P&C Northern Sydney Region
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Last Year’s HSC 2005
Congratulations to all the students, teachers and school communities in Northern Sydney Region. Students from our public high schools have performed extremely well in this year’s Higher School Certificate.
It is not possible to draw conclusions about the quality of the development and learning experience at each school based on the limited information available on the HSC results – but our public schools appear have performed very favourably in the HSC compared to the fee-paying private schools in our Region.
Most of the statistics published in the newspapers from the HSC can be found at the Board of Studies web site I have downloaded the HSC All Rounders List from this site and placed it in excel files – one for the whole state and one for just the public schools in Northern Sydney. I have sorted these files by school, but you can readily search or sort in whatever way you wish.
David Hope – President, P&C Northern Sydney Region
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Ø Federal Government’s Investing In Our Schools (IIOS) Grants
Updated 24 March, 2007
Investing In Our Schools - 2007 Round NOW OPEN
Opened 21 March – Closing 2 May NB: New restrictions apply
To give all state government schools the opportunity to access the new funding, schools that have already received funding at or above $100,000 will not be eligible to apply in 2007. In 2007, schools that have not yet received any funding or that have received smaller amounts are a priority.
Government schools will be able to apply for projects which will take their total approved grants from all rounds of the Investing in Our Schools Programme up to a maximum of $100,000.
Schools that meet the eligibility criteria can apply for up to a maximum of $100,000, depending on the amount already received from this Programme.
To be eligible, total project costs cannot exceed $175,000 – the school can use its own funds, P&C or other contributions, etc to make up the difference between the $100,000 grant and the total project estimate up to $175,000 (as in previous years). See Clause 2 and Clause 6.7 of the Guidelines. Also, projects must be estimated to be able to be completed within twelve months.
The Program does not fund projects that are expected to be funded by the responsible state or territory government within the next twelve months.
Tip: Don’t leave it until the last minute to start your submission. Get going NOW and that will allow you time to find errors or enhance your first attempt. The DEST website will be busy in the week leading up to the closing date, as three states close on the same day. On the closing day, the help-line closes at 8 pm.
Investing In Our Schools Grants announced for the 2006 Round (Updated December 2006)
Most successful schools received calls from their local Federal MP’s in late November, 2006. This was followed soon after by official letters.
The full list of results usually goes up on the web soon after – but there is a delay this time, and the full list is unlikely to be available until some time in early 2007.
Schools should ring local federal MP’s if they have not yet been contacted.
(Note: Parents in public schools in NSW are welcome to join the Email newsletter, which includes the News on this page. Subscribing and unsubscribing is easy – email email@example.com with your name and school).
History of Assessment
for Round 3
The 2006 Round closed on 10th May, 2006, with a total of 3,050 projects.
All projects were checked by DEST for compliance and then checked by the DET’s Asset Management Unit against DET requirements.
The State Assessment Advisory Panel (SAAP), which consists of one co-ordinator each from the P&C Federation, and from the Primary Principals and Secondary Principals Councils, began the assessment (or scoring) process on 24th August.
P&C Federation had eight volunteer assessors and we finished our task on 25th September. Assessments are done remotely via a DEST web portal.
DEST is now in the process of collating all the scores, and bringing projects to meetings of the SAAP Co-ordinators for final recommendation.
The next part of the process involves DEST writing up the recommendations for the Minister. There is still about $125m left in the budget for NSW public schools (out of $233m), and the Minister will determine how much of the remaining budget is applied to the 2006 Round. You may recall that the funds for the 2008 Round were brought forward to 2005, and so the only remaining round, under current legislation, is 2007.
The successful projects will be notified after Ministerial approval, which at this stage is expected by late November or early December.
Due to the demand, the success rate for projects in this round may be lower than previously.
Previous rounds yielded total grants of:
Round 1, 2005: $33m
Round 2, 2005: $76m
For more information see the DEST website
President, P&C Northern Sydney Region
NSW P&C Federation’s representative on the IIOS Program
Awards for NSW schools for Round 2 were placed on the DEST website 4.5.2006.
The Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon. Julie Bishop has approved over 1000 projects to the value of approximately $75 million recommended by the NSW Assessment Panel for the Investing in Our Schools Programme for Round Two, 2005. Letters to successful and unsuccessful applicants were sent out via express post, with school parent body recipients due to receive payment in around 4-6 weeks and GSCO recipients 8 weeks.
