Vol 9 No 20 30 November 2006 Xtra 1 CONTENTS Bulletin board 3 Celebrations 1 ESD news 4 Reminders 4 Training opportunities 2 Publication for Department of Education and Children’s Services Staff Vol 9 No 20 30 November 2006 www.decs.sa.gov.au/mediacentre celebrations Retirement: Peter Hodgman Croydon High School Peter Hodgman, co-principal at Direk Schools, will be retiring at the end of this year after Croydon High School will be closing at the end of this year. It opened in 1940 and since that 40 years in DECS. Peter has taught in many schools during this time, including in Mt. time has been a Boys and Girls Technical School, has included Hard of Hearing and special Gambier and Pt. Pirie as well as Croydon, Ridgehaven and in central ofﬁce – AST1. needs students and ﬁnally evolved into its present proﬁle as Croydon High School. Friends and colleagues are welcome to attend a celebration of Peter’s career by gathering at There will be a celebration of the history of the school on Fri 8 December. Organisers would Direk Schools (Uraidla Avenue, Salisbury North) on Wednesday 6 December, from 4.00 like to contact past students and staff, particularly from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s eras. to 6.00pm. Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org (tel 8258 0666, fax 8281 5850), If you were connected with Croydon High School in any way and would like further by Friday 1 December. information, or are able to provide any sort of memorabilia for the celebration, please contact Kelly at Croydon High School on 8346 1188. Retirement: Adrienne McConnochie Adrienne McConnochie is currently the special class teacher at Henley Beach Primary Retirement: Col May School and will be retiring at the end of the year after 25 years of service with DECS. Col May will be retiring at the end of 2006 after many years at the Koongawa and Wudinna Friends and colleagues are invited to join the staff of Henley Beach Primary in the staff lounge Area Schools. A celebration to mark Col’s retirement will be held at Wudinna Area School, to celebrate a wonderful career on Thurs 7 Dec (from 4.00pm). Refreshments provided. on Thurs 14 Dec (from noon), with a public assembly followed by light refreshments. For further details or to RSVP, please contact Ana (tel 8356 2117) by Friday 1 December. RSVP by Fri 8 Dec to Di McKenna (tel 8680 2263) or email email@example.com Retirement of Brian Adams Wattle Park Teachers College Brain Adams will be retiring at the end of this year after 6 years as Design and Technology All ex-Wattlies are welcome to attend the Annual Reunion at the Strathmore Hotel, North co-ordinator at Valley View Secondary School. Brian also worked at Naracoorte High, Terrace (opposite the railway station) on 27 December, from 12 noon. Birdwood High, Kimba AS, Salisbury North High, Ingle Farm High and The Heights. For information, contact Marg Chisholm (tel 8362 1124) or Chris Leaver (tel 0402 890 561). Past colleagues and friends are invited to a celebration to mark Brian’s retirement at Valley View Secondary School (240 Wright Road, Para Vista) on Thursday 7 December (4.00 to 5.30pm). Light refreshments will be provided. Previously listed celebrations include those marking the retirement of RSVP by Wed 6 Dec to Judy Brown (tel 8360 6111, email firstname.lastname@example.org). Trevor Bland, Margaret Johnson, Di Neill, Des Cannan, Bob Bottroff, Rick Morriss, Helen Dowdy, Mary Evans, Phil Ogden and Retirement: Doreen Mashford Derek Blackwell; forthcoming events at Torrens Valley Doreen is retiring from her work as a School Services Ofﬁcer after 32 years of service (21 Children’s Centre, Elizabeth South School, Mintaro School at Goodwood CPC and 11 at Brompton PCC). She has been a strong advocate for Early Childhood and the role of School Services ofﬁcers within this sector. and Regency Park School and the reunion of An informal get-together to celebrate Doreen’s retirement will be held at The Daniel the 1967 Western Teachers College intake. O’Connell Hotel (165 Tynte Street, N. Adelaide) on Thurs 7 Dec from 5.00 to 7.30pm. For information about these and other events, check the link on the All welcome. SSOnet rolling banner or recent editions of Xtra (accesssible online via Retirement: Denise Waters the Xtra link at www.decs.sa.gov.au/mediacentre). Denise Waters has been a teacher with DECS for 39 years, most recently teaching at Old Noarlunga, Bellevue Heights and Reynella Primary Schools. Past colleagues and friends are invited to share memories with Denise on Thursday 7 Drug Education Student Forum Grants December at Reynella Primary School (55-63 Concord Drive, Old Reynella), from 4.30 All Australian schools and sites are eligible for a $500 grant from the Australian Government to 6.00pm. Nibbles and light refreshments will be provided. Attendees will be invited to Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) to conduct a Drug