The CareStart COVID-19 Antigen rapid test is one of the products already approved for use in Australia.

NSW school students given rapid antigen tests to check for COVID-19

Rapid antigen tests will also be used to cut the isolation time for students who come into close contact with a COVID-19 case

  • byJordan Baker


QuantumIT’s InPlace platform is used by more than 130 universities in 11 countries.

‘Confusion reigns’ as pandemic delivers $756m hit to universities’ overseas student revenue

Sixteen of the country’s 39 comprehensive universities reported a deficit in 2020,with an overall net loss of $1.9 billion across the sector.

  • byLisa Visentin
Early childhood advocates are calling for more consideration of how to prevent and deal with COVID outbreaks in the sector.

Experts warn childcare will be the next COVID frontline as sector calls for safety plan

Children aged under five will soon make up almost two-fifths of Australia’s unvaccinated population,but there are few sector-wide policies for how to deal with COVID at childcare services.

  • byKatina Curtis
Schools are bracing for staff shortages when mandatory vaccination orders come into force

Schools brace for teacher shortages when vaccination mandates come into force

Some private schools say up to a third of teachers in certain regional schools are reluctant to be vaccinated,which could exacerbate existing teacher shortages.

  • byJordan Baker
The King’s School.

Masks required for high school students - except those at The King’s School

King’s relied on public health orders rather than department guidelines to allow high school students a choice in whether they wear masks or not

  • byJordan Baker
Springwood High students Ian Tjoelker and Ayesha Kelly speak out about what it’s like trying to learn at a school without proper heating and cooling.

Cold snaps hurt student academic results more than heat:study

Researchers set out to show how much heat hurt students’ test results,but found the opposite;cold had a greater impact.

  • byJordan Baker
St Paul’s College has decided to become co-ed

St Paul’s College opens doors to women after 165 years as male bastion

St Paul’s decision to become co-residential - partly driven by waning popularity of all-male colleges - was opposed by some students and alumni.

  • byJordan Baker
Cammeryagal High School’s students were excited to be back with their friends on Monday.

‘They’ve all turned up really early’:Half a million students return to class

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the government was continuing to work with NSW Health around isolation requirements for children “so that we’re not having an unfair impact on families,particularly parents who are vaccinated”.

  • byNatassia Chrysanthos
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and Education Minister Sarah Mitchell at Fairvale High School.

All pupils return to school as NSW records 294 local COVID-19 cases,four deaths

More than 500,000 students in years 2 to 11 returned to class across the state today,a week after kindergarten,year 1 and year 12 students went back to school.

  • bySarah McPhee andMary Ward
Lara White checks her uniform ahead of school returning.

Students’ academic skills survive remote learning,study finds

Lara White will return to class in Sydney this week and her mum is happy with her daughter’s progress during remote learning.

  • byJordan Baker andAnna Prytz
Column 8 Granny dinkus with mask.

Highwire hocus pocus

And other tales from the age of wizards.

St Andrews Cathedral School students Gemma Gardiner and Dylan Nguyen did not expect to begin exams before their HSC peers

For the first time in 30 years,the IB exams will begin before the HSC

Dylan Nguyen’s mates picked the HSC over the IB because it finished earlier. Now Dylan will do his last exams when they are doing their first.

  • byJordan Baker
Students are returning to schools after long lockdowns.

The truth about inquiry-based learning

As Victorian and NSW students return to the classroom,it is crucial that we make wise choices about how we teach.

  • byPeter Adams
PhD student Sadia Alvi.

Australia’s $40 billion question:Will international students return?

International students have been left in a vulnerable position during the pandemic,but Australia has high hopes for reviving its third-biggest export industry.

  • byMadeleine Heffernan
Face masks to become the latest trend in Spring Racing carnival fashion.

We must ask questions of our leaders and the experts who advise them

There is a problem when critics prefer a speaker be silenced or removed from the public sphere rather than debated.

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Students Rex Alameddine,Hamilton Thorley,Hannah Moffat,Patrick Foley Jones at Balmoral Beach

Big feelings,exhaustion and excitement loom for students returning to school

Some students will feel anxious and cautious about the return to school;others will bounce out of the house without a backward glance on Monday.

  • byJordan Baker andDaniel Lo Surdo
Jamison High School principal Glyn Trethewy with some of his students as they launched their new renewable energy system on Friday.

Schools turn to solar power,helping state to achieve emissions reduction targets

From Monday,when students return full-time to Jamison High School,the power used to charge laptops and light classrooms will have been sourced from solar panels recently installed on the school’s rooftops.

  • byNatassia Chrysanthos
Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge during a doorstop interview at Parliament House in

‘Playing politics with Australian children’:Historians take Tudge to task on curriculum

Alan Tudge says he wants school children to be taught an “accurate” account of history,but one which gives a “positive,optimistic view” of modern Australia.

