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TAS Country : April 28th 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011 Tasmanian Country 39 2011 Calling all dairy farmers: come along and have a chat to the Dairying for Tomorrow team at Agfest this year, for your chance to WIN $1,000 worth of camping or shing gear from Mountain Designs! Dairying for Tomorrow supports dairy farmers and the industry in reducing their environmental footprint. WIN $1,000 worth of fishing and camping gear at Agfest! So come and have a chat at the Dairy Pavilion at Agfest from 5--7 May. AGFEST Site M98 End of Main St Experienced specialist officers - including Centrelink Rural Services Officers, social workers, and Medicare Australia staff - travel with the Mobile Office and provide friendly, face-to-face service, information and support. These staff are specialists in rural servicing and live and work in the communities they serve. If the assistance you re after is not available, arrangements will be made for someone from the relevant organisation to contact you. For more information, go to www.centrelink.gov.au and look under M in the A to Z index or call 13 2316. The Australian Government Mobile Offices are supporting rural communities by providing convenient access to Australian Government payments and services. These specialised vehicles offer a wide range of assistance for seniors, students, families, farmers and farming-based small businesses to meet the changing needs of rural communities. AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT MOBILE OFFICE ASSISTANCE Site 908, Quercus Rural Youth Park, Oaks Road Agfest, Carrick Thursday 5, Friday 6 and Saturday 7 May, 2011 8.00 am to 5.00 pm AG40620 DIGITAL FUTURE: The new Connexions learning centre is extensively equipped with technology that enables students to use web-based applications. Next step towards new connections SCOTCH Oakburn College's newly built Connexions learn- ing space is the centrepiece of a major development in the jun- ior school that opened at the start of the 2011 school year. Aimed at inspiring and en- hancing learning from Early Learning to Year 5, the new Thorton Lewis Building con- tains a raft of exciting areas. These spark new, cutting- edge learning opportunities that help students prepare for their future in a rapidly changing local and global environment. One of those new learning areas, Connexions, is a large indoor space complemented by an outdoor courtyard area all designed to inspire creativity, discovery and a love of learning. Equipped for web-based learning, the space invites learners to connect with new ideas, knowledge and books -- both paper and electronic. Connections with people, in person and online, are a focus, and global connections are de- veloped. Features of the Connexions space, which is specially de- signed to forge future-focused learning, include a video won- der wall, a robotics floor, and extensive web access. The 3-D wall, custom-made carpet reflecting the natural environment and reading nooks seek to engage young learners and inspire their thinking. Connexions has been in- spired by recent international research on learning and learn- ing space design. Andrew Barr, principal of Scotch Oakburn, says Con- nexions is part of a new para- digm in school learning. ''Learning in and through this space, and using this space, will need new ways of thinking. ''As a school, we have been transitioning into this new paradigm for quite some time. The digital revolution compels us to move in this direction if we are to equip our children for their future, for their world,'' Mr Barr said. An academic, ethicist and a partner in global management consulting firm McKinsey and Company, Reverend Rufus Black, has said: ''The world we are preparing the millennial generation for is on an unsustainable trajectory. ''We cannot solve the prob- lems with the thinking that created them. New directions are imperative for our students and for us.'' ''Connexions is a space where children very much connect to learning,'' Mr Barr said. Adjacent to the new area are two new learning studios that provide home bases for two junior school classes. The studios are open, flexible spaces. Interactive e-boards fea- ture in each room, supported with portable and desktop tech- nology. In the Thorton Lewis Build- ing is also a new health and physical education centre, con- veniently adjacent to the school pool and outdoor netball court. 111-112 First Ave
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