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Australian Education Union, Victorian Branch

Australian Education Union, Victorian Branch

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classifieds TRAVEL AUSTRALIA AIREY’S INLET HOLIDAY RENTAL Holiday rental, 3 bdrms, 2 living, large decks, 1 acre garden, bbq, woodfire. Phone 0416 234 808, (03) 4208 0668. AIREY’S INLET SATIS BEACH HOUSE Stylish and comfortable 3 bdrm house for six on the beach side of Great Ocean Road. Paddle our canoe on the inlet, walk to the lighthouse, cliff walk and beaches. Phone (03) 5380 8228 or email melrose@gjr.net.au. Website: www.satisbeachhouse.com HOLIDAY HOUSE PHILLIP ISLAND, VENTNOR Two bedroom sleeps 6, available weekends and holidays. Jane (03) 9387 9397 or 0431 471 611 or Louise (03) 9343 6030 or 0413 040 237. WILSONS PROMONTORY Promclose Cottage. www.promclose.com 0418 125 412. TRAVEL INTERNATIONAL driveEUROPE Peugeot Citroen Renault 2012 European specials out NOW Our 38th year of service to the European traveller. Email: enquiries@ driveeurope.org (02) 9437 4900 FRANCE Five cottages for rent. Provence, Dordogne, Burgundy, Ile de France. Only $1175 pw. Contact maxtens@gmail.com www.stayinafrenchcottage.com FRANCE — LANGUEDOC Two renovated stone houses in tranquil village near Carcassone, sleep four or eight, from $600 a week. See website at www.frenchrentalhouses. bigpondhosting.com; or phone (02) 4757 1019; 0414 968 397; email marjen1946@hotmail.com FRANCE — PROVENCE Restored 17th-century house in mediaeval fortified village of Entrevaux. Spectacular location, close to Côte d’Azur and Italy. Contact owners (03) 5258 2798 or (02) 9948 2980. www.provencehousestay.com. MOBILE ACCOUNTANT SPECIALISING IN TEACHERS TAX RETURNS SPECIAL RATES FOR AEU MEMBERS TAX RETURNS FROM $80 in the comfort of your own home or place of work. All possible deductions will be claimed, superannuation advice, retirement planning available. Experienced Accountant/Registered Tax Agent Call Artur on 9503 4366 info@taxwindow.com.au www.taxwindow.com.au FRANCE — SOUTH WEST Renov 17thC 2 bdrm apart in elegant Figeac, “centreville”, or cottage in Lauzerte, 12thC hilltop village. Low cost. www.flickr.com/photos/clermontfigeac/ or www.flickr.com/photos/ les-chouettes/ Ph teacher owner (03) 9877 7513 or email jimmcdon@ tpg.com.au for brochure. ITALY — FLORENCE Beautiful fully furnished apartment in historic centre. Sleeps 2-6, $1,700 pw, telephone 0419 025 996 or www.convivioapartment.com. ITALY — UMBRIA Apartment. Beautiful sunny 2 bdrm. Historic Centre Citta Di Castello €625pw 2p, €675 3-4p. 0414 562 659 darylhely@gmail.com ROME Studio apartment, Piazza Bologna, beautifully appointed, sleeps 2, opens onto garden courtyard, $1100 pw, telephone 0419 488 865 or www.ninoapartmentrome.com. SOUTH OF FRANCE — LANGUEDOC Two charming newly renovated traditional stone houses with outside terraces. Sleeps 4 or 6. Market town, capital of Minervois, wine growing region, close to lake, Canal Midi, Mediterranean beaches, historic towns. From $460 per week. Visit, Web: www.languedocgites.com Email: info@languedocgites.com. BENALLA COLLEGE TO CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF STATE SECONDARY EDUCATION 2012 would have been the 100 years centenary of Benalla High School. Benalla College will be hosting events to celebrate 100 years of public secondary education in Benalla. This will incorporate recognition of Benalla High School, Benalla Technical School, and the current Benalla College on the 7, 8 and 9 September. For more information visit Benalla.co@edumail.vic.gov.au NOTICES CRT GUIDE Detailed and practical book to help primary teachers new to the role as a CRT. See details www.vjsalescom.au $24.95 Free postage FUNDRAISING with Little ‘smart’ Artists Let your kinder or school’s Little ‘smart’ Artists make you money. Kids can now have their artwork put on an Australian made T-shirt and your kinder/ school makes a percentage from every T-shirt sold. Requires minimal work on your behalf. Contact sales@littlesmartartists.com. au or 0431 995 165 (Meri) www.littlesmartartists.com.au (MPS) MELBOURNE PROPERTY SOLUTIONS VENDOR ADVOCACY — SELLING YOUR PROPERTY? Take away the stress and engage an independent advocate and a former teacher and AEU member. There is no cost when using Melbourne Property Solutions, as the agent you select pays (MPS) a set percentage of the fee from their total commission. Mark Thompson, Licensed Estate Agent Melbourne Property Solutions. Buyer and Vendor Advocate Services. Ph 0409 958 720 Email: mark@mpsadvocates.com.au Website: www.mpsadvocates.com.au RETIREMENT VICTORIA Visit us at www.retirevic.com.au. RETIRING SOON? Volunteers for Isolated Students’ Education recruits retired teachers to assist families with their Distance Education Program. Travel and accommodation provided in return for six weeks teaching. Register at www.vise.org.au or George Murdoch (03) 9017 5439 Ken Weeks (03) 9876 2680. VISAS IMMIGRATION For the professional advice you need — contact Ray Brown. Phone (03) 5792 4056 or 0409 169 147. Email raybrown888@bigpond.com. Migration Agents Registration No. 0213358. Big Savings for Union Members bathrooms, construction & maintenance *bathrooms *en suites *new or old *evaporative cooling & all home maintenance. N.E. METRO AREA Quality work for the right price with over 18 years industry experience CALL SIMON mobile: 0414 294 824 ph/fax: 9439 9223 simonedgley@optusnet.com.au 28 aeu news | june 2012

