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RESource E-News

30 November 2011

Welcome

Though the end of the year is in sight, make sure you have a look at 'What's On', as a rare chance to hear a speaker from Yad Vashem (Jerusalem) in Melbourne will occur next Monday. Best wishes to all as the year's end approaches. Remember if you have any suggestions we are always glad to receive them. Just use the 'Contact Us' button.

What's On
Can you make it?

Lecturer Orit Margaliot from Yad Vashem is coming to Star . Orit is an amazing woman and a very engaging presenter. She will be in Melbourne on Monday 5th Dec. and will be at Star of the Sea, Gardenvale from 3 - 5pm to present an approach to teaching the Holocaust. It’s free but please contact Mary Harmes if you plan to go.

A date to note for next year is 26th March 2012, a DAN day at Melbourne Grammar School. Dr Felicity McCutcheon will present a full day’s workshop on ways to approach RE in the challenging Years 7-10. More details and booking form here.

2011 Advent Festival at Newman College Parkville from Friday 2nd Dec to Sunday 4th Dec. You can choose to attend either the whole program or individual parts of it.

Have you seen:
Some Advent Calendars to look at

An Advent Calendar from Caritas is based on a Jesse Tree. An image for each day of Advent is attached to the Tree. Clicking on the image opens a window containing a scripture quotation pertaining to it, a story from a country where Caritas is active and a brief reflection. This calendar ticks all the boxes for prayer, reflection and relevance.

The Artcyclopedia Advent Calendar was put online in 2004 but it has not lost its beauty and significance and is in no way tied to particular dates. It simply uses great paintings to tell the story of the the birth of Jesus in 25 instalments.

Another resource for late primary/early secondary levels is a quirky video retelling of the Nativity. It comes with extensive resources for classroom discussion and reflection and is well worth a look as you prepare Christmas classes.

Have you seen:
Tragic mistake raises questions
Tragic mistake raises questions

A 'distressing incident' at a Melbourne hospital has prompted at least some people including Lyn Bender to rethink the status of unborn children in our society.

Poor kids the losers
Poor kids the losers

Not very surprisingly, the latest figures show that children in difficult socio-economic circumstances consistently underperform as learners. Are we doing enough to build an equitable society?  

Casual jobs erode job security
Casual jobs erode job security

According to ACTU's Ged Kearney, casual jobs, which now employ almost 40% of the work force, mean that workers have less job security and fewer rights.  

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