World health Day

From Beyondblue
“Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety. In Australia, it is estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.”
One in 14 young Australians aged 4-17 experienced an anxiety disorder in 2015.
Beyondblue are now running the Know when anxiety is talking campaign. Excellent info about anxiety; checklist; signs and symptoms; management:

From Black Dog Institute
20% of Australians will have a mental illness in any year. In Australia, youth 18-24 years old have the highest prevalence of mental illness, with the onset of mental illness typically around mid to late adolescence.

Interesting articles about anxiety from Generation Next:

10 anxiety management strategies:

Finding help:

Understanding anxiety in young people – Prof. Jennie Hudson (Macquarie Uni):

Clicks and likes contributing to a teen anxiety crisis
An increasing dependency on activities associated with the brain’s excitement-pleasure circuitry contributes to rising levels of anxiety and depression in teenagers today.

Young, stressed and depressed
Standardised tests, social media and cyberbullying all contribute to stress for young people.

Links provided by Lindy Hathaway
Dickson College, ACT

Interesting links on Education, the future of work and gaming

The New Work Smarts: thriving in the New Work Order
This report from the Foundation for Young Australians notes that the way we work is increasingly affected by three key economic drivers – automation, globalisation and flexibility. The research analysed 20 billion hours of work completed by 12 million Australian workers each year to predict the skills and capabilities that will matter most in 2030. “It is predicted that we will, on average, spend 30% more time per week learning skills on the job; spend double the time at work solving problems, spend 41% more time on critical thinking and judgment, and 77% more time using science and mathematics skills; utilise verbal communication and interpersonal skills for 7 hours a week each (up 17 per cent); and develop an entrepreneurial mindset due to having less management (down 26 per cent), less organisational coordination (down 16 per cent) and less teaching (down 10 per cent).”
Interesting articles:

If Australia was a street of 100 households
Interesting stats from the census. 20% baby boomers; 22% Gen Y; 11% Gen Alpha (from 2010). 47% both Aust. born; 34% none Aust. born; 11% one Aust. born. Average house price 11x average full-time earnings.
Australia’s population map and generational profile:
Other interesting visuals and infographics from McCrindle social research group:

Generation Next
Generation Next has excellent resources to protect and enhance the mental health of young people. Subscribe to the newsletter.
Blog – many interesting articles including: Want to rebound from failure?; When to push a child; Working memory boosters for kids.

Generation Next YouTube channel:
Videos include: How to support teens in distress; How can we support someone with a gaming addiction? Encouraging boys to be respectful and caring; How resilient are young people today?

The potential of pro-social media
Generation Next video by Dan Haesler. Social media is not all bad news. What strategies can be used to enhance digital literacy, understanding of the world and even job prospects?

Schools need to slow down
Australian schools are caught up in the cult of speed, driven by NAPLAN reporting and the evidence of improvement. ‘Slow schooling’ is needed to support learning for all. Teachers and school leaders need time to work together to find effective and creative ways of educating hard-to-reach learners, considering carefully the individual interests and aspirations of students. There should be no pressure for quick responses.

Business of addiction: how the games industry is learning from casinos
Video gaming on mobile devices has led to a massive expansion of the games industry. The industry uses psychologists, neuroscientists and marketing experts to turn customers into addicts. The ‘free to play’ (FTP) model allows the majority of players to play for free, while a few players will become addicted and spend huge amounts on extra content. The latest trend is the creation of ‘whales’ – people so addicted to games that they spend their life savings buying in-game content.

Collated by Lindy Hathaway, Dickson College ACT

National Science Week 12-20 August

Interesting resources for National Science Week 12-20 August…..curated by, Lindy Hathaway, Dickson College, ACT


National Science Week 12-20 August

Lots of events around the country.


Australia’s biggest smartphone survey

Part of Science Week. It’s been 30 years since the first mobile call was made in Australia and 84% of us now own a smartphone, changing handsets every 3 years. We are the 4th biggest nation of smartphone users, using our phones around 30 times a day. How are smartphones changing our lives? Are they affecting our relationships? Can we live without them?


