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Rave over The Rabbits

13 October 2015

Congrats to Melbourne Festival. The Rabbits are being raved about. In The Age, Micahel Shmith said it is

an extraordinary and vivid piece of theatre that demands to be seen. Read the review.

Check out more about the show here. Finishes today.

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Melbourne Festival Opens Tonight

8 October 2015

Melbourne people get along to Federation Square this evening for the Opening Ceremony at 6.30pm, all the audience can join in at the end. Get the idea -check out the dance moves here. All followed by a free concert. 

Great weather for once!

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Take babies into RAIN

5 October 2015

Starts today and runs all week at the Awesome Festival in Perth. Start them young!

For littlest babes in arms and toddlers. An immersive experience for babes and carers.

Go here for tickets

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Back to school for half Australia today!

5 October 2015

Term 4 already for Qld, Vic and NSW. Enjoy the rest of your break everyone else.

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Happy October Everyone. Only 2 Sleeps to the AWESOME Festival

1 October 2015

Perth will be buzzing with the AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things  from October 3 -16.

Lots of interest, including Dame Lynley Dodd, prolific children's author and illustrator, best known for the Hairy Maclary books. She's opening the Lynley Dodd Story Exhibition at the State Library of WA, and also doing a free Q&A for teachers on October 7th at 11am in the Library. 

Get in quick for this one. Go here to book your place.

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Australian women marrying foreigners pre 1948 - loss of citizenship!

29 September 2015

I was shocked to read that it's only been since 1948 that an Australian woman didn't automatically lose her Australian citizenship when marrying a foreign national. The thinking obviously was that the woman would become a citizen of her husband's country. This often did not happen, especially after the turmoil of the first world war, with the result the Australian woman would become stateless. 

Yes, Australian women got the vote at Federation, but it clearly did not make them equal citizens.

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Early Childhood now in Education Ministry

25 September 2015

Early childhood education and care is now back in the Federal Education Portfolio, out of Social Services. So it should be! Viewing early childhood as the start of education is critical to development and having the portfolio so placed says so.

Good move.

Now let's see what Simon Birmingham will do with the whole portfolio.

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Last Day of School in WA, SA, ACT, NT and Tassie

25 September 2015

All Australian schools will be on holidays from today. Have a great break!

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School Holiday Arts Fun In Adelaide

24 September 2015

The holidays are nearly here. Have arty kids? Check out Carclew's Explore Arts creative workshops.

For ages 5 – 17 years. They run 28 September - 9 October.

Go here for details and to book.

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Hooray for HIPPO in 2016

23 September 2015

Some teachers are so organised they're already booking productions for 2016.

Here's one that should be of interest to teachers of Kinder to Year 2 - a Music Theatre adaptation of  the series beginning "There's A Hippopotamus On The Roof Eating Cake" from the excellent production house - Garry Ginivan Attractions. Called HIPPO! HIPPO! - The Musical, bookings are already open in Adelaide and Melbourne. Get in quick, this one is going to sell fast.

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Congrats to the Conversation

22 September 2015

We're very pleased the Victorian Government has stepped in to fund The Conversation. It has promised $1million a year for 3 years, making up the shortfall after the withdrawal of Federal Funding earlier this year. 

The Conversation is such a brilliant resource. Andrew Jaspan, ex editor of The Age, had the idea a few years ago and has made it work superbly. Based in Melbourne, The Conversation  has launched a UK, US and African editions. Today The Conversation France has launched and there are more to come.

The model involves partnering with Universities in each country. It's so refreshing to read informed, unbiased comment from academics on the issues of the day. And it's a win for them being published immediately.

In fact, while Andrew was developing the model for TC, we were developing Shows For Schools. Luckily, that also was a good idea, but not quite as international as TC.

Go here to read today's The Conversation, Australian edition.

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Two New Federal Ministers For Us

21 September 2015

Let's hope new Education Minister, Simon Birmingham, brings back Gonski! And in the Arts, new Minister Mitch Fifield scaps the National Program for Excellence asap.

Let's dream for a moment...

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