New Jupiter instrument rental program
The new Jupiter instrument rental program is an attractive option for schools needing to rent instruments for music programs. New woodwind and brass instruments from the little piccolo through to the full size euphonium are available.

Jupiter has taken the brass and woodwind world by storm, establishing itself as one of world’s leading and most innovating full-line brands.

Jupiter rentals offer the flexibility of renting a brand new instrument at an affordable monthly price. The instruments may also be purchased during the rental period, with a rental discount. The discount is 100% of all rental payments made within the first six months, reduced from the RRP of the instrument.

Jupiter rental is offered online and through Jupiter brass and woodwind stockists Australia-wide.
Contact tel 1300 889 560
Students learn current events online in the Great Race competition
Getting students interested in current events is a challenge. The Great Race provides an online national competition that really stimulates their interest. It’s a bit like footy tipping where students answer the questions and can check out how they are going on the leader board each week.
The Great Race is designed to help teachers implement a regular, ongoing current events and general knowledge program. It provides a weekly set of questions, marks them and provides feedback to both students and teachers. Feedback is provided online at the end of each week and students can see how they are ranked against students from schools in their state and across the country.

The Great Race provides an opportunity for teachers to integrate IT into their classroom and complements teaching a range of important skills including researching, analysing and using atlases.

There are two levels: primary and secondary. Cost per enrolled student is $A4.00 plus a $20.00 school admin fee. There is a school prize of $1700 sponsored by Heinemann, and prizes for the winning school syndicate in each state.

The Great Race is provided by The Giant Classroom and can be found at

Rudolf Steiner Education Distance Studies 2009
This part time distance education course is primarily designed to provide state-trained teachers with the Anthroposophical foundation studies necessary to support teaching in a Steiner school.

It is open to all who are interested in Steiner education in the future.

The course provides an understanding of the basis of the Steiner educational curriculum together with a rich program of inner development based on artistic practice and observations of life.

Modules are written in a weekly format and while providing understanding there is an emphasis on experience and application through artistic exercises, observations, readings, research tasks, journal entries and essays.

The Certificate in Foundation Studies in Rudolf Steiner Education course has been spread out over two years to enable practising teachers to participate.
Contact Julie Lovett Parsifal College.
Tel (02) 9261 4001,

Humane research art and poetry competition
To coincide with World Week for Animals in Laboratories in April 2009, AAHR is inviting schools to take part in its nationwide art and poetry competition. The topic is Animal Experimentation.

World Week for Animals in Laboratories is designed to raise awareness on the plight of animals in laboratories, and is an important reminder to the community about the health dangers on relying on animal experimentation. The competition is designed for students to research the subject and give them the opportunity to express their opinions.

The competition is open nationally to secondary schools and college students, with two categories – Art and Poetry. There will be three prizes in both categories.

All entries should be accompanied by an entry form which can be downloaded from AAHR  at  Maximum size for artwork is A3 and any media: drawing, painting, computer graphic design or photography may be submitted.

Entries close on April 10th 2009. The winning entries will be announced during World Week for Animals in Laboratories.

For full details and to download an entry form, visit or contact AAHR on (03) 9832 0752.  

The Australian Association for Humane Research Inc is a not for profit organisation dedicated to ending the use of animals in all experiments.

Adobe Creative Suite 4 for students release
Adobe has announced new Adobe Creative Suite 4 education curriculum and licensing programs for higher education.

The Adobe Creative Suite 4 product family,  sets new standards in education by engaging students as they embrace new media and experiment with more hands-on approaches to learning.

With the Adobe Creative Suite 4 product family, educators can strengthen 21st century learning and student career development, leveraging enhanced integration of Flash technology across products, streamlined design and application development, and expanded access to services.

Adobe Creative Suite 4 and its associated standalone products are scheduled to begin shipping in October 2008.
For Education Box (AU$ SRP incl. GST)
Creative Suite 4 Design Premium $949.00
Creative Suite 4 Web Premium $799.00
Creative Suite 4 Production Premium $949.00
Master Collection $1499.00
For Education Student (AU$ SRP incl. GST):
Creative Suite 4 Design Premium: $549.00
Creative Suite 4 Web Premium $489.00
Creative Suite 4 Production Premium $549.00
Master Collection $949.00

Greater discounts are available when multiple licenses are purchased through an Adobe Authorized Education Reseller. There is a discounted ‘Trade-up offer’ for those holding a current K-12 Macromedia or Adobe site license.

Summer School for Aboriginal Languages
A Summer School in the Gamilaraay, Gumbaynggirr and Wiradjuri languages will held in Sydney in January, 2009. This will build on the 2007 and 2008 Summer School for Wiradjuri, Gumbaynggirr and Gamilaraay languages.

The Summer School will offer both an advanced and beginners level of study in all three languages. The beginners’ course in Gamilaraay, Gumbaynggirr and Wiradjuri will be run over five days  from Monday 12th to Friday 16th January 2009. The advanced program will run over three days from Wednesday 14th to Friday 16th January 2009 concurrently.  

These are intensive courses which will aim to develop speaking skills in the languages, and will be quite demanding. On completing the course students will receive a Statement of Attainment issued by Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative.

Teaching teams are made up of teacher-linguists, and Indigenous language teachers/researchers. Because of the need for teachers for these languages, preference will be given to Indigenous people involved in teaching these languages on country, and then to other Indigenous people.

The Gumbaynggirr course is based on the Certificate II in Gumbaynggirr Language and Culture Maintenance which is taught at Muurrbay and accredited by VETAB. The Gamilaraay course is based on ‘Guwaalmiya Gamilaraay’ which is offered at University of Sydney, the New England Institute of TAFE and other places. The Wiradjuri course is based on and being developed by two teachers and a linguist, all of whom are Wiradjuri people, which offer a broad range of language experiences which include school, TAFE and adult community perspectives.

For information and application forms or to arrange interviews contact David Prosser Pauline Hooler or Sue Tomkins