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Young Magician with big Ambitions at Sydney Fringe

23rd - 24th September  3:30pm

Saksham Magical Madness, Leichhardt Town Hall, 107 Norton St, Leichhardt
Bookings www.sydneyfringe.com

 

Saksham Sharma is spreading his magic across Sydney and his secret to success is practice and perseverance.  The 15 year old multi-award-winning illusionist has baffled people from the streets of Sydney to the large stages and festivals. He has performed all around Sydney and  Melbourne for theatre and corporate audiences. Now Saksham will presents his new show SAKSHAM MAGICAL MADNESS as a part of the Sydney Fringe Festival. Saksham said he hoped to take his performance to the national stage and screen with television performances including reality show favourites like Australia’s Got Talent. "It’s my dream to do a show in Los Angeles… or Las Vegas!”

 

 

Get Children Creating!

 Schools / Community Group or Club can win a Go-Pro

As part of NSW Children’s Week Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP) is launching a design competition for all children and young people under the age of 18 in NSW. Encourage students  to engage their creative side with an opportunity to draw, paint or digitally create a unique design.

 

The winning designs will be shown in Parliament House and will be transferred onto scarves and ties worn by NSW opinion leaders and copies will be provided to NSW Premier, the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP.

 

The competition closes 13 October and the winners will be announced during 2017 Children's Week  21 - 29 October. For more information and details of how to enter visit the ACYP website.

 

 

School Readiness Test

Over 50 schools successfully participated last week and this week will see an additional 500 schools undertaking the school readiness test.

This is a practice test only and is intended to help schools assess their technical readiness for NAPLAN Online, as well as learn how to use the online assessment platform. Feedback from schools will help inform decisions about when NSW will transition to NAPLAN Online.

Schools who require assistance regarding the school readiness test can call the NAPLAN helpdesk on 1300 119 556.

 

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses as part of HSC
National Skills Week commences Monday 28 August. Almost one in three students undertake at least one vocational education and training (VET) course as part of their HSC.  Schools are taking the opportunity to recognise and celebrate VET and inform students and the community of the career pathways available.

Initiatives include:

  • student research projects into vocational pathways – mapping a career pathway and exploring short videos on the Skills One website
  • inviting past VET students to talk to current students and their parents about their successes
  • hosting an evening event with local business people to build student understanding of career opportunities in a variety of industries.

Visit the National Skills Week website for helpful tips on getting involved.

 

Ancestry - 14 Days Free

 

Qld's The Murri School Celebrates

 

Queensland’s Murri School community came together to launch the innovative art project they have been working on since the beginning of the year. The project which is funded by the Lord Mayor's Charitable Trust,  uses an inventive combination of visual art and technology to create a tree that tells stories gathered from the community.

 

Teaching Artist Amelia Kalifa has been facilitating workshops with students, parents and teachers as part of a Creative Community project at the school. The Song Room’s Creative Community projects are designed to build relationships between parents, the students, the school and the wider community, while sharing skills, resources and cultural knowledge.... Read More

 

 

STEM camps for Aboriginal students in regional and remote NSW

The NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc. (AECG) is coordinating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) camps for Aboriginal students in regional and remote NSW.

Watch the video to hear from students and educators attending last year’s STEM camp at the Royal National Park, Sydney,  or click for more information about bookings for August / September / October..

Science Channel Steppng up Commitment to STEM

(science, technology, engineering and maths)

Developed in partnership with the Government of South Australia through the Dept of Education and Child Development, the new website provides a free online collection of video, articles and resources supporting Australian educators to gain greater awareness of career pathways in STEM.

All content is mapped to the Australian Curriculum with a focus on Science as a Human Endeavour, aimed at developing students understanding of science as it relates to the everyday world. It as been developed to complement the existing Ultimate Careers publication, app and designated sub-channel on Australia’s Science Channel. Log on for more information

 

 

 

Do you know a great teacher?

For many years schooldaysmagazine has been acknowledging an applauding outstanding teachers, with a whole section dedicated to Awards & Recognition for Outstanding Teachers.