  • byLisa Visentin andKatina Curtis
Balloons welcomed students back on Monday,but on Wednesday the school was closed due to COVID-19

Day one of school:balloons and smiles. Day three:a ‘shocking’ email

After 16 weeks,life was finally returning to normal. But shortly after the final school bell on Wednesday,parents received the email they dreaded;there had been a positive case.

  • byJordan Baker
Senator Katy Gallagher’s 14-year-old daughter Evie was confirmed with COVID in August,and is still recovering.

When your kid gets COVID at school:Katy Gallagher on being prepared

The federal senator tells what she learnt when her teenage daughter picked up the virus at drama class – and when her double-vaccinated partner fell ill.

  • byAnne Hyland
NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell.

After almost three years,432 schools learn they’ve missed out on air conditioning

The NSW government took just months to approve 900 schools for air conditioning before the last election but almost three years to reject the vast majority of schools that applied in a second round held shortly afterwards.

  • byJordan Baker
Chloe Korbel,17,and Lucinda Hoffman,26,string a line of 6000 ribbons outside NSW Parliament:one representing each young person who submitted a sexual assault testimony to Chanel Contos’ petition

MPs from across the political divide call for better sex education

Greens MP Jenny Leong sponsored the petition with support of government MP Felicity Wilson and Labor’s Marjorie O’Neill.

  • byNatassia Chrysanthos
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet addressing the media earlier this morning.

NSW parents to get $250 vouchers as a homeschooling thank you

Parents of school-aged children will be given a $250 thank you gift from the NSW government.

  • byAlexandra Smith andTom Rabe
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in question time on Monday.

We must fix a few problems before we can increase immigration

To reach the very high targets suggested this week,we would need to make it easier for older people and people with more limited English and/or lower skill levels to migrate to Australia. And that has consequences.

  • byAbul Rizvi
Prep students Aeyana,6,and Nancy,5,on their first day back at Resurrection Catholic Primary School in Kings Park on Monday.

Children in preschools and childcare ‘didn’t drive’ Delta spread

Analysis by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has found the Delta variant has mostly spread from adult to adult,less frequently from adult to child and is only rarely transmitted between children.

  • byAdam Carey andMadeleine Heffernan
A skills shortage is affecting the construction industry.

We need more immigration – Perrottet is right to seek a big Australia

Some argue the pandemic has applied the brakes to unsustainable population growth. But in a country as massive as Australia,the argument that we are “too full” is ludicrous.

  • byShane Geha
Parents are trying to source and fund air purifiers for schools

Parents offer to spend thousands on air purifiers,but some knocked back

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the NSW Department of Education will provide air purifiers if they are needed in public schools

  • byJordan Baker andNatassia Chrysanthos
Hillbrook Anglican School,Enoggera,Queensland was among the winners of the 2021 AILA National Landscape Architecture Awards for its reimagined campus.

Students could have a field day with more outdoor learning

The pandemic is our opportunity to rethink school spaces and make better use of outdoor areas. Evidence suggests al fresco learning has many benefits for students.

  • byGweneth Leigh
Kindergarden and year 1 arrive back to school at MLC School in Burwood.

‘I’m just busting to come back to school’:Sydney’s youngest students back in classrooms

At MLC School in Burwood,the heads of school were dressed in unicorn onesies to welcome kindergarten and year 1 back after more than three months of remote learning.

  • byNatassia Chrysanthos
Barkindji brothers Nash and Jobe Zammit-Harvey are excited to head back to classrooms to see their mates and undertake cultural learning.

Kids keen for Indigenous culture classes,as schools open their gates

As kids head back to the classroom for face-to-face learning,teachers in Broken Hill say their students are keen to get back to language and culture lessons.

  • byCameron Gooley
Bronwen Morgan with her two sons,Archie,6,and Oscar,4,on the day before school returns.

After months at home,six-year-old Archie is ready to play with his friends again

Kindergarten and year 1 are the first Sydney students to return to school on Monday after four months of lockdown. Even though school won’t be back to its usual settings,many experts and parents believe it’s the right compromise.

  • byNatassia Chrysanthos andJordan Baker
Griff Bondrum,a maths whizz,is the state’s youngest HSC student

At 4,Griff was doing long division. At 13,he’s ready for the HSC

Griff Brondum heads back to school on Monday with his year 12 peers - who once thought he was in detention rather than a member of their class. He is the youngest student sitting this year’s HSC.

  • byJordan Baker
Scott Morrison pledged that his government would “embrace the definition of anti-Semitism” as set out by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

A crucial step to fighting anti-Semitism

Scott Morrison’s pledge to embrace the definition of anti-Semitism as set out by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance will be welcomed by Jewish university students.

  • byJosh Feldman
Children are resilient but that does not mean they are not apprehensive about returnig to school.

Even the most eager students have fears about going back to school

As schools resume face-to-face teaching,children may experience back-to-school anxieties. But there are parental strategies that can help.

