Beekeeping Course Set to Grow WA Jobs, Honey Production

A Beekeeping traineeship will be offered for the first time in Western Australia, in an effort to support the state’s high demand honey industry. The State Government will establish a Certificate III in Beekeeping to produce workers with a high level of skills to maintain the high quality of Western Australian honey production. “By listening…

Pennsylvania school district plans to use rocks to stop shooters

The Blue Mountain School District has armed its teachers and students with buckets of rocks as part of a security plant to defend against shooters. All schools within the district, northwest of Philadelphia, has a 19kg bucket of river stones as a last resort to use in case of an attack. “We always strive to…

Aboriginal Students Recognised For High Achievements

By Nicholas Farrington Two of Western Australia’s highest performing Aboriginal students have been awarded the 2017 Rob Riley Memorial Prize. Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery announced that John Curtin College of the Arts graduate Ashley Maroney as the Australian Tertiary Admission Rant (ATAR) prize winner. Meanwhile, Belmont City College graduate Kienen Davis as the…

WA TAFE Fees Went Up As Funding & Enrolment Reduced

The Productivity Commissions report on Vocational Education Training looked at all the States and where WA ranked. Over the last few years State funding into the TAFE sector decreased and a slow divestment away from training funding occurred from the Commonwealth. The Government’s recurrent funding into Vocational Educational Training totaled $5.8 billion in 2016, decreasing…

McGowan Demands Answers Over School Water Lead

Mark McGowan has called for answers over incomplete lead testing at new WA schools, claiming the bureaucrats responsible “deserve a good kick up the pants”. The premier said Education Minister Sue Ellery and Director General of Education Sharyn O’Neill had his full support over the issue but responsibility had to be assigned elsewhere after assurances…

School of the Air to Stay as Education Cuts Reversed

The Western Australian government will reverse a number of its controversial education cuts including closing Schools of the Air (SOTA), admitting it took the savings measures “too far”. Premier Mark McGowan and Education Minister Sue Ellery announced it will not close SOTA after backlash over the closures, keep Northam Residential College accommodation open and continue…

Young Female Beazley Award Winners

The Beazley Medal, first presented in 1984, is the highest honour a secondary school student can be awarded in WA. Today, two female public school students have been recognised for their outstanding achievements in Year 12. Education Minister, Sue Ellery, and Kim Beazley, presented the winners for 2017 with their medals in a ceremony at…

WA Education Cuts Face Opposition, Called a “Mistake”

The McGowan Government has been criticism over its cuts to the state’s education, with opposition parties claiming the measures are not in the best interests of students and families. WA’s Greens called the measures a “terrible decision” while the Young Nationals said it was “direct attack on regional Western Australia” after Education Minister Sue Ellery…

Hamilton Hill High School Bids Farewell After 56 Years Of Education

After 56 years of service, and several generations of passing through its doors, Hamilton Hill Senior High School is closing. Events leading up to the closure allowed community members and past students to relive their memories at the school. Principal of Hamilton Senior High School, Paul Bottcher, said the school has played an integral role…

Education Minister: “Voluntary Scheme with no forced redundancies”

The WA Education Department is hoping to reduce the amount of full time jobs by March next year, as part of the Voluntary Targeted Severance Scheme. The scheme was announced back in September alongside the budget, with hopes that it will address the financial mess that the Government found themselves in. Education Minister, Sue Ellery,…