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All Australian Schools now in Term 4.

15 October 2018

Enjoy the run to the finish!

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International Day of the Girl Today

11 October 2018

Equal pay, equal rights, equal opportunity, countering ingrained bias- we still have a way to go. Days like this are great to highlight the reality and influence policy.

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Vic and Qld - Welcome to Term 4!

8 October 2018

Everyone else - enjoy your last week of holidays.

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Watt a triumph!

5 October 2018

Go to Watt in the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts.

One man on stage telling the story of Watt, one of Beckett's lesser known novels.

Adapted and performed by Barry McGovern. It's simply superb.

Playing now to Sat 13 October, Arts Centre Melbourne. Details

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Melbourne International Festival of the Arts now on!

4 October 2018

Lots to see and do in this year's festival.

Go to here to see all. Our marketing coordinator, Issy, is going along to Watt tonight. We'll let you know her opinion.

Image: Prize Fighter

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In Perth? Get along to the AWESOME festival.

3 October 2018

On until 12 October.

Book tickets here

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All Australian Schools on holidays this week.

1 October 2018

Enjoy your sleep-ins!

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Happy Spring Equinox Everyone!!

23 September 2018

Longer hours of daylight - yes!

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Teach Philosophy - Improve Naplan Scores

22 September 2018

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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Last day of term in Vic and Qld

21 September 2018

Have a great break you guys!

One more week for everyone else....

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100,000 students booked into our events this year!

20 September 2018

Thanks for supporting Shows For Schools!

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24 Questions to Ask Before You Book a Theatrical Incursion by Laura Cooney

19 September 2018

Booking a live performance for your school is a big commitment. 

(Experienced arts professional, Laura Cooney, pictured left, provides you with a check list. Laura's own company The Playground Craze, tours into schools nationally)

Laura writes: 

There are many companies offering in-school theatrical experiences and they vary in price, quality and professionalism.  While you can never know for sure until you have actually seen the show, there are questions you can ask to find out if the incursion is the right fit for your school.

Here are some questions you can ask before you book.  Choose those that are most relevant to your situation.

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