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How to manage your child's social media devices  and teach them self-control

In this interview on BBC TV (click on the image on the left), Elizabeth O’Shea  founder of Parent 4 Success in the UK, discusses how parents can teach their child  self-control when using social media. She also shares a number of useful tips for parents on monitoring  their child's activity  online to help prevent bullying as well as suggesting what type of phones they should use.

Elizabeth is a trained and accredited parenting expert, and has written three specialist parenting books.

She works with parents, all over the world, with tailor made parenting support sessions using Skype.  She is a  bit like Supernanny, but not on tv.

She is frequently invited to appear on tv and radio int he UK, to talk about parenting issues, including BBC Breakfast, Radio 4 Woman’s hour & Sky News.

Elizabeth has has four children, so she has plenty  of experience, and knows how tough being a parent can be.

Find out more by visiting her popular website


Food Allergies and  What Can be Done About Them
We have a lot of empathy for people with food allergies and intolerances, but let’s not be a victim of our modern living. 
Everything we eat is processed by the body.
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Updating a School Uniform - Getting it Right, Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School

Making the decision to redesign a school uniform can become an onerous and often emotional task as members of the school's community,  have their own opinions of what should stay and what should change.  We recently came across this video made by Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School showcasing their academic uniforms.  This update and redesign would be well worth all the effort as the students show - click on the image to view the video.



ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award

At the 2017 music industry ARIA awards, Renee McCarthy from Woodcroft College in Morphett Vale in Adelaide. was announced as the winner of the  inaugural ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award. Renee’s music program at Woodcroft College has helped students get involved in positive activities, establish connections with others and develop their confidence.

Renee McCarthy said, "I am so excited to be recognised by The Song Room and ARIA for doing a job that I love. As a music teacher, I already consider myself lucky for being able to share the musical journeys with my special students, and to receive this Award is an incredible honour. I hope this Award shines the spotlight on music education for all students all across Australia."



WW I & Gallipoli/ Western Front website

100 year Commemorations

With its in-depth amount of information, this Australian-developed unique website covers virtually all you need to know for the curriculum on World War I.  You can prepare your students for opportunities to be involved in writing essays on WW I for some potential Government prizes, with class worksheets making access to  information much easier and much more useful. Access the website at  with the following access codes:  User Name: firstww   Password: firstww20

Kids Tennis & The Magic of Disney

Tennis just got a little more magical with The Walt Disney Company Australia becoming the Official Family Entertainment Partner of Australian Open 2018.

 Young fans dressed as their favourite Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar characters took over Melbourne Park today for the announcement with a special guest appearance by Mickey Mouse.

 Some of the world’s most loved characters will be promoted across the precinct at the popular AO Ballpark and will feature at the Rod Laver Arena spectacular on Kids Tennis Day.

 “We are delighted to team up with Disney, one of the world’s most loved family brands and one that resonates with both the young and the young at heart,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.

 “The Australian Open focuses on creating memorable experiences for players and fans, and we believe that Disney will help make this AO extra special.

Kids Tennis Day will take place on Saturday 13 January, with special guest appearances still to be announced.



Are screens ruining modern childhood?

Many people think  they are and just as many say that's not so. Sara DeWitt, children's media expert, says no. In a talk that may make you feel a bit less guilty about handing a tablet to a child while you are make dinner, Sara DeWitt envisions a future where we're excited to see kids interacting with their screens and tablets and shows us some exciting ways that new technologies can help kids grow, connect, learn and reduce exam stress.  See Sara's TED Talk here.





How One Teacher Changed the Lives of Hundreds of Indigenous Students

It's been nearly 40 years since Waverley Stanley left primary school, but he still can't bring himself to call the teacher who changed his life by her first name, Rosemary. He was a 12-year-old Indigenous student at Murgon Primary School when Mrs Bishop realised there was something special about the boy who captained the class and the cricket team.

