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MINECRAFT GAME ASSISTS AUTISM STUDENTS WITH EDUCATION

Educators across the Hunter have added the game Minecraft into the classroom. Today, dressed in colours of the rainbow for World Autism Awareness Day, students at the Aspect Hunter School demonstrated how Minecraft helps them learn. The game is said to teach students about communication and social skills. Aspect has been working on the programme for four years and has now produced a virtual textbook, “Minecraft in your classroom” to share with other teachers. The resource is free and anyone interested can see the following website for details: www.autismpedagogy.com

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SCHOOL ADVENTURE BEGINS FOR YOUNG STUDENTS

While the school year has already started for most, the big adventure is just beginning for our youngest students. Kindergarten kids are getting ready to head into the classroom next week, but health experts warn, as many as 20 per cent of them aren’t fully prepared. For more information, visit the Hunter Institute of Mental Health’s website.

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ANNE FRANK’S STORY BROUGHT TO LIFE

The compelling story of Jewish Holocaust victim Anne Frank and her famous wartime diary has been brought to life in an exhibition, on show at Newcastle Region Library. The exhibition is travelling the world and features excerpts from the diary and photos, set against the background of World War Two. A 13-year-old Anne Frank penned the diary, documenting her family’s ordeal in hiding in Amsterdam in a room known as the secret annex. The exhibition runs until the end of November. (VISION ONLY)

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