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									Vol 9 No 20 30 November 2006                                                                                                                                                              Xtra     1

                                                                                                                                                    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                                                                                                          

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 (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

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                                     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
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                                                   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
  Expression of interest forms are available online at 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 (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
  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. as soon as possible.                                                                       DEADLINE for next edition of Xtra: 30 NOVEMBER
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             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
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                                                  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)
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                                                  program (curricular or co-curricular), for                                                            ematics and experience in leading professional
                                                  primary and secondary students, at workshops        For online bookings visit
                                                                                                                                                        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.
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                                                                                                          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                        or Tom Greenwell,
                                                  email                           in the Classroom (Wednesday 7 March,
                                                                                                                                                        students to undertake this training.
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    ‘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.
    by FAX on 8231 2358 or email to               Running Records                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                     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
    COPY                                          It is a nationally recognised early years
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    Please email notices/short articles etc for
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                                                  • 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.                                        (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                                                          made available on registration. Gold coin
    department’s website at www.decs.                                                                                                                   donation requested to defray costs.                                                                                                                               Date, time and venue: 12 December, 5.00
                                                  SASTA                                                                                                 to 7.30pm, AEU Hall (163 Greenhill Rd,
    DEADLINES                                     Annual Conference: call for workshops                                                                 Parkside)
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    edition of Xtra is 30 November                educators and laboratory officers across the state, to present workshop sessions at the 2007           email
    (for distribution to worksites by             SASTA Conference. Possible workshop topics:
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    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:           Audience: R-12 science teachers, including psychology, and lab technicians.                           Information: email or
                                                                                                                                                        visit the website at
    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                            workshop online, visit the SASTA website at www.sasta.asn.
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 (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                                                                                                   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.                              
& 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 (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                                             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
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 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                         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 or visit
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
Part funding for this publication came from          For details, visit the website at                                               SAYAB inquiries: tel 8361 9777 (
the SA MDB NRM Board.                                au/rn/arts/poetica or contact the producers                                            Carclew programs: tel 8267 5111 ( 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 (                Krystyna Kubiak (8343 4271).
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                                                         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 to receive the following information:
                                                                                                       • 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
•   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: Tel: 8226 0091 Fax: 8231 2358
•   Switch off equipment at the power point to avoid using ‘stand by’ power.
•   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
                                                                                                       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
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
•   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 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 (
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

• 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
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
tel 0407 970 062.

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