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New Space To Broaden Imaginations At Sussex Heights Primary School

Minister for Education James Merlino today officially opened the new Early Years Centre and Dream Space garden at Sussex Heights Primary School.

Growth Industries The Focus At Melbourne Careers Expo

Thousands of Victorian secondary school students today moved a step closer to landing their dream job by attending the 14th annual Melbourne Career Expo.

Science And Innovation Awards Bring Top Researchers To Victoria

Minister for Education James Merlino has today congratulated the recipients of two of Victoria’s most prestigious science and innovation awards, with eight fellows receiving grants...

Building The Education State In Moriac

The Andrews Labor Government’s first Education State Budget is rebuilding Moriac Primary School and giving its students the best start in life.

Building The Education State In Geelong

The Andrews Labor Government’s first Education State Budget is rebuilding Geelong High School and giving its students the best start in life.

Building The Education State In Boronia

The Andrews Labor Government’s first Education State Budget is rebuilding Boronia Heights Primary School and giving its students the best start in life.

Minister Visits Worawa Aboriginal College

Minister for Education, James Merlino, today visited Worawa Aboriginal College to speak to students and staff about college life.

Education State Consultation In Geelong

The Andrews Labor Government is committed to making Victoria the Education State, and all Victorians now have the opportunity to share their ideas on the...

 

New-Look Teacher Award To Celebrate Excellence

A new category for inclusive education has been added to the annual Victorian Education Excellence Awards as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s election promise to make schools fairer and more inclusive. Announcing the new award category, Education Minister James Merlino said the new Inclusive Education Award will recognise exceptional education staff who have demonstrated outstanding ability in improving the achievement, engagement and wellbeing of students with disabilities and special needs.​ The new award category is one of nine initiatives for fairer and more inclusive schools for students with disabilities and special needs, announced in the Government’s Special Needs Plan. In addition to the introduction of the new Inclusion category, other changes to the Awards are: The creation of a single dedicated, independent judging panel comprising world-renowned educational leaders and thinkers The streamlining of the awards into nine categories with each winner in the running for the top gong: the Lindsay Thompson Award for Excellence in Education A simpler and quicker nomination process that encourages educators to nominate their colleagues for the work they are doing Nominations, judging and the awards presentation will be held within the same school year Increased opportunities for professional development for winners, who will join a prestigious Roll of Honour and become ambassadors for the awards Since 2002, the prestigious awards have showcased the dedicated and passionate people at Victoria’s 1525 government schools striving to bring out the very best in Victoria’s children. Nominations for the 2015 Victorian Education Excellence Awards are now open and close on 2 August. Finalist will be unveiled in September, with winners announced during an award presentation evening on Friday, 30 October. Individual category winners will receive up to $20,000 for professional development, while team-based award winners will receive up to $25,000. The winner of the Lindsay Thompson Award for Excellence in Education will receive a further $20,000. For more information visit:www.education.vic.gov.au/veea Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Victorian Education Excellence Awards are a great opportunity to recognise those who deliver school experiences that change the lives of children in the Education State.” “We promised a new Inclusive Education Award to recognise exceptional educators who are creating more inclusive and fairer schools for kids with disabilities and special needs.”   Download PDF (136 Kb)

New-Look Teacher Award To Celebrate Excellence

A new category for inclusive education has been added to the annual Victorian Education Excellence Awards as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s election promise to make schools fairer and more inclusive. Announcing the new award category, Education Minister James Merlino said the new Inclusive Education Award will recognise exceptional education staff who have demonstrated outstanding ability in improving the achievement, engagement and wellbeing of students with disabilities and special needs.​ The new award category is one of nine initiatives for fairer and more inclusive schools for students with disabilities and special needs, announced in the Government’s Special Needs Plan. In addition to the introduction of the new Inclusion category, other changes to the Awards are: The creation of a single dedicated, independent judging panel comprising world-renowned educational leaders and thinkers The streamlining of the awards into nine categories with each winner in the running for the top gong: the Lindsay Thompson Award for Excellence in Education A simpler and quicker nomination process that encourages educators to nominate their colleagues for the work they are doing Nominations, judging and the awards presentation will be held within the same school year Increased opportunities for professional development for winners, who will join a prestigious Roll of Honour and become ambassadors for the awards Since 2002, the prestigious awards have showcased the dedicated and passionate people at Victoria’s 1525 government schools striving to bring out the very best in Victoria’s children. Nominations for the 2015 Victorian Education Excellence Awards are now open and close on 2 August. Finalist will be unveiled in September, with winners announced during an award presentation evening on Friday, 30 October. Individual category winners will receive up to $20,000 for professional development, while team-based award winners will receive up to $25,000. The winner of the Lindsay Thompson Award for Excellence in Education will receive a further $20,000. For more information visit:www.education.vic.gov.au/veea Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Victorian Education Excellence Awards are a great opportunity to recognise those who deliver school experiences that change the lives of children in the Education State.” “We promised a new Inclusive Education Award to recognise exceptional educators who are creating more inclusive and fairer schools for kids with disabilities and special needs.”   Download PDF (136 Kb)

