Hong Kong Polytechnic University siege officially ends, ready to reopen in new year

By Helene Fung On Friday, the Hong Kong Police officially ended the lockdown around Polytechnic University. It was a low key affair without any formal announcement. Police guarding the campus gradually walked off after around 11:30 am, and people, including many university officials, were soon allowed to enter. The university campus became a battleground earlier…

Two dead three injured in California school shooting

 By Helene Fung A student, who just turned 16, brought a .45 calibre semi-automatic handgun and open fired in a Saugus High school in Southern California, about 65 km north of Los Angeles. He killed a 16 year old girl, a 14 year old boy and wounded three more teenagers before turning the gun on…

NAPLAN integrity in question with Federal criticism over WA results

Federal Education Minister, Dan Tehan, has dismissed calls to scrap NAPLAN, urging opponents to stop blaming the test for a widespread lack of student progress and instead learn from jurisdictions that have shown improvement. However, he has also criticised Western Australian’s decision to only use the highest NAPLAN scores, and wrote to Minister Ellery expressing…

Changes to board fees for regional residential student colleges

From 2020 non-government schools will no longer pay more for their students to board at residential student colleges in regional WA. Education Minister Sue Ellery announced this change, and the positive effects it will have on education. Previously, students who attended regional non government schools had access to residential colleges. A number of financial agreements…

School Strike for Climate Version 3.0

Third time’s the charm for school students striking for climate action today, with more than 70 rallies happening across the country, including at the offices of the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader. Here in WA, “Climate not profit, Liberals get off it!” was chanted throughout the CBD, as the strikers marched from Stirling Gardens to…

Secondary education reforms gives students more career choice

WA high school students have been given more choice to be equipped for future careers, following reforms to senior secondary schooling. The changes to come into effect next year will give Year 11 and 12s more options for more challenging courses and a better foundation for future jobs. Year 11 students beginning in 2020 will…

Labor commits almost $600,000 for new playgrounds in remote NT communities

By Vesh Arumugam, File Photo The Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, today joined the Deputy Labor Leader, Tanya Plibersek, to announce that a Shorten Labor Government will commit $588,000 towards new playgrounds in remote communities in the Northern Territory. The playgrounds will be delivered by Children’s Ground, a not-for-profit organisation that works with First Nations…

School Strike for Climate gaining strength

Thousands of school students were truant today in a strike against climate change and the Government’s inaction. The rally outside St George’s Cathedral presented strong youth advocates, speaking up in protest of the climate change that will affect their generation in years to come. As one student Mikayla explained about 500 metres away one of…