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Childhood nutrition is everyone’s business

Children having healthy lunch during break time in school

Concerned parents scour supermarkets for healthier ways to pack lunches, governments move towards healthier canteens, and teachers are calling for proper nutrition on school mornings. There is consensus on one thing: food matters.

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Planning external learning curriculum

Dancing is for everybody

External learning used to mean things like swimming lessons at the local pool. Every week, we walked two abreast (holding hands with a partner) to the local oval for sport with Mr Fuller. He was always forthcoming with training tips and schedules for his favourite sports of touch football and cricket. We didn’t mind; we got ice blocks full of preservatives and colours on Wednesday afternoons in terms one and four, and we got to wear our coloured T-shirts with only bloomers. Those were the days.

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School News Term 4 issue out now

I wondered if the wisdom, innovation and insight within our inaugural issue could be matched, but the fascinating minds of education industry stakeholders seem replete with fresh ideas and stories to share. A Perth school dubbed the ‘greenest school in Australia’ addresses cross curriculum priorities through sustainable social practice - stretching the fingers of their ‘social handprint’ to provide safe solar lighting for women in developing countries. In this terms 'Principal Speaks', Marilyn Smith of Preshil School renovates an assessment of a community depleted by a leader lost, to reveal a school with vision, collective spirit and the courage to innovate for the present. We tune into the tertiary sector on teacher training, and visionary approaches that push the boundaries of the very definition of ‘learning space’. As mental health concerns grow for young people, so do systems of support and programs that protect vulnerable young people from the media’s undermining effect on body image. Teenage suicide, extra counselling for families going through exams, anxiety, depression; just a necessary part of growing up, or a touch of insanity? We hear from Beautiful Failures author, Lucy Clark, about pressure, parent-teacher relations and the pitfalls of “the quest for success”. Amid the maelstrom of teenage angst, a teacher can be a beacon, a mentor and a friend. With some excitement, we publish our first winning student composition, celebrating an inspirational teacher. We thank our sponsors for $500 worth of precious books for the winner’s school library (see page 22 for details). We address school property and administration concerns with practical insights into managing communication and curriculum planning, cost-effective, energy efficient lighting, digital signage and storage solutions, safer flooring and more. Enjoy the passions and achievements of your colleagues, and profit from the collective knowledge within these pages, and until next time - noli cedere cognoscere (don’t stop learning).

The latest issue features the Coolbinia Primary, the ‘greenest school in Australia’; and insight into the collective Courage of Preshil School, visionary approaches to innovative learning spaces, mental health solutions and much more.

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Optimum nutrition for the school day

Kids going bananas! Photo courtesy of Cancer Council Queensland

Wriggling kids with poor concentration are a common feature of a contemporary classroom. Community awareness is on the up, and schools, parents, and society at large, are all ready for a solution. Opinion is split on the causes; some say too much screen time, some say diet, while some point …

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