Australian Government maintains support for Rock Eisteddfod

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The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today confirmed the Australian Government will continue its support for the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge with a $700 000 commitment in 2010.


The Government has written to the organisers confirming its existing commitment this year and that it will extend funding beyond 2010.


The Rock Eisteddfod is an iconic event loved by students, parents and teachers around Australia and she hoped that corporate sponsors would find a way to continue their support.


The Government is proud to provide a substantial amount of funding to such a popular event which aims to focus on developing health, life skills and creative thinking in young people.


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Commonwealth Bank’s Community Grants Program open to local children’s charities

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June 2010: According to a recent survey1 of more than 1,000 Australians commissioned by Commonwealth Bank, 95 per cent of Australians believe it’s important to support children’s charities, 87 per cent believe grass roots charities are often overlooked and two in three believe local charities are struggling in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis.
Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund is dedicated to helping ensure grass roots children’s charities receive the funding and attention they need. Funded entirely by Commonwealth Bank staff, applications for the 2010 Community Grants Program opened today, and will provide over half a million dollars in individual grants of up to $10,000 to assist children’s charities.
Ms Barbara Chapman, Commonwealth Bank Group Executive and Chair of the Staff Community Fund said: “The Community Grants Program is a great way for our people to make a difference to children’s charities in local communities around Australia.
“Past recipients work in areas such as early intervention programs for at-risk youth, the provision of equipment and facilities that cater for youth with disabilities and illness, nutrition programs in primary schools or respite camps for families with sick children,” Ms Chapman said.
The Fund’s Community Grants Program has contributed over $2.1 million, to more than 250 charities since 2007 - with every dollar donated by staff going directly to community charities that support Aussie kids in need.
Founded in 1917, the Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund is Australia’s longest running employee contribution program. The Fund is supported by 6,000 current and retired Bank staff, who make regular salary contributions to support children’s charities.
Community Grants Program applications close on 30 July 2010. To apply or for more information, visit
1 The study was commissioned by Commonwealth Bank, and conducted by Lonergan Research amongst 1,029 Australians aged 18 years and over, from 24 May to 28 May 2010.

State and Territory Top Teachers Announced on the World Teachers’ Day

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29 October 2010 - NEiTA (National Excellence in Teaching Awards) and the Australian Scholarships Group (ASG) have announced the recipients of the NEiTA 2010 ASG Inspirational Teaching State and Territory Awards on Australia’s celebration of World Teachers’ Day – Friday, 29 October 2010.

60 teachers from across Australia will receive awards as representatives of Australia’s excellent and inspiring teaching force. Local education communities nominated the teachers, principals, and directors for their admirable leadership qualities, their dedication and their excellence in teaching. Sharing complementary themes, NEiTA and World Teachers’ Day celebrate the invaluable role great teachers play as they educate and guide their students, and as they contribute to Australia’s future.
Congratulating the recipients, Mr Terry O’Connell, NEiTA’s Chairman said: “Together these 60 teachers showcase the diversity and excellence of Australia’s teaching profession. They teach all stages of education from early childhood through to secondary schooling, and across the entire spectrum of education settings including government schools, systemic schools and private schools.

“The NEiTA 2010 ASG Inspirational Teaching State and Territory Award teachers have made important contributions to their communities through their teaching. Their commitment often sees them dedicate their personal time to inspire a love of learning in their students, to work alongside families, and to build important connections within the community,” Mr O’Connell said.

Some of the activities in which these inspirational teachers engage their students include using new technology to stimulate their students’ learning, establishing community gardens to inspire an understanding of sustainability and healthy eating, and taking their students and subjects beyond the classroom to contribute to their students’ understanding of their communities and their environment.

NEiTA is Australia’s only national, independent community-centred teaching awards program that gives Australian secondary students, parents, early childhood and school communities the opportunity to nominate teachers who they believe to be committed, dedicated, and outstanding representatives of the teaching profession.


The 60 NEiTA 2010 ASG Inspirational Teaching State and Territory Award recipients are made up of 10 early childhood teachers, 30 primary school teachers, and 20 secondary school teachers. This year, 18 per cent of the award recipients are school principals or early education centre directors, while 82 per cent are teachers. In addition, the recipients’ teaching experience spans between three and 42 years.

Now in its 17th year, the NEiTA program continues to offer communities an opportunity to celebrate the work of great teachers who inspire their students and their communities. ASG has supported the NEiTA ASG Inspirational Teaching Awards since 1994, and together NEiTA and ASG have helped pioneer the recognition of the important contribution teachers make to our community.

For more information about NEiTA and its awards program, visit the website:

A list of the teachers recognised through NEiTA’s 2010 ASG Inspirational Teaching State and Territory Awards is available at:


Discover Darling Quarter at Darling Harbour

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Sydney’s vibrant new hub of play


A destination unlike any other in Sydney is opening on 24 September. Darling Quarter is perfect for the entire family with the biggest free children’s playground in Sydney’s CBD offering a spectacular array of water features coupled with exciting interactive play equipment. Adjacent to this is a multi-purpose children’s theatre, a relaxing open Community Green which will appeal to families, workers, Sydneysiders and tourists alike and an exciting new eating precinct offering an eclectic mix of dining and fresh takeaway options.