 

schooldaysmagazine's specialist writer on the topic of Awards and Recognition, Dr Hans  Andrews has written seven books on the topic.

 

Now Schools Plus and the Commonwealth Bank have launched teaching awards and we encourage you to nominate a teacher that has made a difference in your schools or to your child's education.

Great teachers can change everything. They help children reach their full potential. Schools Plus and the Commonwealth Bank have partnered to recognise and reward Australia’s most outstanding teachers and principals.

Great teachers and school leaders deserve recognition. Nominating someone is a great way to show your appreciation for their teaching achievements, but doesn’t oblige them to apply. To find out more and how to nominate click here for the website.

 

 

Does your child have learning difficulties?

 

We have limited copies available of "Overcoming Learning Difficulties" by Anthony P Franklin, an Australian psychologist with more than 40 years as a teacher, lecturer in educational psychology and special eduction, market gardener and psychologist as well as learning experiences as a parent and grandparent.

 

  • Discover an integrated path, which brings information together from many disciples in one easy to understand framework and gets you off the not so pretty merry-go-round.
  • Develop a step by step approach starting from the basics and highlighting the "detective work" you can do to identify the real problem.
  • Create an easy to understand profile of what's contributing to behaviour and learning problems so you can clarify what is important and have a clearer direction for treatment
  • Learn what you can do yourself and when you need to refer on
  • Be surprised about how some learning difficulties can be addressed very quickly in just a few weeks.

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PlayAir is Back

Fundraising to  buy real musical instruments for children who need them.

 

Pick up a PlayAir Air Instrument from your local JB Hi-Fi store and support The Song Room.

 

Every $2 Air Instrument you purchase helps The Song Room put real instruments in the hands of Australian kids who need them. This year the kids from Broadmeadows Valley Primary School are coming on board as Air Ambassadors, and will happily show you how to get your air band rockin' and there are some amazing prizes to be won, including one of three JB Hi-Fi shopping sprees and Sonos speakers.

For the first time you can take to the air stage to accept your very own ARIA with the inclusion of the limited edition PlayAir Air ARIA Award. The  first ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award nominees will be announced on 10th October.

 

 

 

20 Things to Avoid When Parenting your Teen

As our children grow up everything starts to change. No sooner do we start feeling confident that we have this ‘parenting-lark’ sussed – that the goalposts start changing. Here are some pointers that will help, as you and your teen embark on the next stage... Adolescence. Read More

 

Today at Apple

Do you know that you know that Apple provides inspiring programs for teachers and parents near you? To find out about these programs and there are many, visit the Apple website, put in your city or town and a range of dates and topics will pop up for you. Choose which ones you want to go to and book in. Simple and free.

 

Teaching Teens to Choose Good Role Models

Have you ever had a gun held to your head?  At 16, I was at a party when all of a sudden, THUNK! I was shoved against a wall by a .22 calibre, Winchester lever-action rifle. It was loaded and so was Glen who was holding the gun. He was high on some mind-bending, drug cocktail. It happened without warning or provocation.  The role models I chose as a child, followed me. The mindset that I developed, took me from one disaster to another.  Fortuitously, searching for an excuse to get away from the gang and my family, at the age of 17, I found a job marking targets at the local rifle range, which is were  I met 70 year old Clarry... Read More

 

 

Living with a Indigo Children

I met my first Indigo child around 9pm on New Years Eve, 1977.
I was both elated and exhausted, as my son’s birth wasn’t handled well by the hospital – he didn’t like interference from the start. He opened his eyes and wanted to get on with life – by resisting sleep. .... Read More

 

What's the Apple Teacher Program?

Apple Teacher, a free professional learning program is designed to support  educators using Apple products for teaching and learning. You can build skills on iPad and Mac that directly apply to activities with your students, earn recognition for the new things you learn and be rewarded for the great work you do every day. The program is designed as a self-paced professional learning journey, free to all educators. To find out more have a look at the programs offered here, there are a few videos from Apple Teachers that may interest you. You can also join in the chat on #AppleTeacher on Twitter.

