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									                                     CONNECT
                         Connecting Communities and Schools
                               A project funded by the Community Support Fund




                                  TABLE OF CONTENTS


1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY                                                                                 2

GENERAL MILESTONES                                                                                   2
PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM                                                                                 2
PARENT SUPPORT PROGRAM                                                                               3

2. OVERVIEW                                                                                          4



3. GENERAL MILESTONES                                                                                5

3.1 REGIONAL STEERING GROUP                                                                          5
3.2 EVALUATION STRATEGY                                                                              5
3.3 LOCAL ACTION GROUPS                                                                              5

4. PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM                                                                              9

4.1 PROGRAM PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION                                              9
4.2 PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM OPERATING AT SECONDARY SCHOOLS                                           9
4.3 PROFESSIONAL TRAINING                                                                         9
4.4 CONNECT LEADER TRAINING                                                                      10
4.5 STUDENT PROJECTS                                                                             10
4.6 SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM                                                                       11
4.7 EDUCATIONAL ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM                                                              12

5. PARENT SUPPORT PROGRAM                                                                        13

5.1 PARENT SUPPORT PROGRAM OPERATING AT PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS                            13
5.2 INFORMATION ON SCHOOL SYSTEMS                                                                13
5.3 PARENT INVOLVEMENT IN THE SCHOOL AND LOCAL COMMUNITY                                         13
5.4 LINKS TO LOCAL YOUTH AND FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES                                             14
5.5 RESOURCE KITS                                                                                15

6. RECOMMENDED AMENDMENTS TO MILESTONES                                                          16




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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report outlines the CONNECT Project’s progress in relation to the agreed
milestones established at the commencement of the funding period in June 2003 (see
Attachment 1). This report covers the six months funding period between July to
December 2004.

General Milestones
   The Regional Steering Group has met four times during the reporting period and will
    continue to meet on a monthly basis in 2005.

   The evaluation strategy has been implemented and reports have been produced
    detailing key project activities and events, including participation numbers, participant
    satisfaction and future directions.

   Sudanese Cultural Training was conducted for 21 teachers from schools in the
    Eastern Region.

   The Whitehorse Local Action Group has met regularly and implemented initiatives
    with the Cambodian and Vietnamese communities as well as guided the planning of
    holiday programs and peer support training. The group will not meet formally in 2005
    (see 3.3.1).

   Members of the Monash Local Action Group have been involved in the planning and
    running of holiday programs and peer support training.

   Work plans for the Manningham, Monash and Knox Local Action Groups have been
    developed for the six months until June 2005.

   The Knox Local Action Group will be established in February 2005.

Peer Support Program
   Statistics reveal that just over 1000 students participated in CONNECT activities at
    schools and in the holiday programs during the reporting period.

   In Terms 3 and 4 of 2004, the peer support program has been operating in Ashwood
    College, Doncaster College, Mount Waverley Secondary College and Mullauna
    College.

   Student projects during this reporting period have included hip-hop dance
    workshops, a youth agency tour and indoor sporting activities.

   Five school holiday excursions were conducted in June/July and five activities in the
    September school holidays in collaboration with local youth and family support
    agencies. A large number of school holiday activities are planned for the
    December/January school holidays.

   Peer leader training was held for Mount Waverley Secondary College, Mullauna
    College and Rowville Secondary College students at the end of Term 4, 2004.


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Parent Support Program
   The parent support program is operating through primary and secondary schools as
    well as attracting parents from the wider community. The main groups targeted have
    been the Vietnamese, Cambodian and Chinese communities.

   The Vietnamese parents group had two information sessions from guest speakers in
    Term 3.

   An information session on nutrition was held for the Cambodian parents group in
    August.

   Information sessions on the Victorian education system and transition were held for
    CALD parents at Milgate Primary School.

   Resource kits to support schools to better meet the needs of CALD families will be
    developed in 2005 through the Local Action Groups.




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2. OVERVIEW

In the six month period between July and December 2004, CONNECT has continued to
run peer support and parent support programs in the Cities of Whitehorse, Manningham
and Monash in collaboration with Ashwood College, Doncaster Secondary College,
Mount Waverley Secondary College, Mullauna College and Milgate Primary School.
The CONNECT leaders at Rowville Secondary College were trained in December to
begin work with the ESL and newly arrived students at the school in Term 1, 2005,
expanding the program to the City of Knox.

