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Happy Mid Year Break NSW, Qld and Vic!

26 June 2015

A few days to go ACT, SA, Tas and WA.

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Congrats to Helpmann Award Nominees

23 June 2015

It's going to be very difficult to choose a winner in the category Best Presentation for Children in this year's Helpmann Awards. These are the nominees - all of which you could find on Shows For Schools!

Pete The Sheep - Produced and toured by Monkey Baa Theatre 

Hans Christian, You Must Be An Angel - Presented by Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne

The Rabbits - Opera Australia and Barking Gecko - Commissioned by Perth International Arts and Melbourne Festivals

Carnival of the Animals - Circa and Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Also of interest to Education audiences:

Geoff Dunstan and the team bringing  you CURIOSITY this year, are nominated for BEST PHYSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE

And Clare Watson, known by many for her work with Malthouse Theatre Education, is nominated for Best Director for What Rhymes with Cars and Girls. Congrats and Good Luck, Clare!!

Also nominated is KELLY from Queensland Theatre Company for Best Touring Production. 

Image: Hans Christian, You Must Be An Angel 

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Hurry to grab a special offer from Circus Oz

21 June 2015

Circus Oz has a brilliant show for Primary kids on in October in Melbourne

Called CURIOSITY . We've seen it and it's great.

Book before end of Term 2 and get the incredibly low price of $9.90 per student. (General Public price - $25.00)

On in their very own Spiegeltent in Collingwood. You can do a workshop with the Circus Oz trainers too. Details

We hope they tour this one nationally too.

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John Steinbeck - Writer of the moment on SFS

19 June 2015

"Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit."  We used this great quote from Noble Prize Winner, John Steinbeck, in our June enews. 

Segue to Perth Theatre Company whose production of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is on in December. Don't miss the opportunity to see this masterwork.

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Today

15 June 2015

It's sobering to think we need a day to highlight abuse of the elderly. Given the abuse is often by family members, it is particularly upsetting. In Australia, elderly abuse is mainly financial, apparently. Read what Gerard Mansour, the Commissioner for Senior Victorians, wrote.

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End of Term - A Great Time to Plan

14 June 2015

Many schools are looking for the right shows for their students. Don't leave it too long to book. With school timetables so full, getting students out or even finding a time to get an incursion in, is not easy. The earlier you book, the more likely you are to get the date that suits best. 

It's not surprising so many teachers make bookings out of school hours - the school day is simply too full. This is where Shows For Schools is a great tool. Use us!

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Happy Queens Birthday Holiday except WA

8 June 2015

Slave away WA !  The rest of the country is taking a long weekend. September probably seems a long way away.

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Budget cuts to Australia Council affect touring shows

1 June 2015

Many of the bigger productions for school students tour Australia. This year, Stripey - the eggscellent adventures of an emu chick, The 26-Storey Treehouse, Kelly to name a few, have relied on Federal Government funding to tour to theatres in other states. The budget cut $23 million from the Australia Council and as a result, they have withdrawn the June funding round for touring applications. This could have a devastating impact on the industry and therefore what you can see in your local theatre. 

At SFS we advocate the arts and education. In this budget, the arts and education were damaged. 

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Welcome to Winter

1 June 2015

June already. Winter. Term 2 nearly over. 2015 flying. 

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We have a winner!

25 May 2015

In a moment of nail biting anticipation, the winning Shows For Schools Subscriber was drawn today. The prize - a free incursion from Regional Arts Victoria to any school in Victoria, with a choice of shows! Drum Roll - the winner is Rosalie Birney of Gladstone Park Primary - a school in a north western outer suburb of Melbourne.

Her reaction?

I am thrilled- what a great experience for our students!

Congratulations to Rosalie and her lucky students from all of us here at SFS and from Suzi Cordell and her team at RAV. Rosalie's chosen the superb "FAIRY TALE COOKBOOK"

More details to come.

Don't miss out on other SFS offers! Subscribe here

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Education in Budget gets F

24 May 2015

Queensland academic, Stewart Riddle, has assessed the recent budget and given it an overall F.

Perhaps this is because there does not seem to be an overrarching plan from this government. They have confirmed they won't fund the final two years of Gonski. A failure to fund growth in education costs, too, will see a $30 billion shortfall from 2018. 

One thing he noted could cause us all to become cyncial -  in this budget the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership received $16.9 million to help improve teacher quality. In last year's budget, the same organisation had a cut of $19.9 million. 

Read the whole rather depressing article here

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Cutting the Conversation???

14 May 2015

In yet another inspired action, Education Minister, Christopher Pyne, has cut funding from The Conversation.

This is such a reliable source of reputable information. Created by Andrew Jaspan here in Australia, giving public voice to experts in universities to inform in every debate, Pyne should be offering more, not no funding.

In a few short years, the innovative online newspaper, The Conversation, has acheived a readership of 2.2 million a month. With the Australian Conversation as the mothership, TC is now launched in the UK, USA, Africa with several more countries queued to follow.

It is an incredible achievement, putting Australia in the forefront of international journalism with content from our universities. So one has to ask why Pyne would remove funding from this successful not-for -profit outfit?

We hope TC can keep going - their articles are fantastic.

Join their conversation here

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