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Do you know a great teacher?

For many years schooldaysmagazine has been acknowledging an applauding outstanding teachers, with a whole section dedicated to Awards & Recognition for Outstanding Teachers. Our specialist writer on the topic, 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.

Winners of the Epic! Writing Competition announced


Earlier this year we included information on the Epic! Writing Competition to raise awareness and money and sponsorship for The Footpath Library.  Four hundred students entered the competition.


Meredith Jaffee, program coordinator said, “I would also like to thank our sponsors this year for providing the great prizes, For Pity Sake Publishing, Street Library Australia, Allen and Unwin, Bloomsbury, Black inc, Hachette, Pan Macmillan  and Random House. Without the support of such organisations we would not be able to run the competition each year”.


(Photo: Primary school winner, Phillip Greenwood with this mother Rachel  (left) and The Footpath Library’s Director, Barbara McKellar.)


The winners are:

Primary School winners a

First: Phillip Greenwood, St. George Christian School, Hurstville, NSW

Second: Georgia Holmes, Earlwood Public School, NSW

Third: Savannah Rogers, MLC Primary School Claremont, WA


Secondary School winners and their prizes:

First: Gabrielle Lim, Kilvington Grammar School, Ormond, Victoria

Second: Isabelle Juric, Comet Bay College, WA

Third: Tuscany Barwick, Palm Beach Currumbin State High, QLD


School Prize for the Most Entries:

Darwin High, NT (a Street Library to install within the community).

You can read more about The Footpath Library here.


Rudyard Kipling’s enthralling tale of the child raised by animals

St Aidan’s Performance Space, Longueville
Friday to Sunday 18 November - 3 December 2016





Lane Cove Theatre Company presents  Kipling's unforgettable tale that has enthralled and delighted young audiences for generations.  Mowgli, the 'wolf-cub child’ and friends Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther and Kaa the python, transport us to the jungle in a story that has remained a favourite amongst adults and children alike.. Can Mowgli discover the secret of man's red flower? Can he fight off the terrifying tiger, Shere Khan as he awaits his chance to pounce?


Directed by 18-year-old Bedelia Lowrencev, The Jungle Book features a cast of brilliantly talented – mostly young - performers (all but four of the 22-strong cast are under the age of 18!) including wonderful newcomer Charlotte Pugh as Mowgli, Madeleine Biddle as Bagheera, Daniel Timmins as Kaa and Holly Boswell as Shere Khan as well as seasoned actors Rod Stewart as Baloo, Jeremy Lowrencev as Akela and Jocelyn Chalmers as Raksha.


For bookings: trybooking.com/KIIF

Read the latest in What's New - books reviews for parents, teachers and children in K-Yr12.

King Street Theatre, Emu Productions recently announced two productions for secondary schools for early 2017. In addition they also have a school holiday performance program available for bookings - 2016.

The Servant Of Two Masters

by Carlo Goldoni

Directed by Maria De Marco

King Street Theatre 644 King Street Newtown, Sydney.
14-25 March 2017




Truffaldino is always hungry. While working for one master he decides to double dip and work for a second master just to satisfy his everlasting...



Directed by Markus Weber

First performed at the Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds, England, on 21 April 2005. The play is written in the style of verbatim theatre where all of the dialogue is taken from real interviews and then recreated on stage. The play discusses the importance of resolving terrorism not with violence or conflict, but with negotiations and peaceful discussions.


For information, school programs and bookings phone Maria De Marco on 0423 082 015 or email madem@tpg.com.au or kingstreettheatre.com.au




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:


  • Monday 22 May 2017 – Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay
  • Thursday 25 May 2017 – Riverside Theatres, Parramatta


More information, including a full program and booking details, will be released in February 2017



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.

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.


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.

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

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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.

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