 

 

PISA  Results (Volume IV - Students Financial Literacy) 2015

 

Over the past decades, developed and emerging countries and economies have become increasingly concerned about the level of financial literacy of their citizens, particularly among young people. This initially stemmed from concern about the potential impact of shrinking public and private welfare systems, shifting demographics, including the ageing of the population in many countries, and the increased sophistication and expansion of financial services.

 Financial literacy is now globally recognised as an essential life skill.
Download the publication from the
OECD  library.

 

Queensland Student Entrepreneur Awards Budding entrepreneurs at schools in Queensland were recently given the opportunity to compete for the titles at the Inaugural Student Entrepreneur awards. The winning team secured a valuable mentoring session with entrepreneur, investor and Shark Tank star, Steve Baxter.... Read More

 

Guiding Children Through Difficult Times

We spoke with Liliane Grace, speaker, coach and author of The Mastery Club, about a recent survey showing that children in Australia are worrying about what is happening in the world with terrorist attacks and are concerned for their safety. Read Liliane Grace's article"Guiding Children Through Difficult TImes" to see what she recommends.

 

 

Local Bookshop Encourages Healthier Eating and Lifestyles in Local Schools

Dymocks in Lane Cove on Sydney's lower north shore and YummyTImes Group are working together to educate children to help them make good lifestyle choices and develop healthy eating habits.... Read More

 

 

 

 

Calculus-based Maths Syllabuses delayed until 2019

 

The NESA Board has decided to postpone implementation of the new HSC calculus-based maths syllabuses until 2019, to ensure they are of the highest quality, and schools have time to develop effective programs for teaching these courses.

 

This means the new HSC Maths Advanced, Extension 1 and Extension 2 syllabuses will be released later this year for Year 11 students to study from 2019. This will also mean that they will be first examined on a common scale in the 2020 HSC.

 

 

Talks to Inspire science projects with children

 

Eight  crafty TED talks will ignite passions, pique interests and introduce kids to the excitement of hands-on learning.

 

Arvind Gupta -Turning trash into toys for learning :

AnnMarie Thomas - Hands-on science with squishy circuits

Gever Tulley Life lessons through tinkering

Ayah Bdeir - Building blocks that blink, beep and teach

Catarina Mota - Play with smart materials

Thomas Thwaites -  How I built a toaster -- from scratch

Cesar Harada - How I teach kids to love science

Linda Liukas -  A delightful way to teach kids about computers

 

Click here to view


New Australian maths resource released

ACARA

 

Teachers who want support to implement the proficiencies in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics have some additional guidance with the release by ACARA of a new mathematics resource.

 

The four proficiency areas students are expected to develop in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics – understanding, fluency, problem-solving and reasoning – are explored in this new resource.

 

The resource provides illustrations of practice and student work samples, gathered from a number of primary and secondary schools from different sectors across Australia; it has been designed to assist teachers to incorporate the proficiencies into teaching practice... Read More  on the website for  Australian Curriculum

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Publishing positive education information for parents and teachers since 2000

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Publishing positive education information for parents and teachers since 2000

Publishing positive education information for parents and teachers since 2000

Welcome to schooldaysmagazine, published since 2000 for parents and teachers. It's filled with useful, helpful and positive information covering all years of school education (K-Year 12) with articles covering a wide range of education topics, written by specialists in their fields. If you have just discovered it, do yourself a favour and subscribe to find out the latest in positive school education, new books and more.

Publishing positive education information for parents and teachers since 2000

Publishing positive education information for parents and teachers since 2000

Welcome to schooldaysmagazine, published since 2000 for parents and teachers. It's filled with useful, helpful and positive information covering all years of school education (K-Year 12) with articles covering a wide range of education topics, written by specialists in their fields. If you have just discovered it, do yourself a favour and subscribe to find out the latest in positive school education, new books and more.