There has been support for the CONNECT project and its work from Youth and Family
Support agencies across the Eastern Region. The involvement of these agencies has
also provided them with opportunities to promote their services and provide support to
newly arrived and refugee young people and their families.




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3. GENERAL MILESTONES

3.1 Regional Steering Group
The members of the Regional Steering Group (RSG) have continued to meet on a
regular basis between July and December. Representatives on the RSG are from the
following organisations:

   Blackburn English Language School
   City of Whitehorse
   Department of Education and Training
   Department of Human Services
   Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne)
   School Focused Youth Service (Manningham and Maroondah)
   School Focused Youth Service (Whitehorse)
   School Focused Youth Service (Monash)
   Victorian Multicultural Commission
   Victoria Police

Due to school holidays and work commitments the RSG met four times between July
and December. The group will continue to meet on a monthly basis in 2005.

3.2 Evaluation Strategy
The Evaluation Strategy has been implemented monitoring key project activities and
events through participant feedback in the form of focus groups and surveys. Reports
have been written detailing the organisation of events, participant numbers, feedback,
budget and future directions. This report reflects many of the results collected in the last
six months.

3.3 Local Action Groups
The Local Action Group’s (LAG) in the Cities of Whitehorse and Monash have continued
to support the peer support and parents support programs operating through the schools
and in the community. A Manningham LAG has also been established.

3.3.1 Whitehorse Local Action Group

Due to school holidays and agency commitments the Whitehorse LAG had two meetings
in the period July to December 2004. However, monthly progress reports were prepared
and distributed to representatives.

The LAG has worked together to plan and implement initiatives with the Vietnamese and
Cambodian communities as well as supporting the peer support program at Mullauna
College (see 4.2 and 5.3). The core members of the group comprise representatives
from local youth and family support agencies. School representatives continually have
difficulty attending meetings due to teaching and school commitments and are therefore
informed of meeting outcomes through the minutes. The Project Officer meets regularly
with school staff and provides their input. The agencies represented on the group are:




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   Anglicare Parentzone
   Centacare
   Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne)
   Mullauna College
   Reach Out for Kids
   Youth Connexions (City of Whitehorse)

As the sustainability model for Mullauna College (see Attachment 2) will be implemented
next year, the Whitehorse LAG will not meet in 2005. The group members will continue
to support CALD families in the City of Whitehorse through their participation in existing
network meetings. These networks include;
- the Youth and Family Support Network, facilitated by the Community Projects Officer
    at the Migrant Information Centre,
- the Whitehorse Youth Issues Network, which meets monthly at Youth Connexions
    and is facilitated by the City of Whitehorse, and
- the Whitehorse Family Services Working Group, a network of family support
    agencies that meets bi-monthly.

The Vietnamese Parents Group and Cambodian Parents group will be supported by the
Community Projects Officer at the Migrant Information Centre.

3.3.2 Monash Local Action Group

The Monash LAG has not met in this reporting period. It was decided by the group last
year that as the agencies involved have specific focuses, they would meet on an as
needs basis to work on specific projects supporting the CONNECT project in the City of
Monash. These activities included working with the Chinese community at Mount
Waverley Secondary College, running holiday programs for students at Ashwood
College and Mount Waverley Secondary College and involvement in the training of the
Mount Waverley Secondary College leaders.             The group’s members include
representatives from:

   Ashwood College
   MonashLink Community Health Service
   Monash Youth and Family Services
   Mount Waverley Secondary College
   Parkhill Primary School
   UnitingCare Connections
   Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne)

3.3.3 Manningham Local Action Group

A Local Action Group for the City of Manningham was established in June 2004. The
group met once in the reporting period of July to December 2004. The group’s members
include representatives from:

   Community member
   Doncare
   Doncaster Secondary College
   Donvale Living and Learning Centre
   Eastern Recreation and Leisure Services Inc.

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   Manningham Community Health Service
   Manningham Youth and Family Services
   Milgate Primary School
   Victoria Police (Doncaster)
   Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne)

3.3.4 Knox Local Action Group

A Local Action Group for the City of Knox will be established in Term 1, 2005 to support
the CONNECT Project at Rowville Secondary College.

3.3.5 Planning for the Local Action Groups

Work plans for the Manningham and Monash LAGs have been developed for the period
January to July 2005 (see Table 1). The work plan for the Knox LAG below is a
proposed work plan that will be submitted to the LAG upon establishment. As
recommended in previous milestone reports, planning beyond a six-month timeframe
has not been attempted, as future initiatives will be dependent on the outcome and
evaluation of the activities and events that are conducted between January to July.

