South Australian Catholic schools defend receiving tens of millions in JobKeeper funding

South Australia’s Catholic Church banked at least $57 million in funding intended to keep school staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Key points: Figures show 73 Catholic schools received $85.6 million from the JobKeeper program South Australian Catholic schools received more than 60 per cent of all the JobKeeper paid to schools in the state The … Read more

Ballarat school warns of fake crowdfunding campaign in wake of ‘horror’ bus crash filled with 27 teenagers

Loreto College has warned of an “unaproved” crowdfunding campaign created to “support” the students and adults affected by a bus crash this week. Key points: Ballarat college warns of “unapproved” crowd sourcing campaign which has since disappeared from website Eight people remain in hospital after horror crash on Western Freeway on Wednesday NASA space camp … Read more

Chinese women face a complex homecoming after studying in Australia

When Li Fang* returned to China after studying at university in both Australia and New Zealand, she didn’t think she’d changed all that much. But her family and friends soon noticed. “People around me thought I was different,” she says. “I asked them ‘what’s the difference?’ They said, ‘Sometimes your opinions and your speaking style … Read more

Canberra PCYC’s Project 180 bringing vulnerable teenagers back from the brink and into the classroom

Canberra teenager Greg* gets straight to the point explaining when how he ended up where he is. “I’ve had a bit of a bad upbringing,” the now 15-year-old says. “When I was six, I was sexually assaulted. It happened for a few years. “When I was 12, I got the balls to tell someone and … Read more

Northern NSW children ignored by flood inquiries, charity says, as school and home challenges continue

A leading charity warns thousands of children in flood-stricken parts of NSW are missing out on crucial support, as exhaustion from the disaster is compounded by sub-standard living conditions. Key points: Save the Children says both NSW flood inquiries ignored the needs of young people Many students are still living in tents, caravans or temporary … Read more

Training teachers take up full-time positions to tackle staff shortage in schools

Rebecca Stretton still had a few months left of her education degree when she took on a full class load at the beginning of the year. Key points: Almost 500 people are in the Permission to Teach program in Queensland this year Universities are working to try to attract more students to study teaching The … Read more

Queanbeyan High School students feature in TV promotion to reduce smoking and vaping rates in young Indigenous people

A group of high school students from Queanbeyan, near Canberra, have become the stars of a new TV commercial aimed at reducing smoking in young people. The group behind the advertisement says if young Indigenous people smoke, they are not properly caring for themselves as individuals. So the narrative makes the case they should quit … Read more

Mexico ex-attorney general to face trial over missing students

A Mexican judge on Wednesday ordered a former attorney general to stand trial in the case of 43 students whose murky disappearance in 2014 traumatized the nation. Jesus Murillo Karam will be tried on charges of forced disappearance, torture and obstruction of justice, the Federal Judiciary Council said after a court hearing in Mexico City. … Read more

Teacher shortage worsened by decline in university graduates as regional schools struggle

In the 30 years Vern Hilditch has been a principal across north-east Victorian schools, he says he has never experienced anything like the current teacher shortage. Key points: Only 50 percent of students studying teaching at university go on to graduate from the course Leaders say more regional course offerings could help fill the workforce … Read more

Universities struggle to fill nursing courses despite healthcare worker shortage

While hospitals and aged care homes are desperate for workers, applications to degrees are dropping, a trend some nursing in the sector have described as “incredibly concerning”. Key points: Notre Dame University says demand for nursing courses has markedly dropped The aged care sector is already struggling to recruit enough staff and has to close … Read more