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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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Melbourne Festival announced!

4 August 2015

With the brilliant theatre offering, 1984 to the award-winning The Rabbits, with the music and magic of Masquerade, this year's Melbourne Festival looks fantastic for schools. Great prices for schools too. Get in quick! Check out all the events here

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3 August 2015

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Get a degree in Circus!

30 July 2015

NICA (National Institute of Circus Arts) is taking applications for their degree and diploma courses now. Applications close Sept 14. More information

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Congrats to the Helpmann Award Winners.

28 July 2015

Huge congrats to Barking Gecko, Opera Australia, Perth International Festival, Melbourne Festival for the fantastic production for children - THE RABBITS, winner of this year's Helpmann Award for Best Presentation for Children. Let's have more of these collaborations. It spreads the financial load and allows the creation of exceptional work. And it's good for everyone to work together nicely to achieve that.

The Rabbits will also be on during the Melbourne Festival. Go here.

For a full list of winners, go here

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Stripey's a winner!

27 July 2015

We went along to see Garry Ginivan Attractions'  STRIPEY - the eggscellent adventures of an emu chick! at the Canberra Theatre Centre. The place was packed with 4,000 school kids.

Congrats to all involved. The show is excellent. Or should we say "eggscellent". The cast, the sets and gorgeous costumes were all very high quality.

We're so pleased people like Garry Ginivan are dedicated to producing new Australian shows.

As Victorian teacher Elise Andrew from Kensington Primary said recently " Absolutely fantastic. The kids loved it."

Try and catch it as it heads off around Australia. Look for venues here.

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Transition to Secondary School

24 July 2015

Interesting article on transition from ACER on Transition from Primary to Secondary School. Research from 20 Catholic primaries in Perth, found girls looked forward to it more positively than boys and that expectations are an indicator of actual experience. Read the complete article from Teacher mag.

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Discipline problems? Relate

23 July 2015

As teachers well know, corporal punishment has detrimental effects on children. Research suggests the most effective way to create desireable behaviour is to develop strong relationships.

This artlcle by Louise Laskey, in The Conversation also includes links to several studies on the effects of corporal punishment as well as lists of ways to engender positive relationships with children.

It probably confirms what most teachers already know, but might be a useful inclusion in a school newsletter.

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All back at school nationwide

22 July 2015

We hope you've all had a great break. We're halfway!! Lots of great events to inspire your students on SFS.

Now's a great time to book events for your students. Just go here and start searching. You can search in the categories listed and also for any key word. If that word is in the text anywhere, it will take you to that event. If you have any comments/suggestions re our searches, drop us a line at

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