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Trinity Grammar

WHEN John*, a student at Melbourne’s Trinity Grammar School, was molested twice by a teacher, he did the right thing and told his parents. They reassured him: “My father held me so tight and he said, ‘Son, we love you, we believe you and we’ll make it right’.” The former …

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Weighing kids at school

A DEAKIN University proposal to measure the height and weight of all Australian schoolchildren has understandably generated controversy. Some commentators have labelled it misguided, fearing it could encourage kids to “pursue weight loss at any cost”. While there are benefits and downsides of measuring kids’ height and weight at school, …

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Fiver for a Farmer

THIS 10-year-old is proof you can make a difference. Jack Berne set a goal of raising $20,000 to help farmers struggling through Australia’s worst drought crisis in centuries. He wanted to get there by August 13 but he hit his target in an impressive 48 hours. The Sydney schoolboy and …

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KPMG Report

HOW do you become successful? During your school years, you were probably taught a familiar narrative: study hard, get high test scores and land a spot at a good university. Less than a decade ago, I was choosing my subjects for Year 11 and 12. My school’s message was even …

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School uniforms

SCHOOL uniforms haven’t kept up with either changing fashions or the needs of young people and strict rules on what students can wear in the classroom need to be reassessed. That’s the call from trend watchers who say only “high level conservativeness” is holding schools back from providing uniforms that …

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Mango Hill State School lockdown

MANGO Hill State School was put into lockdown for a number of hours this morning as police continue searching for a wanted man in the surrounding area. The primary school, north of Brisbane, was locked down simply as a precaution, a spokesman for Queensland Police said. “There is no threat …

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Florida school shooting

IN THE days after the horrific massacre at a high school in Florida, the most eloquent responses came not from police, parents or politicians, but from high schoolers themselves. Overnight, teenagers in Washington staged a dramatic “lie-in” outside the White House to demand that elected representatives take some action on …

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Bad teacher

TEACHERS. As children, we loved to hate them. And some adults are still proving to hate them, as Twitter user Marie Lum recently discovered. The LA-based animator asked her Twitter followers, “What’s something a teacher did that still makes you mad?” and boy did she get a response. Over 6000 …

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