Last week to have say on review of ACT Year 12 Certificate

Members of the community are being urged to have their say on the first major review of the ACT Year 12 Certificate in more than three decades. Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch asked the Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) to review the Certificate last year. Submissions to the review close on 12 May 2014.

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More happy campers after EPIC rejuvenation

A rejuvenation program highlighted in the Exhibition Park (EPIC) Annual Report for 2010-2011, will provide more low-cost accommodation for visitors to Canberra, especially school children. As part of the rejuvenation program, the ACT Government has provided $4.1 million for major upgrades to the Budawang Pavilion, toilets and shower blocks, signage and the capture of non-potable water for use on site. Read ACT Govt. media release »…

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Australian Early Development Index – Public Results Meetings (15 February & 1 March 2010)

The Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) is a national measure of how children are developing in communities at school entry. All ACT kindergarten children were surveyed in 2009 through a teacher completed checklist. Results for communities across Australia are available on the AEDI website. Meetings to share the North Canberra AEDI results with the northside community will be held at Northside Community Services, Rosevaar Place, Dickson on the following dates and times: Monday 15 February 2010 (9.00 to 10.30 am) Monday 1 March 2010 (7.00 to 8.30 pm) All community members interested in children’s development are welcome.

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Canberra Times: Preschool queries funds decision

Given that the school year has commenced, the NCCC thinks that it is appropriate to bring to the communities attention that the following article was published in the Canberra Times December 13 2009. A North Canberra district community based preschool has hit out at ACT Education Minister Andrew Barr for funding a new Catholic preschool over existing community preschools. The article has been reproduced below:

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ACT Policing: Drivers urged to slow down as school resumes

ACT Policing is reminding motorists to observe the posted speed restrictions around Canberra’s schools as children return to school this week. ACT Policing Traffic Superintendent Mark Colbran says the 40km/h school zones are designed to ensure that motorists are travelling at a speed which allows them to stay observant and stop safely when required, such as at school crossings and bus zones.

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Adult Community Education (ACE) Grants 2010 – (closing 11 December 2009)

The ACT Government is seeking applications from community organisations to provide adult learning and development activities opportunities in the Territory. Priority will be given to those organisations within the Adult Community Education (ACE) sector. Small community-based groups are encouraged to apply, and partnerships and alliances with relevant registered training organisations are encouraged. Information session on the grants program When: 25 November 2009 (10.00am – 11.00am) Where: The Centre for Training and Learning, Fremantle Street, Stirling

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Financial assistance is available to support your children at High School

Did you know that you may be eligible for  financial assistance to support your children at high school? The Secondary Bursary Scheme can provide some financial assistance to low income earners in the ACT with dependent full time students in years 7 to 10. Applicants must be holders of a Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card with a means tested payment code.

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'Raw' Landscape Architecture Exhibition at University of Canberra (13, 14 & 16 November 2009)

The exhibition ‘Raw’ will display the final projects of graduating University of Canberra landscape architecture students. There will be twenty three projects in the exhibition which examine the Eastern Broadacre of Canberra and the possibilities that exist there for the future. The Eastern Broadacre is part of the valley which exists between the Federal Highway through to Hume. This exhibition provides Canberrans with an opportunity to view diverse ideas and applications which have been created by the students. Projects examine transport issues, food security, sustainability, biodiversity and restoration in Canberra just to name a few. Areas which have been examined

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Excellence in teaching has its own rewards – North Canberra District teachers awarded for excellence

On 30 October 2009, Canberra Times education reporter Emma MacDonald wrote an article covering the fact that two teachers both working in the North Canberra District have been singled out for their dedication to education. Majura Primary School principal Coralie McAlister was highly commended in the excellent principal category and Black Mountain School teacher Phillip Brown was highly commended in the excellent teacher category. The Canberra Times article has been reproduced below:

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Information session for Children’s Services (5 November 2009)

The Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) is holding an information session on the new mandatory Children’s Services Certificate III qualification and Government funded places relating to the Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services. When: Thursday 5 November (6.30pm – 7.30pm) Where: D102, Blk D, CIT Sthside Campus, Ainsworth St For more information visit www.cit.act.edu.au or call the CIT Student Services Hub on 6207 3188.

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Free small business conference at CIT (21 September 2009)

Build your small business – marketing and procurement strategies to maximise growth. A mini-conference for small business owners featuring well-known small business expert Rob Hartnett as key note speaker, followed by presentations on ‘marketing ACT small businesses’ and ‘winning government contracts – procurement techniques for small business’.

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