Paper planeMay 11, 2018
My new school likes to celebrate birthdays. Since starting there, I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve gathered in the staff room to sing happy birthday and eat piles of food generously brought in by colleagues. It’s safe to say that life is good. Who doesn’t love a morning tea?
President dashes minister’s attackMay 11, 2018
Teachers, as a grouping, generally like to follow the rules. They like to know the boundaries, they like their students to follow the rules (sometimes with more or less success) but if the rules are wrong they have a duty, a professional obligation, to speak out — sometimes as individuals, sometimes as a collective voice. The collective is always more powerful.
Book ReviewsMay 11, 2018
This edition of book reviews includes The Tree by Neal Layton, The Pobblebonk Earth Detective Club, Going Wild by Sue Baker and The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.
Association works towards wider participationMay 10, 2018
As the first term of the 2018 school year came to an end, teachers from the St Marys-Mt Druitt Association gathered for an afternoon of barefoot bowls and pizza.
Theatre reviewMay 10, 2018
I rarely see shows I dislike. My time is running out and I choose my shows carefully.
Seminar addresses inclusion of diverse familiesMay 10, 2018
With the recent legal recognition of same-sex marriages in Australia, being inclusive of LGBTIQ people and their families is an important topic. Consequently, Federation recently teamed with the Gayby Baby Project to develop a seminar for teachers to consider how to welcome all types of families into school settings, including LGBTIQ families.
Unions recognise TAFE as best providerMay 09, 2018
TAFE has strong support within the union movement as the preferred provider of vocational education. Trades unions appreciate the breadth of education provided by TAFE, including industrial issues encountered in the workplace and the fact that TAFE provides opportunities for apprentices to learn about and join their union.
Corkscrew: wine reviewMay 09, 2018
This edition's corkscrew includes: 2016 Reserve Chardonnay, 2014 Robert Stein Shiraz, Berton Vineyard Reserve 2016 Botrytis Semillon plus more.