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Back to School T4
Launch of "Colours of Australia"
We were pleased to be at the launch at the NSW State Library, of the next magnificent book for young children, by multi-talented Indigenous author Bronwyn Bancroft.
The official launch of the book was made by long-term friend of the author, The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO (Former Governor-General).
Bronwyn has written and illustrated many books for children that have become firm favourites with many families, including the Bryce family) that have been passed onto the next generation. She is also an illustrator and designer. Her latest book is "Colours of Australia" - more about the book in the What's New section.
NSW HSC EXAMS Start
NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has wished more than 77,000 students the very best as the 2016 HSC written exams get underway with English today. Mr Piccoli said all students should feel extremely proud, especially those about to begin their final school examinations after 13 years of school.
NSW has a long-term trend of increasing numbers of students completing Year 12. In 2016 nearly 5,000 more students will sit HSC exams compared to five years ago. This year, 69,350 students, the highest number on record, are on track to achieve the HSC credential. 118 written exams will be conducted over the next three weeks until exams finish on Friday 4 November with Design and Technology.
Interesting facts for this year's HSC
Students will receive their results via email, SMS and online from 6am on Thursday 15 December.
SYDNEY WRITERS FESTIVAL FOR STUDENTS - 2017
The Sydney Writers’ Festival and BOSTES have again teamed up to present events for students in Years 9 to 12, following the success of the Best of the Fest program last year. The Student Sessions 2017 will feature dynamic thinkers speaking on a range of subjects linked to the NSW curriculum. The sessions will run on two dates:
More information, including a full program and booking details, will be released in February 2017
11, 15 & 16 November at 11:00am
for students in years 10 & 11
This play by Chris Isaacs is a powerful look at racial bias amongst young people and is an excellent and acclaimed play (from the Black Swan Theatre Company in Perth) that deals with important social issues surrounding indigenous culture in Australia.
An opportunity to see a great new Australian play in its East Coast debut, presented by experienced young professional actors. Each schools performance will be followed by a discussion with the cast and producer discussing both the themes of the play and any other questions the students may wish to ask the actors regarding acting techniques. Visit the website for bookings and more information. Presented by Lambert House Productions.
1790 – an Australian history play, available for school productions
“1790” is a play exploring the unique and extraordinary relationship between the first Governor of NSW, Arthur Phillip, and Bennelong of the Eora people. With a cast of 15-35, it is a fantastic script to work on for a school production.
Despite being on the potentially dull and dry topic of Australian history, “1790” is fast-paced, dynamic and surprisingly funny. It provides plenty of opportunities for acting, stage crew, costume design and technical roles. It was co-written in 2014 by historian Robert Thomson and Pete Malicki.
The play can be read on www.petemalicki.com. If you’d like to know more, or to discuss rights, please contact Pete on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02 9419 3501.
Record number of HSC students finish school this year
Data released by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) today shows a record 69,350 students will be hitting the books this month to study for their final HSC exams.
Maths, Biology and Business Studies are the most popular elective subjects. French is the most popular language and Japanese is the most popular Asian language. Hospitality is the most popular vocational course.
New Australian maths resource released
Teachers who want support to implement the proficiencies in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics have some additional guidance with the release by ACARA of a new mathematics resource.
The four proficiency areas students are expected to develop in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics – understanding, fluency, problem-solving and reasoning – are explored in this new resource.
The resource provides illustrations of practice and student work samples, gathered from a number of primary and secondary schools from different sectors across Australia; it has been designed to assist teachers to incorporate the proficiencies into teaching practice... Read More on the Australian Curriculum website
The Footpath Library's
EPIC! SHORT STORY COMPETITION
The Footpath Library’s Epic! Short Story Competition is currently open for all primary and secondary students in Australia. To take part, students need to submit an original 300 word story on the theme of ‘Friendship’ before 30 September 2016 (AEST 5pm).
