Most of us like to travel at some stage during the year. Get inspired by the journeys that families enjoy, some while continuing education of their children.
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TASTY SCHOOL LUNCH BOX & AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS
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There is plenty of good reading for you to be found in the section "Articles", so settle down with your favourite cool and refreshing, or hot and cosy drink and enjoy.
While you have been enjoying the holidays, I took some time to review new books and resources. One of the great resources we've come across is from Apple - iTunesU. If you are like me, you hadn't thought to look at it, even though you've seen the logo - do think again. I've discovered a mine of information that is useful for teachers and students and most of it's free. Amazing, yes, free. Teachers, lecturers, or anyone wanting to share with others can make a course. I am particularly interested in medieval history and found a good course under the Australian Curriculum section, but the topics seem to be endless and for all learning stages from primary though to high school. More on this later as I continue reviewing....
Remember to take a look at the bookshop for great ideas for presents or for personal enjoyment, development and your library. Scroll down this page to discover more...
Sydney teacher Jacqui Paley receiving an award in recognition of her outstanding teaching
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Making a Difference in Indigenous Education -
The Shalom Garamarda Scholarship Program
The Shalom Gamarada Scholarship Program was established to make a contribution to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians through higher education and by increasing the number of Indigenous professionals. The program is now making an identifiable impact...Read More
Transitions - Preparing for Primary, High School and Further Education
Help your child transition from to primary school, to high school and from high school to adult life. Three new articles in the Featured Articles section and Finishing School, Gap Years and Careers Section.
Swimming is the most common sporting activity in Australia,
Swimming is the most common sporting activity in Australia, with around 1 in 2 kids and 1 in 10 adults regularly taking the plunge, the latest National Sports Participation report from Roy Morgan Research shows. Combining data for the year to December 2014 from the Single Source survey of Australians aged 14+ and the Young Australians survey of kids aged 6-13 shows that overall 1 in 7 Australians regularly go swimming (14.4%), while nearly 1 in 9 go cycling (10.8%) and 1 in 12 play soccer (8.2%).
Just under half of kids 6-13 regularly go swimming (48.8%) or play soccer (48.7%), followed in popularity by cycling (37.7%), athletics/track & field (31.7%), basketball (30.5%) and dancing (30.3%). Just over 1 in 4 kids play cricket regularly (25.7%) and around 1 in 5 play netball (20.5%) or tennis (20.0%).
Gymnastics (18.1%) and Australian Rules football (17.9%) come in at 10th and 11th most popular, with 12th and below all with participation rates under 10% of kids: Hiking/Bushwalking (9.5%), Rugby League (9.3%), softball (8.9%), martial arts (8.8%), volleyball (7.7%), baseball (6.7%) and field hockey (5.9%), with around 1 in 20 kids regularly going off roller-blading/skating (5.2%) or horse-riding (4.9%).
Opportunities for Creative Students - University of Arts London, Coming to Sydney
UAL, the largest arts university in Europe and one of the leading arts and fashion institutes in the world, is coming to Sydney in February 2016 to conduct school visits, give free presentations and workshops, and conduct face to face interviews.
Students have the chance to get on the spot decisions to study at UAL for September 2016 entry.
Opportunities for Exchange Teaching for a Year - applications now open for 2017
Fancy living in a overseas for a year and soaking up the adventures? If you are a teacher with the NSW Department of Education you should check out the the opportunity to enhance your teaching career by going on a teaching exchange. Countries for teaching exchange include Canada, UK, Germany, Denmark, USA... Read more
To help fuel and inform the STEM and space conversations that will no doubt be happening around the movie, The Martian by Andy Weir. A great story that has just been released as a blockbuster movie.
RiAus has created clips on the science behind the movie. You could use these clips in the classroom to explore the idea of leaving Earth for another planet, the extensive STEM content and get to know some space experts; hear from the author, an astronaut, space archaeologist, space and planetary scientist and visual effects producer. Take a look at the video from RiAus.
Living life like a dyslexic -
When Sir Richard Branson received a letter from a young girl called Isley Hermansen about her campaign to tackle dyslexia it struck a chord. Read More on ... http://bit.ly/1ZFfBE2 - this is the video shared around the world #likeadyslexic
"The debate he (author Hans Andrews) puts forward is perennially valid and highly relevant in the current Australian education landscape. A school’s employees, in this case its teachers, need to feel appreciated and important to the school” -
Stephen Thomson, MACE- review in Professional Educator, Australian College of Educators
The most important thing to remember is, that not everyone is built of the same stuff when it comes to being able to create the necessary internal psychological structures – or mental 'grit' - to support themselves in times...
Discussing career options and gap years, travel with your teen
Leaving secondary school and stepping into the adult world can be a confusing time for any teenager, but with some careful planning and research the transition is bound to be a lot easier...
Inspiring Ideas for Fundraising
Give Your Child the Winning Edge
Recognition vs Merit Pay for Outstanding Teachers
Imagine the power of memory capacity and skill when shown how to improve memory through practice. Did you know that working memory is one of the elements underlying intelligence? ...
The majority of recognition programs existing only make one award a year no how many teachers there are in a K-12 school or college. Meet award winning teachers who share what a difference ...
Volunteers in schools
How to Run A Computer Club
Travelling with Children, the whole family will enjoy
School Lunch Box Ideas
& After School Snacks
Have you ever considered running a computer club to contribute to the school community? Unless you have technical knowledge and skills for working with computers you are probably thinking you don’t have the credentials. I thought that too, until I actually jumped in front of 30 kids...
Articles for travelling as a family, ideas, hints, tips to get the most out of yur family's travel and holidays.
Tasty school lunch box and after school lunch ideas, plus easy-to-make quick meals for the whole family without additives or preservatives ...
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