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New month, new season.

1 June 2018

Enjoy winter! Go to the theatre, concerts and exhibitions.

Image: Moliere's The Hypochondriac at Darlinghurst Theatre later this month. Details

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Over 50,000 Australian school children booked into SFS events

24 May 2018

We're pleased to reach this milestone in May, auguring well for another big increase in our users this year. Thanks to all the teachers and companies who use our services. The aim was to make your lives easier and we guess it's working!

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Schools contribute to inequality

23 May 2018

Social and economic inequalities in schools is reflected in NAPLAN results. Schools with children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Year Five are two and a half years behind more advantaged schools in English, two years behind in Maths. By Year Nine, this has grown to four years in reading and numeracy, four and a half years in writing.

It's ironic that social and economic disadvantage is simply increased with schooling. The gap between the highest and lowest performing schools is the third largest in the OECD countries. Only Chile and Turkey have greater inequalities.

The recent report from the Committee for Economic Development in Australia (CEDA) suggests the answer is in socially integrated schools and intervening early if students start to fall behind.

This shameful gap needs to be addressed.

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The fairytale wedding is over but there are other fairytales!

21 May 2018

Enthusiasm for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry last weekend showed how people love a fairytale. How they can imagine themselves as part of it. Why not harness that capacity and book your students to see a production?

Lots to choose from here.

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Improve Yr 7 attendance rates - finish high school

14 May 2018

The Smith Family have released a study of 30,000 Yr 7 students from low-income families. They've proven the connection between improving Yr 7 attendance rates and finishing high school. 

Learning for Life is a Smith Family program providing resources for students from low-income families numbering more than 38,000 students nationally. These include "a biannual payment, a program co-ordinator who works with the family, and access to a number of other specific programs. These include targeted literacy and numeracy programs, after-school learning clubs, mentoring and career activities, and training in digital and financial literacy for parents or carers."

The students' progress is being monitored through research.

Research into educational approaches is necessary to confirm which policies are best - a novel idea! It is already clear that investment in early childhood education and tutoring of adolescents work. How fantastic to have this research to show it.

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It's never too late to learn a language

12 May 2018

We all felt cheered by this article! Pick a language and off you go. Reserch details here.

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SFS May enews this week

10 May 2018

Like a copy?Just subscribe here. We only send two per term. Perfect!

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Want a senior secondary audience in Victoria?

3 May 2018

Applications for the VCE Drama & Theatre Studies Playlist for 2019 is now open. Selection is by the VCAA Board. Playwrights/Companies/Producers /Arts Organisations need to have their application in by July 3, 2018.

Go here to apply.

Good luck!

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1 May 2018

Whether you're celebrating "Spring" and doing the maypole thing or instead regard it as the international day honouring workers, Happy May Day.

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Last day of April

30 April 2018

Mid Autumn. Enjoy the colours if you're in a temperate area.

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24 April 2018

We like to draw your attention to some shows you might otherwise not find.

1. Access All Areas: Hansel and Gretel Live Stream Program, Victorian Opera (image above) If you live within 150 km of Arts Centre Melbourne, book into the show and get 4 streamed workshops free. If you live further away, in Victoria, you can also see the performance streamed as well as participate in the workshops for a nominal cost. The way of the future!

2. Mandurah PAC is presenting fab Brisbane based shake n stir's latest show Roald Dahl's George’s Marvellous Medicine (image above) in July. Details here

3. Brisbane-based Expressions Dance Company run professional development workshops for Dance Teachers. Check out this one - FOCUS - on August 13.

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ANZAC Day incursions

23 April 2018

We have several incursions commemorating ANZAC Day. Check them out here.

Image: Canakkale. Galllipoli. Lest we forget.

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