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The "Triwizard Shorenament Official Rule and Challenge Book". Police were alerted after Shore School became aware of the students' plans.
Opinion
Opinion

Shore boys need their own Johnny Royal

If the Betoota Advocate was to write a satire about the excesses of a bastion of white privilege, I actually don’t think they would have gone this far.

  • by Peter FitzSimons

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Shore parents have been posting photos of their children in uniform on social media, as the fallout continues over plans for a potentially illegal scavenger hunt.
Private schools

#ProudShoreMums stand up for their sons after muck-up day controversy

Mothers have been posting photos on Instagram and Facebook of their children in Shore uniform, adding blue and white hearts to represent the school's colours.

  • by Andrew Taylor
Lake Macquarie High School graduation this week.
Opinion
Opinion

Secret parents' business: The alternative year 12 assembly

Welcome to the final parents' assembly for 2020.

  • by Helen Pitt
A number of schools, including St Ignatius' College Riverview, have now been embroiled in the furore over muck-up days.
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Schools

More elite Sydney schools drawn into 'criminal' muck-up day fiasco

St Aloysius' College and other schools in northern Sydney have become embroiled in a controversy triggered by Shore School year 12s.

  • by Fergus Hunter and Amelia McGuire
Jacqui Lambie is prepared to consider the government's revamped Ensuring Integrity Bill.
University funding

One vote in it: Crossbench considers controversial university funding laws

Tasmania Senate Jacqui Lambie and South Australian Senator Stirling Griff are deciding how they will vote on the government's university reforms.

  • by Lisa Visentin
Shore is trying to work out who wrote the document.
Opinion
Opinion

Shore challenges won't earn you entry to adult world

Is it bad that I am not surprised when I read the Triwizard Shornament challenge book? Is it even worse that I understand it?

  • by Brandon Jack
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University of Sydney has provided the documents to the Attorney-General's department under the foreign influence scheme.
Opinion
Opinion

Kiara had the best month of her life. Then everything was cancelled: How COVID-19 killed the uni experience

Student politics, newspapers, debating clubs, Quiddich societies and comedy revues have all been affected by the pandemic. By the time life returns to normal, will anyone at university remember what they have lost.

  • by Nick Bonyhady
Veronica Hester, Imogen Kuah and Natasha Abhayawickrama are leading student climate actions on Friday.
Education

Last year 80,000 students marched for the climate. In COVID-19, they're trying something different

More than 500 individual events are planned, ranging from a live-streamed Q&A and Instagram concert to socially distanced protests.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
For months universities have been urging governments to establish a secure corridor scheme for overseas students to return to Australia.
Coronavirus pandemic

International students could be in NSW by early 2021, senior minister says

Stuart Ayres said the state's quarantine regime had built a "strong bed of evidence that we can learn from" in managing overseas student arrivals.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos and Anna Patty
Private schools

'This is not who we are': Shore blames small group of boys for muck-up day rampage plans

The headmaster wrote to parents on Wednesday after the emergence of plans for assaults, trespassing and drug-taking.

  • by Fergus Hunter
Shore School in North Sydney has alerted police to a crime-filled rampage being planned by year 12s.
Opinion
Opinion

Parents are responsible for crime-filled muck-up day

This is a group of kids whose moral compass is seriously off.

  • by Kerri Sackville
Composite image of Sydney University protests by Rhett Whyman
Coronavirus pandemic

Riot squad, mounted police chase protesting Sydney University students

Students and staff have condemned the heavy police response to protests on campus, which they say suppresses free speech and is inconsistent with other COVID-19 guidelines.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
David Reeves discovered he had a $75,000 student loan debt when he did his tax return.
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Education

'How is this possible?': The pensioner saddled with a $75,000 tax debt

David Reeves was duped into an expensive student loan - and the time for victims to have such loans cancelled is running out.

  • by Anna Patty
Triwizard Shorenament official rule and challenge book.
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Schools

'Spit on homeless man': Shore School year 12s plan crime-filled muck-up day

Police have been alerted to student plans for a muck up day activity that would include assaults, trespassing, drug-taking and other illegal activities.

  • by Fergus Hunter
There are concerns that the so-called HSC subject hierarchy is lowering the aspirations of disadvantaged students
Education

Reading wars: department continued to train teachers in failing program

Reading specialists want to know why the NSW Department of Education persisted with the L3 reading programs despite significant questions about its effectiveness

  • by Jordan Baker
Cooper Forsyth and Swapnik Sanagavarapu at the University of Sydney, are both still doing online learning because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 22nd September 2020 Photo: Janie Barrett
University

Frustrated Sydney university students paying $40,000 a year to sit on a laptop

Universities are delivering more classes on campus as many students grow impatient with learning online.