Applicants for the 2006 Round must have their applications in on or before 10th May. Whilst there will be no extension of time, school communities should submit what they can by the due date. If you don’t have the requisite quotes, this will be picked up by DEST when they are doing their compliance check, at which time you will be able to rectify that deficiency.
The vast majority of projects submitted for Round 2 were worthy projects, and were recommended by the Assessment Panel. If you were recommended but missed the cut based on the limited funds available, don’t lose heart – make sure you resubmit for the 2006 Round.
Powerpoint Presentation – things you need to know for your 2006 Submission. 39 overheads – you may have to save the file to see them all.
DEST Hotline: 1300 363 079 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also see the latest DEST Newsletter
Scroll down this page, or click here for Further Updates
The one-only 2006 round now closes on the revised date of 10 May for NSW
Extra funding was announced by Minister Bishop for 2006 – scroll down this page for more information.
Ø A – E Reporting to Parents
Schools now have a choice of using Grades A to E or an equivalent five-band scale describing achievement levels (outstanding, high, sound, basic or limited). Reports cards are required to include a key showing the A to E scale, alongside the five-band descriptive scale. There are some exemptions to using the standardised reports, such as Kindergarten, newly arrived ESL students, and students with significant learning difficulties.
Schools may, if they wish, retain all the information that they previously reported as an added extra – but, irrespective, the NSW Government requires schools to report in accordance with the standardized A to E / equivalent five-band scale methodology.
The Teachers Federation maintains its ban on using A-E Grades but has been directed by the industrial court to lift its ban.
School Principals should also have consulted with parents before implementing the new system.
Other information up on the web:
A new report by Bronwyn Ridgway called “Parents have their say on the new reports” (pdf 1.25 Mb)
Example Report http://tinyurl.com/efoo2
School Bulletins - No 8 is the latest and probably most worth looking at http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/timetoteach/bulletins/index.htm http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/timetoteach/bulletins/bulletins/school_bulletin_08.pdf
The NSW Board of Studies has a website with student work samples aligned to the A-E Grade Scale are available for each stage and Key Learning Areas (Maths, Science, Visual Arts, etc). These work samples are designed to assist NSW teachers to consistently report student achievement against standards when using grades A to E. Also very useful for Parents. See http://arc.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au
There is an article on Page 30 of the Term 4 P&C Journal by Robert Randall, the DET’s Director of Curriculum, and also an article by Leanne Taylor, a P&C Federation Councillor, regarding the need for real consultation with parents.
Ø Major NSW School Road Safety Package
21 May, 2006.
Safety at school zones across NSW will be upgraded with state-of-the-art technology and new education programs in a major school student safety initiative, Roads Minister Eric Roozendaal announced today, 21 May, 2006.
The five-point plan includes:
► Electronic school safety alert systems, incorporating flashing 40km/h signs and lights, will be developed and rolled out across NSW, with the first 100 to be fast-tracked
► A combination of 50 fixed and mobile speed cameras will be installed and rotated between all NSW school zones – operating only in school zone hours
► Increased fines and demerit points for driving offences in school zones
► A ‘Drop-off-and-go, Pick-up-and-go’ system will allow parents to become more involved in student safety and ease congestion around participating schools
► A School Child Safety Roundtable will address further initiatives raised by parents, schools, community groups and the Roads and Traffic Authority.
Full Media Release Word file 92kb
Ø Foundation Statements – NSW Primary Curriculum more
The 24 Foundation Statements are short, clear descriptions of the knowledge and skills that each student should develop at each stage of primary education, regardless of which school they attend. They answer the question: ‘What must be taught?’
Ø NSW DET’s Futures Project
Ø $19.4 Million Boost for Boys Education - First Round of Success for Boys Grants Announced
(follows from original announcement below)
Successful schools pdf 232 kb
Ministerial Press Release 21 December 2005 MIN 2071/05
The education of boys received a significant boost today with the
announcement that 801 schools across Australia will receive grants in Round
One of the Australian Government’s $19.4 million Success for Boys
More of the Press Release
Excerpt from the email sent to schools by the Federal Government’s Boys education Grants Project Manager:
“Unsuccessful Round 1 applicants may apply for Round 2 funding for 2007 in mid 2006. Stay tuned to the website for further details, as they become available. Schools can receive feedback regarding their first round application by contacting the Success For Boys Help Desk on 03 9207 9600 or by sending an email to email@example.com. It should be noted that with in excess of 2100 applications for 800 grants it was not possible to fund all worthy applications in 2006. Grants will be available to a further 800 schools in 2007.
