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Find your study/life balance with study tips, inspirational and motivational stories and important reminders that family, friends and the community are equally important to careers.

Celebrating love and acceptance at Fair Day!

by Maryann Blackwell

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras turns 40 this year, and with the YES vote fresh in our minds, you know it’s going to be a hell of a party, one that even CHER couldn’t resist!

But it’s not all about the party and parade! The festival brings LGBTQI communities from around the world to Sydney, to enjoy a great program of events, including Fair Day, launching this year’s festival on Sunday 18, February.

So what’s so great about Fair Day?

It’s a big day out that brings everyone together, and really showcases the diversity of the LGBTQI community.  It’s free, family-friendly and attracts over 70,000 people each year. The carnival atmosphere is fabulous, welcoming, exciting and at times outrageous. You can expect to be entertained, educated and connected. There’s a melting pot of activity that blends the every-day with unique with events  such as The Doggwood stage and drag cabaret shows. With over 250 stalls on site, it’s also a great place to get information on a range of services and support networks for members of the community. Read more…

TAFE Bites – Savory Pancake Recipe

by Ruth Felice

Wake up and smell the bacon… Or Facon for our vegan friends.

The sweet pancake has been a breakfast staple since the dark ages of brekkie. But, our TAFE chefs have mixed up your childhood favourite with a delicious, salty twist.

Sweet corn pancakes with bacon and maple syrup

Prepared by: Peter Casey

Sweet corn pancakes


  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/3 cup wholemeal flour, or cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • A little salt
  • 1 egg
  • 200g sweet corn kernels
  • ¾ cup or so of milk

Bacon/facon – the more, the better

Maple syrup – the real stuff

Butter for the frypan


Mix the dry ingredients first, making sure the brown sugar isn’t clumpy, then add the egg, corn kernels and milk. Whisk until combined, and adjust with more milk or flour for the consistency you prefer. Put the batter aside for at least half an hour, until it bubbles a little.

Meanwhile, fry the bacon until it’s good and crispy. Let rest on paper towel.

Heat the butter until it’s foamy, add ½ cup of batter at a time, and – as always – wait until the bubbles on top have popped before flipping. Be vigilant and fussy about temperature, and take your time.

Serve corn pancakes with crispy bacon on the side (reheat if needed), and drizzle a civilised amount of maple syrup across the lot.

Earth Day – 10 reasons you need to care

by Geraldine Buttle

Earth is an incredible planet.

It’s our responsibility to respect and care for this beautiful place we get to call home. Unfortunately, Earth hasn’t been shown enough love and climate change is very real.

Earth Day is a global movement for our planet. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Read more…

9 reasons to celebrate Harmony Day

by Gary Fishlock

We all have something interesting and authentic to bring to the table

There’s little doubt that Australia is one of the most culturally-diverse nations on the planet. Our population is made up of people representing virtually every cultural background. The inevitable result of this is that our society becomes a huge melting pot of colour, flavour and diversity.

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Exam morning energy boost

by Gary Fishlock

Healthy drinks to help you get through week 2 of your HSC exams

It’s finally here. The HSC is all you can think about over the next few weeks. If you’re like most people you’ll be going through a whole range of emotions including stress. Feeling nervous  about what lies ahead and your stomach is doing some somersaults. Eating breakfast is the last thing you feel like doing.

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Couple learning indoors and having fun

Aussie Reads

by Ruth Felice

We all have skills that we take for granted. Simple things like the ability to count, read or write. Take a moment to contemplate this: Internationally one in five adults are illiterate. That’s 20% of the population worldwide! Read more…

Good deed doers

by Gary Fishlock

They understand that we’re giving our time and efforts to try and help and learn off each other

It’s Philanthropy Week, which celebrates kind deeds and the people who do them. Here are five philanthropic examples of people who have used their TAFE-trained skills to do their bit to change the world. Read more…