Table 1: Work Plans for the Manningham, Monash and Knox Local Action Groups

               Monash LAG                                         Timeline
Chinese Parenting Courses to be held in          End of Term 2.
the City of Monash.
National Youth Week funding (pending             End of Term 1.
success) – percussion and circus skills
workshops and performances with Mount
Waverley Secondary College and
Ashwood College.
Resource kits to support schools to better       End of Term 2.
meet the needs of CALD families to be
developed.
CONNECT Peer Leader Training program             End of Term 2.
for Ashwood College students.
School holiday program.                          One excursion per holiday period.
             Manningham LAG                                     Timeline
One information session for CALD parents         End of Term 2.
at Doncaster Secondary College.
Two information sessions for CALD                End of Term 2.
parents at Milgate Primary regarding early
years education.
CONNECT Peer Leader Training program             End of Term 1.
for Doncaster College students.
Percussion and circus skills workshops           End of Term 2.
with Doncaster Secondary College.
Resource kits to support schools to better       End of Term 2.
meet the needs of CALD families to be
developed.
School holiday program.                          One excursion per holiday period.


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                 Knox LAG                                           Timeline
Identify parenting issues within the local         End of Term 1.
government area for CALD parents.
One information session for CALD parents           End of Term 2.
at Rowville Secondary College.
Celebrating Diversity activities at Rowville       End of Term 2.
Secondary College.
Resource kits to support schools to better         End of Term 2.
meet the needs of CALD families to be
developed.
School holiday program.                            One excursion per holiday period.




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4. PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM

4.1 Program Planning, Development and Implementation
The members of the LAGs are involved in all aspects of the planning, development and
implementation of the peer support program for schools in respective local government
areas. Consultation regarding the peer support program is also undertaken with school
staff and the CONNECT leaders. This ensures that the programs are relevant to the
needs of the students and achievable within the school’s resources regarding time
tabling and staffing.

4.2 Peer Support Program Operating at Secondary Schools
The peer support program has continued to operate at Ashwood College, Mullauna
College and Mount Waverley Secondary College. During this reporting period the peer
support program has also been running at Doncaster Secondary College.

Peer Support activities between July and December have included the following:

   Indoor sports competitions at Mullauna College
   Indoor games (board games, cards etc) sessions at lunchtime at Mullauna College
   Class activity sessions run by CONNECT Leaders with Year 7 and 8 ESL students at
    Mount Waverley Secondary College and Doncaster Secondary College
   Hip hop dancing workshop for girls only at Ashwood College
   CONNECT Peer Leader training program for Mount Waverley Secondary College,
    Mullauna College and Rowville Secondary College
   School holiday activities

The model for ongoing sustainability of the CONNECT project at Mullauna College will
be implemented in 2005 (see Attachment 2). This model outlines how local youth and
family support agencies can support the program without the coordination of the
CONNECT Project Officer. The CONNECT Project Officer will provide support through
secondary consultation to assist in the maintenance of the program in the City of
Whitehorse.

Additional funding has been received from the City of Boroondara to run the peer
support component of the CONNECT Project at Kew High School in 2005. The funding
will allow for a project worker to be employed one day a week.

4.3 Professional Training
   In August the CONNECT Project Officer presented on the CONNECT Project and
    the issues for newly arrived migrant and refugee young people to Certificate IV Youth
    Studies students at Swinburne University (Croydon).

   The Regional Steering Group planned a training session for teachers on working with
    refugee students from Southern Sudan. The session was held at the Migrant
    Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne) on October 14. Twenty-one teachers from
    schools across the Eastern Region attended the training. The feedback was
    extremely positive and additional sessions will be held in 2005. The original
    milestones stated one session per year per participating school, however due to time


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    constraints on school staff, this model of inviting staff from all schools participating in
    the CONNECT project to a collective training session will be applied in 2005.

   Specific training about CONNECT and issues for newly arrived migrant and refugee
    young people will be held at each participating secondary school in Term 1, 2005.


4.4 CONNECT Leader Training
The CONNECT Leader training program has been conducted for students at Mount
Waverley Secondary College, Mullauna College and Rowville Secondary College in
Term 4, 2004. The details are as follows:

   Twelve Year 9 students from Mullauna College participated in the CONNECT Leader
    training course in November/December.

