News

  • 7
    Feb 2018
    General

    AISWA's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Launch

    On the 6th February, AISWA staff were fortunate to be guided by artist Jenny Knapp in the creation this stunning community artwork as part of the organisations Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
  • 2
    Nov 2017
    General

    Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools - Public Submissions Now Open!

    The public submission process for the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools (the Review) is now open and will close at 5 pm (AEDST) on 2 November 2017.
  • 12
    Oct 2017
    General

    2018 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards - Applications now open!

    In 2018, 12 outstanding educators will receive a $45,000 Teaching Fellowship, comprising $30,000 for a project at the Fellow’s school, $10,000 for professional development and a $5,000 study tour to a high-performing education system. Applications close on 12 October 2017.
  • 1
    Nov 2017
    General

    Kate Mullin Teacher Award

    The Kate Mullin Association (KMA) has an annual Teacher Award. The Award is for the teacher in WA who makes the greatest contribution to teaching English to Aboriginal students, and is a flagship event of the year. The winner gets $5,000.
    Submissions close 1 November 2017.

  • 31
    Dec 2017
    Funding

    Independent Schools and Gonski 2.0

    From 2018 the Commonwealth funding arrangements for all schools will change.
    Under the current arrangements, all schools are moving towards their Schooling Resource Standard (SRS) funding entitlement over time. Originally envisaged as a total public funding model, the share of public funding being provided by the Commonwealth was based on historical funding patterns. This means that schools serving the same type of students receive different funding from the Commonwealth depending on where they are located.
  • 25
    Aug 2017
    STEM, Humanities, Science, Literacy, Numeracy

    The Power of Inquiry in the Year 3-6 Classroom: Presented by Kath Murdoch

    What does it mean to use an inquiry approach in today’s classrooms?

    Many of us still think of inquiry as an approach lacking in structure or explicit teaching when in fact true, contemporary inquiry teaching is highly intentional and carefully designed. In this workshop, Kath will help Year 3-6 teachers explore both what effective inquiry looks, sounds and feels like in the classroom and understand why it can be such a powerful way to engage young people in learning. Based on her best-selling book ‘The Power of Inquiry’, the workshop will focus on both the planning and the pedagogy that accompanies this approach. Kath’s work emphasises ways to engage students in deep thinking through strategic questioning and the development of rich contexts that invite students to do the cognitive ‘heavy lifting’ as they wonder, investigate, analyse, make connections and take meaningful action. Teachers will leave the workshop with a greater understanding of inquiry as a teaching ‘stance’ across the curriculum and a practical repertoire of approaches they can use to involve their students as active investigators and powerful learners. Participants will receive a copy of Kath Murdoch's book 'The Power of Inquiry'.
  • 6
    Oct 2017
    Humanities

    AISWA HASS Conference 2017

    The conference theme is Humanities and the Science of being Social with a focus on past, present and future means of communicating, connecting and collaborating. All sessions will assist teachers in their implementation of the WA Curriculum, pedagogical approaches, HASS inquiry skills, Information Technology, interdisciplinary methods of teaching HASS, interesting topics, issues and arguments.
  • 29
    Jun 2017
    General

    Right Wrongs - '67 Referendum - WA 50 years on

    The Aboriginal History Research Unit at the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA) has undertaken a state-wide collaboration with the WA Museum (WAM), State Library of WA (SLWA), ABC and National Archives of Australia to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, the 25th Anniversary of the 1992 Mabo Decision, and the 20th Anniversary of the Bringing Them Home Report. To acknowledge these milestones, the Western Australian Department of Aboriginal Affairs’ Aboriginal History Research Unit has developed an information toolkit to provide a unique WA perspective of this event and look at the progress of Aboriginal rights in WA to date. The Toolkit aims to educate the broader public and to be incorporated into WA school curricula, to focus on the history of these significant events and open up a contemporary dialogue with the Aboriginal community.
  • 27
    Jun 2017
    Future Footprints

    Post-school opportunities inspire regional Indigenous students

    More than 250 regional and remote Indigenous students who attend boarding school in the metropolitan area will be encouraged to further their education through tertiary studies, employment and training at the 2017 Future Footprints Expo.
  • 2
    Jun 2017
    General, Funding

