[Offtopic] Fwd: edna-for-schools newsletter

stephen at melbpc.org.au stephen at melbpc.org.au
Sat Aug 11 02:01:04 EST 2007

At 04:06 PM 10/08/2007, EdNA for Schools wrote:

edna-for-schools is an edna newsletter published fortnightly during the 
Australian school year. The newsletter calendar is available at 

Newsletter theme: Reading

Within the edna database is a category of resources related to teaching 
and learning about this fortnight's theme.


Interactive books

Language Theory

Mass Media

Online literacy games


Reading and Viewing

Speaking and Listening


Diary dates

International Home Movie Day, 11 August 2007

International Youth Day, 12 August 2007

Obon, 15 August 2007

Children's Book Week, 18 August 2007

National Science Week, 18 August 2007

Vietnam Veterans' Day, 18 August 2007

Keep Australia Beautiful Week, 27 August 2007

MS readathon - Sponsorship Due, 31 August 2007

Conferences and events in Australia

Spaces and Places - for learning, Melbourne, 17 September 2007

Digital Futures - on managing information, records and archives, Canberra, 
18 September 2007

Come and play outside, Perth, 28 September 2007

View all conferences and events listed with edna:


KLA focus - Science

Antarctic Science

Living together

Biodiversity, Change and Continuity

Polar Regions

Getting to know edna

Book Week 2007 Theme Page
Book Week is a week to highlight and promote the fun and learning 
associated with reading books for children.

Antarctica Theme Page
As it is the International Polar Year plus the theme for Science Week is 
Antarctic Science this theme page may provide some useful resources, 
lesson plans, learning quests and images. 


The National Education Directory of Australia
The National Education Directory (Neda) and has been a proud sponsor of 
the edna Schools Calendar in 2006 & 2007. Neda is the largest and most 
comprehensive guide to all the government and private schools and 
educational facilities available in Australia. The Education Directory 
provides parents and students, locally, interstate and internationally, an 
easy way to find the right school and/or education facility according to 
type and location suitable for them. Neda is dedicated in providing 
effective communication for the education sector and has a proven track 
record in improving enrolment and course enquiries for individual 
facilities. For further information contact Mr Peter Price JP, Director of 
Neda at: peter at education.net.au 

The National Young Leaders' Days
The National Young Leaders' Days have become one of the largest and most 
significant student leadership events in Australia. Students attend from 
government, Catholic and Independent schools. Participants in the events 
learn from other inspirational leaders from all walks of life who choose 
to share their talent to help others. The following dates are when the 
Young Leaders Days will be held in capital cities later this year:
Brisbane Monday, 5th November 2007; Melbourne Wednesday, 7th November 
2007; Adelaide Monday, 12th November 2007; Perth Tuesday, 13th November 
2007; Sydney Monday, 26th November 2007.

Featured sites

Film Australia Update
If you were to name 15 objects that defined Australian identity, what 
would they be? Join cartoonist Warren Brown online as he discovers 
sometimes-forgotten national treasures that reveal who we are and where 
we've been as a country. This entertaining and engaging interactive 
website features video portraits of the treasures along with an interview 
with Warren and a gallery of his cartoons as well as elearning activities 
and a curriculum guide for teachers with lesson plans and classroom 
worksheets. These treasures include the Endeavour Journal, The Magic 
Pudding Illustrations and the Waltzing Matilda Songsheet. 

Go to http://www.filmaust.com.au/learning/ and click on the Investigating 
National Treasures icon at the foot of the page.

Government Education Portal news updates 
Keep up-to-date quickly and easily by subscribing to the Government 
Education Portal email news update service. Receive a weekly email alert 
of the top education and training news headlines, compiled from each 
sector around Australia. Find out about government policies, reports, 
initiatives and programmes, in addition to opportunities for awards, 
grants and funding. Visit the Education Portal and subscribe at 

Network ten - ttn next week 14 August 2007 
Three up and coming bands including Operator Please, Skybombers and Oh 
Mercy will play for schools around the country to raise awareness of the 
importance of music education as a part of the 2007 Rock the Schools Tour. 
Matt catches up with the Skybombers to see how they got involved in the 
tour. The outbreak of the disease in England is causing widespread 
concern. Amelia chats to a livestock science expert to find out what 
causes the disease and how it spreads.

