Kids may become school ‘partners’

START: Leaders Suzanne Henden, left, and Sally Learey, third from left, with Emily Wilsdon, Caitlin Polmear, Indra Benson, Dave Phillips and Maciej Jankowski.Children are not inan assembly line in the classroom –they will be the education “partners” of the future.
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So says the latest strategy on learning that was unveiled to 150 teachers at Virtus Soccer Club on Monday.

Presenters from Melbourne and Sydney outlined a professional learning program that will run for three years.

It is the brainchild of John Hattie, possibly the most eminent educational researcher of the decade, and is being embraced by 200,000 educators world-wide.

John Pirie Secondary School principal Roger Nottage said his campus staff and those from pre-schools and schools in Port Pirie were taking part in theinternationally-renowned program.

“It is in its first year in South Australiaand ourschools are among the leaders in the state to pick it up,” he said.

“Rather than students sitting there falling asleep at their desks, they are going to be encouraged to be actively involved in their learning when they are seeking the next steps in their education.

“The students will be partners in their education.

“Rather than teaching and learning being something that is ‘done’ to them, that will be very much a shared responsibility and endeavour.Learning will be tailored to individual needs.

“It will build cultures where it is not just teachers and parents having highexpectations, but students havinghigh expectations.”

He said leadership groups from the 11 pre-schools and schools involved would meet on March 22 to determine the next steps.“We have a strong focus on improving the quality of teaching,” he said.“It will be personalised for each school.”

He said the students, as a result of the program, would know the benchmarksfor success and the key elements wouldbecome“small steps of learning”.

Risdon Park Primary School teacher Emily Wilsdon, who graduated in October last year, said the session had shared with her the “bigger picture” of students’ learning and progress.

“I think it is definitelya new way to go,” she said.

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Saving Archie

When young Olivia Blake went to feed her family’s horse Archie, he didn’t canter up for his dinner.
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That was unusual.

Olivia’s nan, Pam Blake, said the bay gelding loves his food.

Archie with owner Pam Blake at her Malua Bay property. Archie was rescued after getting trapped in the gully on Monday, February 13.

“Normally he comes for his dinner as soon as he hears the gate open,” Ms Blake said.

Ms Blake said Olivia came back to the house and told her dad Archie was missing.

“My son, Troy, went out to look. He heard Archie snort butcouldn’t see him because of all the vegetation in the gully,” Ms Blake said.

When they found Archie, hemmed in by trees and vines andseveral metres down the property’s steep sided gully, it was obvious the Blakes needed help.

A call to the police referred the Blakes to NSW Fire and Rescue Batemans Bay.

“Bay Fire and Rescue were here in no time,” Ms Blake said.

“We talkedthrough what we could do andcouldn’t do to get Archie free.

“The crew were so considerate and patient. They were open to all our suggestion on how best to rescue Archie.

“I cannot praise them enough,” Ms Blake said.

Fire and Rescue Batemans Bay’s Chris Pearmand and Allan Fitches give Archie a feed after freeing the trapped horse.

Emergency services groups always try and have a veterinarian attend large-animal rescues.

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“When the vet arrived and saw where Archie was stuck, she said: ‘Oh my god’,” Ms Blake said.

Ms Blake didn’t want the 30-year-old horse sedated during the rescue.

“He is an older horse, and sedation is a risk then – also it would have made it hard for him to keep his footing getting out,” she said.

“Plus he is quiet and not scared of noise: when my husband chainsaws the firewood, Archie often sneaks up and gives him a push.”

It was a joint effort to get the gelding freed.

Crew from Fire and Rescue Batemans Bay cleared fallen trees and logs while a vet untangles vines from Archie’s legs and leads him out of the gully.

“While the firies were chainsawing an exit route, the vet was underneath Archie, cutting away the vines from his legs,” Ms Blake said.

Ms Blakehad much needed support from horsey friends,Mary-Rose Whaleand Sharon Gapps, through the resecue.

“They came up to help and keep me calm,” Ms Blake said.

In fact, it was Ms Whale who first introduced Ms Blake to Archie 15 years ago.

