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News and information in the region PREPARING FOR ECLIPSE STATE school teachers from across the Far North trained at Trinity Bay State High School at the weekend so they can deliver interactive maths and science principles about the Total Solar Eclipse on November 14. Sessions included the structure of the universe, hands-on activities to teach astronomy, as well as useful technology and visualisation tools.

The eclipse is expected to attract more than 40,000 visitors to Cairns. State schools will lead the way in explaining the science and maths aspects of an eclipse, as well as hosting night viewings from school ovals, using telescopes and making the most of astronomy smartphone apps to better understand the movement of the planets. Trinity Bay science teacher Bill Liddle said state schools would have VIP-front row tickets to the worldwide phenomenon and wanted to assist as many people as possible to view the eclipse safely and enjoy a "visually spectacular event". CSIRO astronomy education specialist Robert Hollow also addressed teachers.

SUPPORT TOURING BAND ONE local high school band will be given the chance to support the Dream on Dreamer show at Tanks Art Centre on May 26. Dream on Dreamer has smashed the music scene since launching two years ago with their metalcore genre.

Boasting a Top 40 ARIA charting album, multiple US and European tours and recent appearances playing in front of 5000-plus fans at every leg of the Soundwave tour Dream on Dreamer are coming to Cairns for the first time to play at Tanks. Local bands were invited to compete for a support slot, with preference given to high school students. A public vote runs on Facebook from May 3-9 to decide the winner.

Visit events/346 166292101869/ TIDY SCHOOL SEARCH WHERE is Queensland’s cleanest, greenest and healthiest school? Keep Australia Beautiful Queensland wants to find out.

All schools in Queensland are invited to enter the 2012 Green and Healthy Schools Awards, which aim to improve students’ and teachers’ understanding of sustainable practices for a clean and healthy world. For more details or to register, visit https://www.kabq. nfo PROMOTING ACTIVE KIDS PRIMARY school children are being encouraged to learn about pedestrian safety and the importance of regular exercise by participating in National Walk Safely to School Day on Friday, May 18. Now in its 13th year, the day is designed to create regular walking habits at an early age and promotes the message "active kids are healthy kids". Those who normally drive to school are encouraged to park the car 10 minutes away from the school and walk the rest of the way.

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