Gonski funding vital in making a difference

20-10-2018 by admin

Cabramatta High School principal Beth Godwin

Gonski funding is a much spoken about topic. It is on signs at school gates and in the media.

What Gonski means is additional funding to schools to provide programs and resources which address equity in schools.

2016 is the third year of Gonski funding and an additional $113 million has been distributed to schools in NSW.

Schools receive different amounts of money depending on their needs.

These needs are identified through criteria such as socio-economic disadvantage, refugee students, students with disabilities, Aboriginal students and non-English speaking background students.

Schools allocate the money in different ways depending on the needs of their students and community.

Following extensive research and data analysisat Cabramatta High School the $1.2 million Gonski funding is used to provide a homework centre five days a week with tutoring available to all students.

It employs a literacy expert and numeracy teachers to increase student learning in these two essential areas.

Teacher professional learning and leadership programs have been increased to ensure that highly qualified staff continue their professional growth.

Increased school to work transition programs have been put into place to give all students the opportunity to plan for their future.

A speech pathologist is employed to help students access a service that is often not available and would usually have significant waiting lists and expense to families.

There are additional student wellbeing programs and mentoring opportunities for students to increase their individual development and linking them to the outside world.

To find out more about how local schools use Gonski funding look a school’s annual report on their website. It may also be referred to as RAM funding.

In a recent educational tour of Shanghai I saw the impact that significant funding can have on educational outcomes, in creating a globally competitive education system.

In NSW I am seeing the significant impact increased funding has on student success.

Investing money in education makes a difference to students, educational communities and the strength of our country.

Beth Godwin is the Principal of Cabramatta High School

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Studios join in festival

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Eurobodalla artists open their studios and galleries from Durras to Wallaga Lake during the River of Art festival, Friday May 20 to Sunday, May 29.

Studios areopen by appointment or set times and full details can be found in the River of Art Brochure complete with a map or up a brochure at your local library or ~ 老域名riverofart老域名备案老域名/program-2/

Artists Mandy Marks Bennett, Fran Ifould, Sue Hudson and Andrea Warrenpresent an exhibition of paintings, print and sculpture in the glorious setting ofthe Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens.

The exhibition is open dailybetween 11amand 4pm for the duration of the River of Art festival.The official opening will be 2pm, Saturday,May 21.

Three Piece Suite are delighted to announce a special event –a newarrangement of J.S.Bach’s masterpiece of invention, The GoldbergVariations.

Saturday, June 4,at 4.45pm, 67 Priory Lane, Bingie; bookings essential on 4473 8881.

Enjoy a drink at sunset and a German themed supper; coffee and cake will follow the music—cost $40 ~ see老域名bingie老域名/docs/printablemap.pdf

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Entries for the Animals in the Wild photography competition and exhibition arenow open.

The prize of a $100 gift voucher will be awarded to the best picturein each of the following categories:

 The image that most evokes a connection with an animal in the wild inAustralia

 The most beautiful image of a bird in the wild in Australia

 The image that conveys the threats facing native animals in Australia,including the reality of environmental and habitat damage, hunting, andguns and killing culture in Australia

 The most beautiful image of an animal in the wild photographed by aphotographer aged 16 years or under.

For more information and competition guidelines ~



Art Central’s classes remain open until July 1

All classes $20/$15 concessionwith bookings essential.

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Farewell Mayor Pollock

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Long-serving Whyalla Mayor Jim Pollock has resigned after 14 years of serving the community.

The Whyalla City Council has announced the resignationof long-serving mayor Jim Pollock.

Mr Pollock announced his resignation on Monday after having taken an extended leave of absence to undertake medical treatment.

Mr Pollock has served as Whyalla’s dedicated mayor for the past 14 years, starting his career at Whyalla City Council as an elected member in 1997, before taking on the role of deputy mayor in 2000, and being elected as mayor in 2003.

Throughout his time as mayor, Jim has advocated for the community, lobbying for government support for various projects and infrastructure, and supporting many Whyalla community group.

Acting chief executive officer Migelle Hiscock said Mr Pollock had provided a great service to the community, having served as mayor for the past 14 years.

“Jim has been an incredibly dedicated mayor, devoting a great portion of his life to advocating for this community, which has resulted in so many lasting outcomes for the city,” Mrs Hiscock said.

“He has been a true Whyalla warrior; putting himself on the line many, many times for the betterment of the community, showing great leadership and always putting the city first.

“Jim’s community spirit has always been something to be admired, and we are so incredibly grateful for the level of civic pride he has instilled.

