Exams are approaching at Thornhill and it's not just the students who are feeling the pressure. From an experienced deputy head to newly qualified teachers, everyone is feeling the demands of the school's increasing targets.
For some it's Schoolies, for others Leavers, but whatever you call it, saying goodbye to high school with a week-long party is a firmly established Aussie rite of passage. But is FOMO (fear of missing out) driving the party culture? And will YOLO (you only live once) lead to an unforgettable time for the right or wrong reasons? Have efforts to control this rite of passage led to an increase in totally unsupervised and therefore more risky environments?
Sydney, Australia 1953, a city in the grip of a deadly crime wave. In just over a year more than one hundred people were poisoned. The shocking truth is that most of the killers were women. In 1952 two NSW detectives commenced a murder investigation. What they found was so diabolical that it created a storm of public outrage...women were adding rat poison to cakes and cups of tea and feeding it to their unsuspecting loved ones.
Five teenage couples face the toughest job of all - parenting. In this unique social experiment, five teenage couples move in together and look after other people's babies... babies who will be swiftly replaced by toddlers, pre-teens, teens and finally the elderly and infirm. This week, five mothers have agreed to entrust our teen couples with the most precious thing in the world - their babies.
After four weeks of living together and surviving parenthood for the first time, the teens' experiment is drawing to an end; but have they learnt anything from one of the toughest experiences of their lives?
Chris Rohrlach looks like an ordinary Australian 'bloke'. A farmer from northern New South Wales. Fourteen years ago, his pregnant girlfriend Rachel had a massive stroke which left her incurably quadriplegic, with significant neurological impairment. Chris was undeterred. For him Rachel was still Rachel, and he married her shortly after their baby was born. That baby is now a teenage boy and Chris and Rachel have just found out they are having another child! If that was not enough responsibility for Chris, life on the farm is tough and he desperately needs a second income. To the horror of many local townspeople, Chris decides to open a small legal brothel.
Aladdin, Cannonball Run, Delta Force, Rules of Engagement, Father of the Bride Part II, Gladiator. Reel Bad Arabs is author Jack Shaheen's devastating exploration of American cinema - from the earliest days of silent film to today's biggest Hollywood blockbusters - that reveals an astonishing pattern of slanderous Arab stereotyping.
It's the final months of school and the Year 11 students are preparing for life beyond Thornhill. English teacher Mr Burton is one of a kind. Music, fancy-dress and jumping on tables are all part of his teacher's toolkit.
This incredible two-part series follows comic, actor and social commentator Eddie Izzard as he attempts to run a staggering 27 marathons in 27 consecutive days across South Africa to commemorate Nelson Mandela's incarceration.
In My Husband's Gay, one of the eye-opening documentaries in the Forbidden Love series, we focus on two ordinary married couples with one extraordinary thing in common: their pairings consist of a heterosexual woman and a gay man.
Looks at reproducing and childbearing, as the overwhelming issues for women in mid-life. In the last weeks of her pregnancy, Kirsty waits to meet her unborn child. Melissah, on the other hand, has made the forthright decision to be childfree. The episode also covers wedding preparations, ectopic pregnancy, IVF, self image at a certain age, working mums, and parenting teens.
As leavers' day, exams and the all-important prom approach, the school tries to prepare two very different students for the future. As the series draws to a close, the students say goodbye to the staff and school, and nervously await their results.
In Cyber Sex, Love & Marriage, one of the eye-opening documentaries in the Forbidden Love series, we take a look at love in the 21st century. Hear the stories of couples who found each other on the internet in virtual worlds - where they're represented by avatars - discuss their relationships.
Getting back on the horse is tough and no-one is more aware of this than our Uncles. Fortunately, they're here to talk you through the balancing act of handling your grief while embracing the superficial delights of single life. Don't miss tonight's final episode of Agony Uncles.
Against the backdrop of Kaki and Jeet's upcoming theatre production, a real-life drama begins to unfold. For Jeet, playing house-husband is a far cry from the film star days he has left behind in India. Meanwhile, pregnant Kaki is feeling hormonal and unhappy as her due date draws closer.
