If you went to school in New South Wales during the last 95 years, you will be familiar with THE SCHOOL MAGAZINE. It is the world’s oldest literary magazine for children and is published without fuss by a small, dedicated and skilled staff who are part of the NSW Department of Education and Training.
There are four separate titles for a total of 160,000 readers across Australia each month, for 10 issues a year. Children, teachers, librarians, parents, authors/illustrators enjoy the range of stories, poems, plays, articles, comic series and activities into the 36 full-colour pages of each of the 40 magazines each year. Subscriptions are as strong for 2011 as ever.
The School Magazine now faces the threat of cutbacks. Because the Magazine’s publishing unit is being merged with another within the New South Wales Education Department, all staff of both units will cease at the end of January 2011. Positions in the new unit many be offered to some permanent staff, but not to most of the staff.
This means the quality of the School Magazine will suffer. If quality and quantity suffer, so will subscriptions. Eventually, this fine resource of writing for children in New South Wales’s schools – and, of course, for the many children in other Australian states who subscribe – will disappear.
The School Magazine publication with its wonderful resource of storytelling is the envy of the other states, because no other State Education Department offers it. (I can vouch for this, coming from Queensland!)
THIS CALL FOR HELP IS URGENT!
Write to the NSW Minister: Please use the attached SAMPLE LETTER TO NSW Education Minister . It’s a PDF so you will need to save as text and add your NAME and ADDRESS before you email it. Or you can write your own using this one to help.
Email it to the NSW Education Minister, Hon. Verity Firth MP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or post to her address. NOTE: written letters are more effective.