Knowing there were limited educational and employment opportunities in the small town in south east Queensland, she asked the principal of Toowoomba Grammar School if he could offer a scholarship.


A week later, Waverley was granted a sporting scholarship at the prestigious boarding school, and went on to become its first Indigenous student to complete Grade 12.... Read More on the ABC



Australian Principal Certification Advisory Board - New Appointment

Susan Pascoe AM has been appointed as independent Chair of the Australian Principal Certification Advisory Board, managed by Principals Australia Institute (PAI). The Australian Professional Standard for Principals (Australian Principal Standard) sets out what principals are expected to know, understand and do to achieve the highest standard of school leadership. Certification will offer education systems and the community the confidence that school leaders and principals are able to demonstrate the leadership required for schools in our fast-changing world,” Ms Pascoe said.

“Formally recognising those principals and school leaders who attain certification standards will shine a light on the complexity and challenge involved in today’s demanding school leadership roles, as well as the skills and experience of the certified individuals.” added Susan Pascoe


PAI initiated development of Australian Principal Certification in 2012, designing a national framework for certification of principals. This year, the first cohort of school leaders who have undertaken certification will be recognised as Certified Practising Principals.


Paul Geyer, Chief Executive Officer of PAI, said Ms Pascoe’s background in educational leadership and track record in providing executive oversight made her an ideal candidate for the role.


Susan Pascoe has also previously held the roles of President of the Australian College of Educators (Life Member), CEO of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and CE of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria. In 2007 she was appointed Member of the Order of Australia for service to education through a range of executive roles, and in November last year was awarded the 2016 Leadership in Government award for outstanding contribution to public administration, presented by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.  More information about Principals Australia Institute is at


School Readiness Test

Over 50 schools successfully participated last week and this week will see an additional 500 schools undertaking the school readiness test.

This is a practice test only and is intended to help schools assess their technical readiness for NAPLAN Online, as well as learn how to use the online assessment platform. Feedback from schools will help inform decisions about when NSW will transition to NAPLAN Online.

Schools who require assistance regarding the school readiness test can call the NAPLAN helpdesk on 1300 119 556.



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Science Channel Steppng up Commitment to STEM

(science, technology, engineering and maths)

Developed in partnership with the Government of South Australia through the Dept of Education and Child Development, the new website provides a free online collection of video, articles and resources supporting Australian educators to gain greater awareness of career pathways in STEM.

All content is mapped to the Australian Curriculum with a focus on Science as a Human Endeavour, aimed at developing students understanding of science as it relates to the everyday world. It as been developed to complement the existing Ultimate Careers publication, app and designated sub-channel on Australia’s Science Channel. Log on for more information

Summer School Holiday Fun at Sydney Olympic Park

For a taste of all the fun and educational programs, read on

Kids in the Park makes Sydney Olympic Park the official home of the biggest range of school holiday activities of any single location in NSW. The Kids in the Park summer program features more than 50 activity options for all ages, and it will operate daily from 16 December 2017 – 28 January 2018.

The Aqua Park inflatable obstacle course is sure to make a splash at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre during December and January, but bookings are required.

From Flying Trapeze, the Mega Mix Circus Workshop and the Urban Jungle Adventure Park high ropes course, to beating the heat indoors at the Diving Clinic, Water Polo or Splashes Water Playground, the list for fun is endless this summer at the Aquatic Centre, where it's always a comfy 26 degrees. At At the he Quaycentre ( the former Sports Centre), children can pick-up new skills while making new friends and boosting their fitness at a range of activities such as Basketball: MyHoops, Cricket – Camp Thunder, Soccer – Wanderers in the Park, Rugby League Footy Clinic, Netball Captain's Class and Gym Sports.

