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Congratulations to all 2017
Year 12 students

and 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.

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What's Happening

Moderation of HSC Results Explained

Following the completion of the 2017 HSC  you may want to know why student's results are moderated. David de  Carvalho CEO of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) explains the most popular questions in this video.

 

 

A Different Way to End the School Year

Schools in Sydney and ACT looking for a different way to end Term 4 and the school year may want to take a look at what Wet 'n Wild Sydney, have to offer teachers and students. They have education programs and risk assessment packages available and special rates for lunches and photos. To find out more go to the Wet 'n Wild website, www.wetnwildsydney.com.au/groups

 

 

Are screens ruining modern childhood?

Many people think  they are and just as many say that's not so. Sara DeWitt, children's media expert, says no. In a talk that may make you feel a bit less guilty about handing a tablet to a child while you are make dinner, Sara DeWitt envisions a future where we're excited to see kids interacting with their screens and tablets and shows us some exciting ways that new technologies can help kids grow, connect, learn and reduce exam stress.  See Sara's TED Talk here.

 

 

Beauty and the Beast

Adapted by Sarah Edwards

10-25 November

The Performance Space @ St Aidan's
1 Christina Street, Longueville, Sydney

Ticket prices start from $15

 

This production of the classic Beauty and the Beast from Victor Hugo's epic novel, brings together a cast of school students from schools across Sydney, from Sydney Secondary College, Killara HS,  Cammeraygal HS, Newington College,  Epping Boys HS,  Pymble Ladies College (PLC) and Denistone East PS, all of which have performed in several productions.

Director Sarah Edwards, has grown up with the Lane Cove Theatre Company, joining in 2003 and appeared in eleven shows. In 2012 she directed the LCTC's production of Aladdin and wrote and produced their production of Jack and the Beanstalk, this is her third role as director. Also an accomplished Makeup Artist, Sarah is undertaking foreign language study.

Beauty and the Beast is one of the world’s great love stories. And this family-friendly re-imagining boasts a cast brimming with energy and musical talent.

For more information visit the Lane Cove Theatre Company website Bookings at www.trybooking.com/RGZL

 

 

How One Teacher Changed the Lives of Hundreds of Indigenous Students

It's been nearly 40 years since Waverley Stanley left primary school, but he still can't bring himself to call the teacher who changed his life by her first name, Rosemary. He was a 12-year-old Indigenous student at Murgon Primary School when Mrs Bishop realised there was something special about the boy who captained the class and the cricket team.

Knowing there were limited educational and employment opportunities in the small town in south east Queensland, she asked the principal of Toowoomba Grammar School if he could offer a scholarship.

 

A week later, Waverley was granted a sporting scholarship at the prestigious boarding school, and went on to become its first Indigenous student to complete Grade 12.... Read More on the ABC

 

 

Australian Principal Certification Advisory Board - New Appointment

Susan Pascoe AM has been appointed as independent Chair of the Australian Principal Certification Advisory Board, managed by Principals Australia Institute (PAI). The Australian Professional Standard for Principals (Australian Principal Standard) sets out what principals are expected to know, understand and do to achieve the highest standard of school leadership. Certification will offer education systems and the community the confidence that school leaders and principals are able to demonstrate the leadership required for schools in our fast-changing world,” Ms Pascoe said.

“Formally recognising those principals and school leaders who attain certification standards will shine a light on the complexity and challenge involved in today’s demanding school leadership roles, as well as the skills and experience of the certified individuals.” added Susan Pascoe

 

PAI initiated development of Australian Principal Certification in 2012, designing a national framework for certification of principals. This year, the first cohort of school leaders who have undertaken certification will be recognised as Certified Practising Principals.

 

Paul Geyer, Chief Executive Officer of PAI, said Ms Pascoe’s background in educational leadership and track record in providing executive oversight made her an ideal candidate for the role.

 

Susan Pascoe has also previously held the roles of President of the Australian College of Educators (Life Member), CEO of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and CE of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria. In 2007 she was appointed Member of the Order of Australia for service to education through a range of executive roles, and in November last year was awarded the 2016 Leadership in Government award for outstanding contribution to public administration, presented by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.  More information about Principals Australia Institute is at  pia.edu.au

 

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.

 

 

Ancestry - 14 Days Free

 

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

Story Fun Time at Sydney Olympic Park

WatervieW Café, Bicentennial Park

Open every Second Tuesday  from 10 October - 5 December 10:00  - 10:45am

Hosted by popular children's' character, Poppy the Possum, an expert at helping young children develop early literacy skills, Poppy in the Park will include story-reading, craft and music activities especially designed to engage infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

While children enjoy play-time with Poppy, parents and guardians can unwind with a coffee, snack or light meal available for purchase from WatervieW Café, with nearby parking and public transport facilities.

 

 

Teacher Tuesdays

 Apple provides inspiring programs for teachers  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!

 

 

 

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 28 November on the Nine Network.

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

Dick Smith

 

 

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

 

 

Do you know a great teacher?

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

 

schooldaysmagazine's specialist contributor 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.

 

 

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

 

 

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Welcome back to Term 4!

and 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 & teachers since 2000

Publishing positive education information for parents and teachers since 2000

Welcome back to Term 4!

and 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.