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Help A Journey to the Top End to Beat Bullying

As an anti-bullying campaigner, there isn’t much that I have not seen.

The new challenge facing my charity, Beat Bullying With Confidence Foundation, is a trip to the Northern Territory.  Read More about author, speaker, life coach,  an anti-bullying campaigner and schooldaysmagazine's anti-bullying contributor, Ron Prasad's next challenge and how you can help make a positive difference to the lives of young Indigenous Australians through their school.  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

National Science Week at Urrbrae Agricultural High School
17 - 18 August
The event will give students from Adelaide the opportunity to participate in a range of interactive workshops at Urrbrae Wetland, Urrbrae Farm where Urrbrae Trails offering a unique opportunity for students to visit and explore a working farm in metropolitan Adelaide. The tour is led by Year 10 students with the opportunity to engage in authentic, hands on activities concerning farming and food production;  and Urrbrae Science Laboratories.

Phone 0457 722 997 to book a session or ask any further questions.

Science Alive! Careers Day

Adelaide Showgrounds,South Australia 
4 August  9:00am - 3:00pm
Free Entry
 For students from Years 7-12.

This year’s Science Alive! Careers Day will feature brand new science shows and will welcome special presenter Professor Rick Shine, the most recent winner of the Prime Minister's Prize for Science, for his cutting edge research which has saved many of the Northern Territory's native species from the cane toad invasion. Plus there will  be exhibits and activities from Questacon in Canberra. For more information head over to the

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

Queensland Student Entrepreneur Awards Budding entrepreneurs at schools in Queensland were recently given the opportunity to compete for the titles at the Inaugural Student Entrepreneur awards. The winning team secured a valuable mentoring session with entrepreneur, investor and Shark Tank star, Steve Baxter.... 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

Aldavilla Primary School

What do you do with an old train carriage? In country NSW, Aldavilla Primary School (near Kempsey) transformed a disused train carriage into a four-bay, state-of-the-art kitchen. Organic greens are sourced from the school garden and the students learn cooking techniques as part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.

Not only has the kitchen garden given the almost 200 students hands-on practical and educational experience, but it has forged community spirits. It teaches the students polite dinner-table conversation, expands their food knowledge, builds self esteem, resilience, etiquette, inspires home gardening and cooking, nutrition and healthy living, creativity and numeracy and literacy.  Read more

The NSW HSC 2017 Study Guide


Produced by The Sydney Morning Herald and NESA, It is full of practical information and advice for HSC students from NESA curriculum inspectors, experienced teachers and high achieving students. The digital edition, which contains lots of extra material and will remain available until after written exams, includes:

  • 50 articles
  • sample questions
  • 100 HSC courses
  • videos
  • tips for written, oral and performance exams
  • advice on submitted works
  • smart study tips
  • stress busting strategies
  • advice for parents
  • links to further information.

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.

PISA  2015 Results (Volume IV - Students Financial Literacy)


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.

Australia's best  music teachers to be recognised


This new ARIA award has been introduced to celebrate our music teachers and recognise them for their passion and hard work in inspiring and educating Australian children to play and love music.


The Song Room and ARIA (the Australian Recording Industry Association), with the help of Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes, are excited to announce the first ever ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award. Four ARIA nominees will be selected from all entries and partnered with music icons and award ambassadors – Jessica Mauboy, Missy Higgins, Katie Noonan and Jay Laga’aia who will visit their school or music tuition program, and help tell Australia about the incredible job they do.


To view the eligibility and judging criteria, and enter an inspiring music educator visit

Entries close Friday 21 July, 2017.

Swift Coding

Expanding Coding Education to Robots, Drones & Musical Instruments

Apple's educational coding app has been expanded to offer an exciting new way to learn to code using robots, drones and musical instruments. Swift Playgrounds is  for students and beginners who are learning to code with Swift™,  Apple’s powerful and intuitive programming language for building world-class apps.


"We’re combining efforts with Apple to provide even more students around the world with the opportunity to learn how to code,” said Esben Stærk Jørgensen, president, LEGO Education. “More than 1 million kids and adults from around the world are already using Swift Playgrounds to learn the fundamentals of coding with Swift in a fun and interactive way,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.  For more information go to the Swift Coding website

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.



20 outstanding musicians and composers from 19 schools across NSW were celebrated in the 2016 HSC ENCORE concert at the Sydney Opera House.


NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Chair, Tom Alegounarias said performing arts are vital to education and critical to our cultural, economic and social future.“The arts are an investment in our ongoing quality of life,” Mr Alegounarias said.“This year ENCORE’s impressive program features performances of technically challenging vocal and instrumental pieces, along with original compositions and arrangements produced as part of the 2016 HSC,” Mr Alegounarias said.NESA CEO David de Carvalho said the ENCORE performers were chosen for their exemplary works from over 5000 who studied Music for their HSC last year.


“ENCORE showcases the depth of talent and high standard of achievement among 2016 HSC Music students and is testament to the dedication of HSC students and the teachers and families who support them”, Mr de Carvalho said.

NSW School start transition to NAPLAN online


NSW schools will start their transition to NAPLAN Online later this year by participating in an online practice of the technology or a ‘readiness test’.


This readiness test will be held in August and September.


A final decision about when to transition to NAPLAN Online for NSW will be made after the August and September readiness test.


NSW may also review its transition timetable based on the experiences of the other states and territories as some of their schools will move to NAPLAN Online this year.

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.


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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Stephen Thomson, MACE-  review  in Professional Educator,  Australian College of Educators

"The debate author Dr 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” -


in print and digital

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.

Channelling Outstanding Maths Teacher Mr Woo

One of the things we are enthusiastic about is recognition for outstanding teachers and Mr Eddie Woo from Cherrybrook  Technology High School in Sydney's North West came to our attention.  Do watch the inspiring, energetic, compassionate, outstanding maths teacher, Mr Woo on ABC's program Australian Story. Students who don't want to or don't understand maths soon change their minds when they either sit in on Mr Woo's classroom or see him on his hugely successful channel on YouTube as he teaches students from all over the country. Hats off to you Mr Woo!

Watch the program here: Australian Story on ABC.

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

Calculus-based Maths Syllabuses delayed until 2019


The NESA Board has decided to postpone implementation of the new HSC calculus-based maths syllabuses until 2019, to ensure they are of the highest quality, and schools have time to develop effective programs for teaching these courses.


This means the new HSC Maths Advanced, Extension 1 and Extension 2 syllabuses will be released later this year for Year 11 students to study from 2019. This will also mean that they will be first examined on a common scale in the 2020 HSC.

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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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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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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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 and teachers since 2000

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.