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ACT Education Directorate

We aim to develop and deliver educational services to empower each child and young person in the ACT to learn for life.

22 Aug 2019

Sparking a love of science in the early years

A child’s love of science starts well before they enter the high school science lab and light up the Bunsen burner. It starts with the first fallen Autumn leaf scrunched in a tiny hand or putting together their first Lego house.

07 Aug 2019

Scientific success

Gungahlin College student Isaac Martin is one of 25 students across Australia to receive a Tuckwell Scholarship.

29 Jul 2019

Ainslie’s artistic exploration

Ainslie School students took part in a unique and experimental arts experience last week, exploring their artistic self through music and visual arts.

15 Jul 2019

Making their voices heard

More than 120 students gathered for the Minister’s Student Congress, held at the Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning on 5 July.

03 Jul 2019

Hughes ready to play

Preschool students at Hughes Primary School were excited to officially open their upgraded learning area earlier this week. The new play space, which includes new equipment and a protective shade sail, will allow the students to play and learn safely while also being protected from the elements.

28 Jun 2019

Capturing her dreams

Narrabundah College student Sarah Millward, 16, loves creating digital worlds. Her work on digital art has allowed her to dream and create, taking her into the depths of her imagination.

Families and Carers Hotline

Parents and carers are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher or school principal about any issue or concern regarding their child’s welfare. Alternatively, parents, carers and community members can raise any concerns with the ACT Education Directorate through the Families and Students, Complaints and Feedback Unit online via the ACT Education Directorate contact form or by phone (02) 6205 5429 between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

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eSafety online webinar facilitated by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner

03 Sep 2019 19:00

This online eSafety webinar facilitated by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner is accessible via the web. Please click here to register.

Date: Tuesday 3 September
Time:  7.00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Online.  After registration you will be provided with a link to access on your chosen device on the evening of the presentation.

ThinkUKnow Online Safety presentation by Australian Federal Police

04 Sep 2019 18:30

The ThinkUKnow presentation, by Australian Federal Police, is a face-to-face opportunity for parents, carers, teachers to learn more about the tools available to create a safer online environment for children. The presentation covers a range of topics including sexting, cyber bullying, online child exploitation, online privacy, and importantly what to do when something goes wrong. Please click here to register for the event.

Date: Wednesday 4 September 2019
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning, 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling, ACT

Term 3 Ends

27 Sep 2019

Future of Education

Every child deserves a great education and the life chances which flow from it. The Future of Education Strategy outlines a 10-year plan to make sure the focus and investment achieves the best future for all children and young people in the ACT.

Teacher Spotlight: Mary Hutchinson

Principal, Lyons Early Childhood School

After 10 years at the helm of Lyons Early Childhood School – and 40 years in the profession - Mary is moving into retirement. We ask her about her career, her experiences and what the future holds.

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Fostering a love of reading in your child does not always happen overnight and might require a bit of encouragement. Here are some strategies to help develop your child’s reading skills and their identity as a reader: • Let your kids see you read for pleasure at home with books and magazines. • Keep an eye out at local libraries or book stores for author events. Establishing a personal connection can make all the difference. Older readers may like to connect with authors on social media. • Explore audio and ebooks. These are especially great for fidgety kids, long car trips and often have accessibility or other cool features for kids with diverse reading needs. • Use existing favourites as a gateway to explore books by the same author or in the same genre. • Parallel read the same book with your child and make time to discuss it together during the daily commute or over dinner. Get reading! #LOVEreading #readingismysecretpower #BookWeek2019 #CBCA2019 #reading

Earlier this week staff at Lyneham Primary School hosted a #BookWeek 'Book Tasting' event for their Year 1/2 class. The classroom was set up as a restaurant, ready for students to enjoy the Book Tasting experience - complete with literary 'meals', a maitre d' and reserved seating! Students were given time to read the books and make notes in their ‘menus’ about each book. They also noted which books they would like to come back and try next time. The activity was designed to inspire students to expand their reading choices to try something different. We hear the students loved it!