Check Out What’s New at Cool Australia!

We totally get it! It can be tricky to come up with new and engaging lesson ideas when time is in short supply.

So, we’ve set up this handy page, filled to the brim with ideas that are quick and easy to incorporate in your planning and are choc-full of action-based learning. You might even like to save this page to your bookmarks; we’ll be updating it every month!

Upcoming Events

We have aligned resources to upcoming events and awareness days. Take a look below!

Breathing Circles – Early Learning

The activities in this unit use mindful breathing techniques to teach children how to shift emotional states. This is a practice that can be used to settle children and foster calm and focussed attention. These practices can also be incorporated into everyday life as a way to lessen anxiety and relieve stress amongst children, educators and families. There’s also a great package for Learning at home for Years Foundation to Year 2

Regenerating Australia – Years 5-10

Regenerating Australia is a 17-minute short film  based on a four-month interview process with a diverse group of Australians who shared their hopes and dreams for the country’s future.

The lessons have been designed to empower and inspire students – inviting them to ignite their imagination and dream up a positive and regenerative future for Australia. These education resources are further complemented by the 2040 package of lessons.

Social Enterprise – Years 5 & 6, Year 9

The full Social Enterprise Schools program is a practical, student-led experience that develops citizenship and enterprise capabilities. It brings students, teachers, local entrepreneurs and the community together to develop skills, build confidence and make a positive social impact. Through the process of setting up their own social enterprise, students develop the skills, mindsets and behaviours they will need as they move beyond the school gates.

Disaster Resilience – Years 7 & 8

Disaster resilience education (DRE) is learning about natural hazards in the local environment and ways to keep communities safe from harm before, during and after an emergency or disaster.

We’ve partnered with the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience to launch a new unit for Years 7 & 8, however the lessons could also work for Upper Primary: Years 5 & 6. The lessons help kids to develop an understanding of hazards, risks and how to avoid and/or limit the impact of potential disasters. 

IPCC – Climate Change Resources

In 2021-22, the IPCC released Part 1 of the Sixth Assessment Report. This is the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change. In response to this report, Cool has created a range of resources to contextualise the report for Australian Primary and Secondary students, and use our Hope and Optimism framework to provide an approach to social actions involving students’ families and broader communities in tackling the challenge of climate change.

Lord Howe Island and Joshua Yeldham
– Years 5 to 10

Lord Howe Island is an irregularly crescent-shaped volcanic remnant in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand. It is a World Heritage site with high biodiversity, including seabird nesting sites, flightless birds such as the Lord Howe Woodhen, and the world’s rarest insect, the Lord Howe Island Phasmid.

Cool Australia is proud to announce its collaboration with one of Australia’s most loved and honoured landscape artists Joshua Yeldham. Joshua Yeldham is an award-winning Australian artist that has held collections and exhibited all around the world. 

Stop the Coward’s Punch Campaign
– Years 7 to 10

The STOP the Coward Punch Campaign is on a mission to eliminate the coward punch from society and save lives by educating people – including young people – about the risks and ramifications of the coward punch.

Covering multiple curriculum areas, the STOP the Coward Punch curriculum package highlights the impacts of unnecessary and cowardly acts of violence and helps bring about a positive mindset and behaviour change by supporting young people with strategies and age-appropriate information in engaging and creative ways.

Professional Development

Strategies for Dealing with Aggressive
and Violent Behaviours

This course is for teachers, coaches, parents/caregivers and other interested community members who work closely with teens who are struggling with aggression, anger and impulse control.

Find out how to build empathy and knowledge around risk factors, protective factors and behaviour change models. This course can be used to support your teaching throughout the Coward Punch resources.

For more information, check out the Course Brochure.

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Staff Picks!

We’ve selected some projects below that our Education Specialists have loved, and we hope you do too!

Teaching eSafety and Cyber Safety for Kids

This package of resources includes a Facilitation Guide, a Take it Home Resources Pack and a presentation for the recommended parent/caregiver engagement session as well as 6 action-based lessons that get kids thinking about the virtual world in an empowered way to protect themselves and each other.

Bluey Education Resources

We’re bringing you a range of fun-filled resources we know children will eat up, just like a stick of magic asparagus!

Each resource showcases an episode from Bluey and contains all the instructional information, curriculum mapping and strategies needed to bring Bluey to life. Our resources support play-based learning and emotional & social learning via a values framework.

Download these free resources here.

Join The MobileMuster Schools Challenge!

The MobileMuster Schools Challenge encourages teachers, students, families and their local communities to recycle old and unwanted mobile phones and their accessories between March and the end of June 2022. This year there are THREE great reasons to join our Schools Challenge:

  1. You will raise much-needed funds to protect critically endangered primates.
  2. You can win amazing prizes for your school.
  3. You will help the environment.

For more info click here

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