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And I also met Frank, the Bull Tractor. You don't want to run into Frank in a darkened paddock. He's big and scary and impressive all at the same time We at TAFE NSW Social Media really love telling and hearing stories. And we wanted to know more about all the wonderful tales that are happening out there every day in the different TAFE NSW Institutes. Of course, the best way to...

They told us our war would come, and we would instead be fighting for education and rights for our people, particularly the children Okay, Tweed Heads to Sydney isn't a regular walk. It's a serious hike down a large section of Australia's eastern seaboard. But for Sydney TAFE Community Studies student Zacharia Machiek, the 40-day, 800+ km journey is still almost a leisurely stroll...

The fairy godmother smiled and whispered in the little princess's ear; "Try negotiating." Once upon a time there was a little prince and a little princess. The little prince had a lovely grey pony that he loved to ride.  The little princess did not have a pony as her parents had given her a red Maserati instead. But the little princess wanted to ride the pony anyway. The...

The industry is constantly evolving, but by learning a little bit more each week, you can stay in the game Picture this scenario. You have access to a time machine. You can use it for one purpose only – to go back in time and advise your younger self what career path to take. Would you do it? I wouldn't. Back in 1997 I was lucky to have chosen a computer course at Tamworth TAFE...

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Laughter is under-rated. Like  seriously . It has all sorts of great health benefits Q: Why was the scarecrow awarded the Nobel prize? A: Because he was outstanding in his field (lol) When was the last time you laughed? And what kind of laugher are you? Are you a giggler? Or do you guffaw? Do you chuckle or chortle or snigger?...

We were all just blown away seeing the final result, especially the amazing work of the painters and tilers. We're especially happy with the kitchen and bathroom It was like a former TV celebrity experiencing a very public mid-life slump; cracked surfaces, blistered paint work and a generally rundown, neglected air. For as long as anyone could remember, the modest, single-story ...

Unless you give equal opportunity to every kid to learn, your purpose will be defeated In Australia we're largely familiar with the word ‘freedom.' We use ‘freedom' phrases constantly, without blinking an eyelid: freedom of choice, freedom of information, freedom of the press, etc. Some people think we live in a "nanny state" with too many rules and regulations. But our...

The statistics surrounding early childhood obesity are alarming, even though good nutrition isn't a difficult nut to crack At first I thought the world had gone mad – was National Diabetes Week really being promoted by allowing school children to buy jelly babies? Oh the irony! Then I looked closer. The jelly baby promotion was a month-long initiative by Woolworths to support...

Rapidly rising populations will soon cripple impoverished nations and destroy the environment Even as you read this, the world population clock is ticking. China has approximately 1.356 billion people. India has 1.235 billion. And the next eight most populous countries have 1.583 billion combined. Since 1970 the world population has doubled. It's currently over seven billion...

Writing in a concise manner concisely takes effort and a conscious lack of ego English is a truly amazing and astonishing language. It has a wonderful range of words with finely-graded nuances of meaning. It's like painting from a palette with 50 different tones of blue. And then giving you a choice of dozens of different surfaces on which to apply your paint. Smooth glossy ...

It gets the students out of the classroom into the fresh air and encourages them to think in a different capacity than usual During the last week of term I took my students to the learning circle we have on campus. This is a series of wooden seats supported by stone, arranged in a circular shape around a central fire circle. The site has been set aside and consecrated by the...

Individuals and families find themselves homeless due to a variety of reasons, none of their own choosing A couple of weeks ago, 11 Certificate IV Community Services students from Shellharbour TAFE and their teacher Monique Ferguson (some of them pictured above) teamed up with Wollongong Emergency Family Housing. The idea was to hold a family fun day event at North Wollongong...

Children benefit from socialisation, and change can make them resilient. But spending quality time with mum is also high on the list for creating well-adjusted kids They started in the 1950s. And they're still going now. During WWII, women discovered a world of work outside the family home. They had taken on traditional male dominated roles and many were reluctant to relinquish...

If you think that the childcare educator just turns up to "care" for children, then you're mistaken - they aren't glorified babysitters Maintaining enthusiasm in your chosen profession is a challenge and the Early Childhood career sector is no exception.  I'm sure there are many people in the wider community who believe that workers in the childcare industry have a...

There's nothing better than getting your hands in the dough, and experiencing the work-a-day world of a baker and all the challenges surrounding this trade The Bread and Butter Project is a great initiative with the goal of training and providing employment opportunities for the disadvantaged. As a registered charity, all profits are reinvested so the overall goals are met....

A child who's continually told not to do something will invariably grow into an adult who's reluctant to ever take a risk In the current climate of regulation and litigation, encouraging young children to engage in risk-taking behaviours must be the definition of madness. Right? Well, not exactly. Research says that having the opportunity to take risks in early childhood helps to...

As with any self-fulfilling prophecy, faking confidence is the first step to  being  confident Popular quizzes often rate public speaking as one of the most stressful experiences in life. During seminars on presentations, I've observed quite senior staff (including teachers with considerable experience) will do almost anything to get out of the practical exercises. It isn't the...

This will be the first time in 100 years that whales will not be hunted in the Southern Ocean The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has extra reason to celebrate their National Whale Day this year.  On 31 March, the International Court of Justice declared that Japan's Southern Ocean whale hunt was illegal under international law. This will be the first time in 100 years...

What predicts a healthy diet more than anything else is the fact that it's being cooked by a human being and not a corporation Sheree Solbiati knows the value of a good home-cooked meal. It's something she was literally raised on, and something she actively participated in the preparation of from the age of six. And with lots of chefs in the family, small wonder that her interest ...

Chapter 5 of 5 I feel privileged that this time I've been able to share some of my accumulated knowledge in a place where it can benefit a whole community In October 2013, Troy Everett, head teacher of Building and Construction, Civil Engineering, Surveying and Mapping at TAFE Illawarra, volunteered to help with the construction of new toilets in a remote...