EnhanceTV - Hating Alison Ashley free study guide 
This study guide will provide a range of tools to help Middle Years 
teachers and students to explore and to compare and contrast the book with 
the film version of Hating Alison Ashley. In particular, activities in the 
guide will assist students in becoming familiar with the codes and 
conventions of film and to appreciate that the adaptation of a book to 
film is not merely a simple transfer of ideas from one medium to another.

The NetAlert site is currently being redeveloped under the Protecting 
Australian Families Online programme, announced recently by the Hon. 
Senator Helen Coonan. This new initiative will give families the tools 
they need to manage their internet experience, as well as tough new 
policing and enforcement measures. NetAlert will be the providers of PC 
based filtering software or an ISP filtered internet service. Both options 
will filter web content against the Australian Communications and Media 
Authority (ACMA) Blacklist, but family's will be able to tailor their own 
individual preferences. The new site is scheduled for launch on the 20 
August 2007. 

Schooldays' Schools Prospectus Awards 

The Schooldays' Schools Prospectus Awards which attract entries from all 
over Australia and internationally and the Awards were presented at the 
Education Expo in Sydney on 23 June 2007. "This year we were delighted to 
see an even higher standard of prospectus entered into the Awards from all 
the entrants, however it did make judging more challenging", said 
Elizabeth Christie, Publisher of Education Today & Schooldays for Parents 
magazines. "A schools prospectus is a vital initial communication to 
prospective parents and their children whether given to families at 
initial enquiry stage or after a school visit. The competition is open to 
all government and non-government schools.", Elizabeth said.

We congratulate the winners:

Gold: Mentone Girls' Grammar, Victoria
Silver: The Armidale School, NSW
Bronze: Clayfield College, Queensland
The Hills Grammar School, NSW
Wesley College, Melbourne, Victoria
Best Practical Content: Mount Evelyn Christian School, Victoria

International Category Winners:
Gold: The Leys, Cambridge, UK
Highly Commended: Springfield Convent School, Cape Town, South Africa

A special note of recognition goes to The Armidale School and The Leys for 
their excellent DVDs. Two former students from The Leys now living in 
Sydney attended the Awards.

Global Education
Global EdNet is a discussion group for the sharing of news, events and 
discussion of global education issues, resources and ideas. It is open to 
all teachers and others interested in the teaching of global education in 
Australian schools. 

>From Monday 13 - Friday 24 August 2007, Hazel Edwards - a well known 
Australian Author will be available for a discussion. In 2001 she 
travelled to the Casey Station as the Australian Antarctic expedition 
writer. Some of her writing inspired by this experience 
include 'Antarctica's Frozen Chosen', a Young Adult eco-
thriller, 'Antarctic Writer on Ice', her expedition diary, 'Antarctic 
Dad', a picture book, 'Grandma Leaps the Antarctic' , an Auslan-signed 
DVD, and Hot Ice Squad, a pre-school animation. She will introduce you to 
some more of her thoughts about Antarctica to help us think about our role 
in protecting the Polar Regions during the International Polar Year. 

To join the discussion group Send a blank email to: join-global-
ednet at edna.edu.au.  You will then receive an automatically generated email 
message asking you to confirm your subscription. This is to ensure that 
you can't be subscribed to the Global EdNet discussion group without your 
knowledge. Simply hit reply and send the email.

Further information about this forum can be found at 


Recently added resources 

Additions to School Education
This feature at edna allows visitors to check what has been added to the 
edna repository recently. The link above relates to additions to the 
school education part of the repository. For additions to the whole 
repository use http://url.edna.edu.au/wfsU 

Australian sites 

Australian forests
The Australian Forests website is a national portal for forestry education 
in Australia. The website aims to provide students, educators and the 
general public with balanced and comprehensive information about 
Australia's native and planted forests. Sections of the site include: maps 
and facts, careers, educators, youth, kids.

The Cat on the Mat is Flat
This website has teaching notes for the book written by Australian author, 
Andy Griffiths which are suitable for primary age students and include a 
comprehension, drama, art and writing activities.

International sites

Pasifika patterns
Learn about symmetry while creating a Pasifika mat. Students can use this 
interactive learning object to investigate the symmetry in tapa cloth from 
each of 5 Pacific islands. Rotational symmetry and reflection symmetry are 


Just for fun

Science by email 

Your body contains about how many muscles: 300, 600, or 900?
Answer = about 600 

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Cheers all ..
Stephen Loosley
Victoria, Australia

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