Successful schools will receive an email regarding the details of their grant shortly. Final grant amounts were determined by the size of the applicant school or cluster school members and the location of the school. Larger grants were provided to schools in rural and particularly remote locations across Australia. Further advice to successful schools will be posted on the website from Monday 9 January 2006. You will be required to confirm your proposed budget on the basis of the grant amount proposed, as well as confirm your proposed project programme.”
School Project Leaders may contact the project by email or by calling the Help Desk which will be open until COB Thursday 22 December and re-open on Tuesday 3 January.
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Ø Federal Education Minister announces $19.4 Million Success For Boys Programme
Success for Boys funding grants will be provided to around 800 schools per year in each of 2006 and 2007.
Schools will be selected to receive Success for Boys funding through a competitive, transparent and equitable selection process conducted in two rounds.
Schools may also apply for funding in clusters or groups of schools (comprising a minimum of two schools). Clusters need not be geographically defined. Online or other communication may be used to enable collaboration within Success for Boys clusters which are widely dispersed geographically. Clusters may be formed around a common need, shared interests or the opportunity for mutual enrichment through collaboration.
Schools or clusters funded through Success for Boys must use their grants to:
Schools can only receive one grant for Success for Boys. Schools cannot receive a grant in more than one of the two funding years of the programme.
Grants to schools will be distributed as follows:
More information and application details for the Success for Boys Programme
Ø Update: Federal Government’s “Investing in our Schools” $700m Grants Program
The assessment of first round applications (those closing on 31st May, 2005) was completed on 12th October, 2005 ready for approval by the Federal Minister.
It is hoped that applicants will be advised of the outcomes towards the end of October. Local federal MP’s will also be advised. This is a great opportunity for P&C’s to build on their relationship with their local federal MP, and to promote the needs of their school.
Details of all successful projects will be posted on the DEST website – so it is worth checking this site from time to time.
Some successful applicants may find that the approved funding is insufficient for the project due to the fact that applicants haven’t allowed, in their budgets, for cost escalation, project management fees, contingencies, etc. If you are unable to resolve any such issue, please advise the P&C Federation office, or email me at the “Contact Us” address on this page.
P&C NSW is also keen to monitor any difficulties which may occur following the award of grants, and take up any broader problems with DEST, the NSW DET or the appropriate Minister. I am the P&C Federation’s representative for this program, so you may contact me directly, or the P&C office.
Processing of second round projects (those closing on 2nd August) has commenced. There are about 3,700 applications nationwide, including 1,200 in NSW in this round. It is very likely that announcements of successful projects for the second round will not be made until well into the new year.
The P&C will be involved with the DEST, NSW DET and the Principals Councils in a review of the first year’s process with a view to making improvements for next year.
President, P&C Northern Sydney Region.
PREVIOUS POSTINGS – “Investing in Our Schools”
Continuing on from below: First round submissions are now being assessed by the State Assessment Advisory Panel – the last stage in the process, involving representatives from the P&C and the Principals Councils. For more details on the process see the attached Word file below.
9 August, 2005.
For the first round of submissions closing on was 31st May, the Federal Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) received 4,537 applications from all states, including 1,465 from NSW. The first closing date was for grants of $50,000 or less.
The second closing date for projects up to $150,000 was 2nd August. Australia-wide, there has been about 4,000 more submissions received. Projects up to $50,000 were originally excluded from this round, but the rules were changed along the way.
Summary of applications from the first round:
The assessment process for the first closing date is now underway, but is running well behind time due to the volume of submissions received, and the number of applications needing to be returned for further information. Returns have been especially high for applications which have not been submitted online. Originally, the Government was hoping to announce successful projects by the end of July, but it now looks like these announcements will be delayed until at least early October for NSW, and possibly later. Results for the smaller States may be announced earlier.
DEST is looking for ways to improve the process next year, so I’d appreciate any feedback.
Report 10 July + Q&A Word File 60 kb
David Hope – President, Northern Sydney Regional Council of P&C Associations
Feedback via Contact Us, please.
P&C Northern Sydney’s
On this page…..
A-E Reporting to Parents
Investing in Our Schools Grants (several articles)
2006 Grants announced
Major NSW School Road Safety Package
Foundation Statements – Primary Curriculum
NSW DET’s Futures Project
Boys’ Education Grants (two articles)
HSC 2005 (in the left hand column opposite)
Investing In Our Schools
Approved grants for 2006
Full lists for all States now available 22 Feb, 2007.
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