The NSW Opposition has backed down from a promise to scrap ethics classes from the state's public schools if it is elected, unwilling to legislate to remove them - after the sitting government and the Greens enshrined the legal right to the classes, reports

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The King's School Parramatta, ca. 1890, from Wikipedia --- The Church and Parramatta Council in Sydney's west are discussing a deal to share the Old Kings School site under church ownership, despite a fight to keep it in public hands, reports the

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Image from 'Confession: A Roman Catholic App', on itunes.apple.com --- The Developers of the new "Confession: A Roman Catholic App" for Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch think their product helps people respond to the Pope's call to both proclaim the

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Province Express image of Fr Aloysious Mowe with Jesuit Refugee Service's Associate Director, Dr Maryanne Loughry --- Malaysian Jesuit Father Aloysius Mowe has taken over as the new director of Jesuit Refugee Service Australia from Father Sacha

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Jesus Christ and President Barack Obama are equally popular role models among teens in the US, a study has found, according to a report on the Christian Today website. A new Barna Group study on teen role models also found that two out of three teens named

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Kenyan police are investigating an incident in which a Catholic nun committed suicide at the weekend at a church compound in the town of Muchatha, Kiambu province, said a report in the Standard. The nun identified as Karimi Njue, burned herself after she

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Screenshot from the Caritas Australia website --- Caritas Australia has urged all Australians to remain in "solidarity" with "vulnerable communities", as 64 million more people across the glob plunged into extreme poverty in the past year, reports The

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Brisbane's pro-life leaders are urging Catholics and others opposed to the decriminalisation of abortion in Queensland to participate in an upcoming 'Rally for Life', calling it a "matter of life and death for the unborn", reports The Catholic

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'Typing', on Flickr --- An Adelaide high school principal and a representative for Catholic principals across South Australia, has told a federal parliamentary committee that cyber-bullying involving students was a major distraction for teachers, said a

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AIDS Ribbon Sculpture on Flickr --- The Vatican will host international scientists at a conference on AIDS in late May, an encounter church officials hope will help clarify Pope Benedict XVI's recent comments on condom use in AIDS prevention, reports the

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The Independent Education Union of Australia has nearly 65,000 members. It is the federally registered industry union representing all employees working in non-government schools and institutions across Australia. The site carries a broad range of

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They arrive in prep, bright, hopeful, ready for the big adventure of finally going to school. Most of them leave 13 years later, almost ready for the big adventure of adult life, writes Ann Rennie in The Age. Whether your child goes to a well-endowed private

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How well would Harry Potter do in his Year 12 exams? The question has been raised by a Harvard research fellow about just how fine an education Harry Potter and his friends received at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, writes Valerie

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Is history as good as finished? Our school system seems to think so. Often it seems that the teaching of history is treated by the educational establishment as the rough equivalent of the teaching of dead languages: an unnecessary luxury of a bygone age,

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Just the term "gifted child" is enough to raise eyebrows in disdain. Being gifted - having special talents above the average - has never been endearing. No matter how it's presented, it smacks of showing off, of thinking that you're better than anyone else.

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One of the marks of a Christian heart is the desire for inclusivity, the desire to ultimately be in communion with as many people as possible, to have everyone in heaven with you without demanding that they become just like you to get there. Sadly, we tend to

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Ticking time bombs are among the world’s most dangerous weapons. Most of them are too small to see at first glance. Most of them are easy to make. You can plant a number of them at one time. They can do a great deal of damage, however small, writres

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Kevin Donnelly, from the Australian Education Standards Institute, reflects on the challenges facing Australian teachers, and the hurdles in importing a new American approach, in this interview with Education Now. Q: Educators in

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Americans.  They’re certainly out there, extroversion personified.  That in itself may be a friendly warning about The Dilemma and its style and impact.  It might seem a romantic comedy with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer

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This film was nominated for a Golden Globe award for best musical in 2010. It tells the story of a theatre (The Burlesque Lounge) that is fading. Its owner, Tess (Cher), once described as the Goddess of Pop, wants to keep the theatre’s performances

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