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Bloomsday today

16 June 2017

Celebrate Bloomsday, the day when James Joyce's Ulysses is set in Dublin (on June 16, 1094.)

Image: James Joyce

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Yippee it's Friday

16 June 2017

Weekend's almost here and mid term hols are looming. Suddenly we all feel the need for a break. 

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It's a boy!

15 June 2017

Image Above: The Cool Christmas Science Show by The Jollybops

Congratulations to one of our long time presenters, Trevor Atkinson, the Professor, in the fab science shows by The Jollybops.

He and his partner, welcomed a new audience member for us all into the world last Friday - Mr Ethan James Mercier Atkinson.

It really will be a cool xmas for the family.

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Legacy of the Fitzgerald Enquiry

13 June 2017

Yet another brilliant 4 Corners program last night reminded us of the extent of the corruption in Queensland, how Chris Masters' 4 Corners Moonlight State report in May 1987, resulted in the Fitzgerald Enquiry, which further revealed the extent of corruption and led to the resignation of the Premier, Joh Bjelke-Petersen and sent top police and crime bosses to jail.

Now, 30 years later, Tony Fitzgerald (pictured above) is working with the Australian Institute to survey politicians about their ethics as part of a plan to develop a federal anti corruption body. Twenty-two prominent barristers, academics and former politicians support the plan.

Mr Fitzgerald says Australian society is gradually becoming less egalitarian and more cynical as the gap between the haves and have-nots widens – and he blames the economic policies and attitudes of today's politicians.

Read more detail here. It's pretty damning.

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Congrats to the winners of Queen's Birthday honours

12 June 2017

Great to see Cate Blanchett (pictured left) and arts philanthropist Aaron Gandel winning top gongs. For all the recipients, go here

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Sad to see some great shows finishing.

11 June 2017

It's not just the shows but their fabulous images. We starting an occasional series of our favourite 2017 images with this superbly atmospheric image for Therese Raquin adapted from the Zola novel.  You can still catch it at The Joan in Penrith

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We're Going On A Bear Hunt

8 June 2017

School kids and grandparents in the foyer of The National Theatre yesterday. A first theatrical experience for many. There were over 700 at each show and they had a great time.

Melbourne Grammar Prep Teacher, Maryanne Lockton, told us about their follow up back at school-

"My class drew their favourite part and we wrote a class recount. Their favourite parts were the bear, the water guns and river and the ice storm. Tomorrow, we are innovating the text and choosing a different animal or obstacle to write about eg: We’re going on a dragon hunt...Uh! Oh! Fire. Hot, flaming fire!  

What fun and how creative teachers are!

See other Bear Hunt dates here

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6 Strategies to help parents get kids to eat at meal times.

6 June 2017

These strategies will be familiar to teachers, who instead of interesting children in a meal, have to engage them for hours in learning activities. Teachers learn quickly that being stressed themsleves is very counterproductive!

the mealtime strategies are:

1. Get them involved

2. Make sure they come to the table hungry ( or in the case of the classroom - not hungry)

3. Eliminate distractions, like screens

4. Let them decide how much they should eat

5. Serve one meal for the whole family ( for teaching this would be one theme, different approaches)

6. Stay calm


Read the whole article here

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Book now for the second half of the year.

2 June 2017

Naplan's over. Senior exams are looming. The end of second term is in sight. if you haven't already booked events for Term 3 & 4, now's the time to do it.

Image: ADT's Be Your Self Redux, at Frankston Performing Arts Centre, Term 3

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Last Day of Autumn!

31 May 2017

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Fraught issue of school funding

29 May 2017

What does it mean? Some major questions answered here

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Interested in a degree in Circus Arts?

27 May 2017

This might help. NICA is offering a Pre-Audition Workshop in July. Costs $120. Details.

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