    Media Release: Independent School Funding

    The Annual General Meeting of the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA) has endorsed the report of Economic Significance of Independent Schools to the WA Economy.
  • 30
    Oct 2020
    Funding

    Just Released: Economic Significance of Independent Schools to the Western Australian Economy

    The Association of Independent Schools of WA (AISWA) has recently released its 2020 report on the Economic Significance of Independent Schools to the WA Economy.
  • 22
    May 2017
    Curriculum

    History in the Making: AISWA's new online resource

    A collection of Teaching and Learning Programs based on the Australian Curriculum for primary students to wonder about the past by actively engaging in the historical inquiry process.​
  • 2
    May 2017
    General, Funding

    Funding Arrangements Announced for Independent Schools

    The Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA ) welcomes the new funding arrangements announced by the Commonwealth Government which will provide an additional $2.2 billion over the four years 2018 to 2021. This is in addition to the $1.2 billion announced in last year's budget.
  • 3
    Apr 2017
    Leadership & Teacher Capacity

    National Certification Month

    March is National Certification Month where we celebrate as a profession the Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers who have completed the National Certification process and we encourage those considering applying to make the commitment to pursuing registration and to further develop their expertise.
  • 16
    Mar 2017
    STEM

    New grants to put students' STEM learning into action

    Today the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Arthur Sinodinos, announced the government will invest $4 million over the next four years for eligible Australian schools and community organisations to set up dedicated maker spaces to offer students the ability to develop STEM skills through hands on experience in aspects of design, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • 3
    Apr 2017
    STEM

    AISWA STEM Expo (Poster Event)


  • 14
    Mar 2017
    General, Curriculum, The Arts, English, Literacy

    Australian Children's Laureate at Purnululu School

    We are very excited to see the work of the Australian Children’s Laureate with one of our remote Indigenous member schools
  • 1
    Mar 2017
    Literacy

    Lifting the Lid on Words and Pictures: AISWA's Newest Publication

    Lifting the Lid on Words and Pictures: Brett Healey looks at the Watertower by Gary Crew and Steven Woolman - AISWA's newest publication available for purchase from the AISWA Bookstore.
  • 21
    Feb 2017
    Professional Learning

    AISWA's First STEM Expo Day

    ​In 2016, the AISWA STEM Grant provided many of our schools with the inspiration and opportunity to try new ideas for teaching STEM subjects in a rich and integrated way. This is an opportunity for interested teachers and school leaders to come and explore some of the projects that were undertaken.
  • 16
    Feb 2017
    General, Professional Learning, Leadership & Teacher Capacity

    Social Ventures Australia - Evidence for Learning

    Social Ventures Australia presents Evidence for Learning in this information session for school leaders.
  • 20
    Jan 2017
    General, Professional Learning, Leadership & Teacher Capacity

    Amplify: Designing Bright Futures - Phase 2

  • 14
    Dec 2016
    General

    Season's Greetings from AISWA

    Executive Director, Valerie Gould and the Staff of the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia wish you a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and peaceful New Year.
    The AISWA Office will be closed from midday on Wednesday 21 December 2016 and will reopen on Tuesday 3 January 2017.
  • 29
    Nov 2016
    Technologies, ICT Integration

    CSER Lending Library - Digital Technologies equipment

    The Computer Science Education Research Group (CSER) Lending Library enables schools to integrate a huge range of exciting and motivating Digital Technologies educational equipment into the classroom.
  • 16
    Nov 2016
    ICT Integration

    APPortunities to Shine: AISWA's Newest Publication

    APPortunities to Shine: Using Mobile Technologies in Classrooms and Other Amazing Places, is AISWA's newest publication and will be available for purchase from the AIWA Bookstore.
  • 11
    Nov 2016
    ICT Integration, IT Procurement and Services

    Announcing AISWA's Partnership with BrightBytes

    AISWA is pleased to announce a new partnership agreement with BrightBytes a research driven, learning analytics company and developer of the Clarity software platform.