“I told her she should buy him,” Ms Whale said.

Archie suffered a slight injury to his hind leg but was otherwise unscathed from his ordeal – a week on he is back to giving the grandchildren pony rides.

Once freed, Archie headed up to the shed for his dinner, hardly affected by the entire episode.

“He was a little in shock but he tucked into his dinner,” Ms Blake said.

Archie loves a carrot – or three!

“He has a bit of swelling with a small injury on hishind leg.

“But he got off lightly.”

The ledge where Archie was trapped was about 4 meters down – the tree that prevented him escaping had been removed and he was lead through the stream and up the other side of the gully.

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Board games up on Mount

FAST cars will be replaced with fast boards when a special skateboarding event is held at Mount Panorama this weekend.
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LOCAL HOPE: Mitch Thompson will be competing in his own backyard at the Newton’s International Downhill Federation World Cup opening round at Mount Panorama.

And spectators are being invited to watch the action for free as Bathurst plays host to theNewton’s International Downhill Federation World Cup opening round –the only World Cup event for the year in Australia.

Competitors from Australia, including a local talent, and around the world are set to compete at the Mount and speeds of up to 80 to 90 kilometres an hour are expected on Conrod Straight.

Australian Skateboard Racing Association president James Hopkin said the weekend will include the stand up skateboard (in the categories of open, women, juniors and masters) and luge.

The aim for competitors will be to get to the bottom of the Mount faster than their competitors using a combination of equipment, tactics and skill.

“It’s a racetrack,” Mr Hopkin said of the Mount and its special appeal for skateboarders.“It’s wide, it’s smooth, it’s fast, it’s steep, it’s technical.”

Friday will be practice day, when competitors will have the chance to hone their equipment and their tactics over a number of runs.

Qualifying will be held on Saturday, when skaters will be seeded for Sunday, and will also feature a top 10 shootout (in which the fastest run wins extra prizemoney) and a teams race.

Sunday will be the big day, when the seeded competitors will be whittled down based on their times.

Finals will be held from 2pm onwards in the various categories.

Mr Hopkin said there is much more to the sport than simply trying to go as fast as possible downhill.

Drafting –in which one competitor cuts down on wind resistance and gains an advantage by travelling as closely as possible behind another competitor–plays a big part and can lead to various “drafting games” in which skateboarders seek that advantage or seek to deny others that advantage.

Mr Hopkin said spectators can watch all three days of action for free.

“They can drive up one side of the Mount, park at McPhillamyPark andwalk to the Skyline to see the start,” he said.

“They can also walk down to Forrest’s Elbow, or what we call Crash Corner.”

Some of the big names coming to Bathurst this weekend include Emily Pross, the fastest womanskater in the world,world skateboard speed record holderKyle Wester from America, and Canadian Alex Charleston.

Australians Mitch Thompson, from Bathurst, and Jackson Shapiera will also be competing. Thompson is the highest ranked Australian skater in the world.

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Lifeline Central West offering scholarships for crisis support training

CALL ME: Lifeline volunteers Belinda Quinn and Ray Talbot, pictured with crisis support services manager Stephanie Robinson. Photo: PHIL BLATCH 012417pblifeline2LIFELINE Central West is seeking applications for two scholarships it is offering for crisis supporttraining that is due to start next week.
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Crisis support services manager Stephanie Robinson says the organisation is looking to recruit baby boomers who have the skills, the life experience and, at this time in their life, the time to offer their help manning the phones.

The training is already heavily subsidised by Lifeline Central West, but the $500 cost can still be prohibitive for some, Ms Robinson said.

The offer for free training follows a call by Lifelife for more volunteers to help handle the volume of calls from vulnerable people.

Thanks to the support of Raine and Horne Bathurst, which has made Lifeline Central West its chosen charity, two scholarships are on offer that will allow two members of the community to undertake the training for free.

Mr Robinson said the training will begin with an ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) workshop next Thursday and Friday and continue over eight Tuesdays from 9am to 1pm.

All the training will be conducted atLifelineCentral West’s office.