Education share their memories and stories if they wish. Student Forum. For catering purposes, please advise Helen Johns if able to attend (tel 8381 1493, fax 8322 SA schools that have not yet applied for their grant are invited to submit an application 2939 or email email@example.com). form. Schools are encouraged to access a grant for use now or in 2007. Retrospective grants will be considered for activities meeting grant criteria. Retirement: Lesley Lindsay Drug Education Student Forums provide schools with an opportunity to strengthen and/or After 25 years of service at the Aberfoyle Park Primary School Campus as Library Technician, extend their drug education curriculum activities, showcasing student voice, peer mentoring, Lesley is retiring. cross-age tutoring or other student-led initiatives. Friends and colleagues are invited to a celebration dinner. For more information and all Schools are encouraged to be creative with their grants and to use them to value-add to details please phone Carol Barons on 8270 3077. health and well-being initiatives to which they are currently committed, or considering. Activities might include: • Keynote speaker, then conversation groups facilitated by experts and/or peers Early Years Literacy Program • School/Community Health Fair or Expo Expression of interest in training a Reading Recovery teacher • Youth focussed local summit Expressions of interest are invited from schools wishing to undertake the training of • Creative approach utilising popular culture a Reading Recovery teacher in 2007. School communities are encouraged to support • Student facilitated quizzes and drug information forum for the school community highly skilled junior primary teachers to enter the training program. Application forms can be downloaded from the website at www.drugstrategy.sa.edu.au Expression of interest forms are available online at www.earlyyearsliteracy.sa.edu.au or DEST has produced a support resource for the conduct of forums, Leading Education About through Infoconnect. Further information: Reading Recovery Centre, tel 8177 1266. Drugs [LEAD] – Student participatory approaches. A copy was sent to schools in InfoConnect (week beginning 24 July 2006). An electronic copy can also be accessed through the DEST website at www.dest.gov.au (type LEAD in the search box). Interested in becoming a guidance ofﬁcer? For further information, please contact Brenda Hosking-Brown, Drug Strategy project DECS is presently developing training options to increase the number of people who ofﬁcer, tel 8226 1287, email firstname.lastname@example.org can work as guidance ofﬁcers in schools. One of these options is to enable teachers with a 4-year qualiﬁcation in psychology (ie Honours or equivalent) to gain registration as a psychologist through completion of the required 2-year supervised practice while working as a guidance ofﬁcer. If you have a four year qualiﬁcation in psychology and are interested in ﬁnding out more about this exciting opportunity, contact Cheryl Grady, guidance ofﬁcer, Statewide Veriﬁcation & Professional Support Team (tel 8226 9897, email grady.cheryl@saugov. sa.gov.au) as soon as possible. DEADLINE for next edition of Xtra: 30 NOVEMBER 2 Xtra Vol 9 No 20 30 November 2006 Xtra training opportunities Xtra publishes notices relevant Future Problem Solving TSoF courses Facilitator training to Department of Education and Children’s Services employees and is Program workshops Tell me a story: Digital Storytelling using free software (5 December, 4.00 to 7.00pm, course (2007) If you’re keen to encourage your students’ $66.00) First Steps in Mathematics (Number) published fortnightly during term problem solving skills, futuristic and creative time as a supplement to Xpress. EdCap information session (30 November, This 7-day intensive course equips participants thinking and team work abilities, you can learn to run 3-day Teacher Courses. Applicants more about this challenging and innovative 3.45 to 4.45pm, no charge) Venue: TSoF, Milner Street Hindmarsh should have a high level of interest in math- program (curricular or co-curricular), for ematics and experience in leading professional primary and secondary students, at workshops For online bookings visit www.tsof.edu.au learning activities with teachers. being presented early next term, at Immanuel Information: tel 8463 5999. Teachers who have completed the First Steps College, Novar Gardens. in Mathematics (Number) Teacher Course DISTRIBUTION • Introductory coaching: basic coach Comunication & Language will be best placed to train as a facilitator. Every departmental staff member training for newcomers to the program, An information session will be held early should receive a copy of the paper. Saturday 25 February (full day) Disorder Support Service in 2007 for teachers intending to undertake Distribution inquiries: tel 8234 0140. The following training and development