The Country Education Partnership held its Annual Meeting last week with a number of people from rural and remote education settings, education sectors and key stakeholder groups attending.
The Annual Meeting was also joined by the organisation’s Patron, Mr. Baillieu Myer, AO.
Michael Cavanagh, Chair of Country Education Partnership presented the Annual Report and highlighted the growing work of CEP, especially in the areas of:
- Supporting rural and remote education communities in developing quality learning programs through the development of clusters and partnerships;
- The ongoing advocacy role of CEP ensuring that rural and remote education needs and interests are considered within the development of education policy and strategies;
- The range of high quality professional learning activities and programs that CEP has facilitated;
- Supporting a strong student agency for rural and remote education through the Rural Youth Ambassador program.
Country Education Partnership saw a number of Committee of Management members not seek re-election this year. Michael thanked the involvement of Andrew Kohane, Matt Carver, and Philip Scambler for their committed involvement on the Committee throughout 2016.
Michael especially acknowledged the involvement of Philip Scambler who has been the treasurer of CEP for a number of years now – in excess of 12 years.
The Country Education Partnership sees a number of new members, and the re-election of a number of existing members, elected to the Committee of Management for the coming year – we welcome:
- Victoria Wissell from Sacred Heart Primary School, Yea
- Ashley Munn from the West Wimmera Cluster
- Geoff Couper from the Otways cluster;
- Kelli Jacobsen from Bright,
- Mark McLay from Avoca,
- Trish Perry from Lancaster Primary School
- John Sciacca from Cobram Secondary College
- Danny Forrest from Donald Primary School
- Jodi Walters from Swan Hill Specialist School
- Jason Whiteley from Katamatite Primary School
The Rural Youth Ambassadors presented the outcomes of their deliberations of the past twelve months to the Annual Meeting, and encouraged the Committee of Management to strongly support, and advocate for, the development of clusters and partnerships within rural and remote education communities to ensure that they, as learners, have access to high quality learning they need and desire. The sharing of staff across schools, the development of common timetables, the introduction of a resourcing approach that encourages schools to work together, and the development of cluster education programs and approaches were all initiatives the Rural Youth Ambassadors believe would enhance education provision within their communities.
In responding to the Rural Youth Ambassadors, Mr. Baillieu Myer encouraged them to continue to challenge the organisation in supporting the provision of a high quality education, and also congratulated them on their work as articulate young people who represent rural and remote communities extremely well.
A copy of the Annual Report can be accessed through: