Thursday, 28 July 2016

Support for Employees with Caring Responsibilities

Acel Taasmania Branch News

Contact: Jenny Cowling, Learning Services Southern Region
p: 0409 596 826   e:

Intended Audience: All Tasmanian Educators

Please find attached details of the ACEL Tasmania Branch News and details of the Tasmanian ACEL 2016 Branch Awards.
Branch News
Photo of Award Winners

"OVERLOAD" Haemochromatosis Australia

Contact: Sarah Weaver, Ogilvie High School/Haemochromatosis Australia
p: 6228 8800   e:   w:

Date: 5 - 31 August        
Location: Moonah

Intended Audience: All Staff, High School and College Art Students

OVERLOAD the annual group art exhibition for Haemochromatosis iron overload Awareness Week 2016, opens Friday 5 August at 6 pm. Inherited iron overload is our most common recessive gene disorder - in Australia 1 in 200 people have the condition and 1 in 9 will be a carrier.

Many will not know they have it and early detection is important to ensure that iron overload doesn't cause organ damage. We use art to tell stories and educate the community about this little known but very common condition.

2016 Tasmanian Trout Expo, Australian Schools Trout Fishing Championships

Contact: Dennis Betts, Tasmanian Schools Trout Fishing Championships
p: 0409 911 972   e:

Date: Monday 23 September 2016        
Location: Brumby's Creek, Cressy

Intended Audience: All Schools

2016 Tasmanian Trout Expo
Announcing the Seventh Australian Schools Trout Fishing Championships

Monday, September 19, 2016, at Brumby's Creek, Cressy 9.45 am – 2.00 pm
Introductory Notice Schools Championship
Risk Management Plan

Code Club At Glenorchy LINC

Annual Maths Relays Mathematical Association of Tasmania

GovHack 2016

Beatrix Potter Exhibition at Hobart LINC

Tasmanian History Teachers' Association Conference

Contact: Louise Zarmati, University of Tasmania

Location: Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre, University of Tasmania
Newnham Campus

Intended Audience: All Teachers and pre-service Teachers

Teaching Australia's 'difficult' history in Tasmania.

'Difficult' history has recently been the topic of critical analysis in the history, heritage and museums of such countries as Japan, China, the United States, Canada, South Africa, Britain, Ireland and Germany.

The term refers to knowledge about the 'dark side' of humanity, including dispossession, murder, genocide, torture, rape, slavery, pedophilia and the forced removal of children. It can be contested, conflicting and confronting.

The 2016 Tasmanian History Teachers' conference will address problems and issues in the teaching of 'difficult' histories in the new Australian Curriculum, with specific reference to Tasmania.

Register online at

How Much Waste Does Your School Produce?


Recycling Education - What Can I Put In My Kerbside Recycling Bin?

321Go! Kids Race

Contact: Rick Ferguson, Burnie City Council
p: 64 305798   e:   w:

Date: 30 October 2016          RSVP: Entries close 28 October
Location: Burnie

Intended Audience: Girls & Boys aged 5-13 years old.

Get ready for this year's 321-Go! kid's race in Burnie!

This fun event was created in 2000 by the organisers of the Burnie 10. They wanted an event for children between the ages of 5 and 13 who wanted to experience the thrill of running in a community fun run, at a distance appropriate for their age 3 km, 2 km, 1 km.

The 321-Go! race is a not-for-profit event from the Burnie City Council, aimed at encouraging kids to challenge themselves & experience the fun of exercise.

While the event is primarily aimed at the North-West schools, we encourage participation in this event from all schools in Tasmania  and beyond .

We are pleased to announce that Health Care Insurance will donate $500 to every school that can reach 50% participation or more of enrolled students.

SPORT FIRST in Burnie will also be awarding a share of $1200 of sporting goods to the 3 schools that gain the highest participation rate within 25 K of Burnie, and the same again for the 3 schools over 25 K from Burnie.

There are also generous individual prizes for on-line entries, early entries, signing up a friend and prize draws on the day.

PD: Crafting a Differentiated Curriculum that Improves Student Outcomes

Contact: Sarah Mahoney, Edumazing
p: 03 9731 1400   e:   w:

Date: 19 September 2016 Primary, 20 September 2016 Secondary.    
RSVP: 5 September 2016
Location: Inveresk

Intended Audience: Primary School Teachers Day 1
Secondary School Teachers Day 2

Use evidence based strategies to support you to effectively plan engaging learning experiences for all learners at their point of need using the Tasmanian Curriculum, SOLO Taxonomy, multi-modal learning and the five keys to differentiation.

Access essential resources to improve your planning and immerse yourself in contemporary pedagogues that deepen learning and accelerate outcomes.

Understanding how to cater for the wide range of abilities and personalised needs of each learner, especially in reading and number. Discover how to overcome the challenge between students working below, students working above, and across different levels.

Devonport Basketball Primary School Tournament

Contact: Jan Templeton, Devonport Basketball Council Inc.
p: 6424 2440   e:

Date: 24- 25 September 2016          RSVP: Thursday 25 August 2016
Location: Devonport

Intended Audience: All Primary Schools between  North West Coast and Launceston areas

The annual Devonport Primary School Basketball Tournament will be held at the Devonport Recreation Centre on the weekend of the 24/25 September 2017.

A great weekend of fun for all primary school aged children.

Please visit for entry forms and entry details.
Entry Form
School Tournament

Writing Matters - Professional Workshops

Contact: Naomi Wright, Square Pegs Dyslexia Support and Educate Tutoring
p: 0417946341   e:

Date: 22 August 2016 and 23 August 2016          RSVP: 19 August 2016
Location: Hobart

Intended Audience: Teachers, Literacy Specialists, Teacher Assistants, Parents, Speech Pathologists

William van Cleave is a US based educator, consultant and author whose specialties include morphology and written expression. A nationally recognized speaker, he has presented on effective teaching practices at conferences and schools since 1995. William will deliver two one-day workshops:

Day 1: Word Smarts – using morphology to develop vocabulary and word attack skills

Day 2: From Words to Works – developing writing skills in student writers

Square Pegs and Educate are pleased that William has been able to add a visit to Hobart to his Australian itinerary.

PD Challenging Behaviour, Trauma & Diverse Needs A Wellbeing Approach

Contact: Sarah Mahoney, Edumazing
p: 03 9731 1400   e:   w:

Date: 16 September 2016          RSVP: by 2 September
Location: Inveresk

Intended Audience: Primary School Teachers; Pre-service Teachers; Support Staff.

Challenging behaviour has an impact on the individual, class & teacher by impacting on learning & well-being. These behaviours require our care & an understanding of their communicative need & deeper causation.

Participants will learn to support students in trauma &/or with diverse needs; behavioural assessments, implicit & explicit strategies to improve outcomes, using mindfulness, brain based understanding & strategies; to create safe spaces, to develop strategies for a specific student.

MindMatters Module Progression Workshop

Contact: Alice Eddington, Principals Australia Institute
p: 0401505935   e:   w:

Date: 9 August 2016; 11 August 2016; 17 August 2016      
Location: Hobart, Launceston and Burnie

Intended Audience: All secondary school staff

Would you like the opportunity to advance your professional development through MindMatters?

Would you like to create a MindMatters account and get access to its online professional learning tools and modules?

Would you like to have the time to ask questions, network with other schools and get advice and assistance from Principals Australia Institute Project Officers?

School Canteen Awards

Contact: Kirsty Grierson, Tasmanian School Canteen Association

Date: 22 July 2016 - 22 August 2016          RSVP: 22 August 2016
Location: Statewide

Intended Audience: Canteen Managers and Volunteers, Teachers, Principals,
MWEW Coordinators, Food Service Providers

School Canteen Award Nominations are now open.
Nomination Form

Ten Day Sailing Program Aboard STV Windeward Bound

How to Create Reading Comprehension Activities With ActivInspire

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

TAG Information Evening: Early Entry to Kinder - Now Offered in Both Hobart and Launceston

TAG Information Evening: Early Entry to Kinder - now offered in both Hobart and Launceston

Please share this opportunity with colleagues, family, friends and your school/childcare/preschool community.

Register at  for Hobart; for Launceston

TAG is proudly sponsored by 

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Fungi Foray

Parks for Free

Contact: Nadeen Burge
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
p: 6165 3170   e:

Date: Promotion can start in Term 3 2016     RSVP: Free entry period finishes on 9 Oct
Location: State-wide

Intended Audience: All Tasmanian's families, Parents, Carers, School Children, Infants

Celebrate 100 years of national parks in Tasmania and reconnect with nature.
Entry to all national parks will be FREE on:
  • 27-29 August  – when Freycinet and Mount Field national parks will mark their centenary of reservation; and
  • 24 September to 9 October – September school holiday period
This means that patrons will not be required to have a valid national parks pass when visiting any of the 19 national parks during the free entry period.

Specifics about the free entry initiative including what is covered and not covered are outlined in the attached FAQs

New Teaching Resources on Air Quality, Wood Smoke

Peter Underwood Centre: Horizons - Education Futures

Twitch Free Creative Writing Workshops

Primary Science and Geography - A New Program For Year 5/6

Primary Science and Geography - Waterworks Reserve year 3/4 program

Nominate a Year 6 Student Who is a Making a Difference in Their Community

Contact: Megan Reynolds, The Fred Hollows Foundation
p: 02 83441647   e:   w:

Date: July 19          RSVP: August 21
Location: Tasmania

Intended Audience: School Principals, Teachers and friends of Year 6 students

Fred Hollows used to say that real humanity is shown when we care for others. The Fred Hollows Foundation is keeping his vision alive through an Award to recognise Year 6 students who show care and compassion for others.

The Humanity Award is a fantastic opportunity to recognise students outside the sporting and academic realm, and is launching in Tasmania after successfully running in the Australian Capital Territory since 2012 and launching in New South Wales last year.

Principals, Teachers and parents can nominate a Year 6 student at Nominations will open on July 19 and close Sunday 21 August.

All nominees will be recognised by Gabi Hollows and Tasmanian State Premier Will Hodgman at a presentation ceremony, where a state Junior Ambassador to The Fred Hollows Foundation will also be announced.

Fred was an ordinary person with a big dream. You never know, we may just find the next Fred Hollows in a Tasmania classroom, says Gabi Hollows.

To nominate a student visit
PLEASE NOTE: This URL will go live when nominations open on July 19

Cricket Umpire Recruitment

Training - Psychological Abuse/ Bullying & Grief and Loss, A Different Perspective - An Examination of Cultural Influences

Contact: Jane Oakley-Lohm, Balancing of Life Counselling /Training
p: 0438 681 390   e:

Date: 13,14, 20, 21, October 2016      RSVP: 5 October 2016
Location: Hobart & Launceston

Intended Audience: Teachers, Counselors

Balancing of Life Training is presenting 2 workshops and visual tools in:
  • Psychological Abuse /Bullying PA – half day- Can be a per cursor to Domestic Violence 
  • Grief and Loss GL – full day A different perspective:- An Examination of Cultural Influences 
  • Australian Counselling Association approved. OPD:- Ongoing Professional Development
  • Psychological Abuse /Bullying includes OPD Points 6 
  • Grief and Loss - A different perspective- includes OPD Points 12
More training information and registration can be found on

Early Entry to Kindergarten - Information Evening

Free Protective Behaviours Program

Bright Smiles, Bright Futures - Free Resources

Erica Bell Mentorship Program

Artful English Teaching Portraits of Practice

Contact: Daniel Howard, Tasmanian Association for the Teaching of English
p: 03 6278 0400   e:

Date: Saturday 27 August, 2016          RSVP: Friday 19 August
Location: St Patrick's College, Launceston
10:00 am – 3:15 pm

Intended Audience: English teachers in their first five years of teaching, preservice teachers and other interested educators and secondary school leaders.

An artful English Teacher': A teacher who is ready to trial, adapt and discover a range of teaching and learning strategies to engage all students in both purposeful and meaningful ways...

To celebrate the release of the latest AATE publication The Artful English Teacher, TATE proudly presents… Artful English Teaching: Portraits of Practice

Significant discounts for TATE members

TATE Member Rates:
  • Student members – $22.00
  • Individual members – $33.00
  • Institutional members – $55.00
PLUS copies of The Artful English Teacher will be available for purchase by members at just $40.00 each full price cost for an online order is $49.95, plus postage.

Non-member rate - $110.