this training. • Advanced: for experienced coaches, sessions will be held in term 1, at the Special Friday 24 February (1.00 to 8.30pm). Course dates are in March & April 2007. ADVERTISING Education Resource Unit (72a Marlborough Information (including registration forms) Cost: up to $2500 (depends on numbers) St, Henley Beach). Xtra accepts paid advertising. is being distributed to schools. Early Bird Please register as soon as possible as places For cost and deadline details please reduced cost registration is available. Ask • Inclusive Practices for Students with are limited. phone KRL Media on 8231 5433. your principal for the forms. Language Disorder (Wednesday 28 NOTE: Funding is available to support teachers February, 4.00 to 6.00pm, $16.50) Further information: Dr Valerie Volk, email working in schools with high numbers of Aboriginal • Using Visual Communication Strategies TRADING TIMES email@example.com or Tom Greenwell, email firstname.lastname@example.org in the Classroom (Wednesday 7 March, students to undertake this training. Please send details of ‘For sale’ and Information/registration: John Bleckly, 4.00 to 6.00pm, $16.50) Policy & Program ofﬁcer, Numeracy, tel ‘Wanted’ items to be included in the Trading times spot to the ESD Team, Early Years Literacy • Oral Language in the Curriculum (Wed 14 March, 4.00 to 6.00pm, $16.50) 8226 4320, email bleckly.john@saugov. sa.gov.au by FAX on 8231 2358 or email to Running Records email@example.com Training opportunities available for teachers • Practically Oral (Wednesday 21 March, of year 1 & 2 children include: 4.00 to 6.00pm, $16.50) Learning Journeys into EDITORIAL POLICY • Introducing books to young readers • Boardmaker (version 5) (Thursday 15 the Brain seminar Xtra accepts notices from any March, 1.30-4.30pm, $16.50) The 2006 students of the Neuroscience (Learn- • Conventions of running records departmental worksite. • Using running records to inform teaching. Communication, language & technology ing) Graduate Certiﬁcate will be presenting Information from non-proﬁt workshops aspects of their learning in a forthcoming organisations about activities or Generally the training requires three after seminar, with guest speakers including school sessions each of two hours duration • Clicker 5 (Friday 2 March, 9.00am to projects which may be of beneﬁt Baroness Prof. Susan Greenﬁeld. If you are (other options by negotiation). 4.00pm, $22) curious about the learning brain, this seminar to education communities may be accepted for publication, at the Information: Kerry Bourke, tel 8226 1602, • Clicker 5 (Friday 16 March, 9.00am to (the ﬁrst in a series) will provide a taste of editor’s discretion. email firstname.lastname@example.org 4.00pm, $22) neuroscience for learning (see article in Xpress Notices may need to be edited to ﬁt School Entry Assessment (SEA) • Clicker 5 Advanced (must have no 19, page 4). available space and to conform to SEA is the expected assessment for children completed Clicker 5 training to attend Date, time & venue: Fri 8 Dec, 2.00 to 5.00pm, house style. on entry to school with the assessment this workshop) Friday 23 March, 9.00am Discovery Centre, TSoF (Hindmarsh) undertaken during their ﬁrst term at school. to 4.00pm, $22) Seats are limited. Bookings: Sue Leahy, tel 8226 3677, email email@example.com COPY It is a nationally recognised early years assessment tool that: • Clicker 5 playground sessions (sessions free, but booking essential) Thursdays Please email notices/short articles etc for Xtra to firstname.lastname@example.org • is of and for learning 1,8 & 22 March, 4.00 to 5.30pm; 15 SACE Review seminar • includes literacy and numeracy data March 4.30 to 6.00pm Flinders University Institute of International Copy can can also be submitted by Education (FUIIE) and the SA Institute fax, snail mail, or on disk (contact • is aligned to SACSA • Cloze Pro (Friday 9 March, 9.00am to 12 noon, $16.50) for Educational Research (SAIER) are details below). • supports educators to report learners’ achieve- presenting this seminar addressing issues ment towards SACSA Standard One. • JigWorks (Friday 9 March, 1.00 to arising from the SACE Review, with Dr 4.00pm, $16.50). SUBSCRIPTIONS In 2007, the Information for educators resource For information, check the SERU website at Kelvin Gregory (School of Education, Staff taking leave can subscribe to will be available online. Only the Learner Flinders University) and Prof. Alan Reid record will be available in print. web.seru.sa.edu.au (School of Education, University of South the paper. A revised subscription form will be available soon. For copies of the Learner record, please Registration: contact Jeanne.Hall, at SERU, Australia). contact Kerry Bourke, tel 8226 1602, email tel 8235 2871 or email jeanne.hall@seru. Copies of two papers by Dr. Gregory will be The paper can be accessed on the email@example.com sa.edu.au made