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End of term beckoning!

31 August 2015

Only weeks to go before Term 3 finishes! Now's the time to make sure you can book the right event for Term 4. New shows being added daily.

It is amazing how many teachers make bookings with us over the weekends. Don't you ever stop thinking about work??

That's why we're here - to make your life easier! Happy Searching

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Attitudes to Learning Disabilities Mired in Past

28 August 2015

In the UK, over 1.4million children and adults have a learning disability. Research suggests general societal attitudes in the UK are negative towards them and uninformed as to what a learning disability means (Mencap 2008).

3 ways to change attitudes are suggested in this article in The Conversation

Image: Gavin Harding MBE was elected as Selby’s mayor, Britain’s first mayor with a learning disability. Anthony Devlin/PA Archive

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New program to commission smaller works for theatre

26 August 2015

Have an idea for a theatre work suited to smaller venues (around 200 capacity)?

Gasworks Arts Park in Victoria is commissioning! The program is called Small Gems.

Check out the details here

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Win $500+ for your school

24 August 2015

Just enter Sing For Good and help charity at the same time. 

You can enter as a school with a group (more than two) of students, a group of staff. You can even submit a song you have already filmed!! There is $20,000 in CASH prizes for schools. It's a national competition, people vote for your entry and that's how you win. So upload something soon! Winners announced 3 November.

Details here

Donations raised help people in need through Creativity Australia’s With One Voice program.

There are lots of community categories. Check out brain cancer surgeon Charlie Teo and staff in an operating theatre sing I will survive!

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One Arts Teacher

21 August 2015

I met Deb Kampl (above) last week. She's the art teacher at Harrisfield Primary in Noble Park, one of Melbourne's poorer suburbs.

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Melbourne Festival Shows Selling Out

18 August 2015

Teachers have been quick to grab tickets for the Melbourne Festival at the low student prices. Only concession prices available now for 1984. There are still some tickets at $15 and $25 for The Rabbits. Check out the whole schools offer here

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Brass Bedlam a hoot

17 August 2015

SFS went along to watch Brass Bedlam at Harrisfield Primary on Friday - what a great show to teach and to entertain. There were lots of moments of fantastic musicianship interspersed with involving the students. It all flowed so seamlessly that we learned about the history of brass instruments and how different countries developed different types of brass music, while being thoroughly entertained.  

The success of the show was summed up by 2 comments:

1. A student was obviously inspired and asked about learning the trumpet 

2. Teacher Deb Kampl said "Even Jacob was engaged!" High praise. Jacob has learning difficulties and doesn't often focus on what is happening around him.

In fact, this was one of several performances/arts activities for the school's Arts Festa Week, organised by visual arts teacher, Deb Kampl. More on that tomorrow.

Read more about Brass Bedlam.

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National Science Week

14 August 2015

Schools across the country will be celebrating National Science Week, this week. Great that you can apply for a small grant ($500) to run an event. Details here.

Many schools have booked our science shows to springboard their studies this week. Think about a show for next year (13 - 21 August). Why not book it now? Some science shows on SFS. You can refine the search for your year levels.

Hope you all have a blast.

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Special Consideration Requests Increasing

14 August 2015

The number of students applying for special consideration for exams is increasing, particularly for anxiety and depression which comes under the banner of "Severe Health Impairment". More private than state schools apply on behalf of their students, possibly reflecting the fact they have teachers to do testing and have administrative support enabling them to make the applications. It's a concerning situation. Read the article here

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Inclusive education - is it exclusive?

13 August 2015

Very clear article about how attempts at inclusion in education can actually be more about assimilation and even exclusion. Happily research demonstrates inclusion is actually best for all students. Read the article, by Kathy Cologon, in The Conversation here 

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Today's Trivia

12 August 2015

Do you realise the art is an anagram of threat? We found that interesting. 

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Get Singing, Win Cash Prizes for the School, Help Charity

10 August 2015

Sing for Good
Sing for Good aims to get communities singing for joy in every postcode of Australia and beyond. Schools, families, workplaces, sports teams… everyone is welcome. Cash prizes for schools.

Watch the Sing for Good highlights video 


1.       sing with a group (two or more)

2.       enter your video

3.       vote, donate + celebrate

There are heaps of categories, plus cash prizes for schools. Winners are announced at the huge With One BIG Voice concert at Melbourne Town Hall (3pm Sunday 8 November). Book tickets.

Donations raised help people in need through Creativity Australia’s With One Voice program.

Do good. Feel good. Register now at

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