News

Part-time work during VCE may bring advantages

0 Comments 03 December 2014

Having a job in the final years of high school can be quite a strain for some students, but others argue the time commitment is worth it. Bronte Mularczyk is a Year 10 student at Star of the Sea College, and works part-time at Lick Me Ice Cream Café in Sandringham. Going into VCE in […]

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Reviews

Splitting books for film a money spinner but a creative bore

1 Comment 03 December 2014

With the release of Mockingjay: Part 1, The Hunger Games has become the latest movie franchise to adopt the increasingly common decision to split its final instalment into two parts. If the movie’s achingly slow introduction is anything to go by, it has not been a great choice. In this third Hunger Games film, we […]

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In-Depth

Gamers flood Melbourne as PAX returns down under

0 Comments 03 December 2014

This spring, thousands of gamers came to Melbourne to celebrate their hobby, dozens of developers showed off their pride and joy, and one convention celebrated gaming culture down under: PAX Australia. Visiting Australia for the first time in 2013, the Penny Arcade Expo’s (PAX) second visit was bigger and better in nearly every way than […]

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Opinion

The good and the bad of religious education

1 Comment 26 November 2014

“Do not treat children as a recruit to sign up as a Jesus warrior.” This is the view of Libby Thomas, mother of nine-year-old Ben, about her son being taught religion in school. Ben was pulled out of the school’s religious education program along with many other children, due to parental concern about how they […]

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News

Initiative to change views on Australia’s youth

2 Comments 26 November 2014

“Tag, you’re it,” is no longer just a phrase yelled on the playground — it is a movement encouraging teenagers to change the world one small act of kindness at a time. The Tag, You’re It (TAGYI) project was launched three years ago, and 30,000 teenagers have already been involved. The aim of TAGYI is […]

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In-Depth

Beautiful Bali: a first time traveller’s account

0 Comments 26 November 2014

Across the Timor Sea, under the sunshine and among the peacefully swaying forests, lies beautiful Bali. A recent holiday to the Balinese region of Legian has left me in awe of the way of life and the traditions practised each day — they’re just across the ocean, but our cultures incorporate such diverse lifestyles. Travelling […]

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In-Depth

Muck-Up Day isn’t what it used to be

0 Comments 19 November 2014

Five years ago, three pigs, labeled 1, 2 and 4, were unleashed on Melbourne Girls Grammar. It took staff all day to realise there was no pig number 3. That was Muck-Up Day five years ago. An exciting, fun and entirely cheeky day for the Year 12s to let off a bit of steam before […]

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Analysis

Time to examine the VCE

1 Comment 05 November 2014

Walking into school for my single mock exam revealed the eerie sight of a dozen haggard-looking students sitting isolated in various corners of the courtyard, staring down at countless pages of notes while mouthing formulas and dates with the mindless, deadened quality of demented robots. The uninformed would be forgiven for wondering if some sort […]

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News

Gender imbalance in school reading lists under the microscope

3 Comments 29 October 2014

A shortfall of female authors appearing on VCE reading lists has prompted an initiative to boost representation of women in literature across Victorian schools. Australian literary organisation The Stella Prize has responded to this oversight with the launch of their latest project, a schools program. The program is aimed towards supporting women’s literature in high […]

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Sport

Active support vital to the development of football in Australia

0 Comments 29 October 2014

“It is almost everything,” Adam Peacock, football presenter on Fox Sports tells me. The atmosphere generated by active support at matches sets football apart from any rival code in the country. Active supporters are the colourful group of fans you see at football matches standing up, dancing and singing away for the full 90 minutes. […]

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