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Britain's Taylor Review into Work and Wages

13 July 2017

The vast change in work practices in Britain, with zero hours contracts and low pay, dubbed the "gig" economy have given rise to lots of discussion about " a living wage" harking back 100 years or more when it was first raised in the British Parliament ( by Winston Churchill).

Ironically, employment rates are high, but it hasn't resulted in better conditions or higher pay for workers. The UK is the only country in the EU where employment rates have risen but wages have fallen.

It is difficult for many workers to cover the cost of living.

The British Govt instigated the Taylor Review to examine modern work practices. It has highlighted the current situation, but, disappointingly not made any recommendations likely to improve the situation for workers.

Read more here

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School holidays - both start and finish today.

10 July 2017

As SA & Tas  enjoy their first holiday sleep-in, Queenslanders head into Term 3.

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Arts Practioners - apply for international conference funding

7 July 2017

Applications to the Australia Council to attend forthcoming international conferences between November and February are open now and close August 15! Grants of up to $3000 are available. Details here

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One more sleep for Tassie and SA -then holidays!

6 July 2017

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Bear Hunt was a big finish!

1 July 2017

Another 1000 kids went to see "We're Going On A Bear Hunt" yesterday, at the Clocktower Centre on the last day of Term 2.

The image above is of the ordered parade of 165 kids/teachers and parents from St Paul's, Keabla, going to the theatre. Booking teacher, Tina, was working hard, directing traffic. She had raced to the head of the column by the time i took out my camera. It's so satisfying to know she thought all the effort worthwhile. This is what she said

"The show was fabulous!  Teachers and students absolutely loved it and it was great to have the resources prior to today's performance, so that we could sing with the children and practice the actions...Thanks to you, your staff and the performers. A fantastic way to end the term."  Tina Segulin

Thanks to you, Tina, and all the other teachers who went out of their way to organise a great experience for their students. Melbournians can still catch production in Frankston in the holidays, before it heads to Sydney and on to Brisbane

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Last Day of School for NSW, QLD, ACT, VIC and WA today!

30 June 2017

Yippee! Have a great break everyone.

Image: Our favourite holiday image ...

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98% of Australians engage with the arts!

28 June 2017

An Australia Council survey about Arts Participation gave this fantastic result.

A big thank you to all you teachers who give children their first experience of many art forms. Read the analysis here

Just yesterday, Huntingtower School teacher, Gill Cutler took a group of students to see "We're going on a Bear Hunt" at The Karralyka Theatre in Ringwood, Victoria. This is what she wrote:

.."we LOVED the show!  Thank you so much.  Very clever and creative way to portray the story.

The children had a wonderful time.   Took the 3 year olds for the first time ever on excursion."

Thank you, Gill. 

Image: Students, parents and kids engaging with the arts at the National Theatre in May, 2017.

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Over 1000 kids going on a Bear Hunt today.

27 June 2017

Watch out if you're near the Karralyka Theatre in Ringwood today - lots of kids seeing the wonderful We're Going On A Bear Hunt as it continues it's national tour.

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Last week of term for NSW, ACT, VIC and WA.

26 June 2017

Get those bookings for the rest of the year in soon.

Tassie and SA have another week to go...

Queensland and NT finished last week - feeling confused?

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Book Week 2017 & 2018

24 June 2017

1. if you haven't booked a show for book week this year - there's not much chance of getting one.

Unless you live in Melbourne and want a show for P - 2. Sarah, from the wonderful The Reading Bug show (image above), has just freed up some dates allocated to international performances to meet the demand in Melbourne. She still has some dates left! Hurry, book here.

If you want a show for P - 6 in Victoria, once again, why not think laterally and book the Mad Hatter? There are some book week dates left.

2. Why not book now for 2018? All our book shows will be offering great shows next year (even if they're not decided yet). Get in now and save the stress of doing it next year! It's cheaper too! All of the Companies on this link will offer book shows next year.

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Happy Holidays Queensland & NT schools!

23 June 2017

Queensland & NT schools lead the way, starting their Term 2 holidays first, today.

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Winter solstice today.

21 June 2017

Yes, we'll be over the shortest day soon! The time of the winter soltice today varies from 12.24pm in WA to 2.24pm in the Eastern states. It might be worth a moment of lunchtime reflection.

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