The School magazine covers from issue 9 2012



It's our centenary!

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A century of words event! Click this link for more information

Join us in celebrating 100 years of The School Magazine

A CENTURY OF WORDS will be held at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney during Education Week. Hundreds of students will be in attendance and the day will be live streamed to thousands of other students and teachers across the state. 



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. Read more

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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