available on registration. Gold coin department’s website at www.decs. donation requested to defray costs. sa.gov.au/mediacentre Date, time and venue: 12 December, 5.00 SASTA to 7.30pm, AEU Hall (163 Greenhill Rd, DEADLINES Annual Conference: call for workshops Parkside) The deadline for the ﬁnal 2006 SASTA is asking for online expressions of interest from primary, middle and senior Science Information/registration (by 6 December): edition of Xtra is 30 November educators and laboratory ofﬁcers across the state, to present workshop sessions at the 2007 email pawel.skuza@ﬂinders.edu.au (for distribution to worksites by SASTA Conference. Possible workshop topics: 14 December). SACSA Framework practical activity classroom methodology MYSA conference Publication cannot be guaranteed if operating technology SACE subjects assessment and reporting Middle schooling: Reaching new copy arrives after this time. interactive science resource based learning outreach services heights, building our future key competencies industry links distance education The 5th International Conference of the CONTACT VET Aboriginal science science competitions Middle Years of Schooling Association DECS Public Relations Unit syllabus redevelopment literacy tertiary sector involvement (MYSA) will be presented on the Gold GPO Box 1152, Adelaide 5001 Coast, from 17 to 19 May, next year. community involvement integrated curriculum focus schools networking Conference themes focus on building ado- Courier: R11/21 laboratory management essential learnings beginning teachers lescent wellbeing, professional learning and Tel: 8226 1124 ICT psychology leadership, family & community partnerships Fax: 8226 1605 and innovative leaning communities. Date & venues: 16, 17 April 2007, Flinders University, Australian Science & Maths School Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Audience: R-12 science teachers, including psychology, and lab technicians. Information: email oﬁce@mysa.org.auis or visit the website at www.mysa2007.com EDITING & LAYOUT SASTA Psychology Conference online registration SSABSA approved research programs: why these were written and are an integral part of Claire West assessment, how to more effectively use them, how to better support students in their investigative writing. ISSN 1440-5768 • release of four SSABSA approved research programs • keynote speakers (to be announced) • examination review, cutting edge sessions and visit to Psychology laboratory. Audience, date and venue: Stage 1 & 2 Psychology teachers, Friday 19 January, Flinders University DEPARTMENT WEBSITE For program details, online registrations or to offer a www.decs.sa.gov.au workshop online, visit the SASTA website at www.sasta.asn. au/prof_dev.htm Vol 9 No 20 30 November 2006 Xtra 3 bulletin board Be SunSmart 2007 Festival of Music Be Part of History SA Museum A new Be SunSmart resource is coming to schools in term 4. The Be SunSmart resource Performance Co-ordinators 2007 SA History Week The da Vinci Machines: Inventions and Designs of a Genius Expressions of Interest are invited for the The History Trust of South Australia is co- has been updated for teachers to use with ordinating the fourth SA History Week in This exhibition uses hands-on, life size middle years students (or older) to help positions of Performance Troupe Co- ordinators for the 2007 Primary Schools May 2007 (from 18 to 27 May). models to realise Leonardo’s drawings and increase awareness Organisations and community groups concepts that shaped the world we know of the importance of Festival of Music. These positions are voluntary. (Some limited wishing to promote their part in South today. For year 5-10 groups it can be an sun protection and Australia’s history are invited to register act- exciting and different way to introduce a encourage SunSmart remuneration for expenses is available via invoice). ivities for inclusion in the 2006 program. unit on simple machines, or a design and behaviour. Activities can include Open Days, seminars, technology program. The resource is also Each of these positions involves the pre- paration of one of three Performance historical walks and bus tours, exhibitions, In the week beginning 25 February, there intended to complement your school’s skin events, window displays and much more. will be special series of hands-on cancer prevention policy. Troupes (consisting of auditioned, primary school students) to accompany the choir at The History Trust will compile, print and workshops, combining technology There are 30 activities relating to particular distribute a program booklet with details with literacy, for upper primary SunSmart topics, designed to be used the Festival of Music in the Adelaide Festival Theatre, and some regional festivals. on all registered events. students. individually or as part of a comprehensive Forms and information can be accessed at The exhibition entry fee will