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Australia voted to keep the coalition

19 May 2019

So, no change to Education.

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Phew, Naplan over for another year

17 May 2019

Back to the real work

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SFS enews out this week and next, depending on your location.

7 May 2019

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EVERY CHILD NEEDS A CHAMPION

4 May 2019

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level. Watch her TED TALK

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Festivals in Adelaide and Melbourne

2 May 2019

In Melbourne, The Arts Learning Festival, presented by the Independent Schools Victoria starts today with shows, workshops for students and teachers across a wide range of topics.

Image: Objects in the Round with Mary Mattingly, on today and tomorrow.

The Dream Big Children's Festival is currently on at the Adelaide Festival Centre

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World Asthma Day today

2 May 2019

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Last Month of Autumn....

1 May 2019

Winter's coming, but let's enjoy the colours in the meantime (for those of us not in the tropics!)

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Ok, the holidays are over, now for Term 2!

29 April 2019

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ANZAC DAY

25 April 2019

Lest we forget

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Teach Philosophy - Improve Naplan Scores

22 April 2019

We loved this article explaining how teaching philosophy is very economical to implement and has immediate impact on students' maths and literacy scores.

It teaches them to think broadly, problem solve and encourages creative approaches. It's called the fourth R - reasoning.

Burunda State High School in Queensland introduced Philosophy programs 5 years ago. In that time, their students' test scores have gone from well below average to above the mean in everything.

In the US, where they have entrance exams to law and other graduate degrees, philosophy majors had the highest scores. Even cooler, US Philosophy graduates have the highest earnings of non STEM graduates* - so those parents who wondered about their kid's employablility need not have been concerned - learning how to think does it every time.

Despite efforts in 2009 to have Philosophy included in the Australian National Curriculum, it hasn't been as yet, but Australian educators who see the benefits are including it.

Read the whole article here

*(STEM is an anagram for Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths)

Image: Yr 3 student doing a NAPLAN test.

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Happy Easter from all at SFS

21 April 2019

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Hope you all had a lovely sleep in!

15 April 2019

All schools are on holidays!!!

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