This series explores life at the sharp end of one of the most extreme urban environments in the world: Lagos, Nigeria. The final episode follows Esther, who lives with her husband Segun in a house they built themselves from cardboard, scrap wood and tarpaulin on the beach in central Lagos. Every time the government sends its task force to bulldoze their village, she and the thousand or so other inhabitants soon pick up the pieces and build another one.
The family's love for each other really shines through as Kaki's health is getting worse and she is counting down the days until Jeet returns from India. Without him she's been struggling with the pregnancy and she is worried he won't be with her when she needs him. Her worst fears are realised when she is rushed into intensive care two months before her due date and is critically ill.
On tonight's episode of agony aunts, it's cohabitation time and the aunts discuss how to reach a man's potential in the home without nagging him too much. Then they move on to the bigger issues of trust, jealousy and how to tell when you're about to be proposed to. But, then again, some of our aunts don't even want to be proposed to.
The often outspoken and always hilarious Julia Morris joins host Paul McDermott on Room 101 to talk about her life bug bears. An accomplished comedian, writer and regular on our television screens Julia is well known for her sense of mischief and fun. Bringing some very personal choices to the vault Julia controversially wants Paul to banish pet hates from a disappointing 'Britney Spears concert' to 'people who go on about exercise' to 'other people's children'. But will Paul agree?
Maddie explores one of our remaining taboos - abortion. Working at a clinic she meets the staff who provide abortions, people who think the choice shouldn't exist and women making one of the hardest decisions of their lives.
On September 12, 2002 twenty "at risk" 12-year-old boys from the tough streets of inner-city Baltimore left home to attend the 7th and 8th grade at Baraka, an experimental boarding school located in Kenya, East Africa. Here, faced with a strict academic and disciplinary program as well as the freedom to be normal teenage boys, these brave kids began the daunting journey towards putting their lives on a fresh path.
Maddie is nervous about her new job in a brothel. Seeing hundreds of men pay for sex challenges her faith in love... but she can't believe it's just physical. Maddie's determined to find out what the men are really paying for.
Family tensions are building. For Sarbjit and Arvinder having all their children under one roof is all-important, but as every parent knows, it sometimes comes at a price. With a wedding on the horizon and a baby on the way, the family is feeling the pressure. As the storm brews, will news about the baby clear the air and heal the rift in the family?
The discovery of a rat in the kitchen means Arvinder turns DIY dad as he grapples with getting rid of the pest. He's not impressed spending his time off playing handyman. But who will prevail? The rat? Or Arvinder and his DIY? Meanwhile, Kaki's baby is due in eight weeks but Jeet is off to India for a month to see his family. With news about the baby and the day of departure drawing closer, Jeet is left wondering if he is making the right decision.
On tonight's episode of Agony Uncles, our Uncles enter the murky world of dating. They share their dating war stories as well as giving us an insight into how to be a hero on a date, the secrets to a great first kiss, signs you're a friend and not a boyfriend and how to respond when they tell you they love you and you don't feel the same way.
Two talented creatives from different fields come together to discuss their work. In this episode we meet singer, composer and actor Eddie Perfect, and award-winning poet, spoken word artist and writer Maxine Beneba Clarke.
This documentary is about the underbelly of the American dream, the hidden backyard of our society. Mark's life stands as a metaphor for the struggle of the vanishing middle class in America. But it's also a film about the relationship between New York City and one of its residents. New York is not simply a beautiful backdrop for this story. She's the antagonist that dictates the direction Mark's life is going in. The joy and pain, the love and hate, the success and denial New York is teasing him with, the hardship he is going through in order to stay in her grace and the inventiveness he comes up with to be with her are all unique.
The Brights move into an ultra modern house designed by Danny, who refuses to let Bess clutter it with their old furniture. Brianna and her new fiance audition for The Block and Amber discovers that Troy has moved on.
Two creatives from different fields of endeavour come together to discuss their work. In this episode, we meet ARIA winning singer-songwriter Missy Higgins who jams with banjo-wielding comedian Anne Edmonds.
Actor, stand-up comedian and author Osamah Sami meets journalist, author and screenwriter Benjamin Law to discuss finding their voices as writers, diversity on TV and using shame and embarrassment as the spark for a good story.
