The School magazine covers from issue 9 2012



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Countdown cover issue 10 2013

Blast Off cover issue 10 2013

Orbit cover issue 10 2013  Touchdown issue 10 2013

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 cover

Take 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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Volume 100 Celebration!

 Haberfield PS students celebrating Volume 100 of The School Magazine

 Monday 16 February was a day of great excitement for The School Magazine team and for the teachers and students of Haberfield Public School. At a special school assembly, Dr Michele Bruniges, Secretary of the NSW Department of Education and Communities gave an address to mark the occasion of the publication of Volume 100 of The School Magazine.

Dr Michele Bruniges looks at a bound volume of The School Magazine with two senior students of Haberfield PS.

 The Secretary presented student representatives from Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 with a copy of Volume 100 issue 1, of Countdown, Blast Off, Orbit and Touchdown, respectively. Along with these, students also received a reproduction of Volume 1 of the magazine from 1916. The Secretary also presented the Principal Karlynne Jacobsen with a 2013 bound volume of The School Magazine for the school's library.
This significant event, which included performances by the school's musical groups, was a wonderful way to acknowledge this fantastic achievement as we move towards our centenary celebrations in 2016. The Sydney Morning Herald was present to record the event. SMH article link.
We thank Haberfield Public School for organising this assembly and a marvellous morning tea in the library of their teacher librarian, Michael Fraser. The official visitors and members of the school community enjoyed the display of memorabilia, including issues of The School Magazine and a binder from the 1930s, owned by a current student's grandfather. Our visit to the school reminded us of the reason we work so hard to produce the best magazines we can. That reason? Our readers, past and present, who love The School Magazine.
—Alan Edwards 17 February 2015


On Monday 19 January staff members of The School Magazine attended a very special event. They joined three hundred members of the children's literature community and others in the Great Hall of the University of Sydney to farewell the man known fondly as the godfather of Australian children's literature. Read more

Maurice Saxby and staff of The School Mag


We're running a short article in Countdown next year about a stunning sight that can be found just up the road from our office, in Centennial Park. It's a labyrinth.

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Exiting labyrinth


Welcome David Hill

Today we had the pleasure of having lunch with long-time contributor David Hill and his wife, Beth. Regular readers of The School Magazine will know that David Hill is a prolific and versatile writer. Read more

At lunch with David Hill


Bookfeast 2014

It was an absolute joy to take part in Bookfeast 2014 along with more than 400 keen young readers and their teachers at Burwood RSL on Thursday 11 September. Read more

Sue with young readers


SCBWI Conference

There can't be too many groups that could boast the passion for creativity and the warmth of friendship and support that the Australia and New Zealand SCBWI branch is known for. The School Magazine went along to participate in a panel session: Tips on grants and organisations. Read more


Lunch with the luminariesAstra's artwork

On a cold, crisp day this week, I was lucky enough to have lunch with that lovely pair—Astra Lãcis (left) and Noela Young (right)—and to share in some of their recollections of earlier times. Astra started illustrating in 1957 and retired from illustration work a few years ago. Noela continues to illustrate for us still, some sixty years after she started!

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Astra and Noela

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