Federal Government Rescued Moora Residential College With $8.7 Million

Moora Residential College is saved following an $8.7 million capital grants from the Federal Government. The announcement has caused a sensational reverse on the McGowan Government’s decision to close down the residential college following the State Budget. The $8.7 million will allocated to refurbish the residential college, which has been opened in the community since…

More Support Required for Special Needs Students in School Violence: Xamon

Concerns have been raised for the needs of special needs students involved in school fights, following increasing levels of children with disabilities involved in schoolyard violence. WA Greens education and disability spokesperson Alison Xamon has called for more support, claiming more understanding was needed for special needs students, amid State Government plans to increase suspensions…

School Violence Spikes With 3000 Assaults in 18 Months

Education staff have been assaulted and threatened in the past 18 months, with nearly 3000 incidents occurring in WA public schools in 18 months, figures revealing the extent of school violence. Teachers have faced around 900 cases of threats or assaults in the first half of the year, with 114 cases referred to police. 293…

State Government Calls Views 2015 Huawei Sponsored China Trip Improper “Ludicrous”

The State Government has denied that there has been a conflict of interest over a multi-million-dollar telecommunications contract with Chinese telco Huawei, despite revelations of travel and gifts to two government ministers while in opposition. Current Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Education Minister Sue Ellery received an all-expenses paid tour of China and free mobile…

WA Showcases Trainees and Apprentices at WorldSkills Championships

Western Australians trainees and apprentices have dominated At the WorldSkills National Championships in Sydney, showcasing their skills in the competition. 21 WA trainees and apprentices won medals and the VETiS Shield in the competition as the best performing state. The state performed well in the hospitality categories, winning gold, silver and bronze in the VETiS…

New Jobs and Skills Centres to Boost WA Education and Job Training

WA jobs and training will get a boost with new jobs and skills centres creating increased access to job-related services. The first five centres were launched on Wednesday, providing a one-stop shop for students, jobseekers and career changers to improve skills and job prospects and access to career, training and employment services. “Jobs and Skills…

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…

“Bring Back Corporal Punishment” to Cut Youth School Violence: Expert

A youth expert has called for the return of corporal punishment in classrooms to help cut youth violence in schools. Police & Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) WA CEO John Gillespie said stronger disciplinary measures were needed to ensure school students were “behaving properly in the classroom and also in the playground” while also protecting teachers…

Driverless Automation to be Offered in WA Schools, TAFE

WA schools and TAFE will offer automation qualifications in an Australia first to prepare students for future jobs in the industry. The State Government will collaborate with mining company Rio Tinto and South Metropolitan TAFE to provide Certificate II and Certificate IV courses which will develop skills in operating driverless technology including autonomous trains and…

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…