  • by Anna Patty
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Illustration: Dionne Gain
Opinion
Opinion

Australian universities cower as disaster looms

Every single segment of the higher ed market, from the Group of Eight to regional and rural universities is being bought off by promises.

  • by Jenna Price
Some class sizes have skyrocketed at the University of NSW since the move to online learning.
Coronavirus pandemic

Class sizes soar at UNSW during COVID-19

The greatest spikes in tutorial sizes have been in first-year mathematics, chemistry, arts and design courses.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
Column 8 Granny dinkus with mask.
Opinion
WordPlay

Naming names in living colour

While the Blue Mountains are already abuzz.

Foundation courses for foreign language students are a "ticking time bomb", academic warns.
Coronavirus pandemic

One in 10 university research jobs tipped to vanish because of pandemic

Research capacity at Australian universities is predicted to slide as the fallout of COVID-19 travel bans wipes billions in revenue from fee-paying international students.

  • by Adam Carey
Column 8 Granny dinkus with mask.
Opinion
High school

Topping the class in deep-pit latrine digging

Teaching unruly teenage boys to cook stops any resemblance to starving dragons.

School based plumbing apprentice Alex Sweeney aged 17 years old at CathWest Innovation College Loyola in Mount Druitt. Alex will be graduating from the Year 12 school based apprenticeship and traineeship program on Wednesday 23rd of September. Mount Druitt, Sydney, NSW. 14th September, 2020. Photo: Kate Geraghty
Schools

How raising the school-leaver's age transformed NSW schools

Ten years ago the NSW government raised the school-leaver's age from 15 to 17. How have schools changed?

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
Teachers feel ill-equipped to teach keyboarding skills.
Naplan

Teachers ill-equipped to teach keyboarding skills amid NAPLAN concerns

Education experts warn a patchy approach to teaching keyboard skills and lack of access to computers will make online NAPLAN tests unfair.

  • by Jordan Baker
Sam Kyprianou's view of the cattle station from atop a horse, as he worked during his Queensland gap year.
Tourism

'Treat Australia as Europe': The domestic gap year options opening up for year 12

Three-quarters of year 12 students who planned on taking gap years say they no longer will due to international travel restrictions. But new opportunities are being created in their backyard.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
Russell Daylight, who runs a literacy course for first-year teaching students, with his wife, author Tegan Bennett Daylight
Education

Writing wrongs: 'Our society is about to hit a literacy crisis'

Lack of teacher training, educational culture wars and the rise of technology have contributed to falling standards of literacy in NSW schools. So what can be done?

  • by Jordan Baker
Former dictionary editor Sue Butler.
Spotlight

When to let it go: a former dictionary editor's last word on pedantry

Macquarie Dictionary's founding editor, Sue Butler, has spent almost 40 years walking a linguistically generous middle path.

  • by Amanda Hooton
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More than 20 universities in the UK have joined together to charter flights for Chinese students to Britain.
JobKeeper

Australia in race against UK, Canada, China to keep university students

Universities overseas are chartering flights for thousands of Chinese students, leaving Australia racing to keep up with its top competitors.

  • by Lisa Visentin and Eryk Bagshaw
Australian senior school students tend to have a strong belief in their abilities and feel supported by their teachers, which will help them persevere through adverse events such as disrupted schooling and the coronavirus pandemic.
Education

Australian students have self-efficacy skills to help cope with pandemic: PISA data

Data shows most senior school students believed they usually manage through difficulty "one way or another", and can find their way out of a hard situation.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
Column 8 Granny dinkus with mask.
Opinion
High school

Wasted youth agonising over spotted dick and jam roly-poly

An abundance of vichs and seismic signatures.

Balgowlah Boys' High focuses on teaching boys how to construct sentences
Education

The Sydney school that bucked the trend and got boys to succeed in English

Boys are twice as likely as girls to perform poorly in English, but Balgowlah Boys High students have been finishing near the top of the state. The principal's strategy is deceptively simple.

  • by Jordan Baker
The NSW Education Standards Authority report found educators lacked knowledge, skills and confidence in teaching writing.
Opinion
Schools

The ability to write is a human right: copy-and-paste isn't good enough for your child

The decline in writing standards among school students demands an overhaul of teacher education - and the support they have to teach.

  • by Jenny Atkinson
Sydney University expects to lose $550 million in student revenue due to COVID-19
University Of Sydney

Sydney Uni expects to lose $550 million over next four years

The pandemic has prompted a $217 million reduction in total student revenue next year, compared with the university's pre-pandemic prediction.

  • by Jordan Baker
Half of the state's school teachers feel underprepared to teach writing.
Opinion
Schools

How does grammar help writing? And who should teach it?

