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23 August 2019

Lots of great shows on offer to you this year, and more being added every day. 

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Australian Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

22 August 2019

An incursion for schools in NSW.

 “Perfectly linked to the syllabus, directly supports their HSC”

 “Authentic performances”

“Interacted brilliantly”

“Engagement with the rubric, explanation of scenes and different contextual interpretations made it absolutely beneficial.”

The feedback is in, and the word needs to get out that this brand new incursion for HSC students is razor sharp.  

 The myriad of human experiences alive in The Merchant of Veniceplaces it as a rich text for HSC study. The characters represent a host of human qualities and emotions giving students a playground of options to identify the anomalies, paradoxes and inconsistencies in human behaviour and motivations. 

 By giving students their own unique lived experience of this play in performance, their connection to these characters forms on a deep level. In the 1.5 hour session they come face to face with the original context and explore how adjusting this context, playing with purpose, stylistic and grammatical features and form impacts the human experience of others and themselves. 

Teachers are commenting how well this session later translates to insightful written response. The interactive format stands the students in the heart of the action – watching scenes and speeches and immediately discussing and interrogating. As these characters unfold in front of them we debate their motivations, and this visceral experience gives students ownership of the world of the play.
The goal is to not to bring the heightened text down to a modern translation, but rather we work to raise the hearts of a modern audience to the heights of Shakespeare. And it’s working! It’s Shakespeare for tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow….

Available in Terms 3 and 4 for HSC Students across NSW. Go here to book.

Teachers in Victoria can also book The Merchant of Venice - go here.

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School Uniforms - compulsory or not?

19 August 2019

Interesting response to this by 5 "experts" in The Conversation.

Spoiler - 4 of the 5 said no.

We're wondering why the experts didn't include teachers!

Image: School kids in uniform heading to a show.

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In Victoria? Head to Apollo Bay's WinterWild

15 August 2019

For the third year, Apollo Bay, beautifully placed at the foot of the Otways, on the Shipwreck Coast,  will put on an amazing festival of music, workshops, food events, outdoor events and more, over two weekends in August. 

Starts this Friday 16th/Sat 17 for Weekend One, then Fri 30/Sat 31 for Weekend Two.

One outdoor event, The Dogwatch, was absolutely sensationally good last year. This year promises more. It will begin in the harbour at 6.30, each Saturday. Check out their whole program here.

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Artists in Victoria

14 August 2019

Check out the latest round of Creative Victoria grants here

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Music At Work

12 August 2019

Exciting initiative in SA, linking industry mentors and schools. Some $450,000 has been allocated for the program.

To find out more, go here

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SFS enews out today to most states.

8 August 2019

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Coming soon to Nowra

1 August 2019

Award-winning play Hitler's Daughter from Monkey Baa Theatre Company is on next Tuesday 6 August at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre. Suited to students in Years 7 - 9. Details.

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1st August - only one more month of Winter!

1 August 2019

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Carclew 2020 grants now open.

31 July 2019

In SA? Lucky! if you fit one of the categories below - go for it!

Individuals aged 26 or under can pitch for Project and Development grants of up to $10,000  to fund arts projects with a tangible outcome and/or up to $3,000 for skills and career development.

Not for profit and youth arts organisations based in South Australia can apply for up to $10,000 to support artistic projects in any art form developed and presented for, by and with children and young people, or apply for Capacity Building Grants providing up to $10,000 to grow your business, change business model or encourage organisational sustainability.

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30 July 2019

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level. Watch her TED TALK

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Over 90,500 students booked into shows this year, through SFS.

26 July 2019

Thanks so much for your support of the arts in education.

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