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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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Sad to see so many fantastic shows finishing!

21 September 2015

Term 3 had some real crackers - from GGA's Stripey- the eggscellent adventures of an emu chick which toured the east coast, the premiere of Barking Gecko and Opera Australia's The Rabbits (which Melbourne people can catch in the Melbourne Festival), cdp's The 26-Storey Tree House all the book show incursions...the list was amazing.

Hurry, catch Bakehouse's The Audition in Adelaide.

Term 4 has plenty on offer too. WA can look forward to AWESOME International Festival for Bright Young Things, The 52-Storey Treehouse premieres in Sydney, catch Circus Oz's CURIOSITY in Melbourne..Lots more on SFS. Search now!

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Last day of term for QLD, NSW & VIC schools!

18 September 2015

Have a great break!

Hang in there everyone else - only a week to go.

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SFS Subscriber Giveaway - Tix to 1984

17 September 2015

Congrats to Angie Bedford who got in first for our giveaway. She chose to see 1984 in the Melbourne Festival (who wouldn't??). Thanks heaps to the Melbourne Festival for the tickets. Our giveaways are unusual in that the winner choses what they'd like to see from the huge array on Shows For Schools. Our presenters are generally happy to oblige.

We really appreciate the Melbourne Festival coming through for us. Seats are in high demand. If you haven't booked yet, get onto it! Go here to see what's on offer in this year's fab festival.

Want some free tickets yourself??? Well, subscribe to SFS here!

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Will the Arts and Education be better off under Turnbull?

15 September 2015

Let's hope so.

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Last week of term for QLD, NSW & VIC

14 September 2015

Nearly time to put your feet up and chill. Another week for the other states and territories.

Hurry - book your shows for next term. Some teachers are already booking for 2016!

Go here to search

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