  • byRachael Murrihy
People will have to adjust to a new world.

Patience and empathy needed as we re-emerge into changed world

It’s a great day for the people of NSW after the state hit its long-awaited 80 per cent vaccination target.

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NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet announcing the end of his state’s hotel quarantine system for fully vaccinated travellers.

‘Summer is looking good’:NSW hits 80% target,pushes for students and tourists to return

Premier Dominic Perrottet confirmed NSW would ease restrictions to allow 20 visitors in homes and the return of community sport,as well as indoor dancing and drinking.

  • byMatt O'Sullivan andJames Massola
Composite - Twin sisters Maya and Noa Sandler at home wearing their school uniforms. Their family are against children wearing masks at school. 15th October 2021 Photo Louise Kennerley SUN HERALD Tiara Relativo from Winston Hills with her children Madeleine and Harrison. Tiara wants her children to wear masks when they go back to school. Photographed Thursday 14th October 2021. Photograph by James Brickwood. SMH NEWS 211014

To mask or not to mask? The question facing parents as school resumes

Some primary school parents don’t think the benefits of masks outweigh the downsides. Others think it’s a small price to pay for safety.

  • byJordan Baker
Bruce Hales,the Elect Vessel of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church.

JobKeeper payments made to school linked to ‘extremist cult’

OneSchool Global,which is associated with the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church,a group that refers to outsiders as “worldlies”,has received an estimated $9 million in JobKeeper payments.

  • byAnne Hyland andMichael Bachelard
Vaccinations and masks may influence how long a student will have to isolate

Shorter isolation period for vaccinated students exposed to COVID-19

The NSW Department of Education will provide “limited” home-schooling resources to parents who refuse to send their children to school for the rest of the term,according to the new back-to-school guidelines.

  • byJordan Baker
Holly and Lew Usher and their children Claire,9 and Nathan,11 and Rowan,13 at their Dundas home.

Schools brace for big emotions,separation anxiety as students return

International experience has shown children often struggle to readjust to school after extended lockdowns.

  • byJordan Baker
There are no easy solutions to disease control.

Beware the promise of easy answers when it comes to COVID

For epidemiologists advising politicians and debating control measures in the public arena:excess haste,over-simplification and exaggeration will lead us into dangerous waters.

  • byEwan Cameron
The NSW Department of Education’s plan to boost teacher supply includes scholarships,incentives and a campaign about the joy of teaching

‘The joy of teaching’:Plan to find 3700 new teachers to plug school shortage

The NSW Department of Education’s plans to avert a teacher shortage include convincing people it’s a fulfilling job,as well as scholarships and incentives.

  • byJordan Baker
English teacher Camilla Portela was still holding Zoom classes while one third of her class caught COVID-19 and one student lost their mother to the virus. She became a conduit of health information and support for them.

When a third of Camilla Portela’s class caught COVID,she became their source of support

Across the education sector,teachers and schools have gone way beyond their immediate duties to help families or students in need during lockdown.

  • byNatassia Chrysanthos
In Squid Game,contestants risk death to win cash prizes

Children as young as six mimicking Squid Game in playground,school warns

The principal of an inner Sydney school has asked parents to not let their children watch the violent MA show.

  • byJordan Baker
Education Minister Alan Tudge

Tudge flags further free speech measures as sacked climate sceptic loses High Court case

The Education Minister Alan Tudge says he’s “concerned that,in some places,there is a culture of closing down perceived ‘unwelcome thoughts’ rather than debating them”.

  • byLisa Visentin andNick Bonyhady
UTS is among universities who have made COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for all staff and students returning to campus.

Mandatory jabs for students and staff to return to universities

The University of Technology Sydney and University of Melbourne are among city institutions that have decided to make COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory for staff and students to return to campus.

  • byAnna Patty
Dee Mills helping her sons,Jaxon,9,and Harrison,5,with their school work in their Matraville home.

The ‘impossible’ juggle:Parents spent 14 hours a week on home learning

For Dee Mills,schooling has only been one of the stresses of having children home 24/7;there’s also the noise,the big emotions,and the constant feeding.

  • byJordan Baker
Some students may feel either too hot or too cold.

Classroom windows to be open so schools meet COVID-safe air standards

A new report warns there may be some level of student and teacher discomfort when temperatures rise,but that will be necessary to help mitigate COVID-19 transmission.

  • byNatassia Chrysanthos
Students are avoiding languages to protect their ATARs.

The areas in which school enrolments are expected to double

More than 10,000 extra teachers will be required to meet demand.

  • byJordan Baker
Lisa and Andrew Yen with their children Jayden,Mikayla and Jasinta in Beecroft.

Strict ‘cohorting’,mask rules for students’ early return to school

The new buzzword will be ‘cohorting’,which involves sorting students into groups and not letting them mix to minimise the spread of COVID-19.

  • byJordan Baker andNatassia Chrysanthos