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Playing worthwhile games in the classroom

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Richard Warden

Playing worthwhile games in the classroom

 

By Samantha Elley

Richard Warden is a creative problem solver.

The retired teacher, now living in Bonalbo, has nearly three decades of teaching experience and six years in family counselling, where he has created many useful resources for teachers in the classroom.

“I had tried lots of different schemes,” he said.

“I saw that there should be a way of being able to  manage the children (in the classroom) without raising your voice, or threatening or keeping them in, or giving them extra work.”

With this in mind, Richard used his creative methods and items from Lost and Found to set up some social training, by auctioning off the unclaimed items.

“At that time I had a scheme working…and this dealt with paying the children to come to school, $2 a week,” he said.

“I had paper cut out coins with a stamp on the back so they couldn’t photocopy them.

“I’d reward them for getting their targets in spelling and behaviour.

“The more money they had, the more money they could use in the auction.”

Richard also rewarded the class in total where they would all receive “money”.

“We had a book and had the columns, teaching them a bit of book-keeping with debits and credits,” he said.

“I had to initial every deposit.”

One area that he saw a marked improvement through the scheme was in the weekly spelling tests he held.

“I found that the spelling mistakes were dropping down,” Richard said.

Richard Warden

Richard Warden

Richard would work out the average number of mistakes across the class, assigned handicaps to each of the children so there was a level playing field.

“If they got their handicap they got ten cents, even if they made mistakes, as it was an improvement on what they were doing,” he said.

Then came the day when, across the class, there were no spelling mistakes at all.

“I saw that that was working well with money but we needed something more than that,” he said.

“What the kids needed most was character development.”

So again, Richard put into a practice a creative solution, by introducing the ‘Becoming Responsible Citizens’ booklet, with the subtitle ‘A Model for School and Classroom Behaviour Management.’

“I needed to look at homework, I needed to look at behaviour in the classroom and I needed to have a place where I can reward kids for what they are doing,” he said.

“Kids appreciate a commendation far more than a little trinket or even a lolly.

“They’d much rather parents say they are proud than buying them something.”

The booklet showed different faces from smiley to sad and this would be filled in according to the child’s achievements, or lack thereof.

Parents had to sign the booklet each week.

“I’d say to the parents, all you have to do if your child is doing well, or improving on not doing well, commend them,” Richard said.

“It shows how responsibility comes in, honesty comes in, attendance comes in and reliability, cooperation etc.”

In one case, a parent approached Richard and asked what he was doing with her son in the classroom, as he was cleaning up his room and being so much nicer at home.

Richard has continued with many other resources that he said have shown results in the classroom and has shared them on his website free of charge.

Richard Warden has more resources coming up where he would be willing to provide more information and even run seminars for teachers and parents for both school and home.

 

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Boosting Child Education: Kyogle and Federal Communities Gain from Fresh Initiative

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Boosting Child Education: Kyogle and Federal Communities Gain from Fresh Initiative

 

Kyogle and Federal are gearing up to enhance support for working families through expanded access to early childhood education and care, thanks to a new $20-million initiative known as the Flexible Initiatives Trial (FIT).

This program aims to tackle the obstacles faced by parents, particularly women, in joining the workforce by empowering early childhood education services to tailor their offerings and hours to suit local community needs.

Among the 16 grant recipients announced in the first round of successful applicants, Kyogle’s Bundgeam Preschool and the Federal Community Children’s Centre in the Byron Shire hinterland stand out as local beneficiaries.

State Member for Lismore, Janelle Saffin, expressed satisfaction with the inclusion of these services, emphasising the dedication of their educators and the positive impact the trial will have on the surrounding communities.

Ms. Saffin also highlighted the broader regional impact, noting that Yamba Early Learning Centre and Clarence Community Preschool in Grafton will also benefit from the program. For instance, the Grafton service will introduce weekend operations, catering to families’ needs beyond the usual weekday schedule.

The family-friendly enhancements offered through the FIT program include extending operating hours, flexible drop-off and pick-up times, options for occasional or ad hoc care, establishment of new family day care services in remote areas, and collaborations between different service types to provide comprehensive care.