be unit. Each activity has a list of assessment Rehearsals will be held out of school hours, from term 2 until the performances in weeks www.history.sa.gov.au (via the Events and reduced to $5 per student, with outcomes, aims, requirements, teacher History Week links) or contact the History a small additional cost for the guidelines and extension activities. Many of 8 and 9 of term 3, and regional festivals early in term 4. Trust, tel 8203 9888, email jmudge@history. workshops. the activities also have associated fact sheets sa.gov.au For more information, please and worksheets which teachers are free to Applications of one page maximum, with relevant experience in dance, drama or multi- Registration closes on Friday 2 March. The phone Ann or Christina, tel photocopy for classroom use. program booklet will be available from late 8207 7429, fax 8207 7430, email SAM. Copies of the resource will be sent to H & PE arts performances, are due by Tuesday 12 April 2007. Education@saugov.sa.gov.au & English co-ordinators and principals. December, and should be sent to Sally Eads, For additional copies or more information, Primary Schools Music Festival Support phone the Cancer Council Helpline (13 11 20) Service, Klemzig Primary School, 2 Hay Margaret Trembath Research Fund Scholarship or Betty Lipparelli, Young People’s Programs Street, Klemzig 5087. Applications are invited for the 2007 Margaret Trembath Research Fund Scholarship which project ofﬁcer, tel 8291 4144. For any further information, please contact is administered by Early Childhood Australia (ECA) SA Branch. It is awarded biennially Suzanne Rogers, tel 8261 0900. up to a value of $20 000. Rostrum Voice of Youth Student online conferences The scholarship will be awarded to individuals or organisations in Australia, to support research projects in the general area of the care and education of young children, birth to Next year will be the 33rd year of this National Competition. Full information, What does it mean to be a global citizen? eight years, and their families. with application forms for junior and iNet (International Networking for Edu- Application forms and details are available from the secretary, Margaret Trembath senior categories (for ages 11 to 17) will be cational Transformation) is the international Scholarship, at email@example.com (please type ‘Margaret Trembath Scholarship’ circulated to all schools during the ﬁrst week arm of the Specialist Schools and Academies as the subject in the email). of term one. Trust, in the United Kingdom. Included in this package will be the timing of heats, adjudication criteria, competition Primary and secondary students in all countries are invited to participate in a series Windmill’s 2007 school season Bookings are now open for: rules, posters and prepared speech titles. of four one-week online iNet conferences Next year, the state winner will on the theme: ‘What does it mean to be a • The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddliepie and Little Ragged Blossom travel to Canberra to compete in global citizen?’ (term 1, weeks 5-7, only 5 shows) the National Final. Rostrum SA The ﬁrst conference ‘Global citizens. Are • Cat (term 2, week 10, 8 performances for very young children) hopes that many students and you a global citizen?’ runs from 11 to 17 • The Little Gentleman (term 3, weeks 5/6, book early for this Book Week production) teachers will again get involved December. The deadline for submissions in this wonderful opportunity has now passed, but students can still register • Clockwork Forest (term 4, weeks 1-2, only 6 shows). for the development of skills to read the papers and presentations, and Windmill is committed to equitable access for quality in-theatre experience - 15% of tickets in oral communication and builds self- actively engage in fully supervised online for each production are made available to disadvantaged schools ranked conﬁdence in young people. discussions on global citizenship (at school, between 1 and 4. In addition Adelaide Metro has provided sponsorship For more information, contact the 2007 chair, or individually, at home). for free or subsidised transport for schools disadvantaged by distance or Peter Martindale (PO Box 102, Fullarton 5063, The other conferences focus on Global under-funded arts programs. tel 8379 8034 or email petermd@internode. equality (5 to 11 February, deadline 20 Dec- For information about the productions, see last edition of Xtra or check the 2007 season on.net). ember), Global resources (12 to 18 March, brochure which has been sent (with booking sheets) to teachers registered with Windmill. deadline 29 January) and Global peace (14 to To obtain a brochure and/or register, please contact Julie Orchard, Arts Project manager Murray resource 20 May, deadline 2 April). Strong security protocols are in place. All the (tel 8415 5358, email firstname.lastname@example.org). Water