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Happy Chinese New Year

11 February 2016

Dragon over Melbourne's Bolte Bridge. Thanks to our subscriber for sending it to us.

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11 February 2016

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6 February 2016

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Such a dedicated group

5 February 2016

Teachers are amazing. In January, when theoretically you're all supposed to be on holiday, teachers around Australia were obviously planning their programs for 2016. In January alone, teachers booked 10,750 kids into 2016 events on SFS.

It's impressive and also smart - the earlier you book the more likely you are to get the event day and time you want. Lots of new shows going up each day and we're always ready to help you choose. 

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Friends Affect Your Health

25 January 2016

Maybe you've suspected this, but research suggests social networks spread disease. Here's an amazing stat - a US study of 12,000 people over 32 years, found if a close friend of yours becomes obese, the likelihood of you becoming obese increases by 171%.  And your risk of attempting suicide is four times higher if you have a friend who has tried to kill themselves.

Choose your friends wisely!

Unfortunately the positive impact of healthy friends is not so dramatic, but if you have a happy close friend, that rubs off on you, more than a happy spouse or child. 

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Potato Cake, Potato Scallop or Potato Fritter?

11 January 2016

Ok. It's summer. You're in the fish and chip shop. What do you call a potato snack deep fried in batter??

Well it seems it depends which state you live in. There's interesting research showing the regional differences in the way Australian English is spoken - and it's often on state lines or a divide between north and south. Potato cake is strong in Victoria and Tassie, but turns dramatically into a Potato Scallop at the NSW border.

Do you wear togs, bathers or swimmers? In the "south" - WA, SA, VIC and TAS bathers predominate, but in NSW it's definitely swimmers while in QLD it's very clearly togs.

Check out these fascinating linguistic maps of our language in the Conversation

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Uberfication of Work - what it means to teachers

23 December 2015

Teachers on 11 month contracts, academics employed sessionally in 12 week blocks - this is the future ( which is  here but not 100% yet) of the "innovation agenda".  in fact, many middle class salary earners will lose any sense of financial security. How do you buy a house or car under those circumstances? It's being called "the uberfication of work" with everyone being shifted to piecework.

Is Malcom Turnbull's  innovation agenda another way of undermining the middle class? What will that do to our society?

Read this very informative but disturbing artlcle in The Guardian

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Holidays! Ahhhh

19 December 2015

That's it for schools until 2016. Have a great break everyone!!

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Only a few days to go...

16 December 2015

Hang in there teachers in Vic, WA, ACT and Tas! Lots of planning happening. Bookings for 2016 are really moving. Book your event now to get the dates you want. Enjoy your last day NSW schools!

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NT, QLD and SA Finish this week!

8 December 2015

Not long to go now, everyone else finishing next week.

Here's our favourite holiday image. 

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What you book with us - so interesting!

20 November 2015

It's so interesting to learn what's happening in schools around Australia by looking at the shows you book. And the range is so diverse.

To give you an idea, yesterday, some of the shows booked were -  HIPPO!HIPPO! - The Musical, Bellydance for Positive Self Image, the  Aussie Christmas Show, Chinese Lion Dance and The Freedom Ride. Wow. What a spectrum both of arts events and events you choose to enhance your curricula. Lucky kids.

Image: Bellydance for Positive Self Image

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You're Right - Our Internet is Slow

18 November 2015

Think our internet speed here is slow? You're right. We currently rank 44th in the world - a drop of 3 places since the last report in mid 2014 by US cloud service provider Akamai Technologies on the State of the Internet . Even New Zealand is now ahead of us. 

With the slow roll out of the NBN, less than 500,000 households are connected, we needn't hold our breath waiting for an increase. Netflix is due to officially launch soon in Australia, but will our internet service be up to it?? Want to know where you should go to watch a decently streamed movie? Check out table below

Top ten average global connection speeds
Rank Country Speed (Mbps)
1 South Korea 25.3
2 Hong Kong 16.3
3 Japan 15.0
4 Switzerland 14.5
5 Sweden 14.1
6 Netherlands 14.0
7 Ireland 13.9
8 Latvia 13.4
9 Czech Republic 12.3
10 Singapore 12.2

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