Wellcome Image Awards 2017

“Informative, striking and technically excellent images that communicate significant aspects of healthcare and biomedical science”.

Nature journal – best science images 2016:

Livescience – 100 best science images 2016:


Australia’s Science Channel

Excellent information – news, articles, videos, podcasts and events. Topics: Culture; Innovate & tech; Our planet; Scinema (science films); Space; The body; Thought leaders; Careers.


CSIRO blog

Lots of interesting news and information about research projects. Includes: Rise of the intelligent machines; Is Usain Bolt the greatest athlete ever? Do we trust robo-advice?


Best and worst science news sites

The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) supports evidence-based science and medicine and derides the ‘outrageous sensationalism’ often found in science journalism. Their interesting infographic ranks well-known science reporting sources on ‘fundamental trustworthiness’ and how ‘compelling’ they are as sources of information. The 2 best sources are the journals Nature and Science. Other top-rated journals: New Scientist, Live Science, The Economist, Smithsonian, National Geographic, The Atlantic. Lower ratings: Scientific American, Science News, Popular Science, New York Times, Huffington Post, Fox News.


Latest science news

Live Science: ABC Science(includes Dr Karl): Science Daily:

BBC Science & Environment:

Science News:


PLOS One and Scientific Reports open access journals PLOS One is a peer-reviewed online open access science journal published since 2006 by the Public Library of Science, and formerly the world’s largest journal. In 2017, open access online journal Scientific Reports became the world’s largest journal – published by Nature Publishing Group. Thousands of articles are freely available from both journals.


ABC Splash science resources

Good resources added continually. Digibooks, videos, audio, games, articles, links… Filter for primary and secondary resources.!/resources/-/science


ABC Splash science games!/resources/-/science/all/interactive



Lindy Hathaway

Dickson College, ACT

Man Booker Long-listed titles

Congratulations to the following Man Booker Long-listed titles

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster  (Faber & Faber)

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry  (Faber & Faber)

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund  (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid  (Hamish Hamilton)

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Canongate)

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor  (4th Estate) Elmet by Fiona Mozley  (JM Originals)

The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (Hamish Hamilton)

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders  (Bloomsbury) Home

Fire by Kamila Shamsie  (Bloomsbury)

Autumn by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)

Swing Time by Zadie Smith (Hamish Hamilton)

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Fleet)

Decorated Rubbish Bins !

Over the past semester the lunchtime art club (under the direction of Amy Devereux and Madeline Scott) have been decorating the Library’s grey rubbish bins to make them more noticeable. The students are using their own designs, and researched how to achieve a good result with paint. Here is a sneek preview of the first completed bin, with Kovida from yr8 who designed and painted this fabulous , colourful bin. Many thanks to the students in the Art club!


Hygge in the Library

This week the Library has been celebrating all things “Hygge” ( pronounced Hoogah)

Hygge is a Danish word for creating a warm and cosy atmosphere, and enjoying the good and simpler things in life with good people.

We held an event after school for staff to relax and enjoy hot chocolate and Danish pasties. Staff and students have been encouraged to stock up on reading  material to help keep the winter chills at bay.

National Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 June and NAIDOC Week 2 July – 9 July

Some resources for all ages for National Reconciliation Week, which starts tomorrow, and NAIDOC Week in July……

from Lindy Hathaway Dickson College

National Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 June and NAIDOC Week 2 July – 9 July Reconciliation is about building better relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, for the benefit of all Australians. This year is also the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum which voted to change how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were referred to in the Constitution, so that laws could be made for them. It is also 25 years since the High Court’s Mabo decision which granted land rights to Torres Strait Islander Eddie Mabo and supported native title.

This year’s theme is Let’s take the next steps. The NAIDOC Week theme is Our languages matter, which celebrates the role of indigenous languages  in cultural identity, history and spirituality. AIATSIS map of indigenous Australia (languages and groups): Reconciliation Australia also links to: Share Our Pride –  clearly presented information into the history, lives and cultures of Australia’s First People. Recognise – the people’s movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution and to ensure that it is free from racial discrimination.

