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Principal’s name removed from school developing more than sexual abuse

Updated December 11, 2015 14:31:33

The name of former Brisbane Grammar School principal Max Howell has been removed from the BGS sports centre as an apology to former students who have been sexually abused.

Dr Howell led the school from 1964 to 1989, throughout which time college counsellor Kevin Lynch molested scores of boys.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard in November that parents had gone to Dr Howell for support and the former principal had even walked into Lynch’s office throughout the abuse.

Dr Howell, who died in 2011, denied realizing about the abuse.

Numerous of Lynch’s victims approached the college to say emblazoning the indoor sports centre with Dr Howells name triggered them offence.

The school’s board of trustees discussed this situation with the Howell family, and they supported the decision to take it down.

The family mentioned in a statement it hoped the selection would support the healing approach for these abused by Lynch.

“He would have acknowledged the fact that the appalling abuse committed by Kevin Lynch occurred for the duration of his tenure as headmaster and would have apologised to the victims,” the household stated in a statement.

Apology to Brisbane Grammar School's child sex victims Photo: Dr Howell’s name as it was on the indoor sports centre at Brisbane Grammar School. (ABC News)

“He would have accepted that as the headmaster he was in the end accountable for the disgraceful actions of one particular of his employees.”

Board chair Howard Stack stated removing Dr Howell’s name was suitable.

“From our discussions with victims, we think the removal of the name is basic to the school’s apology to them,” he mentioned.

The board said the college was continuing to engage with victims with a individual apology, counselling and compensation.

Because 2000 it had reached agreements with 72 guys, with payments on typical in line with the royal commission’s recommendations.

“We are now operating with those who have recently come forward and we will meet our obligations to them,” the board’s statement said.

Topics: child-abuse, neighborhood-education, activism-and-lobbying

Initial posted December 11, 2015 14:27:13

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School terms to alter in Northern Territory from 2018

By Elliana Lawford

Posted December 10, 2015 22:10:07

The Northern Territory Government has mentioned its changes to the college holiday calendar are being created to stay away from disruptions brought on by the month-lengthy holiday in the middle of the year.

From 2018, the four-week break after term two will be decreased to a three-week break, and students will instead have an further week right after term 3.

Education Minister Peter Chandler mentioned the four-week vacation block impacted students’ education.

“Several educators tell me as a minister that students usually regress slightly by means of that four-week period,” Mr Chandler stated.

“They’re on a higher when they leave term two and by the time they get back to the begin of term three they’ve lost a small bit, so lowering that long break in the middle of the year is the sensible thought.”

Students will also have an added week of schooling in term a single, which will run for 11 weeks instead of ten.

“We’re loading up the front component of the year due to the fact all the educators tell me, most students understand far greater in the very first portion of the year and not so significantly in the second part of the year,” Mr Chandler mentioned.

During Term 4 in the Christmas period, students will now only go to school for nine weeks alternatively of 10.

Education sector has mixed reactions to college terms adjustments

Principal at Bakewell Main School, Paul Nyhuis, welcomed the modify.

“In terms of student outcomes I think this is a genuinely positive way forward, and I think in terms of shortening that mid-year break that is going to be a favourable issue for working parents,” Mr Nyhuis said.

Since of the transit instances in and out of remote communities, a two-week break or a one-week break is not enough time to actually have a break or a vacation.

Jarvis Ryan, Education Union NT

“Operating parents often struggle with obtaining alternate care and becoming capable to accommodate their young men and women for 4 weeks,” he said.

“We usually hear that parents are truly extremely happy to have their students return to school due to the fact of the impact it has on households, specifically functioning households.”

Mr Nyhuis stated the students at Bakewell Principal had been not worried about losing a week of holidays in the course of the dry season.

“Our students are resilient little people and they’ll take pleasure in 3 weeks, it really is nevertheless a bit of time to go camping and then they’re almost certainly prepared to come back to school and see their pals and engage in understanding.”

