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e-Newsletter for TAS/Technology teachers Years 7-12

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education and Communities, 2015

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    Welcome to the TAS/Technologies

    e -Newslet ter The TECHTalk e-Newsletter is designed to support teachers of all TAS/Technology subjects Years 712.

    Term 1, 2015

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education and Communities, 2015

    Inside this issueInside this issue

    New Anaphylaxis Procedures 3

    Anaphylaxis training 4

    Safety Alerts 5, 6

    Minor Amendment to Stage 6 D&T Examination Specifications 7

    Professional Development in Wagga Wagga 8

    ESIS and CSIS Webinars 9

    Community and Family Studies (CAFS) update 10

    Archibull Prizes 2014 11

    Landcare in Your School 12

    Animals in Schools 13

    Churchill Fellowship 14

    Young ICT Explorers 15

    Computational Thinking Challenge 16

    NAP ICT Literacy 17

    Term 1, 2015!

    Welcome to another year! Hope you are all well rested after the holidays and ready for the challenges

    that will inevitably arise in 2015.

    The Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management within the Curriculum P-12 Procedures have been published

    for immediate implementation. This means we need to be vigilant and ensure we are not using peanuts,

    nuts or nut products in any curricular or extracurricular activities. I am planning some professional

    learning to support the new procedures, so please send me any questions or concerns so I can make

    sure we cover everything.

    Make sure you note the Minor Amendment to Examination Specifications for Stage 6 Design and

    Technology. While the amendment is minimal, it may change the way we prepare students for

    answering Section III of the written examination.

    STEM is still high on the agenda. We will be running a STEM project in Term 2 so keep your eyes open

    for the Expression of Interest.

    Transition programs to bridge the gap between Stage 3 and Stage 4 are another area we are working

    on to support teachers and students. We will run a pilot program for Science and Technology (Stage 3)

    into Technology (Stage 4) and Science (Stage 4) this term. Hopefully we will develop some great

    resources to share.

    Enjoy the term! Sandra McKee

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education and Communities, 2015

    New Anaphylaxis ProceduresNew Anaphylaxis Procedures

    The Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management within the Curriculum P-12 Procedures were published in SchoolBiz on 5 December 2014 for immediate implementation. These procedures are mandatory for all NSW government schools and preschools and apply to all subjects in all KLAs. The main message of the new procedures is:

    The procedures are designed to assist all teachers when planning activities which may involve students in the preparation and/or sharing of food, to protect the health and safety of students and to support the Anaphylaxis Procedures for Schools. Schools should review all curriculum materials to make sure that peanuts, tree nuts and nut products are eliminated. This does not include ingredients or products labelled as may contain traces of nuts. Schools should not claim to be peanut or nut free. The procedures do not ban peanuts or tree nuts from schools as this would be difficult to enforce and may produce a false sense of security for students diagnosed at risk of anaphylaxis. We can ask our communities not to send foods containing nuts, but we can never guarantee that this request is adhered to. We can, however, ensure that as part of our duty of care we do not provide peanuts, tree nuts and nut products to be used in any curriculum or extra curricular activity.

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education and Communities, 2015

    Anaphylaxis trainingAnaphylaxis training

    The Department's new Anaphylaxis e-learning (APTSs) module was launched in October

    2014. This e-safety module replaces the ASCIA e-training and is mandatory every 2 years for all

    permanent, temporary and casual school based employees.

    The e-learning modules have been developed to provide all staff

    working in NSW Department of Education and Communities with

    essential information about recognising symptoms and providing an

    emergency response to anaphylaxis, a life threatening condition,

    together with information about key departmental policies and

    strategies to manage and support students diagnosed as being at

    risk of anaphylaxis.

    Specialist Anaphylaxis Training (face to face) The NSW Anaphylaxis Education Training Program is the training provider for specialist

    (face to face) anaphylaxis training. The training is a mandatory requirement for all

    schools with a student(s) diagnosed at risk of anaphylaxis. Requests for training need to

    be made using the application form and submitted to the Childrens Hospital,

    Westmead.

    Anaphylaxis FAQs Anaphylaxis FAQs

    I have already had questions from teachers seeking clarification about the Allergy and

    Anaphylaxis Management within the Curriculum P-12 Procedures. Professional

    learning in the form of recorded Adobe Connect to unpack the procedures, a video

    conference to allow interaction and questions and development of Frequently Asked

    Questions (FAQs) will take place in the coming months.

    The most common questions so far are about existing nut trees in agriculture plots and

    whether coconut and nutmeg are classified as tree nuts. Please send through any queries

    or concerns that the new procedures have caused and Ill make sure we use the

    appropriate expert advice when answering them.

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education and Communities, 2015

    Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management within Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management within

    the Curriculum Pthe Curriculum P--12 Procedures12 Procedures

    Please read the two Safety Alerts relating to Anaphylaxis have been issued by the Work Health and Safety

    Directorate this year. Safety Alert 53 refers to the Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management within the Cur-

    riculum P-12 Procedures and Safety Alert 54 refers to changes to the ASCIA Action Plans. All other Safety

    alerts may be found here.

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education and Communities, 2015

    ASCIA Anaphylaxis Action Plans ASCIA Anaphylaxis Action Plans

    ASCIA (Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy) has updated the ASCIA Action Plan

    for Anaphylaxis. These latest 2015 versions are available at http://www.allergy.org.au/health-

    professionals/anaphylaxis-resources/ascia-action-plan-for-anaphylaxis.

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education and Communities, 2015

    Stage 6 Design and TechnologyStage 6 Design and Technology

    Minor Amendment to Examination SpecificationsMinor Amendment to Examination Specifications

    The examination specifications for the Stage 6 Design and Technology have been slightly amended.

    Implementation of the amended examination specifications will commence for the 2015 HSC and beyond.

    The amendments to the examination specifications are:

    Section III will consist of one extended response question worth 15 marks (instead of being a structured extended response)

    The question will have an expected length of response of around four pages of an examination writing booklet (approximately 600 words) in total. (This part of the specification has not changed).

    The amended examination specifications are available to download from the HSC syllabus page of the BOSTES website.

    For more information, contact: Peter Thompson Inspector, Technology Education peter.thompson@bostes.nsw.edu.au (02) 9367 8454 or Helen Bristow Manager, Examining and Testing helen.bristow@bostes.nsw.edu.au (02) 9367 8095

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education and Communities, 2015

    Professional Development in Wagga Wagga Professional Development in Wagga Wagga

    An HSC Marking workshop covering Stage 6 TAS subjects that have both a practical and

    written examination component will be held at Kildare Catholic College, Wagga Wagga on 26

    March 2015. The workshop is a cross-sectoral collaborative venture of the Catholic Schools

    Office, Wagga Wagga (CSO), the Department of Education and Communities (DEC), BOSTES,

    the Association of Independent schools (AIS) and the Institute of Industrial Arts and Technolo-

    gy Educators. Details of the workshop and how to register will be advertised in SchoolBiz.

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education and Communities, 2015

    ESIS and CSIS WebinarsESIS and CSIS Webinars

    In November 2014, a series of professional learning webinars focusing on ESIS (Equipment Safe