conservation book for children conferences in the series will be monitored MurrayCare™ (a River Murray Urban Users The South Australian Arts 24 hours a day throughout the entire online Board (SAYAB) proﬁles Committee program) has recently published conference period. All submitted online an illustrated children’s book and online exciting arts experiences for comments are reviewed by an adult before SA school students teaching resource booklet. publication online, and inappropriate, Rusty Loses His Loop is a water conservation impolite or off-topic comments will not be 2007 Education and Arts Ministers’ Awards book designed for children aged 4-8 years, published. Students may participate from with an accompanying online booklet of The South Australian Education and Arts Ministers’ Awards acknowledge the valuable school or individually from home, but contribution made by outstanding arts educators and support a unique professional teaching ideas and activities which is also they will be fully supervised by organisers suitable for parents and their children. development opportunity for each of the award winners. Awards of $5000 each are made for at all times. outstanding practice in Primary and Secondary Arts Education and as an Artist in Schools. The central theme of the book concerns the For details, visit the website at www.sst-inet. use of our water resources and the impact To ﬁnd out more, go to www.sayab.org.au or call Industry Development at Carclew Youth net (via the online conferences link). Arts, tel 8267 5111. this has on the natural environment of the For further information on any aspect of Coorong and River Murray. The book is the student online conferences, please email SAYAB Funded Companies particularly relevant for teaching a module online conference manager, Debra Brydon, Urban Myth Theatre of Youth: the company’s end of year production will be an outdoor on water conservation. The accompanying at email@example.com extravaganza of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to celebrate the company’s 25th birthday year. teacher activity booklet provides some With over 50 young people in the performance, it will be a great opportunity to enjoy this lesson ideas and also suggests ways in which Shakespeare masterpiece in a picnic-style atmosphere on the Unley Village Green. Perfect for the book can be used as a starting point to PoeticA students studying Shakespeare in 2007! Dates: 7 to 9 December. Book through BASS. explore other environmental issues (using Presented on Radio National each Saturday at 3.05pm and repeated at 9.05pm on Thursdays. Carclew Youth Arts the River Murray as an example). While the book is primarily intended to assist Lowdown is a unique national youth performing arts magazine – the only publication of FORTHCOMING PROGRAMS in teaching Society and Environment, the its kind in Australia. A lively and informative publication, Lowdown will appeal to anyone December interested in performing arts with, for and/or by young people. A 12-month subscription activities are multi-discipline, with a particular 2 In My Shoes: anthology celebrating the focus on numeracy and English. The book was to Lowdown magazine is $49.50 and includes a copy of Directions, the national guide to International Day of the Disabled tertiary education in the performing arts. written and illustrated by the Ecocreative team 9 The War Sonnet: poems and prose by in close consultation with teachers, DECS early For individual copies and class sets of the Directions course guide and Lowdown, contact Bridget Barry Hill Briscoe (tel 8267 5111, email firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit www.carclew.com.au/lowdown childhood educators and the River Murray 16 Marianne Moore: selected poems by this Urban Users Committee (RMUU). Rusty Playfull - Live performance & workshops for schools: Playfull 2007 was launched at the inﬂuential American poet will ﬁll a gap in early childhood education EXPO at the Odeon Theatre on Sat 28 October with over 180 teachers in attendance. identified in professional development 23 Shepherds and Brunettes: pastoral poetry To receive a copy of the brochure listing 43 artists and companies, contact Angelina Zucco sessions with teachers. from Theocritus to Philip Hodgins. (tel 8333 3400 or email email@example.com Part funding for this publication came from For details, visit the website at www.abc.net. SAYAB inquiries: tel 8361 9777 (www.sayab.org.au) the SA MDB NRM Board. au/rn/arts/poetica or contact the producers Carclew programs: tel 8267 5111 (www.carclew.com.au) or For information, visit the website at www. of PoeticA, Mike Ladd, (tel 8343 4928) and the Carclew Arts and Education Ofﬁce, tel 8333 3400 (www.playfull.on.net). murrayusers.sa.gov.au/rusty/rusty.htm Krystyna Kubiak (8343 4271). 