“Jim has been a highly respected member of this council, and we are incredibly sad to receive his resignation, however we wish him and his family all the best for the future, and on behalf of the council, staff, and the entire community, I thank him for his admirable service to Whyalla and its community.”

The council will now work with the Local Government Association to undertake a mayoral election process.

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Premier orders review after $500,000 legal bill for Newman, Bleijie

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Former Queensland Premier Campbell Newman. Photo: Renee MelidesThe Premier has ordered a review of legal indemnity guidelines for ministers after taxpayers reportedly bore the brunt of a settlement worth more than $500,000 against Campbell Newman and Jarrod Bleijie over comments they made while in government.

The Guardian reported the former Premier and Attorney-General settled the case brought against them by Gold Coast lawyers after they referred to them as part of the “criminal gang machine”, for $525,000.

It reportedly could have been less, but the pair refused to make a public apology as part of the settlement.

Under government guidelines, ministers are protected from having to pay the costs themselves and the money is paid from taxpayer funds.

Choosing her words carefully, Annastacia Palaszczuk said she had ordered a review into that process.

“What I can confirm is the legal indemnity in relation to the case in question had been approved by the former government,” she said.

“That is point number one.

“Point number two is that I have written to my director-general last Friday asking him very clearly to re-visit legal indemnity guidelines for ministers into the future.

“And cabinet will be discussing those guidelines when we next meet in Brisbane on Monday.”

Ms Palaszczuk said she was “very concerned” about the payout.

“And that is why, I believe, that if you are a minister of the Crown, you need to take some responsibility for what you say in public,” she said.

“And that is why my government will give serious consideration to the re-drafting of those guidelines.

“Let me make it clear, the approval for the legal indemnity in this case was made under the former government.

“I can’t comment on those specific details, but suffice to say the new guidelines that will be in place will put a great deal of value on taxpayers’ money.”

Ms Palaszczuk said indemnity protections would remain, but the review would look at what guidelines were around it.

“There will still be a legal indemnity, but we are looking at the guidelines, around the indemnity, I think that is absolutely the right thing to do, I think taxpayers, the people of Queensland expect that and I have made a very clear decision,” she said.

“I have discussed it with Cabinet today that we will bring back a review into those guidelines.”

Shadow Attorney-General Ian Walker said legal indemnity had long been a feature of Queensland’s governance system and was approved by the Attorney-General or Premier of the day on a case by case basis.

“The guidelines for approval are public and are contained in the Ministerial handbook. They are only triggered when the Minister is acting in an official capacity,” Mr Walker said.

“Labor ministers including former Premier Anna Bligh and former Treasurer Andrew Fraser have received indemnity in the past. This longstanding policy extends to government ministers and senior public servants.”

Mr Walker said it was important that public officials were free to speak, make decisions and give advice without fear of being silenced by defamation writs.

“We hope the Premier’s review is not about political point-scoring,” he said.

“The LNP will consider any changes fairly and ensure the fundamental principles of the policy are not compromised.”

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Road risk

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FED UP: Tasmania Police officers First Class Constable Daniel Hortle (left) and Constable Damon Smith inspect a confiscated Kawasaki motorcycle. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

COMMUNITY leaderswant Tasmanians toshun speeding, similar to the way itturned its back on drink-drivers in the 1970s.

The plea comes afterthree people were nabbed by police allegedly travelling athighspeeds in Northern Tasmania on the weekend.

On Saturday afternoon, a 21-year-old on asports motorcycle was allegedly caughttravelling at 186 kilometres per hour in a 100km/h zone on the West Tamar Highway.

His bike was confiscated and he will face court.

On Saturday night, a34-year-old man driving ahigh-powered sedan was allegedly clockedon the Bass Highway, near Hagley, travelling at 186km/h in an 110km/h zone.

His car was clamped and he will face court.

At midday on Sunday,a 35-year-old male driver was detected on the Bass Highway, near Westbury, traveling at 151km/h in an 110km/h zonewith several passengers in the car.

The driver was issued with a $650 fineand an immediate three-month licence cancellation.

“Just like drink-driving in the 1970s became a major target for the community…as a community we have to work together to reduce speeding,” Senior Sergeant Nick Clark said.

Nineteenmotorist have died onstate roads this year.

“Ibelieve one day the community’s stance will crystallise, and any form of dangerous behaviour in a vehicle will be considered totally unacceptable,whether it’s being over the speed limit or using a phone,” Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said.

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