   Twelve Year 9 students were trained as CONNECT Leaders from Mount Waverley
    Secondary College in December.

   Sixteen Year 8 students from Rowville Secondary College participated in the training
    program in December 2004.

   Doncaster Secondary College will train the 2005 CONNECT Leaders at the end of
    Term 1, 2005 and Ashwood College leaders will stay in their current roles until the
    end of Term 2 when new leaders will be trained.

4.5 Student Projects
The student projects in Terms 3 and 4 have been very successful in building team spirit
and self confidence among the students involved in CONNECT. The following projects
have been conducted in the last six months:

   In July nine ESL students from Ashwood College participated in a “Youth Agency
    Tour” of youth and family services in the City of Monash. The feedback from the
    students was very positive and a similar model will be employed for leaders and ESL
    students at other CONNECT schools in 2005.

   Five CONNECT leaders from Ashwood College have been volunteering since Term
    4 to assist with the Parkhill Primary School After School Homework Support Group.
    This activity will continue in 2005.

   Ashwood College CONNECT leaders organised and ran an indoor hockey activity
    and a hip-hop dancing session for girls only. These activities met the needs of
    Muslim girls who are a significant population in the school.

   CONNECT leaders at Doncaster Secondary College ran activities during class time
    for thirteen Year 7, eight Year 8 and ten Year 9 ESL students in August and
    September.

   Doncaster Secondary College CONNECT leaders ran two badminton activities over
    lunchtimes with approximately 65 students participating.



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   CONNECT leaders at Mount Waverley Secondary College ran two sessions of
    activities during class time for eight Year 7 and twenty-two Year 8 ESL students in
    August.

   The major tree planting project for the CONNECT students at Mount Waverley
    Secondary College has been postponed until first term in 2005 due to delays in the
    rebuilding of the college after fires in January 2003. With the support of Victoria
    Police and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Kmart has donated trees and horticultural
    services to the college to assist replanting the burnt area. CONNECT students will
    assist to plan and implement the tree planting day.

   CONNECT leaders at Mullauna College ran five sessions of lunchtimes games for
    ESL students over winter.

   CONNECT leaders at Mullauna College participated together with ESL students in
    indoor soccer and volley ball and a hip hop dancing session for girls only. 25
    students participated in the hip hop dancing session.


4.6 School Holiday Program
The school holiday programs have been organised and conducted in partnership with
Youth Connexions in the City of Whitehorse and Monash Youth and Family Services in
the City of Monash. Five activities were held in the June/July school holidays. These
were:

   Eighteen students from Mullauna College and Blackburn English Language School
    participated in an excursion to Indoor Rock Climbing and a craft session.

   Thirty-one students from the City of Monash and Blackburn English Language
    School attended a trip to Healesville Sanctuary. A staff member from Monash Youth
    and Family Services attended this excursion.

   Thirty-five female students from all CONNECT schools and Blackburn English
    Language School participated in a ‘Girls Only’ session involving hip hop dancing,
    henna body art and jewellery making.

   Thirty-eight students from Blackburn English Language School attended an
    excursion to an AFL match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

   Forty-seven students from all CONNECT schools and Blackburn English Language
    School participated in an indoor sports activity and BBQ.

In the September holidays there were five activities organised by the CONNECT Project
Officer together with the Eastern Region Multicultural Youth Support Worker.

   Twenty-five students from the City of Whitehorse and Blackburn English Language
    School participated in a magic and craft activity, coordinated with Bunnings.

   Forty-seven students from the City of Monash and Blackburn English Language
    School participated in an excursion to ice-skating in Oakleigh. A staff member from
    Monash Youth and Family Services attended this excursion.

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   Thirty-eight students from the City of Manningham and Blackburn English Language
    School participated in an excursion to Werribee Zoo. A staff member from
    Manningham Youth and Family Services attended this excursion.

   Twenty-four female students from all CONNECT schools and Blackburn English
    Language School participated in a ‘Girls Only Day’ that consisted of dancing, making
    bath bombs and relationship talks from Family Planning Victoria.

   Approximately 60 students from all CONNECT schools and Blackburn English
    Language School attended an indoor sports activity day.

The School Holiday Program in conjunction with the Eastern Region Migrant Youth
Support Project and the City of Whitehorse Youth Services has expanded greatly over
the past 12 months. During the September holidays a number of students at Blackburn
English Language School missed out on places to attend activities. This has led to a
comprehensive program consisting of twelve days of activities being planned for the
December/January school holidays.