A New Playground

The new children’s playground has over 4,000 square metres of play area and has been thoughtfully designed with huge family appeal. The spectacular large-scale interactive day and night water play features are the first of their kind in Australia and are set to be a major draw card to children of all ages with water pumps, a giant scooping wheel, small water locks, switches and water jets all customised to work together.


The additional features in the playground provide physically challenging and exciting interactive play including a nine metre high climbing net, a flying fox, a tandem slide, balancing beams, tunnels and sand diggers. The natural setting of the playground is enhanced with aromatic native plants and palm trees providing natural shade with a playground kiosk and shelter areas for parents and carers.


A New Children’s Theatre

Darling Quarter also boasts a multi-purpose children’s theatre and performance facility which will contribute to the family entertaining events of the Darling Harbour precinct.


A New Community Green

Lounging will come easy to visitors of Darling Quarter's beautiful Community Green. There will be colourful, oversized picnic rugs plus director and deck chairs, all designed with eco integrity, for people to use. Board games and a table tennis set up will also feature for those taking time out and there will be a series of intimate events hosted on the green throughout the summer months.


A New Eating Destination

Darling Quarter is an exciting new eating destination offering an eclectic mix of dining and fresh takeaway options from authentic Sydney operators including Meno Diciotto gelataria from the Trovato family in Five Dock; Nok of Stir Crazy Thai introduces Nok Nok Thai Garden; Stacks Taverna and Bar, a new Mediterranean grill concept from Nick’s of Darling Harbour, designed by Michael McCann who created the look and feel of Sydney restaurant Felix; Sydney veteran bakery Taste and Janus, a boutique Italian wine bar from the Bacco team. Other restaurants include Braza, a Brazilian churrascaria with a traditional food and drink offering; Guylian, a chocolate experience; Box and Bowl, a hole in the wall fast fusion Asian takeaway; Umi Sushi, a Tokyo inspired urban sushi diner; gourmet sandwich creators Fat Duck and Son of Tuysuz serving traditional Turkish fare in an intimate kitchen setting. The precinct includes additional amenities such as a boutique news agency, Commonwealth Bank Australia (CBA) banking facility; and a 600 bay public car park.


Flanked by the impressive new Commonwealth Bank Place, headquarters to over 6,000 employees, Darling Quarter has a striking architectural backdrop and visitors will be awe inspired by the array of moving colour in Darling Quarter’s modern lighting installation.


Located at the southern, tranquil corner of Darling Harbour, Darling Quarter is a stunning, new community precinct.. This world class development from Lend Lease is a true example of social sustainability, regenerating a local area for Sydneysiders and tourists to enjoy day and night.



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Step into a world of fun this Easter with Highpoint Shopping Centre’s school holiday program featuring a range of creative and Easter themed activities. From Thursday 28 March until Friday 12 April Highpoint will host two weeks of free interactive activities and workshops to delight kids of all ages.


The first week of Easter delights will see kids get innovative in a land of Lego and celebrate the holidays with the Easter Bunny at the Pancake Parlour.


In the final week of holidays kids will be thrilled and entertained by cheeky Ice Age characters Sid and Scrat and treated to daily Ice Age Pirate Quest shows.






Easter Bunny and Alice in Wonderland say hello at highpoint over a special two days of magical fun. Be sure to pop in to meet the lovable rabbit and get a photo with Alice.

DATES: Thursday March 28 and Sunday 31 March

TIME: Thursday- 4pm, 5pm and 6pm Sunday- 11am, 12pm and 1pm



Start your Easter weekend celebrations with the famous Easter Bunny himself with a delicious breakfast to enjoy at the Pancake Parlour.

LOCATION: The Pancake Parlour – Highpoint Shopping Centre

TIME: 8am

BOOKINGS: Visit to reserve your spot.



Get creative and test your building skills in the Lego Fun Zone. The interactive space is a fun-filled colourful haven for kids to play with all sizes of Lego, guaranteed to provide entertainment for hours.

TIME: 11am – 2pm daily

LOCATION: Centre Court, Level 1 - Highpoint Shopping Centre




Be taken on an exciting journey as Ice Age stars Sid and Scrat go on a nautical adventure in the Ice Age Pirate Quest Show. Don’t miss out on your chance to spend time with the cheeky characters at 12pm daily in between shows.

TIME: 11am and 1pm daily. Meet and greet with characters from 12pm.

LOCATION: Centre Stage, Level 1 – Highpoint Shopping Centre


Highpoint Shopping Centre General Manager Scott Crellin says, “Highpoint’s range of free kids activities as well as our new fashion mall and Fresh Food Market offering means we’ve got all your Easter gift, food and entertainment needs covered.”


Highpoint Shopping Centre is located at 200 Rosamond Road, Maribyrnong. Bookings are not required (except for breakfast with the Easter Bunny) and all entertainment is free. For more information and session times, log on to or

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