Chair of the 2016 judging panel, author Ken Spillman, says: “The Footpath Library’s Epic! Short Story Competition provides an awesome opportunity for school students to exercise their creative selves, have some fun, get involved in a fantastic cause, and have their work read by top Aussie authors. Oh, and did I mention the cool prizes? “We will be awarding six major prizes in for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in two age-based categories primary and secondary Students. “Students recognised on the Honour rolls will receive book packs from our partner publishers and, for the first time we will also have a prize for the School with the most entries. Winners and Honour Rolls for both primary and secondary categories will be announced in Term 4 2016. For more information or to enter your school' go to the Footpath Library's competition page.
How one woman overcame the death
of her husband from cancer. This is the story of her epic 306km walk across England on her own. It will have you laughing out loud, then crying as she describes the walk that has changed her life.
Includes many photographs of spectacular English scenery along the walk.
A book for walkers and people who have lost a loved one.
What makes a Good Teacher Great?
At the recent BOSTES ceremony celebrating NSW top teachers, they asked Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers “What makes a good teacher great?” This is what they said.
Online gaming can boost school scores
Teenagers who regularly play online video games tend to improve their school results, according to new research from RMIT University. School students who visit Facebook or chat sites every day are more likely to fall behind in maths, reading and science.
Associate Professor Alberto Posso, from RMIT’s School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, investigated the results of testing by the globally recognised Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). Posso said video games could help students to apply and sharpen skills learned at school. “Students who play online games almost every day score 15 points above the average in maths and 17 points above the average in science.“
When you play online games you’re solving puzzles to move to the next level and that involves using some of the general knowledge and skills in maths, reading and science that you’ve been taught during the day,” he said. “Teachers should consider incorporating popular video games into teaching – so long as they’re not violent ones.”
Posso said it was important to recognise that other factors could have a major impact on teenagers’ progress. Indigenous students or those from minority ethnic or linguistic groups were also at greater risk of falling behind than those using Facebook or chat every day.
Guiding Children Through Difficult Times
We spoke with Liliane Grace, speaker, coach and author of The Mastery Club, about a recent survey showing that children in Australia are worrying about what is happening in the world with terrorist attacks and are concerned for their safety. Read Liliane Grace's article, "Guiding Children Through Difficult TImes" to see what she recommends.
Stephen Thomson, MACE- review in Professional Educator, Australian College of Educators
"The debate author Dr Hans Andrews puts forward is perennially valid and highly relevant in the current Australian education landscape. A school’s employees, in this case its teachers, need to feel appreciated and important to the school” -
Trial Quiet Hour Shopping for Autistic Shoppers in the UK
An Asda superstore staged a "quiet hour" to help autistic and disabled shoppers over the weekend.
Escalators, in-store music and display TVs were all turned off and customers were given a map of the store featuring pictures instead of words.
Simon Lea, manager of the Asda Living store at Manchester Fort, told the paper he came up with the idea to help people who felt intimidated or stressed by noise and disturbance. Now, eight other shops .... Read More in The Independent
The most important thing to remember is, that not everyone is built of the same stuff when it comes to being able to create the necessary internal psychological structures – or mental 'grit' - to support themselves in times...
Discussing career options and gap years, travel with your teen
Leaving secondary school and stepping into the adult world can be a confusing time for any teenager, but with some careful planning and research the transition is bound to be a lot easier...
Inspiring Ideas for Fundraising
Give Your Child the Winning Edge
Recognition vs Merit Pay for Outstanding Teachers
Imagine the power of memory capacity and skill when shown how to improve memory through practice. Did you know that working memory is one of the elements underlying intelligence? ...
The majority of recognition programs existing only make one award a year no how many teachers there are in a K-12 school or college. Meet award winning teachers who share what a difference ...
Volunteers in schools
How to Run A Computer Club
Travelling with Children, the whole family will enjoy
School Lunch Box Ideas
& After School Snacks
Have you ever considered running a computer club to contribute to the school community? Unless you have technical knowledge and skills for working with computers you are probably thinking you don’t have the credentials. I thought that too, until I actually jumped in front of 30 kids...
Articles for travelling as a family, ideas, hints, tips to get the most out of yur family's travel and holidays.
Tasty school lunch box and after school lunch ideas, plus easy-to-make quick meals for the whole family without additives or preservatives ...
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