What’s On?

by | Oct 17, 2017 | Bush Voices

There are a number of exciting opportunities for rural and remote educators on offer at present that include online resources, professional development opportunities. Below is an overview of these opportunities.


Education Leadership Forum:  25th October 

The Country Education Partnership is pleased to be working with Steve Munby during October to provide an outstanding education leadership forum for rural and remote principals and aspiring education leaders.

  • Date:     Thursday, 25th October
  • Time:     9.00am to 3.30pm
  • Venue:   The Treacy Centre, 126 The Avenue, Parkville.

Areas of Focus for the Forum:

  • The early years of education leadership
  • The power and love of leadership
  • Collaborative and Lateral Leadership
  • Coaching as a key tool to inspiring education leaders within and across education settings.

To register: CEP and Steve Munby Educational Leadership Forum


Horrible Harriet interactive workshop: 18th September to 24th October 

A digital workshop with the stage play’s director Liesel Badorrek, presented by CDP Theatre Producers. The play explores the Themes Of Bullying, Isolation, Friendship And Personal Development. Explore, play and ask questions of the director of the hit stage adaptation of Australian Children’s Laureate
Leigh Hobbs’ book series: Horrible Harriet.

Dates: Monday 18th September and Tuesday 24th October Time: 10am
Duration: 45mins max
Cost: Free to classes attending Horrible Harriet (with access via Polycom/Lync/Skype for Business) Recommended for Stages 2 & 3 or Years 3,4,5,6 & Teacher Development

The hit stage adaptation of Leigh Hobbs’ book series Horrible Harriet premiered at the Sydney Opera House in April 2017 and will be touring the country later this year.
In this interactive workshop, students can explore, play and ask questions of the director of Horrible Harriet. It includes practical exercises to engage your students. This workshop is particularly helpful to school groups who have seen the play or are booked to see it.
Participating schools need to have at least read the book Horrible Harriet.

To register: Horrible Harriet Workshop 


 Origin Foundation: Grant King Indigenous Scholarships 

Origin Foundation are looking for talented Indigenous students to study for a degree in Science or Engineering at the University of New South Wales, with help from the Origin Foundation Grant King Indigenous Scholarships program. Applications are now open for 2018.

Full residential scholarships are available each year for two Indigenous students, from anywhere in Australia. Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to live at Shalom College, a long-time supporter of Indigenous access to education, or at one of UNSW’s other residential colleges.
The Origin Foundation chose UNSW because of the University’s exceptional track record supporting Indigenous students. Through Nura Gili, its Indigenous Programs Unit, UNSW provides entry pathways for Indigenous students and supports them throughout their studies.
Scholarship recipients will also have the opportunity to be mentored by Grant King, Origin’s former CEO and one of Australia’s leading businessmen.

More information can be found at: Grant King Indigenous Scholarship 


Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation: Rural Chances Scholarship

RURAL CHANCES scholarships are for young rural Victorians who are facing significant financial or social challenges, who have career aspirations and want to/or are studying at TAFE or undertaking an apprenticeship.

On offer, there are ten scholarships to the value of $5000 and another ten scholarships to the value of $2000.
To meet the eligibility criteria applicants will need to:

  • Be 16-24 years of age;
  • Hold a current Centrelink health care card, or can provide evidence of significant financial hardship;
  • Identify a TAFE Certificate III or IV qualification they would like to enrol in or are enrolled in OR be undertaking an apprenticeship;
  • Be planning to train in a skill area where there are skills shortages in rural/regional Victoria;
  • Be willing to have a mentor supporting their learning;
  • Be willing to be accountable for the use of scholarship funds;
  • Be willing to participate in publicity/promotional material and research.

For more information or to apply: Rural Chances Scholarship


Parents Victoria 2017 Conference: “Relationships Matter” 

Held each year, the two-day 2017 Parents Victoria Conference will this year present a number of keynote addresses and panel discussion opportunities based on the broad topics of:

  • What is needed to improve parent engagement in schools
  • Schools and families working together
  • Successfully navigating relationships
  • Dispute resolution- everything you wanted to know, but were afraid to ask

Dates: October 23-24
Location: The Pullman, Melbourne

** For any schools that are Parents Victoria members, the first two delegates are free of charge.

More information: Parents Victoria Conference 2017


FREE Virtual Learning Opportunities 

There are a large number of virtual learning opportunities available- for both students and teachers, including:

  • Citizen Science – National Bird Week
  • Virtual Debating (hosted by DET)
  • Professionally produced productions on various topics (Sydney Opera House)
  • Professional Learning for Teachers on various topics (DART Connections)
  • Professional Learning for Teachers on mathematical concepts (Mathematical Association Victoria)

For more information and to read the complete list of opportunities available for you and your students, click on the flier here: Virtual Learning Opportunities


Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership 

The Bastow Institute of Education Leadership has recently released their program offerings for the rest of the year, and they can be accessed through the link: Bastow PD Programs – Now Available.