Education: connecting members for 100 years
18 November 2019
“The journal is essentially the teachers’ organ, written … in the interests of teachers, and its pages are open to all who wish to use them.” (1919 Annual Report)
Here’s to centenary of activism
13 June 2019
Councillors, Life Members and guests of the TAFE Teachers Association came together to celebrate 100 years of activism at the TAFE Teachers Association Centenary Anniversary AGM and dinner on 31 May.
Dash of history to be preserved in library
13 March 2019
A significant chapter in Federation’s early history will be preserved after the family of the second President presented artefacts and documents from the era to the union’s library.
Serendipity forges deeper knowledge of union’s history
12 December 2018
The union’s connection with one of Federation’s founders grew stronger earlier this week when four grandchildren of an early president came face-to-face with the union’s centenary banner, featuring his image.
Federation: a proud history, a confident future
10 December 2018
As we end our 100th anniversary year, we can look back proud of our union’s achievements over the decades.
Winners of centenary art competitions announced
8 December 2018
The centenary of Federation was honoured in a variety of ways throughout 2018; beginning with a shiny new logo in January and ending with the launch of an important research paper at December Council that examines working with students of refugee backgrounds in NSW public schools.
Industrial Arts teachers’ stories chronicled in print
26 November 2018
What began life as an instructional overview of teacher training programs for Industrial Arts morphed into a historical journey of the subject area from the early days of the NSW Teachers Federation.
Central Coast teachers mark centenary with donation
10 November 2018
Teachers from the Central Coast associations are passionate about the kids they teach and supporting Stewart House, because they know first hand the help a 12-day program at Stewart House can be for children who are doing it tough.
History Lesson: Local efforts at the core of union successes
8 November 2018
Federation has long-standing staffing-related policies that seek to benefit students and teachers: a statewide staffing system built upon transfers, class sizes, permanency and the promotions system. But staffing improvements in these areas have only been achieved because of the contribution of teachers’ local activities.
Record of NSW school life could be richer
30 October 2018
The collection of photographs and documents detailing NSW public schools, students and teachers held by NSW State Archives would be larger had more material not been lost, thrown out, kept by schools or in private hands.
Max Taylor: Of coats and spies
17 October 2018
Who would have imagined the role a humble jacket would play in Federation history? Speaking as part of the Unity! Strength! Justice! exhibition, former General Secretary and President Max Taylor spoke of the jacket’s vital role in the heady days of Federation militancy of the ’70s and ’80s.
Jennie George: A union pioneer for women
27 August 2018
“I ask you to close your eyes and think back 50 years because what happened in my time is quite different to the challenges facing women in Federation today…” said Jennie George, Federation’s first woman General Secretary, in her video address to the audience of the Centenary Women’s Conference.
Historic school photos to feature in centenary exhibition
22 August 2018
As part of the union’s centenary celebrations, Federation has undertaken a year-long research and curatorial project to bring you Unity! Strength! Justice! — an exhibition that tells the stories of Federation’s 100 years of activism in support of public education.
Your say: You are the union
22 August 2018
Section: Member’s Voice
If it wasn’t for Federation, our work would be even more difficult than what we face today. We need to honour the work of the dedicated unionists who’ve gone before us.
Unity! Strength! Justice!
18 June 2018
A highlight of Federation’s centenary celebrations will be an exhibition honouring its proud 100-year history of support for teachers and their students, schools and communities.
Join the countdown to our centenary
15 June 2018
June 18 marks the start of Federation’s 100-day countdown to the anniversary of its formation 100 years ago.
President dashes minister’s attack
11 May 2018
Teachers, as a grouping, generally like to follow the rules. They like to know the boundaries, they like their students to follow the rules (sometimes with more or less success) but if the rules are wrong they have a duty, a professional obligation, to speak out — sometimes as individuals, sometimes as a collective voice. The collective is always more powerful.
Story of our union banner
2 May 2018
There are interesting narratives associated with every aspect of Federation’s centenary marching banner, unveiled at the May Day Toast, held at Federation’s Surry Hills headquarters on 1 May.
The dawn of teacher unionism among NSW public school teachers
22 March 2018
In the early years of the 20th century, growing numbers of teachers began realising that the only path to salary justice was to organise and fight for the right to appear before an independent tribunal.
History Lesson: Teaching in the early days
2 March 2018
The earliest teachers in what is now the state of NSW were Aboriginal men and
women. They taught life skills and tribal awareness via ceremony, dance, lore, oral
storytelling and art.
Union history takes centre stage at council
23 February 2018
Pieces of Federation’s history held prime position at the Council meeting held on Saturday, the first during the union’s centenary year.