IN BRIEF

The Poetry of Objects
Young writers from across Australia are invited to participate in a poetry writing competition. The project invites students from Years 3-10 to submit poems about objects that are special to them. Entries will be judged by Western Australian-based poet Scott-Patrick Mitchell with the winners announced on November 25 at the opening of the Poetry Object exhibition of shortlisted and winning poems at Liverpool Library in western Sydney. “Judges will be looking for poems that show a spark of brilliance,” says Mitchell. “Most importantly, be brave. A poem is a courageous act. It should give voice to the unknown, the unexpected, the unheard.” Schools should register online at http://redroomcompany.org/projects/poetry-object/. Submissions can be made until September 19 (last day of term 3).

Class kits for the Glasgow Games
A set of free resources for students from year 3 to year 10 are available to support the study of the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow later in the year. They have been developed by the British Council in the UK, in partnership with the BBC program, Commonwealth Class and are delivered in Australia by the Australian Federation of Societies for Study of Society and Environment (AFSSSE). The project provides lesson plans, classroom activities and projects linked to the Australian Curriculum. Issues addressed include social responsibility, Commonwealth culture and sporting events. There are presentations from Commonwealth Class Ambassadors, Hockeyroo players Kieran Glover and Jake Whetton. For more information email program.manager@afssse.asn.au or log on to www.bbc.co.uk/commonwealthclass.

Aunty moves education programs
From July 21, ABC TV will move children’s educational programs from ABC1 to the dedicated children’s channel ABC3. The new location will allow for a two hour block of learning programs to air from 10am to noon each weekday throughout the school term. To assist teachers ABC TV Education aims to broadcast programs that have supporting materials including streaming rights, study guides relating to the curriculum and further website content. This will be a valuable addition to the education experience offered by ABC TV.
Behind The News (BTN) will remain ABC TV’s flagship educational program. Screening three times a week, BTN is easily accessible for school students and teachers. “The expanded timeslots on ABC3 allow us to offer more content for both primary and secondary students in multiple subject areas. We will provide dynamic, award-winning programming that encourages curiosity, bringing learning into our lives beyond the classroom,” says Deirdre Brennan, ABC TV Head of Children’s Television. ABC TV has been broadcasting to schools for over 40 years and aims to remain a valued resource, particularly in rural and remote communities. To view the full TV schedule for ABC TV Education visit abc.net.au/tveducation.