Australia Elite Sydney school says its students DON'T need to wear masks
‘Definitely a relief': Preps back in school after 74-day absence
Tens of thousands of prep students in Melbourne have returned to school this morning after a 74-day absence.The staged return means preppies will have playgrounds and school corridors to themselves for the first three days of this week, before returning to remote learning on Thursday to make way for year one and two students.
One of Australia's most prestigious schools has revealed it won't force its students to wear masks in the classroom.
The King's School in Parramatta, which charges up to $61,000 per year for its senior boarding students, won't be following guidelines developed byEducation and NSW Health that say high schoolers should wear masks at school.
While public schools along with most Catholic and private schools have the mask mandate - this is actually inconsistent with the public health orders which say students can remove their face masks.
Headmaster Tony George said on Friday there was a legal obligation to follow the health orders but because the school was independent they had room to develop their own guidelines.
Massachusetts school district faces federal lawsuit over 'racially segregated affinity groups'
A Massachusetts school district violated the U.S. Constitution and civil rights law by racially segregating students into "affinity groups," a new federal lawsuit claims. Parents Defending Education (PDE) brought the lawsuit on Monday, claiming the children of five parents were adversely impacted by the affinity groups and a biased speech policy that purportedly violates the First Amendment. "It is appalling that an American public school has consciously implemented a policy to segregate students based on race and ethnicity," said PDE President and founder Nicole Neily.
'The NSW Education Department guidelines are primarily intended for NSW public schools,' Mr George said in the letter seen by.
'The King's School seriously considers all the advice and guidelines provided by all relevant authorities … it is the Public Health Orders that provide the express direction to independent schools.'
The guidelines also say singing is not permitted for the short term in schools but Kings said the would also develop their own guidelines in this regard.
There has also been some backlash over mask wearing rules during the HSC exams.
NSW Health has issued a list of strict measures that will be implemented when Year 12 students sit their HSC next month - including the requirement to wear masks during the exams.
Afghan National Music Institute strikes a chord in Qatar
Group has not practiced together since their school’s doors in Kabul were closed after Taliban takeover.The group has not practised together in nearly three months, not since their school’s doors in Kabul were closed when the Taliban overtook the Afghan government. Although their musical careers back home are in limbo, they have a chance to display their talents once again, and plan to put on a show.
Exams begin on November 9 and NSW Health says a suite of measures will be enforced to ensure Covid protocols are observed.
Students will not be allowed to borrow or share equipment such as pens, pencils or calculators, and shaking hands or hugging other students is also banned.
After the exams students will be required to wipe down their chair, and no mingling will be permitted before or after.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Tuesday safety was the highest priority for the government but conceded he would talk to health minister Brad Hazzard about the HSC mask wearing.
'I would accept that the premise of why we've decided for high school students to wear masks is to keep our schools open and to keep our kids safe, that is fundamentally front and centre of our minds,' he said.
NSW Health said the mask rules would also minmise further disruptions to learning.
They revealed a fully-vaccinated student who was wearing a mask would unlikely be considered a close contact if they were exposed to a Covid case.
Call for more Australian high school students to learn Bahasa Indonesia .
There is a shrinking cohort of Australian students choosing to learn Indonesian at high school. That's why academics have renewed calls for more students to study Bahasa Indonesia.Instead, Tom is intrigued by parallels between Indonesian culture and his own Indigenous Australian heritage.