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2013 NEC Fellowship

Awarded to Greg McDonald Deputy Principal, Batemans Bay HS. The NEC Fellowship is a joint NEC/SPC project funded by NEC. The Fellowship will be awarded to an aspiring Principal who is currently a substantive Deputy Principal’s in a NSW government school. The award will be presented during the NSWSPC’s Annual General Meeting. The Fellowship aims… Read more

Honorary Life Membership for Dr. Paul Brock

NSWSPC President Christine Cawsey presenting Dr Paul Brock with his Honorary Life Membership Dr Paul Brock was awarded an Honorary Life Membership with the NSWSPC on Friday 9 September. Dr Brock supports the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – watch the video His Honorary Life Membership citation reads: Dr Paul Brock is a most worthy… Read more

SPC and UTS cement new relationship

Christine Cawsey (SPC President) and Peter Booth (Senior Deputy Vice- Chancellor- UTS) sign the MoU. Chris Presland (SPC DP), Christine Cawsey, Jim McAlpine (SPC), Geoff Riordan (UTS), Jenny Lewis (ACEL), Peter Booth, Noel West (ACEL). The NSW Secondary Principals’ Council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Technology Sydney. The MoU will… Read more

SPC and the MySchool website

The SPC has played a significant role in trying to make a positive influence on the Federal Government’s decision to create the My School website. A Task Force of informed principals and former principals was formed for this purpose, and much correspondence has been entered into. Letters have been written to politicians at state and… Read more

MYSCHOOL GETS ‘F’ FOR NUMERACY

The Principal of a comprehensive public high school in Sydney’s western suburbs opens up the My School website to find its NAPLAN results headed mostly in red and pink, indicating that not only is their performance below the national average on just about everything, but they are even below the “similar schools” average on quite… Read more

Ravitch to Obama: “Change course before it is too late”

Education historian Diane Ravitch http://www.dianeravitch.com/ has been talking with thousands of people as she crisscrosses the country talking about education reform and her New York Times best-selling book, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/education-secretary-duncan/why-you-should-read-diane-ravi.html. I have written a lot about Ravitch recently because I think she occupies a unique place… Read more

ACARA RESPONDS TO SPC CONCERNS OVER MY SCHOOL

Dear Mr McAlpine Thank you for your letter of 15 March 2010 setting out the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council’s views on the My School website and recommendations for its further development. I appreciated the clarity with which you set out your Council’s position and your offer to provide constructive advice on ways in which the… Read more

SHORTCUTS ON MY SCHOOL WEBSITE WORRY PRINCIPALS

Research by the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council (SPC) has revealed major flaws in the way that the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) calculates the Index of Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) for 2010. The ICSEA is the basis for the lists of “statistically similar schools” which the Deputy Prime Minister urges parents to use to… Read more

NEW DIRECTIONS IN SCHOOLS FUNDING

New directions for schools funding are needed in Australia. The quality of Australian schools is relatively high on the range of criteria that inform international comparisons. But too many young people are still missing out on the full benefits of schooling, are disengaged from learning, leaving school prematurely and poorly prepared for adult life. The… Read more

MY SCHOOL and SIMILAR SCHOOLS

When he woke up on Thursday January 28th this year Shaun Addy, the Principal of Blacktown Boys’ High in Western Sydney was amused to open the My School website and find that his school was “similar” to the Alice Springs School of the Air.  On the same day the parents of Terrigal High School (NSW… Read more

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