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Primary & secondary students to win a chance to meet Prof Brian Cox on his  August 2016 Australian tour


Six lucky school children will have the opportunity to meet world-renowned science presenter and former rock musician, Professor Brian Cox during his August 2016 Australian tour, Professor Brian Cox: A Journey into Deep Space.

 

To enter, students need to record a video of themselves asking Professor Cox their burning science question and send it to Australia’s Science Channel.  The winning entries will be shown during the Professor Brian Cox: A Journey into Deep Space events and Professor Cox will answer the questions live on stage.
The winning students will receive:

  • A double pass to Professor Brian Cox: A Journey into Deep Space
  •  A photograph with Brian Cox
  •  A signed book

 

To enter go to https://riaus.tv/USG/askbriancox or contact Julie LeMessurier - phone: 0417 855 696, jlemessurier@riaus.org.au

 

Australia's Science Channel goes into the wild


The Wild Life with Christina Choate, a documentary filmmaker, filmed a six-part series around Australia. This six part series follows Christina’s travels as she explores the history of Australia's continent including the earliest of life forms to Aboriginal ancestors, and the extraordinary species diversity in our country.

 

Feral cats, jellyfish and sea snakes to Tasmanian road kill, Christina discusses the environmental and human impacts that threatens our native species, and the current conservation efforts being undertaken to reduce these threats. Christina has a passion for wildlife, evolution and environmental education, making films that educate, enthrall and entertain about the amazing diversity of life on this planet.

 

All episodes can be viewed FREE at http://riaus.tv/tags/wild-life

New Exciting Literacy Programs for schools


The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has developed a program  for Australian authors to promote Australian literature in schools, through it's Reading Australia BookPros (RA BookPros).

It provides an opportunity for authors to conduct writing workshops in the classroom and to introduce teachers to a new, free teaching resource: Reading Australia.

 

 

Students will benefit from access to a professional author and workshops are aimed at developing thinking, literacy and writing skills of students and at boosting enthusiasm for writing. ASA’s authors can help students plan their writing, dive into the action, build characters we care about, set pace, structure their writing and edit their writing. Authors can offer guidance on narrative writing (fiction and non-fiction), poetry, drama, illustration, graphic stories and more.

 

How it Works

Book an author to conduct a one-off workshop or to visit your school over a series of weeks. Authors are available for all primary and secondary age groups. Authors are able to tailor the workshops to the needs of students, the school and the curriculum, in consultation with the classroom teacher.  For teachers, the workshops are an opportunity for professional development through in-class modelling and the exchange of ideas.  Visit the ASA website for more information or use the booking form

Portsmouth High Head Girls Team Launch support for chosen charity


Portsmouth High School’s Head Girl team were delighted to officially announce that they are supporting The Haven, a national charity offering breast cancer support designed for the individual, as the Sixth Form charity this year The Head Girl team will spearhead fundraising activities throughout the year to generate money and raise awareness of their chosen charity.

 

In a moving assembly to the whole school, the team explained why they have chosen The Haven to support.

 

‘We decided to choose the Haven because it is a cause that has a positive effect on breast cancer sufferers. Breast cancer effects many people's lives and we believe that the Haven is a charity that the whole school will get behind. The Head Girl team are very excited to start fundraising for this worthwhile cause.’ aid Head Girl, Genevieve Wilks.

 

The Haven offers advice on practical matters like money and work, help combatting stress, exhaustion and nausea, advice on healthy eating and exercise. And above all, there will always be someone to talk to. Their trained professional nurses, therapists, counsellors and advisers listen to individual concerns and give all the practical, emotional and physical support needed in a tailor-made package, support is free of charge and available in the beautiful Haven centres.  The nearest to Portsmouth is in Titchfield.

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