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20 February 2018

There's a flurry of bookings happening. Teachers are making sure they get the shows they want. Booking early gives you a much better chance!


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Latest Presenter Profile

19 February 2018

Presenter Profiles give you more information about the theatres and companies who have events on Shows For Schools. Our latest Presenter below.

EPR Productions offer a range of events for both Primary and Secondary students with a dance/multicultural/drama focus. Check out their offer here. Image: Ciao Italy - A Celebration of Migration.

Mandurah Performing Arts Centre possibly the most beautifully sited venue in Australia (image above), where you can sometimes see dolphins swimming outside, has a brilliant program this year. Check out all their productions here

Jollybops Science Shows offer several different award-winning science shows for Primary students, including the very popular, Science With An Aboriginal Perspective. If you're after a great end of year experience with an inspirational learning component, book The Cool Science Christmas now. It always books out.

Black Swan State Theatre Company have another year of brilliant events. The difficulty you'll have is to decide which not to see. It's great they're producing the Australian classic, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, too. Details here.

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Don't you love Ken Robinson's first Ted Talk?

18 February 2018






Firstly because what he says and how he delivers it.

Secondly because it's about schooling and creativity.

Thirdly despite being about schooling, it's the most popular Ted Talk ever, with close to 50 million views!

Some Ken quotes:

Creativity is as important as literacy.

If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.

Check out all his Ted Talks here

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Police in Schools

16 February 2018

Victorian Opposition Leader, Matthew Guy, has touted a police in schools policy to counter youth crime. Victorians might be surrprised to hear youth crime has actually decreased, but convincing Victorians there is a crime wave could be a valuable political tool as Victorians face a state election later in the year.

So, do police in schools work? It depends on the model. If we use the UK model, then yes, it can be effective using police to be preventive, to build trust with young people and help identify students at risk. The US model is a disaster, focussing on discipline, even in classrooms. Let's hope Mr Guy doesn't have that model in mind.

Police in schools programs in SA, NT, Tasmania and Queensland are all closer to the UK model. Read more here

Image: A policeman in a Texas school

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Spare a thought for SA kids and teachers

8 February 2018

Yesterday was their first day back - 39 degrees in Adelaide. Today and tomorrow are again in the high 30's.

Keep cool guys!

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Our first 2018 e newsletter goes out tomorrow!

7 February 2018

Like a copy? Just subscribe here.

There's a different newsletter for each state/terrritory. We send out two per term only. We'd hate to be annoying!

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ACT back at school today

5 February 2018

It's interesting that ACT finish Term 1 on the same date as 6 states, but they start a week later. 

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Have a great school year!

30 January 2018

With kids from several states back at school today, we all think of the new ones. The preppies. In my household, there was such a build up that school couldn't possibly deliver. After his first day at school, which finished at midday, my son's comment was "is that all?"

Having just read an article about preparing your child for school here, I was reminded of the surprising advice given to me by my sister-in-law ( a Prep teacher, now a Principal). I expected her to say to say to make sure he knows the alphabet and numbers or some such.

She said " Make sure he can tie his shoe laces, can recognise his school bag and can unwrap cling wrap."

So practical. How can you function with independence if you don't have basic skills? Shoe laces are easier now!

Best wishes to all, teachers, kids and parents!

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Make the lunchbox safe

29 January 2018

Kids go back to school in most states this week. What do we do about packing lunchboxes when it's going to be hot? Bacteria in food multiplies alarmingly when not kept at the right temperature. It's not just in meat, but even on vegetables.

Before your child eats lunch, get them to wash their hands with soap for 20 seconds.

When making their lunch, here are some tips for you:

1) Wash your hands thoroughly before handling food. Use clean utensils and cutting boards

2) Use separate cutting boards for fresh produce and raw meat or poultry to reduce the risk of Salmonella

3) Cook food to the right temperature using a food thermometer

4) Chill perishable foods such as meats, eggs, cheese or yoghurt with at least two cold sources, such as freezer packs, to keep harmful bacteria from multiplying rapidly. Frozen juice poppers can also be used as freezer packs and by lunchtime should be thawed and ready to drink.

More on food safety here.

Have a great first week back!

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Take care as Southern and North West Australia boils!

28 January 2018

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Australia Day Honours - Go Eddie!

27 January 2018

Whether Australia Day should be on January 26, January 1st or another date, the Australia Day honouring of so many eminent Australian women and, for teaching, in particular, the fabulous maths teacher, Eddie Woo, acknowledged as Local Hero of the Year. It's well worth watching the video on this link.

He highlights the commitment so many teachers have as well as the perception that is a lower status profession. Eddie might help turn that around.

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Have a great long weekend!

26 January 2018

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