MsRobinson said working on the phones with the organisation can be very rewarding.

She said one of their volunteers, who is 84, has even previously come in to work on the phone with broken ribs.

“She said it is the best medicine for her,” Ms Robinson said.

Because the start of training is not far away, Ms Robinson urged those interested to contact Lifeline Central West as soon as posibble

For further details call 1300 798 258 or [email protected]论坛

About LifelineLifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.Somewhere in Australia there is a new call to Lifeline every minute and there were 3800 in the Central West alone in December and January.People call Lifeline’s 24-hour crisis line13 11 14about suicidal thoughts or attempts; personal crisis; anxiety; depression; loneliness; abuse and trauma; stresses from work, family or society; self-help information for friends and family.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

The girl who makes us laugh out loud

Very Funny: Comedian Sarah Gaul will play three shows in Newcastle this week. Five years ago, Sarah Gaul opened the newspaper to read her first gig review.
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She was labelled a “comedienne”.

This came as a shock because she thought she was a “comedian” – like everyone else who goes onstage to make people laugh.

As such, the title of her latestshow isComedienne.

The show celebrates and dissects the “joys and struggles of being a sentient human woman in 2017”, through song and storytelling.

Sarah, 26, will perform the show for three nights this week from Thursday to Saturday at the Royal Exchange theatre in Newcastle (her hometown).

It’s been billed as a “laugh-out-loud hour of musical comedy from one of Australia’s most promising up-and-coming talents”.

Her style has been described as beinglike the social satire of Tim Minchin.

A Sarah Gaul track, titled The Vegan Song.One of her songs, for example, is about fairytales and young girls.

“It’s about how they teach them that their job is to be pretty and find a prince,” she said, wryly.

Another song is about how “a lot of people my age are starting to have kids”.

She asks the self-mocking question, “if I had a daughter, what would I do with it”.

“Upload pictures of it to the internet,” she quipped, adding with a deep belly laugh: “I’ve blocked so many people on Facebook because they only upload pictures of their kids”.

She’s also had a long-running joke about men and their “party shirts”. She’s referring to the ones with “short sleeves, a collar and really loud patterns”.

“They’re like Hawaiian shirts, but formal. They’re the ones that every guy wears out.”

Here she is channelling the inner thoughts ofparty-shirtmen everywhere:“I’m wearing my good shirt out. I’m gonna get the ladies tonight”.

We’re not sure they would get the ladies with those type of shirts, we suggested.

“They’d give it a go,” she countered.

She has another song about “the weird things that go through your head” when you’re home alone at night.

“You try on clothes and look at weird stuff on the internet, you convince yourself that you’re dying. It’s like ‘oh my god I’ve got a headache – it must be a brain tumour’.”

Committed to MemorySarah has been playing piano and singing since she was eight. She started writing songs when she was 21, thinking she’dbe like Delta Goodrem, get a record deal and become famous.

“What kept coming out was comedy,” she said.

She loved writing comedy songs, so she stuck to it.

“Now I have a huge repertoire of songs and I’m constantly writing,” she said.

The songwriting process fascinates us. How does Sarah do it?

“I write by ear. There’s no logical process to how I write. It’s not a formula,” she said.

“Usually I’ll write a song from start to finish in 10 minutes. Then I’ll work on it for a couple of months until it’s exactly how I want it.”

Is the song then burnt into her memory forever?

“Yep, it’s all in my head,” she said.

“In Newcastle, I’ll play an hour and a half show from memory.”

She rehearses songs, soshe doesn’tneed to check lyrics before she plays.

But she never writes the music down. She remembers dozens and dozens of songs. Mind you, she does admit she doesn’t remember names very well. That’s fair enough. Humans only have so much brain power.

Sarah isdonatingmoney from ticket sales and askingfor donations for Jenny’s Place, a Newcastle-based refuge for women and children escaping domestic violence.

As for the shows, Sarah said “they tend to sell out because my [Newcastle-based] parents hustle like nothing else, so make sure you jump online and grab your tix before the night”.

Tickets are available through facebook南京夜网/sarahthegaul.