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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

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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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Last week of hols except for Queensland and Tassie!

25 January 2018

Enjoy those last sleep ins. Queensland is leading the way and already back at school. Tassie goes back a week later...

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23 January 2018

Carclew have teamed up with Insite Arts to present several great events for families at a new pop-up fringe precinct, at Victoria Square, for the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Lots of food, music and fun, too.

From Feb 16 - Feb 25.

Called Grounded. Details here

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Get to Brisbane Powerhouse in February!

20 January 2018

Brisbane Powerhouse starts the year off with a bang with four very different events. Check them out here.

Image: Backbone, Gravity & other Myths

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Milkshake Duck- our new word of the year.

18 January 2018

Coined as a joke, on Twitter, in 2016, by Australian cartoonist Ben Ward, to describe an unknown person who rises quickly to fame through the internet then falls because of something unsavoury in their past, Macquarie Dictionary has named milkshake duck the Australian word of the year.

It's also in the American Dialect Society's top new words for 2017, but their winner was fake news. Interestingly, this expression was Macquarie Dictionary's top for 2016. 

It makes sense there be new words coined to describe something to do with the internet and of course, there are words in every language that don't have equivalents in other languages. Is the idea limited by the language or is it that that culture has no use for this concept?

English is forever changing with meanings often changing over time and welcoming new words and expressions. 

Read more about the word of the year here

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