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Taking the heat Down Under

| April 10, 2018 | 0 Comments
Taking the heat Down Under

The recently released 2017 Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey has revealed that school leaders Down Under are in poor shape. The report was undertaken by the Australian Catholic University’s Institute for Positive Psychology and Education. Research leader, associate professor Philip Riley, says: “As principals are retiring, other senior teachers at the top […]

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Choose me, beg the Chinese

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Choose me, beg the Chinese

At the end of 2017, eight million students graduated from Chinese universities. It is, says British academic, Katherine Stapleton, “The largest influx of university-educated workers into the labour market in history.” Education researchers have often commented on the fact that there are too many Chinese graduates and not enough jobs. According to the Beijing-based MyCOS […]

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The opportunities and challenges facing independent schools – South Africa 2017: a view from St Stithians College: part two

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The opportunities and challenges facing independent schools – South Africa 2017: a view from St Stithians College: part two

BY TIM NUTTALL This article is based on a presentation given by Tim Nuttall, rector of St Stithians College, during the Gauteng Department of Education Consultative Summit with Independent Schools on 13 September 2017, hosted by Curro Waterfall School in Midrand, Gauteng. There are many worthy initiatives a school can undertake to promote a sense […]

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“Don’t bother with me, I’m white trash”

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“Don’t bother with me, I’m white trash”

BY SIMON TAYLOR “Don’t bother with me, I’m white trash.” After receiving this response from a student, I reflected on the huge challenges we face in breaking down social disadvantage and closing the gap. “White trash” – this was the first time I had heard this label used other than in American films. I had […]

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What Quaker schools can teach the rest of the world about equality, mutual respect and learning

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What Quaker schools can teach the rest of the world about equality, mutual respect and learning

BY NIGEL NEWTON The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted), is England’s schools inspectorate. Its new chief inspector, Amanda Spielman, believes that British values, including tolerance, openness to new ideas and mutual respect, should form a central part of school education.1 On 22 September 2017, Spielman said at the Birmingham Education […]

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Fleurhof Future Nation School: keeping timeless values intact

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Fleurhof Future Nation School: keeping timeless values intact

BY XOLISA LUTHI Have you ever asked yourself the question: What is true education? Many scholars around the word do not have a definite answer to that question. Please allow me to tell you what I believe: true education is a process of facilitating learning and the acquisition of knowledge, skills, beliefs and habits. It […]

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Basic building blocks: integrity at Calvary Christian College

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Basic building blocks: integrity at Calvary Christian College

BY REEVA ROBERTSON In late 2017, a Grade 11 learner who had just been awarded a bursary for 2018 came to me and said: “I would like to give my bursary to another learner in my class.” Iasked her why she wanted to do this. She responded that there were financial problems at the other […]

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Unpatriotic examination murmurs

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Unpatriotic examination murmurs

BY LEBOGANG MONTJANE From a particular quarter, there has been a persistent quizzical campaign advocating for the closing of the Independent Examinations Board (IEB),1 on the grounds that the IEB creates two “systems” of education. The basis of such an argument disregards the laudable contribution of the IEB within South Africa’s fraught educational history, and […]

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Redhill School opens its state-ofthe- art hockey AstroTurf

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Redhill School opens its state-ofthe- art hockey AstroTurf

On 10 March 2018, Redhill School in Johannesburg, Gauteng, hosted the official opening of its hockey AstroTurf, to the delight of staff, students, parents and coaches. To commemorate the event, Redhill School invited neighbouring schools to participate in a Boys’ and Girls’ Junior Hockey Festival on the day. Participating teams represented Fourways High School, St […]

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A changing of the guard at Cannons Creek Independent School

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A changing of the guard at Cannons Creek Independent School

In 2017, Carol Booth retired as founding principal of Cannons Creek Independent School in Cape Town in the Western Cape. Hazelmay Duncan, chairperson of the Cannons Creek Trust, paid tribute to “Mrs B”, as she is affectionately known, saying: “She always made her classroom ‘special’ — a place where the children were comfortable and stimulated […]

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ITSI to host first seminar in Africa on Mind, Brain and Education (MBE)

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ITSI to host first seminar in Africa on Mind, Brain and Education (MBE)

Advances in biology and neuroscience have shown that a child’s brain and cognitive development are shaped by their learning experiences. The way we learn affects the brain and its capacities. So, what if there existed an evidence-based, professional framework that could develop a teacher’s ability to know, apply, conduct and lead their school in the […]

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