For children with a creative streak  there are a dozen Writing Workshops available – including four new workshops by Award-winning writer, Bernard Cohen. For those that like to perform they will find a treat at DrumzBuzz Dragon Drumming at Newington Armory. Budding filmmakers can hone their skills at the Digital Filmmaking Workshop or sit back and enjoy the Kids in the Park Film Festival or the hugely popular FREE Movies by the Boulevard annual outdoor cinema series at Sydney Olympic Park. For full information visit the  website



Teacher Tuesdays

 Apple provides inspiring programs for teachers  near you? To find out about these programs and there are many, visit the Apple website, put in your city or town and a range of dates and topics will pop up for you.

Choose which ones you want to go to and book in. Simple and free!



20 Things to Avoid When Parenting your Teen

As our children grow up everything starts to change. No sooner do we start feeling confident that we have this ‘parenting-lark’ sussed – that the goalposts start changing. Here are some pointers that will help, as you and your teen embark on the next stage... Adolescence. Read More




Teaching Teens to Choose Good Role Models

Have you ever had a gun held to your head?  At 16, I was at a party when all of a sudden, THUNK! I was shoved against a wall by a .22 calibre, Winchester lever-action rifle. It was loaded and so was Glen who was holding the gun. He was high on some mind-bending, drug cocktail. It happened without warning or provocation.  The role models I chose as a child, followed me. The mindset that I developed, took me from one disaster to another.  Fortuitously, searching for an excuse to get away from the gang and my family, at the age of 17, I found a job marking targets at the local rifle range, which is were  I met 70 year old Clarry... Read More



Living with a Indigo Children

I met my first Indigo child around 9pm on New Years Eve, 1977.
I was both elated and exhausted, as my son’s birth wasn’t handled well by the hospital – he didn’t like interference from the start. He opened his eyes and wanted to get on with life – by resisting sleep. .... Read More



What's the Apple Teacher Program?

Apple Teacher, a free professional learning program is designed to support  educators using Apple products for teaching and learning. You can build skills on iPad and Mac that directly apply to activities with your students, earn recognition for the new things you learn and be rewarded for the great work you do every day. The program is designed as a self-paced professional learning journey, free to all educators. To find out more have a look at the programs offered here, there are a few videos from Apple Teachers that may interest you. You can also join in the chat on #AppleTeacher on Twitter.



PISA  Results (Volume IV - Students Financial Literacy) 2015


Over the past decades, developed and emerging countries and economies have become increasingly concerned about the level of financial literacy of their citizens, particularly among young people. This initially stemmed from concern about the potential impact of shrinking public and private welfare systems, shifting demographics, including the ageing of the population in many countries, and the increased sophistication and expansion of financial services.

 Financial literacy is now globally recognised as an essential life skill.
Download the publication from the
OECD  library.



Dick Smith



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.



Do you know a great teacher?

For many years schooldaysmagazine has been acknowledging and applauding outstanding teachers, with a whole section dedicated to Awards & Recognition for Outstanding Teachers.


schooldaysmagazine's specialist contributor on the topic of Awards and Recognition, Dr Hans  Andrews has written seven books on the topic.


Now Schools Plus and the Commonwealth Bank have launched teaching awards and we encourage you to nominate a teacher that has made a difference in your schools or to your child's education.

Great teachers can change everything. They help children reach their full potential. Schools Plus and the Commonwealth Bank have partnered to recognise and reward Australia’s most outstanding teachers and principals.

Great teachers and school leaders deserve recognition. Nominating someone is a great way to show your appreciation for their teaching achievements, but doesn’t oblige them to apply. To find out more and how to nominate click here for the website.



Talks to Inspire science projects with children


Eight  crafty TED talks will ignite passions, pique interests and introduce kids to the excitement of hands-on learning.


Arvind Gupta -Turning trash into toys for learning :

AnnMarie Thomas - Hands-on science with squishy circuits

Gever Tulley Life lessons through tinkering

Ayah Bdeir - Building blocks that blink, beep and teach

Catarina Mota - Play with smart materials

Thomas Thwaites -  How I built a toaster -- from scratch

Cesar Harada - How I teach kids to love science

Linda Liukas -  A delightful way to teach kids about computers


Click here to view



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