- 1. Ingham chicken has become a public company, with shares being offered at $3.15.
- 2. A new supercomputer at the Bureau of Meteorology worth $77 million has been switched on. The computer will give farmers access to more geographically accurate weather predictions.
- 3. Men are now allowed to join the Queensland Country Women’s Association with a special non-voting membership.
- 4. The ACCC has found that wholesalers and market agents are mistreating horticultural growers by missing payments and forcing down prices. They have installed a code of conduct to improve the situation.
- 5. New quality standards have been implemented by the Australian Mango Industry Association, focusing on colour and taste.
- 6. Premium Norwegian clothing label Devold will begin importing Australian wool for their clothes, using Australian quality as a prominent aspect of their marketing.
- 7. Experts are trying to harvest clean energy from the processes involved in producing compost in Australia. This is already being done in Europe, allowing compost producers to sell energy and gas back to the grid.
- 8. Malaysian meat importers have warned that Australian beef is over 4 times more expensive than Indian buffalo meat, limiting Australian ability to export.
- 9. The Margaret River High School has developed an 18 hectare farm on which students grow their own food. They are aiming to encourage young people to start careers producing food in the area.
- 10. Analysts are predicting that the upcoming American election will influence Australia. If Trump wins, trading and exporting will become more difficult for Australians because of his xenophobic policies.
How Buildings Change The Way Kids Learn
We spent the vast majority of our time inside buildings, but we often overlook just how much the affect us. Children can be particularly susceptible to changes in buildings when they’re learning and developing.
So how exactly does a building affect a child’s learning ability?
Certain colours are more suitable for learning than others, and allow students to get the most from their experiences.
Brighter colours have a positive impact on pre-teen childrens’ learning, while more subtle, subdued colours are better for teenagers.
Temperature and airflow –
These were found to be the two most important influences on student achievement. Temperatures that are too high can cause kids to slow down, whilst stuffy air has the same effect. The simplest way to improve your students’ learning? Open a window.
Noise pollution –
School are usually designed to reduce the amount of noise interference from nearby. Rooms are closed-off and students are encouraged to be quiet. This is for good reason; noise from nearby makes it much harder for students to process what they are learning.
Room to move –
Buildings change learning by changing the behaviour of the people in them. A great way to keep the brain active is to move around every now and then. Large buildings with open spaces that students are encouraged to move through can ensure that students keep fresh, active minds and retain what they learn.
Large rooms –
Another benefits of large rooms is that they encourage creative, out-of-the-box thinking. Being stuck in a small space limits your ability to create fresh ideas.
Natural light –
Natural light works wonders in improving productivity. Studies consistently show that sunlight makes people happier, more active and more productive, whether they’re working or studying.
Areas that have low rates of school graduation benefit from transparent windows. Allowing people in the community to see into the resources and activities of the school encourage enrolment and makes children value their educational experience more.
To see some of our school buildings, download the brochure here.