Some useful videos for National Reconciliation Week: What is National Reconciliation Week? (NITV 4 min. video and slides): Who we are (8 min.): Follows the lives of 6 exceptional young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who share their stories about their families and communities. Journalist Stan Grant’s powerful speech about indigenous history in Australia (8 min.):

Right wrongs – new resource This excellent resource from the ABC, AIATSIS and NSLA has just been released. Short videos and information explore developments since the 1967 referendum which changed how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were referred to in the constitution. Sections include: Controlled but not counted; Fighting for change; An extraordinary vote; The legacy; Where to now?|Secondary_email|20170524 ABC Splash Lots of resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, including videos about indigenous languages. Also includes the Sorry Day digibook and 1967 referendum digibook.!/topic/494038/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-histories-and-cultures ABC Indigenous Access the latest Indigenous stories and features from ABC Radio, News & Current Affairs, TV and iview. Counted (ABC TV and iview 26/5/17, 7.30pm) Stan Grant takes us on his own personal journey & speaks to the heroes of the 1967 referendum & their grandchildren.

First Nations Convention 300 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders are gathering at Uluru this week to discuss how to achieve constitutional recognition for indigenous Australians. It appears likely that there will be a consensus on the need for meaningful reform such as a prohibition on racial discrimination, an elected body with a role in laws affecting indigenous peoples and support for a treaty. NITV – National Indigenous Television Informs, educates and entertains its indigenous and non-indigenous audiences. Great documentaries, news, personal accounts and perspectives. Explore topics and link to videos: Social issues, Cultures, Arts, Social Justice…

NITV programs include: NITV programs on demand: Movies on NITV: The point: Current affairs and news for all Australians, with indigenous perspectives. Hosts include Karla Grant and Rae Johnston, acclaimed tech and pop culture journalist. Custodians: 5 minute profiles of Aboriginal traditional  owners, showcasing their country. Our stories: Emerging filmmakers from regional and remote areas share stories of their life, history, culture and communities. Bushwhacked: 2 young guys explore remote corners of Australia in search of weird and wacky creatures. The Dreaming: Animated stories explained by elders. Little J and Big Cuz: Provides a young indigenous audience with ‘relatable’ characters and offers an insight into traditional Aboriginal culture, country and language. Includes online educational games.

First contact: Ray Martin takes 6 well-known Australians on a journey where they explore present-day Aboriginal society. 20 inspiring black women who have changed Australia: Indigenous languages at risk: 10 minute podcast. Australia’s indigenous languages could be completely wiped out by 2050 according to experts. The number of traditional languages has dropped from 250 to 120 over the last two hundred years.

Indigenous works from Google Art Project: SBS On Demand A changing selection of films, documentaries and newsclips. Search for “indigenous” programs.

Creative Spirits “Learn about contemporary Aboriginal culture without agenda”. Many resources in many areas including history, arts, people, economy, law and justice, politics and media, spirituality. “Creative Spirits is an amazing collection of history and an inspiring representation of Aboriginal culture”-Michele Hetherington, Aboriginal woman from NSW.<> Teacher and student resources: books, movies, music, TV and radio, infographics…

Black Screen Part of the National Film and Sound Archive – lends DVDs of contemporary indigenous films to individuals and organisations for use at screening events. Books Knowledge of life: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia (2015) – Kaye Price (ed.) Investigates history, reconciliation, law, art, enterprise, health, education, literature, sport and human rights. The authors of each chapter are indigenous and experts in their field. Each chapter begins with biographical information about the author. State of Reconciliation in Australia Report (2016) – Highlights what has been achieved under the 5 dimensions of reconciliation: race relations, equality and equity, institutional integrity, unity and historical acceptance and makes recommendations for the progress of reconciliation.

Talking to my country (2016) – Stan Grant. “An extraordinarily powerful and personal meditation on race, culture and national identity…. what it means to be Australian; the sorrow, shame, anger and hardship of being an Aboriginal man and what racism really means in this country”.

Excellent book list:

Excellent film and TV list: