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Melb Uni Law Revue 2018 - Opens tonight!

30 August 2018

Continuing a decades old tradition of launching fabulous comedians, this year's Revue - The Cake. At The Guild Theatre, Melbourne Uni.

Directed by two of last year's stars - Isabelle Knight and Maddy Savage

And should we mention Isabelle worked with our marketing team??

Go here to buy tickets.

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As Scott Morrison thinks, the education sector wonders

26 August 2018

Scott Morrison is putting together a new cabinet over this weekend. The current Education Minister, Simon Birmingham (image left), a moderate, is at risk of losing both his porfolio and position in cabinet.

We'll find out the answer this week and start predicting the Minister's impact on this vital sector.

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Thinking about incursions and excursions for the rest of the year?

23 August 2018

Search the SFS website using any number of filters.

Maybe start with your postcode and the year level of your students and see what's available to you. 

Or if you have a particular theme, but in a keyword into the search.

Lots of ways to find exactly what you want.

Image: Dätiwuy Dreaming, Musica Viva in Schools (ACT)

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Winter Wild Apollo Bay

22 August 2018

For those of you in Victoria, get down to beautiful Apollo Bay this weekend for the second and final Winter Wild Festival weekend.

SFS went to the first weekend - it was world class. Great free events outdoors, music in the pubs and top bands.

This weekend's theme of Birth sees a brilliant feast of local produce Feastiality made even more delectable by cabaret performances on Friday 24th August. It kicks off with a Bouillabaise, from locally caught seafood, being cooked in a cauldron on the foreshore then meanders to the Mech Hall for more delights.

Enjoy a techno and electronic music extravaganza at Moksha - audience will be bussed to a country property.

Or enjoy Outdoor Cinema.

See all here

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Develop children's spatial skills - how and why.

20 August 2018

Good spatial skills are linked to good maths skills which are a better predictor of school success than reading or social-emotional skills.

Ok - so how to encourage good spatial skills in young children?

1. Play with blocks not just for the manipulation of the blocks but also it develops the use of spatial language.

2. Use spatial language eg when asking kids to tidy up, be specific, " put the lego in the box on the toyshelf"

3. Play with jigsaws. Not surprisingly, working out where the pieces go involves alot of rotating and visualisation of how missing pieces might look.

4. Use and create maps. What's more fun than a treasure hunt map? Giving children an idea of how to spatially represented and shown in scale .

5. Encourage children to gesture to show how things move, model objects and point to locations.

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Coming soon

16 August 2018

In a perfect programming timing, during Science Week, Black Swan State Theatre Company's SKYLAB opens today and runs to 2 Sept. Details

Near Nowra? Don't miss Circus Oz in Model Citizens at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre. Schools show on Friday 24 August. Details

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National Science Week

15 August 2018

This year National Science Week runs August 11 - 19.

Hope you're having fun with it at school.

Quite a few events on SFS have science themes - though it may be a bit late to book.

Why not plan ahead and book an event for World Space Week (4 - 10 October)? Check out Dreamer in Space. Advertised for primaries, but the show is ageless.

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SFS enews out to WA subscribers today

9 August 2018

Not a subscriber? Go here

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See Bell Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET - LIVESTREAM

8 August 2018

Live more than 200km away from Sydney Opera House or Arts Centre Melbourne?? if yes, then you're eligible to have the show livestreamed to your classroom. No tyranny of distance now.

Details

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MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

5 August 2018

MIFA has announced this year's program. On from October 3 - 21. Check events for school aged students here

Image: A Ghost in my Suitcase, Barking Gecko, Melbourne International Arts Festival

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In Victoria?Looking for shows or workshops?

29 July 2018

Check out what Art Centre Melbourne has on offer for the rest of the year. Here

Image: The Fall, Yrs 7 - 12, Term 3 Details

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“Educators- you must (really. You must.) welcome the Shaun Parker Co to your school"

28 July 2018

THE YARD, Shaun Parker and Company's anti-bullying show aimed at Years 2 – 8 is touring into schools in Greater Sydney again in Term 3. There are some dates still available. Go here to enquire.
Already seen by thousands of kids across Greater Sydney, the message of THE YARD is one of inclusion and emotional resilience and is especially relevant today as Australian schools are among those with the highest reported incidence of bullying in the world.* SPCompany surveys reveal 95% said that after seeing THE YARD they would not bully again.
Get a glimpse of the show and students' reaction to it here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WkPLsNYp4A 
*(source: Mullis, Martin & Foy, 2008) 
Comment from a teacher who saw the show in Term 2-
“Educators- you must (really. You must.) welcome the Shaun Parker Co to your school. I care not what you have to trade with executive to make it happen (your soul is a valid exchange...) just do it. Beg them to extend their tour of The Yard… 
Not only are the dancers spectacular, but the concept and rendering of intention stunning, clever and richly provocative. A wonderful short and relevant piece to study with juniors for appreciation and to inspire narrative-based composition for all stages. The Yard picks up and navigates so many key social issues expertly, for students of all ages. It also interweaves such special stories and is testament to the rigorous workshop development origin.
Add to that the dancers’ beautiful, humble, approachable manner and Shaun’s extensive and sensitive management of both content and student-audience... they ticked every box we didn’t even know we had. And it is stupidly affordable….I think this genius deserves a round of applause for purveying not only the advancement of his cast- but the exposure of students across the country to important and accessible artistic work.” 
– Amanda Barwick, Scots College, NSW

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