The way we teach writing is clearly failing. It's not all down to English teachers. We need to teach school students to write for each subject.

  • by Yaegan Doran and Sally Humphrey
Labor's Tanya Plibersek says university bosses who back the government's funding reforms are betraying students.
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Education

Labor lashes 'cowardly' uni bosses agreeing to government's fee hikes

Tanya Plibersek says "cowardly" university bosses have betrayed students by supporting the government's funding reforms.

  • by Lisa Visentin
Liliana Alzate who is  from Colombia and has lost her jobs during the pandemic.
University

Thousands of international students are running out of money

One in three international students say they’ll completely run out of funds by next month, according to new research.

  • by Anna Patty
The write stuff ... how to motivate boys.
Opinion
High school

How to give boys the write stuff

Boys lag behind girls in writing skills. We need a revolution in the way we teach them.

  • by Alan Wright
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Musicians warn of "existential threat to music" if COVID bans continue for long
Education

Bans on singing and woodwind instruments risk 'existential threat to music'

NSW Health has agreed to work with musicians to find ways to sing and play woodwind instruments safely.

  • by Jordan Baker
A blame game has erupted over who is responsible for a decline in students' writing skills
Education

Blame game over who is responsible for writing decline in NSW schools

Politicians say university teaching departments need to lift their game, but education deans say teachers are not being given on-the-job support.

  • by Jordan Baker
Police question a protester at Sydney Unveristy during a demonstartion over cutbacks.
University Of Sydney

Sydney University protest at cutbacks wrong-footed by police

While 10 to 15 students were each fined $1000 for public order offences and one was arrested, the University of NSW announced it will shed 256 full time-jobs.

  • by Tim Barlass
ANU vice-chancellor Brian Schmidt announced the job losses on Wednesday as part of an update to staff on the university’s financial position.
ANU

UNSW, ANU to each shed more than 200 jobs as revenues plummet

The universities announced the job cuts in response to the severe financial toll the COVID-19 pandemic had levelled on their budgets.

  • by Lisa Visentin
Students will be able to access their results online on Saturday.
Editorial
Editorial

NSW schools are failing to teach writing skills

A report says teachers need a new approach and better training to teach this vital skill.

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Half of the state's school teachers feel underprepared to teach writing.
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Schools

Half of NSW teachers say they were poorly trained to teach writing

A survey of 4000 NSW teachers found many felt unprepared to teach, mark or give feedback on students' writing.

  • by Jordan Baker
UTS
University

Uni warned to avoid 'unapproved teachings' or risk losing Chinese students

An internal university committee warned that online education access into China could be revoked in response to politically sensitive material.

  • by Anna Patty
School graduates could take the work left behind by backpackers in agriculture and horticulture.
Jobs

School leavers should spend their gap years picking fruit, bipartisan committee urges

Other options proposed by the committee include letting unemployed people keep welfare payments and extending international students' visas if they agree to go bush to help address a rural labour shortage.

  • by Nick Bonyhady
The NSW Education Standards Authority report found educators lacked knowledge, skills and confidence in teaching writing.
Education

Students struggle as review finds writing skills neglected in NSW high schools

Thousands of the state's high school students battle to write clear sentences, a sweeping review of the teaching of writing in NSW schools has found.

  • by Jordan Baker
NAPLAN has been blamed for poor student writing performance.
Opinion
Donald Trump

Stop blaming NAPLAN and start doing something to help students excel in writing

NAPLAN conducts the most comprehensive assessment of student writing anywhere in the world.

  • by Peter Knapp
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Education Minister Dan Tehan.
Education

University of Tasmania backs funding overhaul as government seeks Lambie vote

Controversial changes to university funding may have a better chance of securing a key vote in the Senate after the University of Tasmania publicly backed the Morrison government's proposed reforms.

  • by Lisa Visentin
Fatma Hafda, a teacher, sat her HSC amid the global uncertainty caused by the September 11 attacks
HSC

Wars, terrorist attacks, fires: HSC students have faced them all

Students who faced war, terrorism and natural disasters during their HSC say the experience taught them a valuable lesson.

  • by Jordan Baker
Christian Chorbadjian and Audrey Ormella embraced the theatrical side of RUOK Day.
Mental health

Positivity with purpose: students take the lead on mental health and wellbeing

From Mullets for Mental Health to RUOK Day dress-ups, students are leading the action on mental health and suicide prevention.

  • by Caitlin Fitzsimmons
Haileybury principal Derek Scott.
Schools

More trust in schools needed for coming revolution

Australia's leading school principal says trust in democratic institutions has been eroded by Victoria's response to the pandemic.

  • by Chip Le Grand