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Melbourne Postcard

Monday, April 01, 2019

A Letter to the Federal Minister of Education

Friday, December 14, 2018

Dear Dan,  Read On

My Year With Year 12

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Why Conservatives are wrong about Education

Thursday, November 15, 2018

What Teachers Need

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

 Whenever we get to talking about teaching and teachers, which is often, we talk about what we need to do to improve “educational outcomes”. For some people these need to be quantifiable. To be able to be measured. They focus on results in literacy and numeracy tests and compare them to other countries to try and determine how well we are doing in  classrooms around the country. These league tables are used to point out the deficiencies in our teaching and leapt on by those who are convinced we are falling behind. They then come up with a range of solutions to turn this around and put us back at the top of the table where we belong.  Read On

When voting Yes was tipped on its head

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

 Along with 80,000 odd others at the ground and countless more watching on TV I was thrilling to the incredible spectacle that is State of Origin when a fellow spectator, a Blues fan, returned serve to an outburst of bananabender patriotism from a Maroons fan.   Read On

A Tribute to Robin Amm

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

 NSW State Education lost a true visionary with the passing of Robin Amm on Monday night.    Read On

Let Teachers Teach

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

 Approaching nearly 50 years in the classroom, I sat in our Staff Development Day last week listening to a number of inspirational speakers (including our 2018 Head Girl), reflecting on what has changed since I began teaching in my mauve body shirt, purple flares, matching tie and pointy shoes way back in 1973.   Read On

Why HSC Drama is so important.

Monday, August 21, 2017

This morning at 830am Year 12 students across the State began sitting the HSC Practical Drama Examination. Except they weren’t sitting. They were on their feet, performing. Live. In front of an audience of fellow students and external examiners who were there to assess their performances in minute detail.   Read On

The True Story of Dead End Drive In

Monday, August 21, 2017

A friend told me that Dead End Drive In was screening at the Melbourne International Film Festival in August. This is a film made in the 1986 under fairly dodgy circumstances during the infamous 10BA era that was expected to sink without a trace. It’s Lazarus-like refusal to (sorry) hit a dead end has bemused me ever since.  Read On


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