4 Xtra Vol 9 No 20 30 November 2006 ESD NEWS Energy saving over the holidays Australian Government Envirofund As school communities think about the coming holidays, it is important to remember that ROUND 8 unless your site is properly ‘switched off’ over the summer break, energy will be needlessly guzzled in empty buildings. Following is a checklist to help schools reduce their energy Successful applications for Round 8 have been announced. Congratulations to: consumption to a bare minimum during the holidays. • Kersbrook Primary School – Wetland Rehabilitation and Cultural Awareness Project. This project will rehabilitate and conserve 1.5ha of wetland by undertaking weed control GENERAL SCHOOL and revegetating with 1000 native plants. • Disable all cooling and heating systems to unused rooms. Check all timer and automated • Curramulka Primary School – Curramulka Environmental Restoration. This project switches to ensure that they are set to switch off over the holiday period (in the past, schools will restore 6ha of degraded woodland through revegetation with native species and have left air-conditioning plants running in empty buildings for the whole summer!) weed control. • Switch off power to electric hot water units and pilot lights (ﬂames) to all gas heaters and hot water systems. Keep in mind that hot water heaters can often be hidden in ROUND 9 cupboards and should not be forgotten. Check the status of heaters in areas such as Round 9 will open for applications in February 2007 and will cover the normal range the staff room, science laboratories, home economics classrooms, change rooms and of activities funded by the Envirofund. Register now to receive a copy of the Australian the sickroom. Government Envirofund Guide and application form as soon as it is available. Log on to the website at www.nht.gov.au/envirofund/ to receive the following information: THE ‘SWITCH OFF’ LIST • General guide to eligible activities and requirements, and sample application form • Switch off cold/ice water drinking fountains and cold drink vending machines (bottles and cans do not need to be chilled when the school is closed). • Planning your project and preparing to make an application • Switch off all ofﬁce equipment: computers, photocopiers and all other machines which • Sample fencing Management Agreement. don’t need to operate daily to allow a closed school to function. For information, contact Envirofund (tel 1800 303 863 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) • Switch off all equipment in technical studies, home economics, science and art rooms. • Switch off all exhaust fans in toilets, technical studies, home economics & science rooms. The ESD Team, Asset Policy & Capital Programs • Switch off refrigerators once they have been cleared of perishables, defrosted and washed down. Website: www.capitalprograms.sa.edu.au Tel: 8226 0091 Fax: 8231 2358 • Switch off equipment at the power point to avoid using ‘stand by’ power. IN THE CANTEEN • Switch off refrigerators once they have been cleared of perishables, defrosted and REMINDERS washed down. DECS Animal Ethics Committee: Schools, preschools and child care centres are reminded • Stack storage items into one freezer, defrost and switch off all others. that Animal Ethics annual returns are due by 31 December. • Switch off exhaust fans and other equipment. Requests for Approval to Keep Animals in 2007 can be submitted now. All forms are • Switch off electric hot water systems. available at www.decs.sa.gov.au/animalethics Sir Charles Bright Scholarship: Applications are invited from South Australians with a Be waste wise at the end of the school year disability wishing to undertake post-secondary education in 2007. The scholarships are The end of the school year inevitably brings with it the annual clear out and numerous valued at $1000 each. Applications close 24 December. school events which will create more waste than normal. It is worth considering steps which Application forms can be obtained now from university, TAFE and high school student will reduce the amount of waste leaving the school for landﬁll and maximise reuse and counsellors or contact Malcolm Penn (tel 8261 6171, email email@example.com) recycling practices. Schools and preschools should also be thinking about waste reduction strategies for 2007 Ferry Scholarships: Applications are invited for these scholarships which support two and how they can start the new school year with a fresh, ‘green’ outlook. country students wishing to continue full-time studies in the physics or chemistry ﬁelds of KESAB has provided DECS with the following end-of-year tips to reduce waste in schools. science, and are tenable at Flinders University, the University of Adelaide or the University of South Australia. Applications close Friday 29 December. FOR CLASS/COMMUNITY EVENTS For information and application forms, contact Jeff Stevenson, Public Trustee Ofﬁce, tel • BYO labelled cups to end of year parties. 