4.7 Educational Enhancement Program
In the past six months there have been opportunities for parents to contact school staff
for information about issues such as their children’s progress, school curriculum, extra
curricular activities and future pathways. There were also opportunities for young people
to receive additional support with their studies. These opportunities are discussed below.

   The Cambodian multicultural aide from Mullauna College participated in the
    Cambodian parents group meeting to provide information and advice to parents
    about the college.

   Two morning tea/information sessions were held for CALD parents at Milgate
    Primary School in the last two terms. The parents had the opportunity to meet the
    ESL teacher, ask questions and receive information about the Victorian education
    system and transition from primary school to secondary school.

   The Migrant Youth Support Worker based at Whitehorse City Council has been
    running a weekly successful homework support group at Box Hill Library. The
    CONNECT Project Officer has been promoting the group to CONNECT leaders, ESL
    students and parent groups.

   The CONNECT Project Officer has been participating the Homework Support
    Working Group for the Ashwood/Ashburton/Chadstone Neighbourhood Renewal
    program. The working group has received funding to establish a homework support
    group in the Neighbourhood Renewal area in 2005.

   Knox Youth Services has been funded by School Focused Youth Services to
    establish a Homework Support Program for newly arrived migrant and refugee young
    people in 2005 in the City of Knox. The CONNECT Project Officer has been
    involved in the working group together with local youth and family agencies and
    when established will promote the group to CONNECT leaders, ESL students and
    parent groups in the City of Knox.


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5. PARENT SUPPORT PROGRAM

5.1 Parent Support Program Operating at Primary and Secondary Schools
In the six months between July and December 2004, parent support initiatives were
implemented in the Cities of Manningham and Whitehorse. The main groups targeted
were the Cambodian, Chinese and Vietnamese communities. Parents at Mullauna
College, Mitcham Primary School, Nunawading Primary School and Milgate Primary
School were targeted. Parents in the wider community were also targeted through
organisations such as the Cambodian Community Welfare Centre and the Mang Non
Vietnamese Language School.

5.2 Information on School Systems
The following information sessions were conducted for CALD parents covering issues
relating to the Victorian education system (further details about these sessions are
discussed in the following section):

   Two sessions entitled “The Next Step for Your Child: Secondary School” for CALD
    parents have been held at Milgate Primary School. In August the information session
    included secondary school curriculum and middle years of schooling presented by a
    representative from the Department of Education and Training. In November the
    session included ‘graduation from primary school and orientation to local secondary
    schools’. There were 23 parents at the first meeting and nine at the second. The
    participating families were from Chinese and Iranian backgrounds.

5.3 Parent Involvement in the School and Local Community
Parents and community leaders have been involved in identifying specific initiatives for
each community and continue to be involved in the development of future activities
aimed to link families into the wider community. The initiatives that have occurred in the
past six months are discussed below.

5.3.1 Vietnamese Parents Working Group

The Vietnamese Parents Working Group that was established in May 2003 has planned
and implemented several initiatives in the past six months in collaboration with the
Whitehorse LAG.

   The group hosted two guest speakers over the course of Term 3. The topics
    covered ‘health and parenting’ and ‘enhancing your children’s learning’.
    Approximately 16 parents attended both sessions.

   The CONNECT Project Officer has been involved in discussions with Relationships
    Australia to develop a Couples Program for Vietnamese parents in response to
    issues identified by the group. This program will be developed in 2005 by
    Relationships Australia and the Community Projects Officer at the Migrant
    Information Centre as a component of the sustainability model outlined for the
    CONNECT Project in the City of Whitehorse.




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   As the CONNECT Project will not be directly working within the City of Whitehorse in
    2005, the Community Projects Officer at the Migrant Information Centre will be
    liaising with the Principal of the Vietnamese Language School to continue to support
    the parents group next year.

5.3.2 Cambodian Parents Group

CONNECT has continued to work closely with the Cambodian Community Welfare
Centre to develop links with Cambodian parents in the region and to support the parent’s
group formed last year. The group met once in this reporting period due to work
commitments of the parents during the fruit-picking season.