Leading Artists Work With Schools To Produce Creative Projects

The artistic talent of Victorian students will be unleashed through an annual grants program placing professional artists in schools to produce a creative project, Education Minister James Merlino announced today. Last year’s Artists in Schools projects ranged from deaf choreographer Jo Dunbar working with hearing and deaf students on choreographing their own work, to photographer Stephen Henderson helping a small community produce a photographic record of their unique stories and images. Mr Merlino encouraged primary and secondary schools to attend information sessions online and in regional centres this week which will outline the program and the grants application process. Nineteen grants of $10,000 will be available to schools to place a renowned artist in the classroom to work with teachers and students. Each artist is appointed to a school for approximately 20 days, providing innovative ways to engage students across all key areas of the curriculum via any art form, including literature, visual arts, performing arts or new media. The Department of Education and Training has committed $500,000 for 2015-17 for the Artists in Schools Program which is delivered in partnership with Creative Victoria under the Department’s Strategic Partnerships Program (SPP). The SPP provides funding to not-for-profit organisations for programs that improve student achievement, engagement, health and wellbeing and/or enhance teachers’ specialist skills. Information sessions for teachers and artists interested in 2016 funding will be presented at The Memo, Healesville on July 17, The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, on July 22 and Benalla Art Gallery on July 24.  Two online sessions are also still available on July 15 and July 21. The sessions will outline how projects can support learning across the curriculum, provide input from other schools and artists who have participated in the program and connect interested teachers and artists who want to become involved. Schools will be able to apply for grants in August, with applications closing on September 22. Teachers can register for information sessions at www.creative.vic.gov.au/AIS Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  “This is about exciting and inspiring lessons that will stay with the artists, students and teachers – and their communities – for many years to come.” “Last year, a deaf choreographer worked with hearing and deaf students, and a professional photographer helped a small community produce a lasting record of their unique stories and images.” Download PDF (290 Kb)

Leading Artists Work With Schools To Produce Creative Projects

The artistic talent of Victorian students will be unleashed through an annual grants program placing professional artists in schools to produce a creative project, Education Minister James Merlino announced today. Last year’s Artists in Schools projects ranged from deaf choreographer Jo Dunbar working with hearing and deaf students on choreographing their own work, to photographer Stephen Henderson helping a small community produce a photographic record of their unique stories and images. Mr Merlino encouraged primary and secondary schools to attend information sessions online and in regional centres this week which will outline the program and the grants application process. Nineteen grants of $10,000 will be available to schools to place a renowned artist in the classroom to work with teachers and students. Each artist is appointed to a school for approximately 20 days, providing innovative ways to engage students across all key areas of the curriculum via any art form, including literature, visual arts, performing arts or new media. The Department of Education and Training has committed $500,000 for 2015-17 for the Artists in Schools Program which is delivered in partnership with Creative Victoria under the Department’s Strategic Partnerships Program (SPP). The SPP provides funding to not-for-profit organisations for programs that improve student achievement, engagement, health and wellbeing and/or enhance teachers’ specialist skills. Information sessions for teachers and artists interested in 2016 funding will be presented at The Memo, Healesville on July 17, The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, on July 22 and Benalla Art Gallery on July 24.  Two online sessions are also still available on July 15 and July 21. The sessions will outline how projects can support learning across the curriculum, provide input from other schools and artists who have participated in the program and connect interested teachers and artists who want to become involved. Schools will be able to apply for grants in August, with applications closing on September 22. Teachers can register for information sessions at www.creative.vic.gov.au/AIS Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  “This is about exciting and inspiring lessons that will stay with the artists, students and teachers – and their communities – for many years to come.” “Last year, a deaf choreographer worked with hearing and deaf students, and a professional photographer helped a small community produce a lasting record of their unique stories and images.” Download PDF (290 Kb)

