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Any marketing campaign that convinces a male Aussie cricket team to dress completely in pink must be doing something right Colour can be an enormously powerful marketing tool, as any Diploma in Marketing student worth their salt will tell you. And there's no greater example of this than the use of pink to raise awareness of breast cancer and funding for research. And the humble...

In the early childhood setting the ages for thrusting academic outcomes on children are getting younger and younger Children's Week is upon us once again. This year, organisers would like us to ponder on what it is that makes a good childhood. What is it to be a child? We talk about the rights and needs of children (as we should) but what does it truly mean to be a child once...

Colouring in seems to slow your breathing rate, interrupts ruminating thinking and focuses your attention The other day I came across a post about a new way to reduce stress. To be fair, it's not literally a new way: it's just an activity that most of us probably haven't done in a while. Like years, or even decades. And back then, we probably didn't even know what stress was. It's...

Working in sport and recreation management can be a rewarding career path with a lot of variety and challenges So, you'd like to work in sport and recreation… Sport and recreation jobs are sweaty work. Australians' love of sport and the ever-popular fitness boom (still going strong after a good quarter century) means that there's always going to be a lot of people ready and willing...

When will children be considered worthy of a meal that doesn't involve anything that's been deep-fried? Omg! Is it really true? The majority of us don't make all or most of our weekly meals? Is cooking our own food really a dying art? Nutrition Australia certainly thinks so, and they're throwing down the gauntlet by challenging us to prepare all of our meals for seven...

Your Campus library has loads of up-to-date and quality educational resources, both online and physical It's October. The last mid-semester break of the year is over and you're back in class. It's probably a pretty good time to be reminded of how awesome the TAFE NSW Campus libraries are. Library and Information Week may still be over six months away, but those yearly exams are...

Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges The best teacher I ever had was Ms Privette. She was my English teacher in Year 10 – a former state hockey champion who wore ugg boots to school every day, even in warm weather. We nicknamed her Puss in Boots. Puss in Boots had an eccentric, slightly cynical take on the world, a withering, sarcastic tongue...

Whenever you get a bunch of interested people together to discuss ideas, it will always succeed We held our Learning and Innovation forum at the Northern Sydney Institute on 18 September. Of all the wonderful presentations and displays, the most important and rewarding elements involved conversation. Every presentation, from  Dan Haesler  to  Professor Shirley Alexander ,...

Around the world there are many examples of local communities empowered by tourism The theme for this year's World Tourism Day is how tourism can empower local communities. Tourism is a powerful driver of positive change across both so-called developed and less developed communities. The global tourism sector has many things to be proud of; the jobs it creates, the...

A shared collective consciousness of ecological intelligence and responsible business is developing amongst market leading firms Ecological intelligence is the conscious understanding that consumption and the effects of consumption impacts on our environment. Many corporations and businesses are becoming more aware of the big challenges facing the planet and they're setting a more...

For TAFE Illawarra, our first year of involvement with R U OK? Day saw events across all the Campuses, including provision of morning tea to staff and students We humans are social creatures by nature and that has a multitude of benefits. In fact, 'to connect' is one of the New Economics Foundation's "Five Ways to Wellbeing" . Their research has found that spending...

I can't think of anything more satisfying than getting close to nature, getting your hands dirty and harvesting your own fruit and vegetables Back in the '70s there was a very popular BBC sitcom called The Good Life.  It was about a young couple, Tom and Barbara Good, trying to live a completely sustainable lifestyle in suburban London, much to the bafflement of their middle-class...

"TAFE is you. TAFE is me. TAFE is us. TAFE is a big step up for everyone in the community" Wollongong TAFE is all about Community Services. Well... that's a part of the Wollongong story. Wollongong TAFE is the largest Campus in the entire Illawarra Institute and it caters for a very large collection of industries. But today, we caught up with the Diploma of Community...

Give up a bit of online interaction for some more face-to-face connection instead Disconnecting from technology to reconnect face to face sounds like a dream come true for luddites and a nightmare for the tech natives. Although technology exists to make our lives easier, it's essential to those who are visually impaired, those who have social anxiety issues and those seeking...

Just when I was thinking the Campus' environmental credentials couldn't get any better, I was introduced to a cool little mud brick shack that also doubles as a classroom When it comes to sustainable building and green energy, Yallah TAFE is about as good as it gets. The facilities here have a Green Star rating of five. Just to provide some context, the international standard for...

On Monday morning, I arrived on campus with a change of clothes, a towel, a bucket, and five kilos of ice I knew I was in trouble. I had notifications on my Facebook app.  My sister had tagged me in a video. I knew what it was before I even checked it; the  Ice Bucket Challenge . I don't need to explain what this is. Maybe you've already had ice water poured over your head for...

When I see great stuff like this happening in Early Childhood, it gives me great faith and optimism for future generations After my culinary adventures at Nowra, I jumped into the car and headed a bit further up the coast to Shellharbour. Shellharbour TAFE is nestled in at the bottom end of Lake Illawarra, with the campus offering a relaxing, spread out kind of feel. It's an...

This is about top city chefs recognising the talent and skills of TAFE apprentice chefs in the regions Day 2 of our TAFE road trip and I started at Nowra Campus. There's always a lot going on at Nowra, but this week there was a particularly excited buzz in the air, due to the annual TAFE Celebrity Chef event. Methinks I timed my visit well. TAFE Celebrity Chef is Nowra Campus'...

Colin couldn't be prouder of Nick as a student and graduate of Moruya TAFE I left Goulburn and headed towards the coast, for the charming seaside community of Moruya. At the heart of the community in Moruya (other than TAFE, of course) are growers markets, which are extremely popular here. Some of the 1st year apprentice Building Trades students at Moruya TAFE are taking part...

By using post-industrial approaches to teaching and learning, it is now possible to tailor learning to individuals rather than large groups At the start of the Industrial Revolution a new way was found to mix coal with coke to produce iron. This concept was then used to build the world's first iron bridge (at a town now known as Ironbridge) over England's Severn River. However,...