Author Archives: Anne Powles

About Anne Powles

I am retired from paid employment. During my working life I have been variously and sometimes contemporaneously, wife, mother of four, lawyer, teacher and psychologist. I have also been a serial education junkie. As are we all, I have been an observer of the world around me. Here I have recorded some of my memories, observations and theorisings.

Aussie Values and White Blight

I speak from a position of old age but, so far, I have not lost the clarity of my memories. In the last few weeks I have also had the great privilege of speaking with groups of even older people, … Continue reading

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Basic Skills? Learning to Read?

As an avid and lifelong lover of reading I never thought I would agree with Socrates’ opinion about reading. That was that reading would reduce our brain function. But listening to radio discussions about the “new” curriculum it is clear … Continue reading

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Philip Drew’s very interesting article in the Sydney Morning Herald this morning about the Opera House and Utzon’s role reminded me of a long ago morning with my long deceased father. I love the Opera House. I enjoyed watching with … Continue reading

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A RAGING RIPPLE

I was a feminist prior to the so called “First Wave”, so I accept that I have only been a mere ripple. But my compatriot ripples and I feel we made some contribution. For example we fought hard for the … Continue reading

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Thanks to Anne Moon

Thank you to Anne Moon and to this organisation for the wonderful  opportunity to have heard her. What we heard about the plight of some off shore refugees was gut wrenching to say the least. But I must agree with … Continue reading

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Message to Young Coasties

This is an appeal to the young people from the Central Coast. We need an Australian Republic. Before you say “I think there are more important issues around at the moment”, I would like you to have a quick read. … Continue reading

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My Life In Pictures

Now in the latter years of my life I look at some of the pictures on the walls of the house in which I live and muse upon them. All my phographs are concentrated in one room so they do … Continue reading

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