeod and Jen Jackson
Universities are struggling in light of COVID-19.

Universities push back on plan to require academics to declare foreign political links

One proposal would see only academics involved in sensitive research or from high-risk countries required to disclose their links to overseas political parties.

  • by Lisa Visentin
St Aloysius’ College in Milsons Point is due to be renovated.

North Shore boys’ school eyes Rozelle campus for ‘lost’ middle years

Geelong Grammar has Timbertop and Scots has Glengarry. Now St Aloysius is eyeing inner-west Rozelle as a community campus for students in the middle years of high school.

  • by Jordan Baker
The HSC is a massive undertaking at the best of times.

HSC bosses break ranks to reveal they did not make decision to delay exams

Two members of the committee steering the HSC through COVID-19 have broken ranks to reveal it was health officials rather than educators who decided to delay examinations until early November.

  • by Jordan Baker
Most secondary private schools have provided fee cuts of between 10 and 15 per cent.

Calls to extend school chaplaincy program to help deal with pandemic

Government MPs pushed on Tuesday for new mental health programs and named the $61.4 million-a-year chaplaincy scheme as a leading candidate for greater federal support.

  • by David Crowe
Former Sydney University academic Tim Anderson has won a victory in his battle against the University of Sydney.

Court backs academics’ free speech in swastika dismissal case

A court found Sydney university lecturer Tim Anderson’s decision to post a “deeply offensive” image could be protected by his right to academic freedom.

  • by Nick Bonyhady
Universities are pushing back against demands to force staff to reveal a decade’s worth of foreign political links.

University students will be trained to spot foreign interference

The measures are contained in draft guidelines that are being debated among university leaders and government officials.

  • by Lisa Visentin