culture WINE TALKING Paddy Kendler Bella Bellarine THE rebirth of Geelong wine has required a long and gradual gestation but there are signs that this once-predominant region is on the move. During the 1860s, Geelong was far and away the largest wine producer in Victoria but the arrival via its busy port of the vine louse phylloxera in 1877 largely led to its demise. Why the area was not more widely planted in the Victorian wine revival of the 1960s is puzzling. And while the Yarra Valley boomed from the 1970s on and the Mornington Peninsula took off during the 1980s, Geelong stumbled along in fits and starts. But more recently, there has been a remarkable increase in the quantity and quality of Geelong wine, exemplified by Bellarine Estate and Provenance. The former boasts an excellent range at cellar door while the latter is more geared to retail and restaurant sales. Both are noted for the red regional specialities, pinot noir and shiraz. Visitors to the region should consult www. winegeelong.com.au for cellar door opening hours. Meanwhile, check out these impressive new releases: MUD HOUSE MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2011 ($22): Of the seemingly hundreds of Kiwi sauvignons available here, most of them seem to come out of the same massive tank and are pretty ordinary. Mud House is a truly delightful exception, a brilliant example of the style. www. mudhouse.co.nz. RIPAROSSO MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO 2009 ($10): A handy and versatile dry red, holding an enjoyable measure of sweet and savoury fruit flavours within a modest structure. Ideally suited to casual Italian meals and barbequed meats. Available from Safeway, Dan Murphy and BWS. MOUNT LANGHI GHIRAN CLIFF EDGE SHIRAZ 2009 ($30): A very smart wine, genuinely interesting with lovely sweet berry flavours laced with spicy and well integrated oak. The real deal. ◆ Stare crazy THERE’S an overwhelming tiredness creeping around our staffroom. In the midst of reports, sickness and general “how long ’til the holidays?” vibe, teachers are flat out. There’s no sense of people slacking off or putting in minimal effort. But Ted Baillieu wants more out of us. Asking teachers to work harder proves his ignorance. We can’t work any harder — we’re already pushing it as it is. Teachers are multi-tasking masters and, even in the throes of report writing, turned out in their thousands to Hisense Arena to express their disgust at the Government’s attitude towards them. “I should be at home writing reports!” yelled one enthusiastic primary school teacher, waving a larger than life pencil in the air. “But this is important!” Groups of teachers with pre-determined meeting points greeted their colleagues excitedly before the rally. Like a well-planned excursion, they dressed in red and checked their mobile phones for other attendees — all with expressions that read “Don’t mess with us, Baillieu.” I wonder what Baillieu would think if confronted with a huge crowd of teachers all giving him “the stare”. We’ve all got “the stare”. It’s guaranteed to stop a rioting class, sends chills down the spine of even the most challenging student and, so we keep being told, irritates the hell out of our partners and families. (“Stop giving me the teacher stare — I’m not one of your students!”) I wonder how long Baillieu could keep up his deluded arguments with a mass teacher stare bearing down upon him. Only a small number of staff remained at our school. The principal team supported the strike and so did most parents. The day before, my Year 12s showed their support. “We know how hard you work, Miss.” “Yeah, all of the teachers do.” “Are you going to strike again next term?” Even though the last question may have been motivated by prospect of another school-free day, most school communities are well aware of the hours and effort that teachers put in. Of course, though, with every strike, come the teacher bashers. “I wish I had 12 weeks of paid holidays every year — stop your whingeing.” Well, we do not have 12 weeks of holidays a year — we have 12 weeks without classes, to mark, cross-mark and plan curriculum. If you don’t use that time, you will never survive in the classroom. Let’s see Ted spend one term teaching a full allotment, attending staff meetings, calling parents, running detentions, attending camps, helping out with the school play, doing yard duty and and all the other extras that come with being a teacher. I’ve got a Year 9 class I would be happy to donate for the experience. ◆ Comedian Christina Adams thinks there’s nothing funnier than performance pay. www.aeuvic.asn.au 29

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