An alarming snapshot of the mental health of high school students has found one in three girls and a quarter of boys are depressed, with many turning to violence, alcohol and unwanted sex to cope with problems.
Almost 400 TAFE staff lost their jobs last year because of the O'Farrell government's funding cuts, and the Northern Sydney and Sydney institutes were the worst hit, new data shows.
'You know the rules,'' principal Josie Vescio says to a small student in the playground. ''I shouldn't be seeing rubbish in your hands.''
A recent study has found one in three girls and a quarter of boys are depressed.
Why do politicians and teachers hate the My School website?
NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli wants the controversial My School website scrapped, arguing it is a waste of money that could be better spent on improving teacher quality.
The binge drinking and drug taking culture among high school students is having a detrimental impact on schools, a survey of principals found, with teachers spending significant amounts of classroom time dealing with the fallout of weekend parties.
NSW public schools have punched well above their weight in the latest NAPLAN results, representing 39 per cent of the country's top performing schools. The achievement comes even though more of the state's students are now identified as socially disadvantaged.
Not only are Balgowlah Boys keeping up with the girls in literacy, they are leaving many for dust.
Students at Altona P-9 College often find a stranger taking their class.
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