7th July 2019

These are the things I’ve read and watched this week.

http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/story/6256728/marks-in-for-valley-schools/?cs=1462 When is this story going to change? I talk to passionate people working in local schools quite frequently and I know they are working to deliver quality education and engage students. As the article states “

“Mr Rodaughan said poor school attendance across the Latrobe Valley was a “big hand brake” on educational outcomes.

“On average, students missed 20 days a year … extrapolate that out and by the time they get to year 9 they have missed a whole year of school,” he said.”

Here’s a better story from Gippsland – https://www.impactboom.org/blog/2019/7/3/tim-leeson-on-authentically-building-resilient-communities-telling-stories-that-resonate There’s a new edition of Gippslandia coming out this week, I’m looking forward to reading it. I’ve read his so far https://gippslandia.com.au/not-afraid-of-a-little-hot-water/ and look forward to reading more.

There are some excellent insights in this presentation. I especially love the story at 12:22 and how a teacher can change the perception, ask questions and transform a situation. https://99u.adobe.com/videos/63704/ashley-c-ford-imagination-is-a-creative-superpower

“There are very few things that your average human is incapable of. Watch another human and you can do that too…..

Started reading and listening to The Diamond Cutter by by Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally. It’s based on a very old Buddhist text and I am enjoying it so much that I have also bought the audible version so I can listen while I’m driving.

Yesterday we had Gippsland’s first dyslexia conference at The VRI. It was a good turnout and Dystech are making a very useful tool for educators.

Today I went to the “Coal Hole” zine making session at ReActivate Hub. Here’s a photo of Pollyannar sharing with us the history of Zines.

Girlosophy: The Breakup Survival Kit by Anthea Paul

‘The Breakup Survival Kit’ gives a well balanced action plan for girls who have split up, whatever the circumstances. It contains some good, common-sense advice for young women and lays a positive path for moving forward into a new future.

As with the other Girlosophy books by Anthea Paul, it has healthy suggestions and gentle messages about keeping your self-esteem in tact and building on it in a situation that can be demanding. It has beautiful images and although a smaller format than the other Girlosophy books remains true to the uplifting philosophy and beauty of the series.
I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it for both young women and men to help to gain perspective during one of those trying times in life. Breaking-up is a big life challenge and most people experience it at least once in their life, this little book contains many wisdom’s that can ease that passage.

Girlosophy: The Love Survival Kit by Anthea Paul

I read “The Love Survival Kit” over 2 nights. It’s brilliant. It covers everything I would want to say to my daughter and know for myself. I wish I’d read it when I was 16. I had to learn many of the contents the hands on or rather hearts on way, complete with messy and painful learning experiences. Not that I think a book could have changed it all, yet I feel there are great signposts given in this book. It is reassuring as “The Soul Survival Kit”, it builds self esteem. Even for older girls like myself.

I have loaned this book to a few young women, who have totally raved about it. I am really impressed with Anthea Paul. My son said the other day when I was raving about her to his friends, “Move over Al Gore, mum’s got a new hero!”

I have a couple of her other books ordered, so I ‘ll be sharing more in the future.