This initiative is part of the NSW Labor Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting children and young families, exemplified by the unprecedented $769 million investment to construct 100 new public preschools across the state.

Additionally, $60 million has been allocated to build and upgrade preschools in 50 non-government schools, focusing on areas with the greatest need, along with $17 million for capital works in early childhood services.

Furthermore, the NSW Government is actively bolstering the early childhood workforce through a significant scholarship program, attracting a record number of applicants.

 

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New $8 million learning centre for Casino students

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New $8 million learning centre for Casino students

 

By Samantha Elley

There were a long list of dignitaries, community members, teachers and of course, the students who attended the opening of St Mary’s Catholic College, Casino’s refurbished building, called the Mercy Centre.

One key person missing was parish priest Father Peter Slack, who was recovering from an operation, but his words were read out by Aaron Beach, Regional Service Leader, Diocese of Lismore, Catholic Schools.

“It is a building that is spacious with natural light,” said Mr Beach on behalf of Fr Slack.

“It is a building which invites the world into its walls.”

Built on the site of the Sisters of Mercy, who were established in the 1880s, it is fitting that it has been named the Mercy Centre.

Mr Beach described it as a learning space with flexible learning areas that will foster creative and critical thinking.

The project included a complete refurbishment of the previous block.

The new facility includes a number of general learning classrooms, four state-of-the-art STEM science labs, open learning spaces, study pods, canteen, gymnasium and an auditorium- style seating, referred to as the Learning Commons.

Bishop of Lismore, Gregory Homeming gave the blessing which included the people, the building and the plaque.

“I am blessing more than a building,” he said.

“But I am blessing you.”

With that, he sprinkled holy water on all in attendance, giving a double dose to the politicians who he felt needed the extra kick.

Finally, the plaque was unveiled by NSW Senator, the Hon Jenny McAllister, Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy.

“I understand the building has already been in use for some months,” she said.

“It is an enhancing experience that you all have here.”

The total project cost $8,394,000, with $3,600,000 contributed to by the Australian Government.

Other dignitaries in attendance included Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, Member for Clarence Richie Williamson, Richmond Valley mayor Robert Mustow and Director of Catholic Schools, Adam Spencer.

 

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Tenterfield, Murwillumbah TAFE share over $300,000 in upgrades

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Tenterfield, Murwillumbah TAFE share over $300,000 in upgrades

 

LISMORE MP Janelle Saffin has welcomed a NSW Government investment of over $300,000 in improving technology and infrastructure at Tenterfield and Murwillumbah TAFE NSW campuses.

Ms Saffin said the investment is part of a $300-million state-wide program delivering upgraded facilities and equipment to more than 120 TAFE NSW campuses across the state this financial year.

The funding includes:

  • TAFE NSW Tenterfield: $150,000 for improved network connectivity and Wi-Fi upgrades; $60,000 for replacement of 26 digital devices; and $14,000 for signage and general maintenance.
  • TAFE NSW Murwillumbah: $40,000 for 15 new digital devices; $70,000 for asset renewal, including lift replacement and building upgrades.

The funding is part of the NSW Government’s record $2.131-billion investment in TAFE NSW through the 2023-24 state budget.

Ms Saffin said:

“TAFE creates great vocational and life opportunities for students across all ages.

“I often say to students TAFE can and does change lives,” Ms Saffin said.

“I love TAFE and it is important that it remains the primary provider for the delivery of VET in our local area and indeed state-wide.”

Minister for Skills, TAFE and Tertiary Education, Steve Whan said:

“Students and teachers need to have functional classrooms and access to industry-standard equipment.

“Stories of neglected classrooms, poor Wi-Fi connectivity, and out-of-date teaching equipment shine a spotlight on the decade of neglect by the previous Liberal-National Government. The NSW Labor Government is doing something about it.

“This continued investment in TAFE NSW facilities will expand learning opportunities in local communities, improve educational outcomes, and support the state’s critical skills needs.”

 

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