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Sometimes  The Best Classroom is no classroom at all!

Featherdale Wildlife Park


Imagine teaching without (traditional) lessons.  Featherdale has Sydney's largest collection of Australian Fauna, giving a sensory experience of sight, sound, smell and touch. Their enclosures are designed to represent the animals’ natural habitats as closely as possible.





All their exhibits contain animal information cards, identifying each species and their diet, distribution, habitat and interesting features. They can also provide worksheets which have been designed to further the students’ learning in accordance with the ACARA curriculum and syllabus.


They have a great offer for Vacation Care Groups with a holiday program that includes entry to the park with the option of a group lesson with some furry, scaly or feathered friends. To qualify for the offer of free entry for every 10th student, bookings must be received before the 30th December 2016. The offer is valid for bookings between 21st December 2016 and 27th January 2017.


For more information and to book email: education@featherdale.com.au or phone the education team 02 9622 1644

Education Coordinator Louie with students and a Tawny Frogmouth

The Bald Soprano by Eugene Ionesco

Wed 9 - Fri 11 November, 11am and 8pm

Sat 12 - Sun 13 November, 2pm and 8pm

PACT Theatre, 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville NSW 2043

For Secondary Schools


The Bald Soprano is a dark, bracingly funny excursion into the limits of language and logic, set in contemporary times against a cocktail party and the Great Fire of London, Covering the  HSC Topics of

- Significant Plays of the 20th Century

- Drama Units of work on Absurdism


The play is a proper British cocktail party, but nothing is going according to plan. Mrs and Mr Martin don't recognise each other, the Smiths' doorbell keeps ringing, and the maid mysteriously disappears. As London burns and the flames flicker higher, the ability to communicate and comprehend is crumbling too...  It is directed by  by Kara McLaughlin, and stars Foxtel’s,  "Open Slather’s" Hannah Bath


For more information, prices and to book  visit the website twistedtreetheatre.com.au



Launch of "Colours of Australia"


We were pleased to be at the launch at the NSW State Library, of the next magnificent book for young children, by multi-talented Indigenous author Bronwyn Bancroft.


The official launch of the book was made by long-term friend of the author, The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO (Former Governor-General).

Bronwyn has written and illustrated many books for children that have become firm favourites with many families, including the Bryce family) that have been passed onto the next generation.  She is also an illustrator and designer. Her latest book is "Colours of Australia" - more about the book in the What's New section.




Rudyard Kipling’s enthralling tale of the child raised by animals

St Aidan’s Performance Space, Longueville
Friday to Sunday 18 November - 3 December 2016


Lane Cove Theatre Company presents  Kipling's unforgettable tale that has enthralled and delighted young audiences for generations.  Mowgli, the 'wolf-cub child’ and friends Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther and Kaa the python, transport us to the jungle in a story that has remained a favourite amongst adults and children alike.. Can Mowgli discover the secret of man's red flower? Can he fight off the terrifying tiger, Shere Khan as he awaits his chance to pounce?


Directed by 18-year-old Bedelia Lowrencev, The Jungle Book features a cast of brilliantly talented – mostly young - performers (all but four of the 22-strong cast are under the age of 18!) including wonderful newcomer Charlotte Pugh as Mowgli, Madeleine Biddle as Bagheera, Daniel Timmins as Kaa and Holly Boswell as Shere Khan as well as seasoned actors Rod Stewart as Baloo, Jeremy Lowrencev as Akela and Jocelyn Chalmers as Raksha.


For bookings: rybooking.com/KIIF



The Sydney Writers’ Festival and BOSTES have again teamed up to present events for students in Years 9 to 12, following the success of the Best of the Fest program last year. The Student Sessions 2017 will feature dynamic thinkers speaking on a range of subjects linked to the NSW curriculum. The sessions will run on two dates:


  • Monday 22 May 2017 – Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay
  • Thursday 25 May 2017 – Riverside Theatres, Parramatta


More information, including a full program and booking details, will be released in February 2017





11, 15 & 16 November at 11:00am

for students in years 10 & 11


This play by Chris Isaacs is a powerful look at racial bias amongst young people and is an excellent and acclaimed play (from the Black Swan Theatre Company in Perth) that deals with important social issues surrounding indigenous culture in Australia.

An opportunity to see a great new Australian play in its East Coast debut, presented by experienced young professional actors. Each schools performance will be followed  by a discussion with the cast and producer discussing both the themes of the play and any other questions the students may wish to ask the actors regarding acting techniques.  Visit the website for bookings and more information. Presented by Lambert House Productions.

1790 – an Australian history play, available for school productions


“1790” is a play exploring the unique and extraordinary relationship between the first Governor of NSW, Arthur Phillip, and Bennelong of the Eora people. With a cast of 15-35, it is a fantastic script to work on for a school production.



Despite being on the potentially dull and dry topic of Australian history, “1790” is fast-paced, dynamic and surprisingly funny. It provides plenty of opportunities for acting, stage crew, costume design and technical roles. It was co-written in 2014 by historian Robert Thomson and Pete Malicki.


The play can be read on www.petemalicki.com. If you’d like to know more, or to discuss rights, please contact Pete on petemalicki@gmail.com or phone 02 9419 3501.

Record number of HSC students finish school this year


Data released by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) today shows a record 69,350 students will be hitting the books this month to study for their final HSC exams.

  • 2016 HSC enrolment statistics
  • 69, 350 students are on track to achieve the HSC this year
  • 77,163 students are enrolled in one or more HSC courses
  • 51% are female. 49% are male
  • Joshua and Emily are the most popular first names for students.
  • Smith and Nguyen are the most popular surnames
  • The cohort includes 864 sets of twins and 18 sets of triplets


Maths, Biology and Business Studies are the most popular elective subjects. French is the most popular language and Japanese is the most popular Asian language. Hospitality is the most popular vocational course.

New Australian maths resource released



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 Australian Curriculum website

What makes a Good Teacher Great?


At the recent BOSTES ceremony celebrating NSW top teachers, they asked Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers “What makes a good teacher great?” This is what they said.


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Online gaming can boost school scores


Teenagers who regularly play online video games tend to improve their school results, according to new research from RMIT University. School students who visit Facebook or chat sites every day are more likely to fall behind in maths, reading and science.

Associate Professor Alberto Posso, from RMIT’s School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, investigated the results of testing by the globally recognised Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). Posso said video games could help students to apply and sharpen skills learned at school. “Students who play online games almost every day score 15 points above the average in maths and 17 points above the average in science.“

When you play online games you’re solving puzzles to move to the next level and that involves using some of the general knowledge and skills in maths, reading and science that you’ve been taught during the day,” he said. “Teachers should consider incorporating popular video games into teaching – so long as they’re not violent ones.”

Posso said it was important to recognise that other factors could have a major impact on teenagers’ progress.  Indigenous students or those from minority ethnic or linguistic groups were also at greater risk of falling behind than those using Facebook or chat every day.

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.


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