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Safe Schools dumped in NSW

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New South Wales is the first state to dump the Safe Schools program, amid disappointment from many and encouragement from former prime minister Tony Abbott via Twitter.

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Why bullied children are reluctant to seek help from teachers

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In Australia approximately one student in five is bullied at school every few weeks or more often. Many of these students suffer serious emotional and psychological harm, such as persistent anxiety, depression and suicidal thinking, and are unable to concentrate on their school work. It is clear they need help.

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Principals’ health survey sparks concern

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A statement released February 15 by the Queensland Association of State School Principals (QASSP) has expressed concern following the release of the 2016 Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey.

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Body image: taming the beast with media literacy

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In 2008, a Victorian government document titled Because Mental Health Matters Consultation Paper argued for ‘further development of positive body image programs, in conjunction with healthy eating programs’ as a priority activity within the ‘early childhood and school’ setting.

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Mental health matters

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Mental health. Two little words finally gaining big attention for all the right reasons. Encouragingly, positive conversations within and outside various social, government and political channels have led us here, and there’s no place we’d rather be.

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Schools, sign up for eSafety Challenge program

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The Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner, has released ClassAct 50 Challenge, designed to help children take control of their online safety, prompt thinking around respectful relationships and to know where to go to find support if things go wrong.

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School News Term 4 issue out now

I wondered if the wisdom, innovation and insight within our inaugural issue could be matched, but the fascinating minds of education industry stakeholders seem replete with fresh ideas and stories to share. A Perth school dubbed the ‘greenest school in Australia’ addresses cross curriculum priorities through sustainable social practice - stretching the fingers of their ‘social handprint’ to provide safe solar lighting for women in developing countries. In this terms 'Principal Speaks', Marilyn Smith of Preshil School renovates an assessment of a community depleted by a leader lost, to reveal a school with vision, collective spirit and the courage to innovate for the present. We tune into the tertiary sector on teacher training, and visionary approaches that push the boundaries of the very definition of ‘learning space’. As mental health concerns grow for young people, so do systems of support and programs that protect vulnerable young people from the media’s undermining effect on body image. Teenage suicide, extra counselling for families going through exams, anxiety, depression; just a necessary part of growing up, or a touch of insanity? We hear from Beautiful Failures author, Lucy Clark, about pressure, parent-teacher relations and the pitfalls of “the quest for success”. Amid the maelstrom of teenage angst, a teacher can be a beacon, a mentor and a friend. With some excitement, we publish our first winning student composition, celebrating an inspirational teacher. We thank our sponsors for $500 worth of precious books for the winner’s school library (see page 22 for details). We address school property and administration concerns with practical insights into managing communication and curriculum planning, cost-effective, energy efficient lighting, digital signage and storage solutions, safer flooring and more. Enjoy the passions and achievements of your colleagues, and profit from the collective knowledge within these pages, and until next time - noli cedere cognoscere (don’t stop learning).

The latest issue features the Coolbinia Primary, the ‘greenest school in Australia’; and insight into the collective Courage of Preshil School, visionary approaches to innovative learning spaces, mental health solutions and much more.

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