- English12Feb 2018
Morris Gleitzman Announced as Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018-19Children’s author Morris Gleitzman has been chosen as the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018-19. The author of nearly 40 books for young people, including Two Weeks with the Queen, Boy Overboard, Bumface and the ‘Felix’ series (all Penguin), will be presented with the laureate’s Magpie Award at a ceremony at the State Library of New South Wales on 15 February.
- General16Jan 2018
Independent Schools Challenge Misleading Fee PortrayalThe Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) cautions parents about glossy marketing campaigns for education focused financial products that misrepresent the cost of Independent school fees.
- General2Feb 2018
More Indigenous Students in School Until Year 12Indigenous retention is up 15% over the decade but is still well below the non-Indigenous rate.
- Funding3Feb 2018
Preschool Funding BoostThe Turnbull Government has locked in a $440 million funding boost for preschool education and is urging states to boost the enrolment and attendance rates of preschoolers in early learning. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the extra funding would extend the National Partnership on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education into 2019 to more than 348,000 children to ensure they have access to 15 hours of quality early learning in the year before school. The Turnbull Government’s $440 million funding boost secures education opportunities for more than 348,000 of Australia’s littlest learners, Minister Birmingham said.
- General7Feb 2018
AISWA's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) LaunchOn 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).
- General2Nov 2017
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.
- General12Oct 2017
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.
- General1Nov 2017
Kate Mullin Teacher AwardThe 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.
- Funding31Dec 2017
Independent Schools and Gonski 2.0From 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.
- STEM, Humanities, Science, Literacy, Numeracy25Aug 2017
The Power of Inquiry in the Year 3-6 Classroom: Presented by Kath MurdochWhat 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'.
- Humanities6Oct 2017
AISWA HASS Conference 2017The 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.
- General29Jun 2017
Right Wrongs - '67 Referendum - WA 50 years onThe 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.
- Future Footprints27Jun 2017
Post-school opportunities inspire regional Indigenous studentsMore 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.
- General, Funding2Jun 2017
Media Release: Independent School FundingThe 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.
- Funding30Oct 2020
Just Released: Economic Significance of Independent Schools to the Western Australian EconomyThe Association of Independent Schools of WA (AISWA) has recently released its 2020 report on the Economic Significance of Independent Schools to the WA Economy.
- Curriculum22May 2017
History in the Making: AISWA's new online resourceA 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.
- General, Funding2May 2017
Funding Arrangements Announced for Independent SchoolsThe 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.
- Leadership & Teacher Capacity3Apr 2017
National Certification MonthMarch 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.
- STEM16Mar 2017
New grants to put students' STEM learning into actionToday 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.
- STEM3Apr 2017
AISWA STEM Expo (Poster Event)
- General, Curriculum, The Arts, English, Literacy14Mar 2017
Australian Children's Laureate at Purnululu SchoolWe are very excited to see the work of the Australian Children’s Laureate with one of our remote Indigenous member schools
- Literacy1Mar 2017
Lifting the Lid on Words and Pictures: AISWA's Newest PublicationLifting 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.
- Professional Learning21Feb 2017
AISWA's First STEM Expo DayIn 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.
- General, Professional Learning, Leadership & Teacher Capacity16Feb 2017
Social Ventures Australia - Evidence for LearningSocial Ventures Australia presents Evidence for Learning in this information session for school leaders.
- General, Professional Learning, Leadership & Teacher Capacity20Jan 2017
Amplify: Designing Bright Futures - Phase 2