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Independent artist tells Senate enquiry why NPEA is a bad idea

9 September 2015

The Senate enquiry into arts funding has met with groups around Australia as a result of the setting up of the new National Program for Excellence in the Arts in the last budget. This took $104.7 million in funding from the Australia Council.

The group most affected are independent artists - that is, artists not in companies funded through government. Watch independent artist, David Pledger, suberbly express the problem with the whole notion of this NPEA and it's limited view.

"NPEA will get a program that guts the Australian arts because it excludes the independent voices that define us.." Watch his impressive response to the enquiry here

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Motivating children without reward or punishment

7 September 2015

Came across this interesting article saying that the ideal is to motivate children intrinsically rather than by reward or punishment ( extrinisically). Essentially it's about giving children (people) some control which leads to feeling happy.

Apparently happy people are more likely to behave. There are a few strategies suggested, too. Have a read here

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Talented Vic Music Students Need Apply

2 September 2015

Applications for the Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarship are up on the Victorian College of the Arts  website. The scholarships are for students from Government schools who gain places to study Music at tertiary level at the VCAA.  There are two scholarships ($5000 each), one for students wishing to continue Performance studies and the other for those intent on following a Composition pathway. The deadline for applications is Friday 6 November.

 Go here for details.

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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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