Positive education information by leading professionals to teachers & parents since  2000





Gran's Bag

26 September - 1 October
A heartwarming family show for school holiday fun!

King Street Theatre, Level 1, 644 King Street, Newtown - Booking Essential, Group book rates available.
(10:30 and 1:00pm daily)

Suitable for children aged 3 - 10 + grandparents

When Gran comes to visit, she brings her beautiful big red bag. It is a treasure trove of secrets and small delights.  All sorts of surprises emerge, and lots of great stories.  The best story of all is about how Gran found her magic carpet bag – or did the bag find her?

Chrissie Shaw (Bijou, Flotsam and Jetsam, A Sweeter Fern – That’s Red!) brings the tale to life as the larger than life Gran and pulls the entire show out of her giant red handbag – which seems to have a life of its own. With storytelling, songs, and puppetry, Gran takes us on a fun adventure full of twists and turns. You never know where the story will go next.


Bookings essential at: kingstreettheatre.com.au  (no online booking fees) or 0423 082 015

Duration: 55 min Tickets: $20 -$25
Special $15 group discount rate for preschools, day & vacation groups of 10 or more – carers free
Family discount price -$70 (2 Adult & 2 kids).  Infants under 1 are free but must book a seat.


School Holiday Chess

4 October - 10:00 - 12:30,
Campbelltown Library, Newton

Chess School holiday activities by David and Sabrina Koestier from Chess Life who run chess activities in schools and holiday activities all in Adelaide and surrounding areas.

For more information about Chess Life's events, this school holiday event and to register visit the Chesslife website - chesslife.com.au


Bikes, bugs and bush exploring at Belair National Park, South Australia (Playford Lake)

12 October 10:00 - 2:00 - Free entry


A fun-filled nature day – and it’s free! Catch and identify water bugs, go on nature explorations with local experts or bring your bike and helmet for the very special opportunity to ‘Ride with a Ranger’ for a tour of the park.

The rides will run regularly throughout the event.

Families with children of all ages are encouraged to participate.

No booking is required. For further information contact Amanda Dudgeon on
08 8336 090. For information about the other events over the school holidays see the
Nature Play SAfestival guide


School Holiday Workshops -Fashioning  Clothing  as Art
27 & 29 September, 4 & 6 October
at PICA (Perth  Institute of Contemporary Arts
for ages 7-12


Transform an unloved item of clothing into new, exciting, wearable art. In these school holiday workshops children will be guided by artist and designer of label Emm, Emma Buswell to create their very own crazy, fun and imaginative outfit inspired by Justene William’s exhibition The Curtain Breathes Deeply. Children will experiment with techniques including weaving, heat-setting, applique and construction as well as sculpture and collage. A great opportunity to up-cycle old clothes and develop a personal style. Be theatrical in what you wear! Book online at PICA's website


Raps ‘n’ Rhymes Workshop

28 September or 5 October 2016, 10am–3pm
for ages 12-16


Get your hip-hop swag on with the help of some of Sydney’s best indie-rhyme makers. The deal is, you make freestylin’ rhymes in response to the sick objects in the Museums Discovery Centre’s collection.

Book on the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) website


Digital Media Workshops

Various dates and times in September / October

for ages 7+


Explore gaming, video making, coding, computer science and digital media in these interactive full day workshops. Lunch packs available for pre-purchase too! Plus  weekend family sessions exploring circuits, Minecraft and more.   Events are on at various venues: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory,  Museums Discovery Centre. For more information visit the website.


Observatory Extravaganza: Big Bang

6 October 10am - 1:30pm

for ages 5-10


Explore the science behind the ‘Big Bang’ these school holidays at Sydney Observatory. Learn more about the origins of the universe from Observatory astronomers and through hands-on experimenting, investigating and making. Peer through special telescopes to get a close view of the Sun (weather permitting), enjoy a session in the Space Theatre or the Observatory’s Planetarium*. More information and booking is on the website.

School Holiday Fun!

Record number of HSC students finished school this week


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.

  • 2016 HSC enrolment statistics
  • 69, 350 students are on track to achieve the HSC this year
  • 77,163 students are enrolled in one or more HSC courses
  • 51% are female. 49% are male
  • Joshua and Emily are the most popular first names for students.
  • Smith and Nguyen are the most popular surnames
  • The cohort includes 864 sets of twins and 18 sets of triplets


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


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.

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.

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 petemalicki@gmail.com or phone 02 9419 3501.

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.

Ally Fashion

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


© schooldaysmagazine.com 2001 - 2016


All information on this site is subject to copyright.  If any information is copied we know you are doing it. Some education institutions may be permitted to copy some information, IF you contact the publisher.

Privacy Policy & Cookies