Monbulk College Students Share Their Ideas For The Education State

Education Minister James Merlino today visited Monbulk College to speak with secondary students who are sharing their ideas to make Victoria the Education State. The spoke about what could be done to make sure young people were getting the skills they need for the jobs they want. The two-month Education State consultation is now underway, with sessions running throughout the state seeking the views of students, parents, carers, teachers, principals, school council members, businesses and community groups on how we can make Victoria the Education State. In the first months of the Education State consultation, there has been more than 6000 website visits, 300 online contributions and 1000 downloads of the Consultation Paper Over the coming weeks, Education State consultation sessions will run throughout Melbourne, Geelong, Mildura, Moe, Bairnsdale, Shepparton, Ballarat, Bendigo and other locations throughout the state. All Victorians with a passion for education are encouraged to join in the sessions, and can register at the consultation website educationstate.education.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “To make Victoria the Education State, we need to hear from all Victorians who care about our education system, including those who rely on it the most – our students.” “We are aiming to turn a good system into a great system defined by a great school in every community, excellent learning and teaching in every classroom and the promise of a bright future for every child.” “I encourage everyone to get involved in the consultation – have your say and help us make Victoria the Education State.” Download PDF (286 Kb)

Monbulk College Students Share Their Ideas For The Education State

Education Minister James Merlino today visited Monbulk College to speak with secondary students who are sharing their ideas to make Victoria the Education State. The spoke about what could be done to make sure young people were getting the skills they need for the jobs they want. The two-month Education State consultation is now underway, with sessions running throughout the state seeking the views of students, parents, carers, teachers, principals, school council members, businesses and community groups on how we can make Victoria the Education State. In the first months of the Education State consultation, there has been more than 6000 website visits, 300 online contributions and 1000 downloads of the Consultation Paper Over the coming weeks, Education State consultation sessions will run throughout Melbourne, Geelong, Mildura, Moe, Bairnsdale, Shepparton, Ballarat, Bendigo and other locations throughout the state. All Victorians with a passion for education are encouraged to join in the sessions, and can register at the consultation website educationstate.education.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “To make Victoria the Education State, we need to hear from all Victorians who care about our education system, including those who rely on it the most – our students.” “We are aiming to turn a good system into a great system defined by a great school in every community, excellent learning and teaching in every classroom and the promise of a bright future for every child.” “I encourage everyone to get involved in the consultation – have your say and help us make Victoria the Education State.” Download PDF (286 Kb)

New Ideas For The Future Of Our Education System

Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Templestowe College to tour the school and learn about its cutting-edge approach to education. Mr Merlino spoke to students and staff and heard about the school’s innovations, which include a choice of three school times (7.15 am to 1.15 pm, 8.50 am to 3.30 pm and 10.30 am to 5.15 pm). The school has dropped reference to year levels entirely, and all students select their course load from more than 130 options. Students are represented on the school leadership group, curriculum committee and all other committees. They are also involved in staff selection, and more than 70 students are employed in school operations. Due to interest from other schools, the school now offers workshops for teams from visiting schools across Australia. The 2015-16 Victorian Budget invests close to $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history. The Budget provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools. It will fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools. It also includes $180 million for programs that will help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “We’re investing more than $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed.” “Templestowe College is finding the new ideas that may well define the future of our education system. I commend Principal Peter Hutton and all the teachers for their innovative work.” Download PDF (292 Kb)

New Ideas For The Future Of Our Education System

Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Templestowe College to tour the school and learn about its cutting-edge approach to education. Mr Merlino spoke to students and staff and heard about the school’s innovations, which include a choice of three school times (7.15 am to 1.15 pm, 8.50 am to 3.30 pm and 10.30 am to 5.15 pm). The school has dropped reference to year levels entirely, and all students select their course load from more than 130 options. Students are represented on the school leadership group, curriculum committee and all other committees. They are also involved in staff selection, and more than 70 students are employed in school operations. Due to interest from other schools, the school now offers workshops for teams from visiting schools across Australia. The 2015-16 Victorian Budget invests close to $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history. The Budget provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools. It will fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools. It also includes $180 million for programs that will help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “We’re investing more than $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed.” “Templestowe College is finding the new ideas that may well define the future of our education system. I commend Principal Peter Hutton and all the teachers for their innovative work.” Download PDF (292 Kb)

Richmond’s Brand New Secondary College Takes Shape

The proposed site of Richmond’s new secondary college has been selected and the planning committee that will kick start its creation is ready to get to work. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Richmond Richard Wynne joined members of the planning committee today to make the announcement. The Richmond New School Planning Committee currently includes representatives from local schools, the City of Yarra, local community group Richmond High School Choices, and the Department of Education and Training. The Committee will provide strategic advice on the development of the school’s vision and curriculum, and will work with the local community, education experts and key stakeholders. Representatives from Leo Berry’s Boxing Gym and Richmond United Bowls Club will also be closely involved in planning for the proposed new school design. The Andrews Labor Government made a $10 million election commitment to get on with the first stage of the school. The $1 million funding for the school announced in the 2015-2016 Victorian Budget kick starts the initial planning stages of the project, including site feasibility of the proposed location on Gleadell Street. The Budget invests close to $4 billion in Victorian education and training – the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history. It includes a total of $111 million to support the delivery of 10 new schools in Melbourne’s growth and established areas, including secondary colleges in Richmond and Prahran. It also provides $325 million to refurbish or rebuild 67 schools, and will fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino   “We promised a new secondary school for Richmond – and we’re getting on with it.” “We’re working with locals and making sure that the school meets the needs of this growing community, giving students a quality local education.” Quotes attributable to Member for Richmond Richard Wynne “We’re building a school that is close to home and has the stamp of this proud community. The location is set and the committee is ready to get to work.” Download PDF (295 Kb)

