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  • Editorial Comment - From the Principal
  • New Courses
  • Courses Revised & Expanded
  • New Books in Bookshop
  • Quotes for the Month
  • New Staff
  • Changes to the Dip. in Counselling & Psychology
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1.  Editorial Comment – From the Principal

Education in Crisis 2009: Education is “Losing the Plot”!

With more focus and energy being placed on securing funding and accreditation than teaching, it seems schools and universities are forced to make learning outcomes their second priority.

How can the education system hope to be effective when schools are influenced more by… read more

2. New Courses

Therapeutic Nutrition
Learn to manage the diet of people with a medical condition. Therapeutic nutrition is the provision of nutrients to maintain and/ or restore optimal nutrition and health. Therapeutic diets may be required as therapy for a disease e.g. coeliac disease or to treat malnutrition arising from low energy and nutrient intakes or due to increased energy and nutrient needs. Click here to learn more

Dramatic Writing
Learn to Write Drama... The first step is to develop a premise (i.e. a concise statement of what happens in a story). The next step might be to develop the main characters (i.e. contrive a profile that describes who each of the main characters are). The third step may be to develop the principal “events” (i.e. consider the dramatic events, what their cause & effect is, what leads up to them, what happens as a result). Next, develop the sequence of main events. Finally fill in minor events, and detail. Learn how to do this and much more!




3.  Courses Revised & Expanded

Engineering I – now available online and on CD.
Why study Engineering? A good engineering course will teach you to independently manage the selection, operation and maintenance of tools and machinery used in professional gardening, agriculture and horticulture. ACS offers both Engineering I, a good introductory course which covers that mentioned above, and Engineering II, which will teach you to apply innovative engineering solutions to improve efficiency and productivity in agriculture and horticulture. (A basic understanding of Engineering function is assumed, equivalent to Engineering I.)

Advanced Permaculture – now available online and on CD.

Expand Your Knowledge of Permaculture This course is for people with prior experience in permaculture, this course is a more in depth and academically advanced study of various aspects of permaculture. It covers sustainable systems, how to determine planning strategies for a site, seasonal patterns, water management, earthworks, considering different climates, and comprehansive planning including preparing costings. This will give you a sound background in all aspects of developing and running a permaculture system

Adventure Tourism

This exciting course covers the scope and nature of adventure tourism in today's market and looks at the sources and types of opportunities available within this fast growing industry. Other topics include: outdoor adventure and management training, the customer, artificial environments, supply, geography, sustainability, and environmental impacts. This course develops a capacity to plan and manage the provision of adventure tourism services.








4. New Books in Bookshop


How to Write a Poem

Through a series of chapters designed as useful provocations, Redmond steers readers away from the “default contemporary poem’, urging fresh ways of thinking, insisting on the ‘promise and opportunity of the blank page’.

Writing Romance

In love with romance?  From plotting and pacing to creating theperfect heroes and heroines, you'll discover how to hook your reader, write with passion and shape a proposal that will wow agents and editors. This easy, step-by-step guide gives you the leading edge on writing your novel and getting it published.

Wedding Planning

Organising a wedding ceremony takes creativity, planning, diplomacy and nerve.  This book is packed with tips on saving money and avoiding common pitfalls and covers the latest trends in dresses, cakes, flowers, traditions etc.

poem book.

romance book.

wedding book.

5. Quotes of the Month

“Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education .... The human mind is our fundamental resource.” - John F Kennedy Congress, February 1961

“All education is a continuous dialogue – questions and answers that pursue every problem to the horizon.  That is the essence of academic freedom.” - William O Douglas, Wisdom, October 1956


6. New Staff

Dr. Gareth Pearce - BSc(Hons), BVSc, MA, MVetS, PhD, GradCertEd(HE), PGCertAqVetS, PGCertWLBio&Cons, DiplECPHM, MRCVS.
Gareth has over 25 years of experience in teaching and research in agriculture, veterinary medicine, wildlife ecology and conservation in a variety of colleges and universities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. He qualified as a veterinary surgeon at the Universities of Melbourne and Bristol, having previously graduated in Agricultural Science and gained a PhD in Livestock Behaviour and Production. He also has post-graduate qualifications in Education, Wildlife Conservation Medicine, Aquatic Veterinary Studies and Wildlife Biology & Conservation.

Karin von Behrens - M. Arts and Media, Grad Cert Communication and PR, Hons. Screen Studies and B. Creative Arts.       
Karin has an extensive background in Creative Arts and Media including animation, film production, radio, journalism, visual arts and creative writing.  Having attended six different universities, Karin has a diverse knowledge of the arts both nationally and internationally and has spent a number of years traveling the globe. Her undergraduate degree included a year of exchange studies at the University of California Santa Cruz. Karin has worked on feature films, short films, and festivals, and spent four years with the City of Sydney Council doing everything from teaching creative writing to the elderly to event management and administration.





7. Changes to the Diploma in Counselling & Psychology

There are a number of recognition changes in the pipeline for the Diploma in Counseling & Psychology:

It has recently been accredited by IARC.

It is now also recognised by the Complimentary Medicine Association (UK).

If current students wish to obtain Australian Counselling Association (ACA) recognition for the Diploma in Counselling & Psychology VPS007 they need to complete their studies by the middle of 2010. This situation has arisen due to new arrangements the ACA has made with the Australian Government.

Students who take longer to complete their diploma will still receive qualifications and endorsement from IARC & CMA.




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