8226 9285, fax 8226 9233, email firstname.lastname@example.org • Bring party food in reusable containers. Hawker Scholarships: Applications for the Charles Allan Seymour Hawker Scholarships • Make your own food (rather than purchasing packaged food) if possible. open 4 December and close 12 January 2007. • Recycle 5 cent containers at family/community functions. There are a number of fully and partly funded scholarships awarded each year to academically PAPER/CARD RECYCLING/REUSE capable students of principle and character.. • Put Christmas card off cuts in paper/card recycling. For information and application form, visit the website at www.hawkerscholarship.org or contact Cesare Silvestri, Secretary to the Trustees, tel 8238 6295. • Flatten boxes and place in paper/card collection. • Remember painted paper, staples and windowed envelopes CAN be placed in paper/ Renewal of Teacher Registration: If your teacher registration expires on 31 January 2007, card collections. your application for renewal should be lodged by 31 December. Please contact the Teachers • Reuse unused books and pages for next year. Registration Board if you have not received an application to renew registration. • Encourage parents to reuse spare pages from exercise books for notepads. CHANGE OF NAME/ADDRESS: Please notify the Teachers Registration Board in writing of any changes to your name or postal address, by fax (8226 2667), email (email@example.com. COMPOST/WORMS au) or post (Teachers Registration Board of SA, Level 6, 70 Pirie St, Adelaide 5000). • Ensure that worm farms are looked after over the holidays (living worms can get very Telephone: 8226 2666. hot in Dec/Jan). Further information about the above scholarships and teacher registration renewal was published in 2006 PLANNING recent editions of Xtra (accesssible online via the Xtra link at www.decs.sa.gov.au/mediacentre). • Think about using plastic sleeves rather than clear adhesive book covering. • Consider a compost/worm farm collection for 2007. EARLY CHILDHOOD • Collect 5 cent containers sold at canteens to raise funds. SERVICES COORDINATOR ADVERTISING Contact KESAB for information on waste management ﬁeld trips and the new school program Wipe Out Waste in 2007. (0.8 FTE) of LEADERSHIP Use ROSES at the end of 2006 Patch Theatre Company is an SA cultural icon with 34 years experience in carefully crafting theatre POSITIONS experiences for 4-8 year old children locally, nationally As the school year draws to a close, schools may consider donating surplus goods to the DECS Reuse of Ofﬁce Supplies and Equipment Scheme (ROSES). and internationally. ONLINE IN 2007 ROSES is a waste minimisation program which co-ordinates the collection and storage We are a small passionate team who care deeply about of unwanted ofﬁce resources. Materials are collected from DECS schools, preschools and keeping the artist alive in the child and work closely to Please note that from the corporate sites. They are securely stored at the Ingle Farm depot and made available for make the wildest ideas a reality. commencement of the 2007 school other DECS sites to access free of charge. The Early Childhood Services Coordinator will undertake year, all leadership positions will be DECS is currently seeking donations of ofﬁce equipment and stationery which is in a sound all promotions, communications and bookings with advertised on the department’s website schools and children’s centres. The successful candidate condition. Schools undergoing refurbishment or building rationalisations or simply having and will not appear in Xpress and Xtra. will have a vibrant personality and be willing to go the end-of-year clear-ups are asked to consider passing on unwanted resources to ROSES. extra mile in the name of great service. To make a donation or to visit ROSES to view materials, please contact Roy Lindholm, Details about the frequency of If you are looking for an engaging and rewarding advertising and the website location tel 8262 7659. position within a ﬂourishing organisation, then we’d will be provided at a later date, like to hear from you. Donations in Kind For a job speciﬁcation please call Patch on 8218 8407 and will be communicated Rotary International continues to seek contributions to the Donations in Kind program to all schools and preschools. or download at www.patchtheatre.org.au/newsa.htm which provides educational material to disadvantaged overseas schools. Items which are in Please forward applications by Thursday 20 December to: Steve Calvert (manager) demand include text books, sports gear, sewing machines, fabrics and haberdashery. Amanda Jones • General Manager • Patch Theatre Company Michael Papps (superintendent) If sites would like donate any of these items, please contact Cliff Tingey, Rotary International, Lvl 1, Lion Arts Centre • Cnr Morphett & North Tce • ADELAIDE SA 5000 Site Human Resources Or email to firstname.lastname@example.org tel 0407 970 062.