But the Education Union NT did not agree that the adjustments were optimistic.

Jarvis Ryan from Education Union NT mentioned its members had indicated they did not want the length of college terms changed.

“It’s a opportunity to truly rest and recharge, to have a break, to get back to see household, maybe to travel overseas, and to come back very refreshed for the second half of the year,” Mr Ryan stated.

“Simply because of the transit times in and out of remote communities, a two-week break or a a single-week break is not enough time to really have a break or a vacation.

“The one particular, four, and 1 model was brought up in the Territory especially for our climate, and especially for our life-style in the Best End specifically, and there have been excellent causes for it, and again we do not believe a sturdy case was made as to why that need to be changed,” Mr Ryan stated.

Topics: education, government-and-politics, unions, nt

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Up to 80 pupils at school ‘tolerant’ of unimmunised young children hit by chickenpox

Updated December ten, 2015 17:39:42

Overall health authorities have urged parents to vaccinate their young children following up to a quarter of students at a primary school in Melbourne’s north had been infected with chickenpox.

Of the 320 students who attend Brunswick North West Major School, about 80 have been absent in recent days.

Acting Victorian chief wellness officer Professor Michael Ackland mentioned whilst the exact number of students who had chickenpox was not recognized, it was understood to be the majority.

Students in Victoria do not have to be immunised to attend government schools, but parents should inform the college of the child’s immunisation status.

Immunisation against chickenpox is integrated in the mixture measles, mumps, rubella and varicella vaccine which is given to children at 18 months.

About chickenpox:

  • Hugely contagious viral disease, more widespread in winter and early spring
  • Symptoms consist of itchiness, low-grade fever, blistering skin rash, malaise
  • Youngsters ought to not go to school till last blister has dried
  • Youngsters and adults can be immunised
  • Most cases are mild and get greater without healthcare therapy
    Source: betterhealth.vic.gov.au

The City of Moreland, the municipality which takes in the college, had a 94 per cent vaccination price and about 75 per cent of students had supplied vaccination certificates.

In a newsletter sent to parents on December 4, principal Trevor Bowen stated the college welcomed students who have been not immunised.

“Potential students will not be prevented from enrolling in main school if they have not been immunised,” he stated.

“We anticipate all neighborhood members to act respectfully and with tolerance when interacting with other parents and carers who might have a differing opinion to their personal.

“This includes an opposing understanding about child immunisation.

“I ask all neighborhood members to interact respectfully at all times and with a sense of tolerance and acceptance of diversity.”

Health Minister Jill Hennessy stated she was usually concerned when parents decided not vaccinate their children.

Earlier this year the Victorian Government introduced a no jab, no play policy for early child services in the state, which begins subsequent year, but it does not apply to schools.

She cited a current enhance in whooping cough circumstances as an example of the significance of vaccination.

Ms Hennessy mentioned it was not just about protecting your own child, but other vulnerable members of the neighborhood.

Possessing vaccination ‘safer, protects vulnerable’

Associate Professor Jodie McVernon, an specialist in infectious ailments from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, told 774 ABC Melbourne the trend away from immunisation was “a national concern”.

“Clearly there’s greater opportunity for diseases to spread in regions exactly where immunisation falls beneath what we call the vital protective threshold,” she said.

“That varies for various ailments but generally exactly where immunisation is less than about 95 per cent coverage, there’s greater opportunity for infection to spread.

We can not always safeguard. This is why we rely on the community to immunise as broadly as feasible.

Associate Professor Jodie McVernon, infectious illness specialist

“We know currently there are some regions where immunisation rates are reduce and locations exist where people with certain views on immunisation live,” she said.

“It is a national concern that we’re trying to address by supporting immunisation and supporting parents in their choice-making.”

Professor Ackland mentioned it was not uncommon for clusters of chickenpox to break out in primary schools, and the safest way to keep away from the disease was to get vaccinated.

“It is not surprising that 80-odd students would get chickenpox in a scenario like this,” he said.

