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26 August 2016


Eco-Projection Art Workshops at PICA -
Saturday 27 August
10:30am – 1pm & 1:30pm – 4pm


Projection mapping is a process that can turn any object into a display surface for video projection.

For PICA’s weekend workshop this Saturday, Steven Aaron Hughes will guide kids aged 7 – 12 years through projection mapping using iPads, laptops and a range of applications!


If your child loves technology and art they will love this workshop filled with drawing, photography and sci-fi style art making. Each child will get to take home a print of their artwork at the end of the workshop. Bookings essential - click to book.

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.


The Footpath Library's


The Footpath Library’s Epic! Short Story Competition is currently open for all primary and secondary students in Australia. To take part, students need to submit an original 300 word story on the theme of ‘Friendship’ before 30 September 2016 (AEST 5pm).


Chair of the 2016 judging panel, author Ken Spillman, says: “The Footpath Library’s Epic! Short Story Competition provides an awesome opportunity for school students to exercise their creative selves, have some fun, get involved in a fantastic cause, and have their work read by top Aussie authors. Oh, and did I mention the cool prizes? “We will be awarding six major prizes in for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in two age-based categories primary  and secondary Students.  “Students recognised on the Honour rolls will receive book packs from our partner publishers and, for the first time we will also have a prize for the School with the most entries. Winners and Honour Rolls for both primary and secondary categories will be announced in Term 4 2016. For more information or to enter your school' go to the Footpath Library's competition page.

WriteOn 2016 - The BOSTES writing competition


WriteOn is an annual writing competition open to all primary students in Years 1 to 6. Using a photograph as a stimulus, students are asked to compose an imaginative piece of writing up to 500 words in length.


WriteOn provides primary students with the opportunity to become published authors. Outstanding entries from last year's WriteOn competition have been published in the Best of WriteOn 2015 anthology. This year the competition is being held in association with the State Library of NSW.


The presentation of certificates will be held at the State Library of NSW on 21 September 2016.


To enter the competition first read the guidelines:


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.

Gonski funding  is not what's needed to improve poorer schools


Is postcode destiny, and are a student’s background and socioeconomic status the main factors determining educational outcomes as measured by the National Assessment Program — Literacy and Numeracy, Year 12 results and tertiary entry scores?...

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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 If you’d like to know more, or to discuss rights, please contact Pete on or phone 02 9419 3501.

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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.

Trial Quiet Hour Shopping for Autistic Shoppers in the UK

An Asda superstore staged a "quiet hour" to help autistic and disabled shoppers over the weekend.

Escalators, in-store music and display TVs were all turned off and customers were given a map of the store featuring pictures instead of words.


Simon Lea, manager of the Asda Living store at Manchester Fort, told the paper he came up with the idea to help people who felt intimidated or stressed by noise and disturbance. Now, eight other shops .... Read More in The Independent

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