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The 2017 Play Your Part Awards are now open for nominations

Nominations close  4 April 2017.  Play Your Part Awards will be announced in National Child Protection Week, 3rd - 9th September 2017.


Do you know someone who is doing something inspiring to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people? The Play Your Part Awards recognise organisations and individuals who are working to create safer, healthier and happier environments for children.
Initiatives that reduce children’s risk of experiencing abuse and neglect are not always easy to identify, but are the kinds of activities that help keep kids safe and provide them with communities where they can thrive. Activities such as play groups, community events and scholarships are just some examples of work that encourages positive support for children, young people and their families. To enter visit the website.

Out of this world education treat for your classroom - Make Me a Martian

Friday 10 March -
11:30 - 12:30 ACST
12:00 - 1:00 AEST

09:00 - 10:00 AWST


Join in a live streamed event that pits astronaut candidate Josh Richards against crew commander Carmel Johnston to see whose knowledge of Mars reigns supreme! Guided by our funny and informed host through a series of planetary science brainteasers, Make Me a Martian’s live stream will conclude with the your class making the final call on who wins, and whose feet will remain firmly planted on Earth.

This event is held in association with WOMADelaide The Planet Talks, for more information go the website RiAUS website.


Get Wired for Success - Brain Changer for Educators,
Mental Health Experts and Business Leaders


This neuroscience event is for educators, mental health experts and business leaders, will be held in Melbourne on 26 February, Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne 12:30pm to 4:30pm


A brain changer for Australian professionals interested in strategies that can transform mental health and learning difficulties and improve quality of life, this seminar is about becoming wired for success and achieving better outcomes.

Presented by Business Brain Mapping: "I Can Change My Brain"

Barbara Arrosmith -Young is the author of The Woman Who Changed Her Brain and says, no one should live with a learning disability. No one should live with intellectual limitations". Arrowsmith proves that with the right exercises, we can harness the brain’s changeable characteristics and pursue a program to strengthen and re-wire the brain.

Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to change physiologically and functionally as a result of stimulation.  Arrowsmith exercises help the brain pull together concepts and understand connections.

It’s a marriage between neuroscience and education. Barbara’s work is recognised as one of the first examples of the practical application of neuroplasticity. Her cognitive exercise program was sparked by her own journey overcoming severe learning disabilities, which she will share in an emotionally charged presentation.

You will find the  list of other speakers and more about  this conference on the the website. Currently early bird bookings are  available.

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


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ACYP Young Thinking Round Tables  - Free Event

22 March, 10:00am - 12:00 , Ground Floor, 219-241 Cleveland Street, Strawberry Hills, NSW 2012.


A unique opportunity to hear from several leading experts in the field of brain development.

Recent findings on brain development have significant implications for programming and policy making. This roundtable will discuss the critical periods for the brain development of children and young people.

Speaking at this event will be:


  • Opening address by Judge Peter Johnstone, President of the Children’s Court of NSW
  • Associate Professor Elisabeth Murphy, Senior Clinical Advisor, Child and Family Health, NSW Health
  • Dr Michael Brydon, Chief Executive, The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network


Dr Jacqueline Small, Developmental Paediatrician
The brain science roundtable is open to anyone who works with children and young people. This is a unique opportunity to hear from several leading experts in the field of brain development. Places are limited. Register early to avoid disappointment, closes 15 March 2017.



Feedback from more than 7000 teachers, students, professional associations, industry representatives and academics overwhelmingly support the new syllabuses announced this week for HSC English, maths, science and history.

Released by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), the 19 new Stage 6 syllabuses will be taught to Year 11 students from 2018 and to Year 12 students from 2019. The calculus-based maths syllabuses have been released in final draft to allow for further, targeted consultation. Chairperson of NESA Tom Alegounarias said the new syllabuses will provide HSC students with a richer learning experience, providing time for students to engage with subjects in more depth and to develop a greater mastery of knowledge and skills. ‘The 19 new syllabuses ensure the currency, reliability, continuing integrity and international reputation of the HSC,’ Mr Alegounarias said.

King Street Theatre, Emu Productions recently announced two productions for secondary schools for early 2017.


The Servant Of Two Masters

by Carlo Goldoni

Directed by Maria De Marco

King Street Theatre 644 King Street Newtown, Sydney.
14-25 March 2017




Truffaldino is always hungry. While working for one master he decides to double dip and work for a second master just to satisfy his everlasting...



Directed by Markus Weber

First performed at the Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds, England, on 21 April 2005. The play is written in the style of verbatim theatre where all of the dialogue is taken from real interviews and then recreated on stage. The play discusses the importance of resolving terrorism not with violence or conflict, but with negotiations and peaceful discussions.


For information, school programs and bookings phone Maria De Marco on 0423 082 015 or email madem@tpg.com.au or kingstreettheatre.com.au


Read the latest in What's New - books reviews for parents, teachers and children in K-Yr12.

NEW: Apple Teacher Program


Apple has announced the Apple Teacher professional learning program is now available free of charge to Australian educators, following its successful 2016 launch in the US. Apple Teacher is designed to support and celebrate educators, offering free self-paced learning materials, tips, inspiration and news. Education leaders are offered free professional learning resources that help teachers make the most of Mac, iPad and built-in apps for their students in the classroom. After completing online quizzes, teachers receive an official Apple Teacher logo that they can share. Sign up to the Apple Teacher Program here.

2017 Sydney Science Festival

10−20 August 2017


There will be eleven huge days of hands-on workshops, exhibitions, talks by some of the world’s best researchers, family events and panel discussions involving experiment extraordinaires.

The full festival program will be released in late June.

Want to be part of the Sydney Science Festival program?

Be part of this year's program by submitting a proposal to have your event included in this year's Festival. If you are planning to produce an event, talk, workshop, tour or exhibition, we want to know about it. Last year the Festival featured more than 100 events across Sydney – from the CBD to Manly to Parramatta – and was attended by over 62,000 people.

It's free to submit an event proposal. All we ask, in the interest of great science engagement, is that your event meets a simple criteria around relevance, quality and feasibility. More details are available on the Sydney Science Festival website. Entries close 10 March 2017.

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.

Start the 2017 school year on a positive note


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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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.

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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.

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.

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.


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.

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

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