“The vaccine is not excellent, but in excess of 80 per cent of those who get vaccinated will get protected against chickenpox.”

Associate Professor McVernon mentioned vaccinations have been crucial in assisting prevent outbreaks and shield vulnerable members of the population.

“We can not always safeguard. This is why we rely on the neighborhood to immunise as broadly as possible,” she mentioned.

“Vaccines don’t shield us perfectly and for some infectious ailments, vaccines do not shield as well or as extended as possessing had the infection itself.

“Certainly obtaining the vaccine itself is safer, which is why we recommend them.”

Subjects: young children, ailments-and-issues, major-schools, states-and-territories

Initial posted December 10, 2015 17:26:48

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Ravenswood student speaks out against captain’s criticism of the school

Posted December 08, 2015 ten:23:00

External Hyperlink: Ravenswood Captain Sarah Haynes addresses school on Speech Day 2015

A Year 12 Ravenswood student has spoken out against her school captain for accusing these running the exclusive Upper North Shore girls school of putting its image ahead of the welfare of the students.

Head girl Sarah Haynes created national headlines yesterday soon after a recording of her controversial end-of-year speech at the Sydney college went viral.

“It appears to me that today’s schools are being run far more and much more like organizations, exactly where every little thing becomes financially motivated,” she told teachers and students in a speech which earned a standing ovation from fellow pupils.

“Maybe this is a naive view, but either way I’d adore to see Ravenswood work towards anything much better, where every single member of the college feels valued equally, as they should be.”

The chairman of the Ravenswood school council, Mark Webb, has linked Ms Haynes’ criticism of the college to an alleged bullying incident involving her sister.

Ravenswood Year 12 student Hannah Richardson said she was upset by her captain’s speech.

Audio: Listen to David Taylor’s report (AM)

“When she speaks on behalf of the student body, I’m not actually confident if she’s speaking on behalf of absolutely everyone,” she said.

“So I believe that is a bit upsetting, due to the fact that undoubtedly doesn’t agree with me, and I know a lot folks, a lot of my pals, I never consider they would agree with almost everything that was stated.”

Ms Richardson did not attend the school’s Speech Day because she was engaged in volunteer function in Japan, but she has noticed the recording of the speech posted to YouTube.

“Ravenswood is a very, extremely caring atmosphere, and I’ve often from my encounter felt that student welfare has often come very first and it really is often been about performing your ideal, rather than attempting to sell a brand,” she mentioned.

College says girls have ‘a right to feel valued’

College council chairman Mr Webb said the hyperlink to the alleged bullying incident, which he stated was ahead of the courts, meant the college could not make any additional comment.

“As this relates to a matter prior to the courts, it is not feasible for us to comment on the specifics other than to say this relates to a disagreement about disciplinary action taken against a quantity of students following an incident of alleged bullying,” he said in a carefully worded statement sent to the college community.

“We have deliberately restricted any comment to the media as we do not want to compromise the girls, their families or the legal technique.

“Ravenswood has an overriding obligation to provide a secure and respectful finding out atmosphere for every single student – and all our girls have the appropriate to really feel valued.”

Ms Haynes has declined to comment.

The ABC understands Ravenswood teachers have been told not to speak to the media.

Subjects: secondary-schools, education, schools, gordon-2072, sydney-2000, nsw, australia

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The Tanzanian high school brought to life by Australia

Posted November 28, 2015 06:20:17

The class of 2015 at the School of St Jude Photo: The class of 2015 are the very first batch of students to complete higher college at the School of St Jude. (Supplied: Wolter Peeters)

As a journalist, it is not often you get to see a tangible example of the effect your perform can have.

Sometimes you hope that a distinct story will obtain some thing — expose an injustice or bring about a lot-needed alter, but most of the time, the planet goes on as it was.

