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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Kate Smith, 2014 NEiTA, recipient shares her journal of International Space Camp - Day 1

By Kate Smith, 2014 National Excellence in Teaching Awards recipient. 

Unbelievable to know we are on our way, after meeting ASG-student Meg Cummins for the first time at the airport, we are buckling up for an amazing experience, what will it entail? We aren't quite sure, but we know we are absolutely ready to represent our country at the 2014 International Space Camp.

Terrific flight over, a small delay leaving Dallas, but after a stretch of our legs around a local shopping mall and having Taco Bell for dinner, we were ready for the last leg of our trip.

Arriving at 1.30am to the University of Alabama, we were met by camp staff and finally put head to pillow at 2.30am.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Make sure your child isn't being bullied

It’s alarming to hear that children as young as three years-old are capable of bullying. That’s according to the National Centre Against Bullying who recently held their national conference in Melbourne to discuss bullying in the schoolyard and beyond.

New research findings presented at the conference revealed that 1 in 5 Australian children experience cyberbullying. The conference was attended by many industry experts, stakeholder groups and academics.

The conference also called for seven major reforms to be addressed, including having mandatory bullying policies in every school and workplace in Australia, and engaging young people in strategies to reduce bullying in the broader community.  A commitment was also made to enhance the understanding of bullying in a multicultural context and to push for the early intervention of bullying.

Research undertaken by ASG found that a majority of parents do need assistance in helping their children cope with bullying in all its forms. That’s why we commissioned this special report, 'Help protect your family from cyberbullying'.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Space Camp confirms future for budding astronaut, part 1.

By ASG-student Meg Cummins.

The day that I got the phone call was seriously one of the most amazing days of my life. I could not believe the words that I was hearing and I tried so hard not to let tears of pure joy form in my eyes! Of course, after I sent my application in I had fantasised about going to International Space Camp, but to hear that I was actually going to represent my country in July, I was seriously already over the moon!

The next step was telling everyone at school, my friends were gob smacked and my teachers all had smiles from ear to ear, the amount of Hi-fives I gave on that day! Everyone was behind me and at times were even more excited than I was (which was almost impossible!) The countdown started at T-99 days and was checked almost every hour! I was kept very busy until launch date with the local paper and even the radio doing stories on me – it was such an experience! I met the lovely Kate Smith (the teacher embarking with me on the amazing journey) and the boy representative of Australia, Leroy. Both were so enthusiastic and I couldn't wait to get to know them better! We skyped every Sunday and got our ideas together for the opening ceremony.

When the countdown got really low, we had a very sad e-mail from Leroy saying that unfortunately he had an accident playing soccer and was unable to make it this year, luckily ASG were able to organise for Leroy to attend with the two, 2015 recipients!