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Time for a FREE Film Binge!

It’s actually happening! AGPPA (The Australian Government Primary Principals Association) issued a call on Friday 9th March 2018

“…on Federal and State Governments to commit to a full and independent review of NAPLAN, and the MySchool website, which have now been in place for a decade. This must include an analysis of the impact on students and schools.”

AGPPA President Ian Anderson said

“Schools use a range of measures to assess important abilities, knowledge and behaviours of students, well beyond the narrow focus of literacy and numeracy testing covered in NAPLAN. Decisions regarding school effectiveness, student performance and resourcing levels must be based much more broadly than on NAPLAN data. Schools also focus on the development of creativity, critical thinking, application of problem solving skills and personal attributes which are needed to develop active and informed future citizens of Australia.”

Click here to read the full press release

Watch the NSW Teachers Federation on ABC News
speaking about this important development

We shared with you a few articles the other day related to this call for a full review. Here they are again if you missed them
Calls for a NAPLAN review after report reveals no change in a decade of results
T
eachers Union enlists US Academic from MIT
NAPLAN no longer linked to HSC after backlash from parents
Education Ministers Push for change

Here is a curated selection of binge-worthy films that will inspire you to think about what really is education?

About the film Alphabet Is the modern education system really the best way to learn? Director of WE FEED THE WORLD, Erwin Wagenhofer, approaches the subject of education much more comprehensively and radically then is usually the case. Almost all discussions of education limit themselves to considering forms of competitive schooling, in which performance is celebrated above all else. Wagenhofer, by way of contrast, pursues the thought-structures behind this: what we learn shapes our reserves of knowledge, but it is how we learn that shapes our way of thinking.
About the film Inspiring Teachers
Teachers are the unsung heroes of our community. Many people can remember at least one teacher who inspired them during their formative years – someone who played a pivotal role in their lives. In a series of four half hour programs we follow four teachers to explore what makes them inspiring and what impact they have on students. The series celebrates the work of teachers who are often undervalued. Where does this passion for teaching derive from and how is it conveyed to pupils? Shot as observational portraits each episode features one teacher, following them from the classroom to their extra curricular work and the relationships with their students, parents and the community at large.
About the Film Ce N’est Qu’un Debut – (JUST A BEGINNING) follows a pre-school school class over two years – but this is a very unusual class as the children study philosophy! Seated in a circle around a ritually lit candle, the children – aged three to five – approach the universal subjects of love, power, difference, growing up, even death. And their points of view are fresh, funny and sometimes merciless. Little by little the philosophy workshop becomes a privileged moment where the children reflect on each others’ words, learn how to listen and to build a case. From now on they will be able to think for themselves! With their unusual expressions, their emotions and their contradictions, the children are the beneficiaries of an innovative experiment. JUST A BEGINNING is the fabulous true story of a school with an eye on the future.
About the film The Passionate Apprentices- In a hidden valley in southern Tasmania, three men have spent decades mastering the ancient crafts of knifemaking, beekeeping and breadmaking. Now each has found an apprentice. Skills are being taught, secrets shared, and passions passed on.
And lets not forget School Life!

This review from Backseat Mafia really echoes our belief and sentiments about this beautiful film, even more so following the recent call from teachers to end NAPLAN 

“School Life in a wonderful film which demonstrates what school should really be about. Whilst it’s obviously about learning, it’s not just about scholastic knowledge. It’s about nurturing young minds. It’s encouraging independent thinking, without being judgemental. It’s about bringing kids out of their shells, as John is determined to do with one of his students. School Life is full of humour, love and dedication. It’s certainly not just a job for any of the teachers. It’s filmed within a loose framework which brilliantly encapsulates the institution itself. It’s a wonderful observational documentary full of warmth and hopefulness.”

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Category: Education | Culture | Social Activism & Issues
This observational documentary follows a year in the lives of two inspirational teachers in the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland. Headfort, a school not unlike Hogwarts with its 18th century buildings, secret doors and magical woodlands has been home to John and Amanda Leyden for 46 years and a backdrop to their extraordinary careers.
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE


The Coming War on China

Category: Politics | Social Activism & Issues
John Pilger’s
latest offering – his 60th film came at a crucial moment in our Political world. Here he takes an in-depth stroll into the world of Nuclear Arms, and the US military build up internationally. We look at the drivers behind US Policy and past events that have shaped the use and testing of nuclear bombs. This film completed its cinema season around Australia, opening to sell out audiences in the major cities. WATCH THE TRAILER HERE 


Monsieur Mayonnaise

Category: Music & the Arts | Jewish Family History
Monsieur Mayonnaise is an artist’s epic adventure into his family’s secret past. An engrossing true story, Australian artist and film-maker, Philippe Mora, investigates his father’s clandestine role in the French Résistance in WW2 and his mother’s miraculous escape enroute to Auschwitz. Philippe, a Hollywood cult-horror movie director and pop-artist, adopts a Film Noir persona to tell his family’s story. He also packs his paints and easel, as he embarks on a journey to create an audacious comic book about his parents, their survival and the Holocaust. From LA to Berlin, Paris to Melbourne, Monsieur Mayonnaise is a richly layered, road movie starring artists, real life heroes, Nazi villains … and baguettes with lashings of tasty French mayonnaise! WATCH THE TRAILER HERE


Black Hole

Category: Environment | Politics | Social Activism & Issues | Coal Mine 
Black Hole is one of the most important Australian documentaries produced in the last 34 years in this country. It covers environmental activism like no other film and covers one of our biggest challenges to Climate change; the export of coal.” ~ Prof. Peter Christof – Climate Politics and Policy, University of Melbourne.
Before Standing Rock, there was Maules Creek. If you want to know what to do about Adani and their Mega Mine, tune in and turn on this film. It is a must see for every Australian concerned about the environment and how they can play an active role in creating a future. WATCH THE TRAILER HERE

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