Tag : depression

Study Tour | Week 4 Wrap

Start spreading the news… I’m leaving today… I wanna be a part of it… New York… the city that never sleeps! Well I can assure you I slept! I had to be out of my Hotel in New Orleans at 4am to make my flight… before now I only aware of one 4 o’clock in the day! I was is New York to visit two schools. The  Riverdale Country School and the KIPP College Preparatory School. I would also be travelling to meet […]

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“We are the people, Sir”

As I battled with my N’Awlins BBQ shrimp, I’d been chatting to Bobby a 23-year-old former high-school footballer who worked behind the bar. We’d been talking about American sport and the college football and basketball systems when I asked what, with the benefit of hindsight, was a pretty clumsy question; “So, what happened to all the people who lost everything in Hurricane Katrina?” He fixed me with a stare and said, “We are the people, Sir.” Bobby went on to […]

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Study Tour | Week 3 Wrap

“Would you mind if I included some of your work in my new book?” “I beg your pardon?” I replied. Again came the question… “Would you mind if I included some of your work in my new book? We’re taking it on a forty city tour of the States in March next year…” Dr John Yeager and I had been discussing the work that Ray Francis and I have been doing at Emanuel School and he wondered if we’d allow […]

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Did you get the Sydney Morning Herald today?

I’ve always been a fan of the Sydney Morning Herald and Radio 2UE; and today is no exception! On page 11 of today’s edition of the Sydney Morning Herald, you will find an article I have written entitled “It’s time to confront the deadliest demon of them all” (the SMH’s headline, not mine.) In it I discuss the role of teachers in enhancing the wellbeing of students. I also discuss the need for the national curriculum to allow teachers to do this, by recognising […]

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Anika Foundation Study Tour Update

I thought I’d drop a few lines just to update how my Anika Foundation Premier’s Teacher Scholarship Study Tour is shaping up… I’ve been busy as in the last few weeks, budgeting, booking flights, hotels and making appointments, but I can tell already all the hard work is going to be worth it! I’ll be leaving mid-November and below are just some of the people I will be meeting and/or working with… it promises to be a fantastic few weeks! […]

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NSW Premier’s Anika Foundation Teacher Scholarship

    On Saturday 14th August, I attended Government House to recieve the 2010 NSW Premier’s Anika Foundation Teacher Scholarship. The Anika Foundation raises money in order to fund research into how depression and mental illness are addressed in schools. The reception was hosted by NSW Premier Kristina Keneally, and I spoke with NSW Education Minister, Verity Firth and NSW Department of Education Director General, Michael Coutts-Trotter. He, in particular was very enthusiastic about my propsed study tour, and in his […]

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We Can’t Fail the Children of the Revolution

Since Labour’s 2007 election win, Julia Gillard have been lauding her “Educational Revolution.” Her by-line for the revolution is that much of the new National Curriculum will adopt a “Back to Basics” stance. Imagine if during the Industrial Revolution of the 1800s, the leaders of the time had said, “Forget this steam engine stuff, let’s get back to basics. Bring out the horse!”

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