Schools are encouraged to support the work of TATE by taking out Institutional Memberships. For more information visit:

Tasmanian Association for the Gifted Announces Conference Program

Contact: Lynne Maher, Tasmanian Association for the Gifted Inc
p: 0467 528 048    e:

Date: 26 August 2016 evening- 28 August 2016          RSVP: 25 August 2016
Location: Hobart

Intended Audience: Educators, Parents, School psychologists

The Tasmanian Association for the Gifted is pleased to announce the release of the program for its biennial conference No Limits!

The program features keynote speaker Leslie Graves, President of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children WCGTC, invited speakers Carol Barnes, Debbie Youd, and Michele Juratowitch, and many other local and interstate presenters.

Carol, Debbie and Michele are well known within Australia in the field of gifted education and between them hold a wealth of skills and experience at school and university level in many different roles.

Presentation topics range across differentiating learning, parenting, managing challenging behaviours, boredom, happiness and social & emotional needs to showcasing programs operating in schools; there is something for everyone.

Raising and educating gifted children poses a range of challenges that are not well understood within the community and this conference gives people a chance to not only learn from the presenters but also to make connections with others facing similar challenges.

The conference, No Limits, is aimed at exploring ways to educate, inspire and empower those raising and working with gifted students to be the best possible supporters and advocates for Tassie's gifted children.

Teachers Toolkit - MyState Student Film Festival

Contact: Katie Ferguson, MyState Student Film Festival
p: 03 6215 9614   e:

Date: 20 July - 27 October 2016           RSVP: Thursday 27 October 2016
Location: Statewide

Intended Audience: All Teachers Kindergarten to Tertiary, Principals, Support Staff

All schools will be receiving their MyState Student Film Festival Teachers Tool-kits early next week.

Included in the kits are:
  • Festival Booklet - comprehensive information about the MyState Student Film Festival.
  • Film Making Guides - covering story development and script writing to gathering your cast and crew, acting, filming, sound design and editing.
  • Promotional posters to place around the school.
The MyState Student Film Festival offers a unique opportunity for you and your students to experience and learn about the world of film-making. It's immensely rewarding, exciting and fun.

Entries close 27 October so there is plenty of time to get started.

Register your school as participants in the 2016 Festival before 25 July 2016 and do in the draw for a RODE NTG2 Shotgun Boom Microphone Kit.
Promo Flyer
Film Festival
Register to win Flyer

ALEA Tas South, Children Writing With New Technologies

Enhancing Soil and Plant Health

Music Therapy Group For Early Childhood Special Needs

Peace Building Competition

Contact: Linley Grant
Womens International League for Peace and Freedom Tas Branch
p: 03 6234 6672   e:
w: www.WILPF

RSVP: 21 August
Location: All Schools Statewide

Intended Audience: All Staff and Students year 1 to 7

Peace Building competition closes 21 August
Entry Conditions

Rio, Let's Go!

Australian Institute of Physics Public Lecture The Isolation of Antarctica, Plate Tectonics & Climate

Justin D'Ath Visiting Launceston

ACHPER Tasmania State Conference 2016 and Awards

Contact: Anthony Coe, ACHPER Tasmania
e:   w:

Date: Friday 9 September 9.30am - 4.45pm  
RSVP: Registrations close Friday 2 September
Location: University of Tasmania, Launceston Campus

Intended Audience: All Primary, Secondary and Senior Secondary Health and Physical Education Teachers and Professionals

Registrations and award nominations for the 2016 ACHPER State Conference, "Moving into tomorrow", to be held in Launceston at the University of Tasmania on the 9th September, are now open.

There are over 20 concurrent sessions available covering a variety of topics and aimed at teachers from all sectors. Conference highlights include:
  • Gymnastics skills sessions
  • Fitness and athlete development
  • Mindfulness
  • Inquiry and engagement in Health
  • Inquiry in HPE
  • Digital technology and innovation in HPE
A selection of local and national presenters will be involved in this high quality event. As part of the registration process the first 130 delegates registered will receive a free fitbit flex with all conference delegates being able to access discounts and resources for their schools from key organisations.

Registration link:
Award Nomination teacher:
Award Nomination school:

Dr Shane Pill is the Keynote speaker for the conference and his focus will be on the role of critical inquiry and problem solving in an understanding by design approach to curriculum development.

For more details please see the ACHPER Tasmania website

2016 CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist Webinar

ACHPER Tasmania & Gymnastics Tasmania Ignite! Workshop