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It's our centenary!

     TSM centenary rosette with ribbon


See a storify summary of some of the highlights of our centenary celebrations!

Teaching ideas for the workshops


Children in 100 shape celebrate centenary RBG


A wonderful day to commemorate our centenary was held at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney on Tuesday 2 August 2016 during Education Week. Three hundred 
students joined us to enjoy artist and writer workshops, as well as a visit by the Taronga Zoomobile. Hundreds more students and teachers across the state viewed the workshops and official ceremony via live streaming. 

The Hon. Adrian Piccoli MP, Minister for Education, launched our fabulous centenary anthology, For Keeps, and, along with NSW Governor His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (ret'd) and Mrs Hurley, presented prizes to our competition-winning students. Winners received an enormous hamper from Staedtler (Pacific) P/L, and their schools received an X360 Notebook from HP. 


Meet our Centenary ambassadors!


A winter gathering

Thanks to the kind hospitality of Margaret and Max Hamilton, a reunion of sorts for The School Magazine was on the agenda recently. Read more

Pinerolo winter meetup


CBCA's READ: Myriad Possibilities!

Members of The School Magazine staff were fortunate enough to be a part of the outstanding Twelfth National Conference of the Children's Book Council, which took place in Sydney, 20-21 May.

CBCA conference TSM 100 cake

A wide range of dynamic presentations, including talks by Libby Gleeson, Jeannie Baker, Margrete Lamond and many others, kept the audience stimulated and engaged throughout the two days. Read more

IBBY Australia turns 50

Dr Robyn Morrow and Karen Jameyson

IBBY Australia is a non-profit organisation which helps to build bridges to international understanding through children's books. IBBY Australia also undertakes to nominate an Australian writer and an Australian illustrator for the prestigious international Hans Christian Andersen Awards. In 2016 those two nominees, writer Ursula Dubosarsky and artist Bronwyn Bancroft, are both part of The School Magazine family. Read more

Growing poems

One wonderful benefit of turning 100 are the tributes and good wishes from so many people. Recently, we received what felt like a wonderful gift. Poet Jackie Hosking collated a Poetry Blog Tour of poets who have been published in The School Magazine. She did this to mark World Poetry Day, and as a tribute to us. Read more


Share your memories

logo Nat Centre Australian Childrens Literature Our readers have been an integral part of our story for one hundred years. Our wonderful colleagues at the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature at the University of Canberra are helping us to celebrate our centenary by collecting stories from readers of all ages.

We are grateful for their support and we look forward to reading many, many memories.

More information here.

Vale Kim Gamble

Kim Gamble self portrait

The School Magazine team notes with sadness the passing of Kim Gamble. Best known as the illustrator of the Tashi series of novels, Kim's magical, charming and lively work has enriched the pages of our magazines since 1989. Australian children's literature has lost one of its finest artists and we have lost a dear friend.

Kim's association with the magazine started because of some generous artistic subterfuge. His good friend and colleague, artist Stephen Axelsen, sneakily passed on to Kim one of Stephen's own commissions for the magazine as a way of introducing this new talent to us. The plan worked—and, of course, Kim was credited as the artist. Kim was then welcomed into the stable of illustrators who accept our monthly challenge to illuminate and support the world of words we share with our readers. Read more




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Click on a cover to see examples of the stories, poems, plays, articles, activities and comic serials that fill every magazine.These samples give a taste of the magazines but are not full issues, which are all 36 pages.

Touchdown Teaching Guide issue 10 2014 coverTake a look at the contents of this Teaching Guide: 16 pages packed with lesson plans, worksheets, teaching ideas all linked to the Australian Curriculum.


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