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Paradise Papers/Ozone Improvement/History of Toilets/Indigenous Seasons/Gaelic Covers
ABC ME November 13, 2017

Paradise Papers
Last week, millions of leaked documents, dubbed 'the Paradise Papers', were released by news outlets around the world. Among other things, they detail the processes that some people and companies use to move their money in an effort to pay much less tax. Nike was one of the companies contained in the release. So next week, we'll reveal exactly how much money from each pair of their shoes you buy in Australia stays here as tax.

Ozone Improvement
NASA has revealed some good environment news! It says the ozone hole over Antarctica is the smallest it's been for three decades. That's a pretty big deal, because in the 90s, things were looking really bad. So to celebrate, we'll find out exactly what the ozone layer actually is and why things are improving.

Teaching resources included
Learning Areas -

Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science:
Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (Year 4)

Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (Years 5 and 6)

History of Toilets
On November 19, we all mark World Toilet Day. The aim is to spread word that toilets save lives by doing a messy, but vital job. Plus, it's an excellent opportunity to tell your toilet how much you appreciate it! Awkwardly, we'll do just that next week.

Indigenous Seasons
We all know the traditional European seasons; summer, autumn, winter and spring.
But did you know Australia's Indigenous cultures had different seasons that better fit local weather conditions, plants and animals? Next week, we'll join a class as they learn more about these seasons and how they vary across the continent.

Teaching resources included
Learning Areas -

Geography / Knowledge and Understanding:
The custodial responsibility Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have for Country/Place, and how this influences views about sustainability (Year 4)

Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences:
Predictable phenomena on Earth, including seasons and eclipses, are caused by the relative positions of the sun, Earth and the moon (Year 7)

Gaelic Covers
Finally we'll travel to Ireland, where some kids are using famous songs to keep their culture alive. They've made music videos covering famous songs in their traditional language, Irish Gaelic. Not many people are speaking it anymore, so they hope these covers will help revive this ancient language.

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