The family is an eight-part observational documentary series that takes viewers on a fascinating journey into the life of one ordinary Australian family - The Cardamones. There is nothing special about the Cardamone family, except for one thing: they were brave enough to allow 35 remote controlled cameras into their home to capture their every move, day and night, in every room of the house for a period of three months. The result is an incredible portrayal of families in Australia today and a raw view of the dynamics and universal themes of family life.
The men in the Cardamone household have sex on the brain. David is annoyed that he is forbidden from sleeping in the same room with his girlfriend at the family home; Stefan is beginning a new romance with Marlena; and Adrian is checking out men's magazines. And then there is Angelo, who is frustrated his wife won't sleep with him.
Confessional, illuminating, inappropriate, wrong! Welcome to Agony Uncles an unblinking six-part series, where some of Australia's funniest and wisest celebrity gents, including Tim Ross, John Elliott, Brett Tucker, Josh Lawson and Lawrence Mooney put their reputations on the line to tell you what it's really like to be single, cohabitate, marry, divorce and then be single again in the 21st century.
Welcome to The Agony of Christmas, where narrator/interviewer Adam Zwar sits down with some of Australia's funniest and brightest and poses the question - if Christmas is meant to be a time for peace and love, then why does it throw so many lives into turmoil?
Josephine's 50th birthday is fast approaching and Angelo and the boys have decided to throw her a surprise birthday party. The boys get together with Angelo to discuss a secret strategy. As the day nears Angelo begins to realise the difficulties of organising such a big family event without the help of Josie.
This light-hearted documentary follows three real-life fans of the romantic novels of Mills & Boon and their quest for true love. Demure Japanese housewife Hiroko yearns to be swept off her feet by a dashing David Beckham look-alike; single mum Shirley has finally found love, but her hero has a dark side; and feisty Indian princess Shumita is out to get her husband back.
Two sisters living in England whose family has raised them in the traditions of their native Bangladesh have very different perspectives on the issue of arranged marriage in this documentary from filmmaker Simon Chambers.
So we've heard from the agony uncles on how women want to be treated when it comes to matters of the heart. It was illuminating as much as entertaining with the uncles disagreeing on everything from seduction techniques, to marriage proposals, to the best ways to break up. Now it's time to end the speculation and get to the truth of the matter. What do women really think about love and relationships?
Bess struggles to tell Margaret and Julie that she is spending Christmas in New York. Wayne and Kayne try to make their Christmas lights display the best in the street this year, and Danny helps Oscar buy a Kris Kringle.
Since 1964, the prestigious Pirelli Calendar has attracted top models and renowned photographers to create what has become one of the most desirable products in publishing history. The calendar has immortalised the world's most beautiful women - including Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Heidi Klum and Naomi Campbell - in stylish photo shoots set in exotic locations around the globe. With only 20,000 copies printed each year, this documentary explores how this calendar has grown to mythical proportions and reveals the secrets behind its production.
On tonight's episode of agony aunts, it's time for the aunts to guide you through the tumult of relationship disintegration. What are the signs that your union is going south, how can you be certain your partner's cheating on you and when do you know it's really, really over? Then there's the actual breaking up. How do you end it without being too mean? Or is being mean important? And if they break up with you, how do you keep your dignity?
Monika Hertwig is grappling with a stunning and profound legacy left to her by her Nazi mass murderer father, Amon Goeth, whom she never knew. Goeth, described as a 'monster' and 'inhuman', was hanged for his war crimes in 1946, the year after Monika was born. She only learnt of the brutal reality of her inheritance when she was a teenager and she cannot reconcile it.
Karen is known as the 'fake dwarf'', because she is technically not one. She does not have achondraplasia - the most common form of dwarfism. Karen just stopped growing, so she is about the size of an eight year old, in perfect proportion. At 43, she is the oldest of the group in the pantomime. She is a single mother of two daughters aged 17 and 10, neither of whom are small.
It's a subject few people want to face up to, but our Aunts and Uncles are made of sterner stuff. Here they negotiate the final frontier and, on behalf of us all, answer the big questions of life; what are they most proud of, what's their biggest disappointment, is death to be feared or embraced, what happens to us after we die, and, in a perfect world, what would they like their last words to be?