So obtaining an invitation to return to Tanzania’s College of St Jude — the topic of an Australian Story system I developed in 2005 — turns out to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

I am right here since about 4,000 Australian households signed up to sponsor young children at the college right after watching the plan and I have been invited as a specific guest to witness the graduation ceremony of the very first batch of students to complete high school.

It is a strange and humbling experience to be welcomed back as if I am the Bob Geldof of the College of St Jude.

“What is it like to see the college you constructed, Ben?” asks Gemma Sisia, who founded the college after moving from her house on a farm close to Armidale, NSW, to Africa at the age of 22.

Australian Story producer Ben Cheshire Photo: Ben Cheshire created a 2005 Australian Story program about the School of St Jude. (Supplied: Wolter Peeters)

Because I was final here, the college has grown from housing 500 students to almost two,000.

“Those sponsors who signed up following watching Australian Story are the backbone of the college,” she says.

“Time and again, I have mentioned that St Jude’s would not be the accomplishment it is nowadays with no the efforts of Australian Story.”

Actor Rebel Wilson quietly signed up after seeing the program — many years passed just before a young staffer in the St Jude’s workplace recognised the sponsor’s name as a star of film and television in Hollywood.

In the days leading up to the graduation ceremony, I maintain meeting much more and a lot more sponsors who can trace their involvement back to the Australian Story broadcast.

About 70 sponsors have created the trip from Australia to be component of the ceremony, which will be the greatest celebration in the school’s history.

I join 1 of them on a go to to the property of the student she sponsors.

Elizabeth Lekind Photo: Graduate Elizabeth Lekind pledged to turn into a doctor after a dramatic episode while performing volunteer perform in a neighborhood hospital. (Supplied: Wolter Peeters)

Elizabeth Lekind, 20, lives with her older sister Naomi, Naomi’s two young kids and their two cows in a little cement house not far from the college.

Elizabeth has pledged to grow to be a medical doctor, after a dramatic episode although undertaking volunteer function in a local hospital.

She encountered a lady lying in agony but getting no attention from the physicians and no medicine.

Gemma came with a dream of providing cost-free high quality education to poor children, and she dreamt of bringing up the future leaders of Tanzania.

Elizabeth Lekind

She raised some income from buddies and neighbours and came back the subsequent day with the medicine — but the bed was empty.

“They said she had passed away that night. So I came property crying and that was the day I decided to want to be a medical professional,” she says.

“I want to help men and women. From that day, I pursued medicine.”

Elizabeth Lekind believes Gemma Sisia has already transformed the future for her.

With no the College of St Jude, she would virtually undoubtedly be “married off” by now with a number of young children, simply because her household could not afford higher education.

“I see her as a mirror to my future. Gemma came with a dream of offering cost-free quality education to poor youngsters, and she dreamt of bringing up the future leaders of Tanzania,” she says.

“Several men and women would say that Gemma is a saviour. A saint.”

Gemma Sisia Photo: Gemma Sisia founded the college right after moving from her residence on a farm close to Armidale, NSW to Africa at the age of 22. (Supplied: Wolter Peeters)

On a second house visit, I meet eight-year old Emmanuel Kiwale in what can only be described as the slum of Arusha.

His household of 5 live in a tiny a single-area wooden shack with no toilet.

Emmanuel is one of 104 St Jude’s students who at the moment have no sponsor — an additional 165 are only element-sponsored.

His mother Mariam Omari says she is praying that God will send an individual, a sponsor for her son, so that he can continue to study all the way to university and get a great job.

That would improve all of their lives.

As graduation day dawns, Gemma requires to the stage, her voice cracking with emotion.

“It appears like only yesterday that you enrolled. I keep in mind when we had been issuing your uniforms,” she says, to thunderous applause.

“I don’t forget when you got sick. I bear in mind when you sat your initial national exams. You are the cause for this extremely unique day.”

