Nurturing literacy and learning
The NSW Department of Education, in 1916, in the middle of World War 1, published the first edition of a free literary magazine for public school children that was aptly titled: The School Magazine.
At the time this was seen to be quite bold and innovative.
To put this into context: when the first edition of The School Magazine made its way to schools it was no doubt delivered in some parts by horse and cart; Australian troops, having just been withdrawn from Gallipoli, were fighting on the Western Front and elsewhere; Australia’s population was under five million and the Prime Minister was Billy Hughes; Model T Ford cars were rolling off the world’s first automated production lines.
The School Magazine has been published continuously since then — through two World Wars, the Depression, the Moon landings and many Olympic Games. The stories, poems and plays published throughout these events reflect the times, making The School Magazine a unique documentation of Australia’s history.
It has nurtured the careers of significant Australian writers and illustrators of children’s literature, including:
And the magazine continues to foster the careers of aspiring writers and artists, while publishing the work of well-established contributors.
Today The School Magazine continues to showcase high-quality children’s literature and promote reading for pleasure. It does more than instill a love of reading in children. Teachers appreciate the tailor-made texts that can form the basis of language, literacy and literature lessons.
The School Magazine remains today, as it was back in 1916, a magazine aimed squarely at children. It has fostered a lifelong love of reading in successive generations of students and it continues to make a significant contribution to Australia’s educational and cultural landscape.