Hipster Lane: A place for everyone, not everyone in their place

March 15, 2016
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Hipsters. Hippies. Punks. Goths. Beatniks. Nerds. Subcultures are a comparatively modern thing, becoming more common as cities have grown larger. They are both made possible …

Canberra is truly a liveable city

March 2, 2016
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No matter which way you look at it, Canberra has had a coming of age in the past decade. Shortly before his retirement in 2011, …

The power of language

February 16, 2016
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Canberra schools and community groups will be celebrating International Mother Tongue Language Day next week. The United Nations-sponsored event has promoted “linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism” …

Submission on Kippax Group Centre Master Plan

February 6, 2016
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(NB: This was submitted to the ACT Government as part of the Kippax Group Centre Master Plan consultation process.) Download as PDF

Which school model works best?

February 3, 2016
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With the kids heading back to school, I found myself wondering about the history of schooling in Australia and how we ended up with our …

What women want – when returning to work

January 22, 2016
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I have found that there is no more personally or professionally challenging period than the switch to becoming a mother. Almost all women I know …

Play it cool this summer

January 7, 2016
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Heat stress and heat stroke are no joke. A 2014 study found that since 1900, they have been responsible for more natural, non-disease related deaths than any …

Spare a thought for those working this Christmas

December 24, 2015
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Christmas is more commercial than ever. It seems that shops are more and more desperate to get us to spend big on presents, but there …

$10k from P&C to Southern Cross Early Childhood School!

December 17, 2015
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As vice-president of our great P&C, I was really proud to join president Jolene Laverty in presenting a donation of $10,000 to the Southern Cross Early …

Sign o’ the Times

December 17, 2015
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Every day we are surrounded by symbols. Some symbols are nearly universally recognised, like the marriage ring, the Jewish star and the peace sign. The …