Welcome to School By Design (Australia). Our mission is to find and (on occasion) develop, high quality thought-provoking materials for teachers and students.

(No, they're not Australian birds- we just like them !)

And we like learning
- through beautiful and interesting if often sad things from the real world

News 31/7/2019

Maggie never recovered from the sadness and illness that beset her on her return and she will be enormously missed. This work ‘Lunchtime Under the Frangipani Tree’ is a moving, accessible short story that will give every Australian- student or not- a deeper understanding of a major issue. We appreciate it at many levels, for its characters, its insight and its understanding of how to tell a dramatic tale. Class exercises will follow shortly but teachers, if you are developing some of your own, we would love your assistance.

Coming soon. School by Design wishes to announce a major literary event. It will shortly be our privilege and honour to publish the last work by the late Maggie Power, a highly respected writer and EAL teacher who recently worked as an upper primary integration aide with detention centre and refugee children on Nauru Island.

News 31/07/2019

Events like these are disturbing at the personal level but would have been unthinkable even a decade ago. Is it just a one-off or something else? Your thoughts are most welcome.

As many would now be aware, a bust by a School by Design 'Artist in Education' was banned when it showed male nipples. We referred the matter to 'The Age' and we would like to thank 'The Age' in particular but all the press outlets who presented the matter in such a professional manner. Allan's work.

News 24/7/2019

'Labor defeat is humiliating'..'Bill Shorten had six years to prepare for victory and he failed miserably' Source
‘if you can call leader of the Opposition, after an election rout, a prize’ Source
'As the Labor party reeled from its disastrous result' Source
'The Australian people rejected the class warfare, climate alarmism and identity politics of Labor' Source
'Actually, we went backwards in seats that have been held by Labor' Anthony Albanese Labour new leader Source

Australian post-election headlines
Straightforward or misleading? Fair or unfair? Convincing or ineffective? Normal or odd?
An outsider might wonder whether some of these headlines referred to a totally different election. Even the Labor leader seems to be finding the most pessimistic interpretation. The headlines suggest there was an election massacre yet ... Why do you think the writers might see or want to see, a one seat victory as a 'rout'?..continued

(See article below for quite different perspective. 'Labor Party Results-Without Parallel'. Would suit senior English or politics students, highly motivated middle-school students or juniors.)

News 01/07/2019

Here in Australia, we are getting close to mid-winter. Our federal elections are now finished and the results were close with the conservative Liberal Party Coalition winning by one seat....Continued

Revamped web site

Scroll down a little for... As you can see, our website is being refurbished! Many thanks to Anthony East Gippsland Design who has been doing a great job. Some fabulous new resources should be ready soon and some fabulous older resources including one by our very own team member have been posted. More need to be reformatted and others are halfway there as you can see.


Latest Articles


'Lunchtime under the Frangipani Tree' by Maggie Power

  Wednesday 31st July, 2019

'I wonder if you can guess where I am. I’m on an island and I’m sitting at a wooden table, under a frangipani tree. I’ve sat here twice a...

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'Labor Party Results... without parallel'

  Wednesday 24th July, 2019
  Author: Bernice Kelly

A 'rout', a 'humiliation'? 'Hardly' argues Bernice. 'Recent Labor Party election results have been a success without parallel in the...

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"Queen Tootsie"- the script

  Wednesday 17th July, 2019
  Author: Allan Goedecke
  Categorised: primary, script, play

Well Queen Tootsie looks gorgeous but underneath- what a monster!

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'After Pousao' by Paul Learmonth

  Wednesday 17th July, 2019

See more works by Paul Learmonth

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Works by Allan Goedecke

  Wednesday 17th July, 2019

This piece was recently banned in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as it showed male nipples. This issue has been referred on but the...

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Research Paper: Miyazaki 'The world's greatest living animator'

  Thursday 27th June, 2019
  Author: Bernice Kelly

The works of renowned Japanese animist Hayao Miyazaki (Guardian, Nausicaa) are of great significance to educators. This essay considers...

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You Never Knew My Father

  Thursday 27th June, 2019
  Author: Graeme Sparkes
  Categorised: literature

This extract centres around Sparkes father who was mentally ill. Many family troubles (and many family strengths) came from the father's...

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