Richmond’s Brand New Secondary College Takes Shape

The proposed site of Richmond’s new secondary college has been selected and the planning committee that will kick start its creation is ready to get to work. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Richmond Richard Wynne joined members of the planning committee today to make the announcement. The Richmond New School Planning Committee currently includes representatives from local schools, the City of Yarra, local community group Richmond High School Choices, and the Department of Education and Training. The Committee will provide strategic advice on the development of the school’s vision and curriculum, and will work with the local community, education experts and key stakeholders. Representatives from Leo Berry’s Boxing Gym and Richmond United Bowls Club will also be closely involved in planning for the proposed new school design. The Andrews Labor Government made a $10 million election commitment to get on with the first stage of the school. The $1 million funding for the school announced in the 2015-2016 Victorian Budget kick starts the initial planning stages of the project, including site feasibility of the proposed location on Gleadell Street. The Budget invests close to $4 billion in Victorian education and training – the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history. It includes a total of $111 million to support the delivery of 10 new schools in Melbourne’s growth and established areas, including secondary colleges in Richmond and Prahran. It also provides $325 million to refurbish or rebuild 67 schools, and will fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino   “We promised a new secondary school for Richmond – and we’re getting on with it.” “We’re working with locals and making sure that the school meets the needs of this growing community, giving students a quality local education.” Quotes attributable to Member for Richmond Richard Wynne “We’re building a school that is close to home and has the stamp of this proud community. The location is set and the committee is ready to get to work.” Download PDF (295 Kb)

Prep Students Mark First 100 Days At School

Victoria’s 76,000 Prep children marked their first 100 days of school today, and Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Pascoe Vale Lizzie Blandthorn...

Study Will Determine Future Of Education In Preston

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Preston Robin Scott today visited the former Preston Girls College site with local families and community groups to discuss the future of education in the area. A demographic feasibility study is currently underway to determine the needs for a new high school in Preston, after funding was provided in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget. The study is expected to be completed in late 2015 and the results will inform future decisions regarding the site, specifically in the context of school provision needs in the local area. The 2015-16 Victorian Budget invests close to $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history. The Budget provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools. It will fund the first stage of an asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are taught in a safe environment. It also includes an initial $180 million package of initiatives to break down barriers of disadvantage and give every child the opportunities they deserve. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “I’m proud to be working with local families on this issue, and I look forward to receiving the results of the study.” “We’re investing more than $4 billion in our education system, so every community has a good local school and every child gets every chance.” Quote attributable to Member for Preston Robin Scott “The Andrews Labor Government is not only committed to the $100k feasibility study into turning the former Preston Girls’ School into a high school, but will also rebuild William Ruthven Secondary College at a cost of $10 million.” Download PDF (293 Kb)

Study Will Determine Future Of Education In Preston

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Preston Robin Scott today visited the former Preston Girls College site with local families and community groups to discuss the future of education in the area. A demographic feasibility study is currently underway to determine the needs for a new high school in Preston, after funding was provided in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget. The study is expected to be completed in late 2015 and the results will inform future decisions regarding the site, specifically in the context of school provision needs in the local area. The 2015-16 Victorian Budget invests close to $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history. The Budget provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools. It will fund the first stage of an asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are taught in a safe environment. It also includes an initial $180 million package of initiatives to break down barriers of disadvantage and give every child the opportunities they deserve. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “I’m proud to be working with local families on this issue, and I look forward to receiving the results of the study.” “We’re investing more than $4 billion in our education system, so every community has a good local school and every child gets every chance.” Quote attributable to Member for Preston Robin Scott “The Andrews Labor Government is not only committed to the $100k feasibility study into turning the former Preston Girls’ School into a high school, but will also rebuild William Ruthven Secondary College at a cost of $10 million.” Download PDF (293 Kb)

Comprehensive Review To Support Students With Special Needs

The most comprehensive review of the Program for Students with Disabilities in Victoria’s history will investigate how schools can best support students with special needs,...