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Playing the game

STAND: For professional sporting bodies, building relationships with schools and promoting their sport to children is big business. David Moase reports. It would be news to no one that sport is a big deal in Australia. It is often said ...

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Food for thought

The debate surrounding childhood obesity persists, and studies revealing that the issue is failing to resolve itself continue to appear. Last month, the results of a national Cancer Council and Heart Foundation survey of high school students rang alarm bells ...

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Setting the stage

At Arden Anglican School, Beecroft, Jenny Rodgers’ Year 3 students are sitting in a circle, waiting. “Let’s warm up our imaginations. Everyone gently rub your temples,” she suggests. All eyes are fixed on one boy holding a purple scarf. Slowly ...

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The gift of giving

10-year-old Daniel suffers from a condition that progressively deteriorates his sight. Daniel is now legally blind and eventually he will lose his sight entirely. Sadly, there is no cure or treatment for this condition. Daniel’s childhood often takes a back ...

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Hitting the right note

One of the first things students do as they start at Victoria’s St Brendan’s College is pick out a musical instrument. Over the next two terms this instrument becomes integral to their school life, as they take responsibility for it, ...

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The building blocks of learning

So much of the teaching in early learning revolves around the importance of a child’s environment on their development. Over the last 100 years, many divergent philosophies have evolved with a wide breadth and depth of thinking and with an ...

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Far and away

Written by Andrew McLachlan Co-curricular activity development teacher for Golgotha English Medium School in Bangladesh I have found the career that best suits me; now I want to see how many new and interesting places education can lead me to. ...

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A level playing field?

From body image concerns to teasing from boys and limited sporting options at school, the disengagement of teenage girls from sport is a complex interaction of attitudinal, social and structural factors. Like many of the girls interviewed for a new ...

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The root of learning

Do you ever reflect on the experience of nature you had as a child? I often do. Fortunately for me, my experience of outdoors as a child involved camping, walking for miles along beaches, fishing, many idyllic sunsets, growing vegetables, ...

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A love of literature

The majority of teachers have rejected the “artificial” four-unit structure of the senior years’English courses and say the senior years’ curriculum is too focused on content rather than student skills. “English does not lend itself to a content-based syllabus, but ...

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