Emmanuel Kiwale (in school uniform), mother Mariam Omari and his siblings Photo: Emmanuel Kiwale is 1 of 104 St Jude’s students who at present have no sponsor. (Supplied: Wolter Peeters)

As celebrations wind up with the presentation of the giant graduation cake — a cake that turns out to be a decorated, barbecued goat — I feel my faith in humanity getting restored.

To be a component of this project exactly where so many folks have worked with each other for a worthwhile objective has been an uplifting knowledge.

As I say to the students when it is my time to speak, it will be fascinating to watch their progress over the subsequent 20 or 30 years.

What if the future Tanzanian president, groundbreaking scientist or world popular musician is in this area these days?

And so now, if my youngsters or future grandchildren ever ask whether I have accomplished something to make the globe a far better location, I have a prepared answer.

It is my modest component in the achievement of the School of St Jude.

In Tanzania, exactly where a cornfield as soon as lay, now stands a school.

Exactly where little ones formerly had no better prospects than minding cows, 2,000 young children are acquiring a great education.

Graduates of School of St Jude Photo: Given that Ben Cheshire was last at the school, it has grown from housing 500 students to nearly two,000. (Supplied: Wolter Peeters)

Subjects: education, access-to-education, human-interest, neighborhood-and-society, charities-and-community-organisations, tanzania-united-republic-of

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Private collection of 130 guitars donated to Tasmanian music school

Updated November 25, 2015 16:03:27

Dr Glen Hodges plays a 1920s Hammond guitar Photo: Dr Glen Hodges plays a 1920s Hammond guitar. (ABC News: Gregor Salmon)
Map: Hobart 7000

Students and staff at Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music are in guitar heaven after a benefactor donated 130 instruments for them to maintain and play.

Two years ago, an anonymous donor expressed interest in bequeathing the bulk of his private collection to the college.

But recently he decided to make excellent on the offer you whilst he was alive to see it enjoyed.

The guitars are all steel-string acoustics varying broadly in age, style and worth.

Dr Glen Hodges, the conservatorium’s deputy head of music and head of contemporary guitar, mentioned the arrival of such a enormous quiver of axes was overwhelming.

The school’s employees, 30-odd guitar students and about 20 song-writing students are all itching to get their hands on the instruments.

About 130 guitars were donated to the UTAS Conservatorium of Music Photo: About 130 guitars had been donated to the UTAS Conservatorium of Music. (ABC News: Gregor Salmon)

“We’re totally blown away,” he stated.

“The location is buzzing. Students are very keen to attempt them out.

“To realise somebody spent so numerous years collecting these [and] is ready to hand them over for a person else to get pleasure from.

“It really is fairly amazing.”

Prior to the students get to strum their stuff on the new instruments, the sound engineers and employees spent two days evaluating the collection and picking which instruments would be set aside for overall performance and recording purposes.

“It really is been incredibly hard,” Dr Hodges mentioned.

Detail of pearl inlay on guitar donated to Tasmania's Conservatorium of Music. Photo: Detail of pearl inlay on a guitar donated by the benefactor. (ABC News: Gregor Salmon)

“There is a variety of named instruments like the Guilds and Martins, and some other people which absolutely everyone recognises but there is some good one-off, hand-created luthier instruments that are exclusive and exquisite each in make and in sound.”

The shining light of the stellar collection is not the most pricey, beautifully produced or effectively recognized: it is a inexpensive old 1920s piece that appears like it could have been plucked from the arms of Delta blues legend Robert Johnson.

“It mightn’t get a second look in a second-hand shop but every studio engineer in this conservatorium has picked it very first to be in the collection for the recording studio,” Dr Hodges mentioned.

Currently overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of instruments to choose from, the musicians can anticipate to have even a lot more at their disposal.

The donor has already promised to top up his present with yet another 40 guitars, which will make selecting a favourite all the far more hard.

Guitar student Benjamin Pasanen Photo: Guitar student Benjamin Pasanen takes his choose from the collection. (ABC News: Gregor Salmon)

Topics: music, hobart-7000

First posted November 25, 2015 15:59:08

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