When Bess discovers that Julie has a secret sister, she enlists Brianna, Amber and Margaret to spy. Danny reluctantly takes Oscar away to a conference and Wayne fights the council after they shut down Kayne's backyard shop.
After her much-loved ABC series Judith Lucy's Spiritual Journey, one of Australia's favourite funny ladies is back with Judith Lucy Is All Woman. If you've ever been a woman, been in one, or come out of one, this series is for you. It's a timely exploration of where women are at in modern Australia - and what that means for men - told from the unique perspective of someone who's been a woman for most of her life.
Joining Paul McDermott tonight is award-winning actor Vince Colosimo. He's menacing and mesmerising. He's been Gino and Vinnie, Nick Daniels, Neville Bartos and Alphonse Gangitano. For once playing himself, Vince, tries role-playing and yelling, as well as the occasional threatening glare to persuade Paul to banish his gripes away, ranging from plastic coverings on furniture to people with bad hygiene, non-personal communication, to BYO parties.
With women generally outliving men, Judith Lucy tries to get an idea of what her life might be like in 20 year's time. She takes to the streets as an elderly woman and soon realises she needs some advice on becoming a senior, so she catches up with 91-year-old actor and friend Lois Ramsey for some advice on how to grow old gracefully.
An eclectic and honest examination of Melbourne's post-punk music scene of the late 1970s that spawned the likes of Nick Cave, the Birthday Party, Rowland S Howard, the Primitive Calculators, Whirlywirld and the unique 'Little Band' scene amongst many others.
One of Australia's best known and most loved comedians joins Paul McDermott on Room 101. The man famous for his good natured grumbling discusses all the things that really get up his nose, from sporting failures to modern day security measures.
When a shop owner commissions Kayne to paint his designs, Margaret is outraged that she has no plans to pay him. Bess grapples with a gift from Julie and Danny fumes when a coffee shop copies his shirt to make its uniform.
All parents want the best for their children but parents seem to be turning into panic-stricken and obsessive perfectionists. This series is an entertaining, illuminating and often terrifying insight into the madness that is parenting in today's world.
Tonight our Uncles tread the rocky path of a break-up when Agony Uncles continues. It was all going so well, but now it's time for the Uncles to hold out a strong hand and guide you through the agony of a relationship that is going quickly south.
So you've traversed the line from dating to relationship and suddenly you're feeling a bit jittery. It's OK, the aunts are here to help. On tonight's episode they answer some of the big questions including how to impress their mum, how to know if you're really in love and how to tell if you've got a great man. And even if you have found a great man, does that necessarily mean he'll make a great father?
For 20 years, Josephine and Angelo have been looking after their three boys. But now the boys have all left them alone and they face an empty nest for the first time in years. Stefan finishes Year 12 and takes off on a schoolies trip, Adrian is away on a school camp and David is busy at work and with his girlfriend.
About 1 billion people around the world live with a disability – that’s roughly 15 per cent of our global population. Learn about and promote awareness of the challenges that people with disability face.
Celebrate and acknowledge International day of sign languages by viewing this collection with your class featuring video content about the lives of individuals who use sign language as well as schools that support them.
Resilience, rights and respectful relationships can be modelled at school to inform students about positive relationships at school, home and the world. Share this playlist that focuses on building positive relationships.
Bullying sucks whether it is online, at school or in a workplace, there is no space for it in our lives. Find more about bullying experiences and how to combat issues related to bullying in this playlist.
There is no space for bullying, whether it is in the playground, classroom or online. No way! View this collection, which deals with all aspects of bullying and how it can be prevented. (ACPPS074,VCHPEP092,VCHPEP109)
Space inspires our greatest scientific and creative minds. Take to the stars with NASA, or hop aboard Millennium Falcon in the best of space fact and fiction. (ACSSU188,ACSSU189,VCSSU127,VCSSU128,VCSSU129)
On April 27, 1994, millions of first-time voters cast their ballots in South Africa's first free elections, ushering in the presidency of Mandela. Learn about the enormous change from those who lived it.