   In August a session entitled ‘Nutritious meals for your family’ was held. Six parents
    attended the session to learn about the nutritional value of different foods found in
    supermarkets and local stores. Whilst the numbers were down on previous
    presentations there were many questions asked. Feedback from the Cambodian
    Community Welfare Worker after the session is that many of the families who
    attended have been attempting to implement some of the dietary suggestions made
    during the session.

   As the CONNECT Project will not be directly working within the City of Whitehorse in
    2005, the Community Projects Officer at the Migrant Information Centre will be
    liaising with the worker from the Cambodian Community Welfare Centre to plan
    information sessions for parents next year. Issues identified by the worker include
    topics such as child protection and positive parenting.

5.3.3 Chinese Parents in Mount Waverley

Regular discussions were held throughout the reporting period with school staff following
the Chinese Parents Network Meeting in May. Due to small numbers of parents who
attended and concerns over resourcing the network, no additional sessions were held in
this reporting period. A letter for parents to gauge continued support for a network or
working group will be sent to the existing mailing list and new Chinese background
parents at the school early in Term 1, 2005.

5.4 Links to Local Youth and Family Support Services
During this reporting period local youth and family support service providers presented
their services and conducted workshops for CALD parents through CONNECT on the
following occasion:

   A dietician/ nutritionist from the Whitehorse Community Health Service spoke to the
    Cambodian parents group about nutrition for families in Australia.

In addition a wide range of local youth and family support agencies have given their
support to the CONNECT Program through their participation in the LAGs, the Regional
Steering Group and being involved in the planning and facilitation of peer support
activities and leader training.




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5.5 Resource Kits
The original milestones that were established at the commencement of the funding
period in June 2003 contained a Resource Kit. This kit was for distribution to schools
containing “how to” information about providing information to CALD parents about the
education system and encouraging their participation in schools and was to be
developed in consultation with the Regional Steering Group and LAG’s in 2004.

The Centre for Multicultural Youth Issues is currently developing the ‘Connecting CALD
Parents’ resource for schools, looking at how to engage parents in the education
system. The planned release date for this document was September. The CONNECT
project will develop materials that compliment these resources, rather than duplicate
them. For this purpose the timeline for producing the CONNECT Resource Kit will be
rescheduled to Term 1 2005. It will be promoted and distributed throughout all
CONNECT schools including Mullauna College.




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6. RECOMMENDED AMENDMENTS TO MILESTONES

   The LAG work plans will be finalised within the first two months of the school year
    and then revised at the end of each semester. This is amended from the initial
    milestones, which stated that work plans would be finalised three months after
    establishment of the LAG. This reflects the ongoing role of the LAGs in program
    planning, development and implementation.

   The Knox Local Action Group will be established to support the CONNECT Project at
    Rowville Secondary College from the initial stages. It is recommended that the Knox
    Local Action Group be established in February 2005.

   The Monash Local Action Group will not meet monthly, but on an as needs basis to
    support the CONNECT Project in the City of Monash.

   Youth and family support service providers will present at minimum of two sessions
    on their services and relevant issues to students at each participating school, rather
    than four sessions per school to reflect more realistic timelines for both agencies and
    schools.

   The Resource Kit will be developed in 2005, to complement existing resources.




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Attachment 1

                                                             CONNECT
                                                 Connecting Communities and Schools


                                                  COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUND (CSF)

   Milestones for the CSF funding over the next three years

GENERAL

ACTIVITY                                  DETAILS                                           TIMELINE

Establishment of Regional Steering        
                                  Members to include representatives from local                January 2003
Group (RSG)                       government, DHS, MIC, Department of Education
                                  and Training, School Focused Youth Service, key
                                  youth and family support services
Develop evaluation strategy      Project Officer to draft evaluation strategy for review      February 2003
                                  by RSG.
                                 Evaluation Strategy finalised and implementation
                                  commenced
Establishment of Local Action Approximately 5 members including:                               March 2003 - Whitehorse and
Groups (LAG’s) to guide program  Senior ESL staff                                              Monash LAG’s
implementation in participating  SWC                                                          June 2004 – Manningham
schools and the local community  Migrant community group representatives                       LAG
                                 Youth and family support agency representatives              February 2005 – Knox LAG
                                 Parents and young people




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PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM

ACTIVITY                                         DETAILS                                                     TIMELINE

Program planning, development                        LAG identifies role of youth and family support           LAG work plans finalised
and implementation                                    agencies and migrant community groups in                   within first two months of
                                                      supporting and expanding the peer support model            school year.
                                                      to establish clear linkages between the program and       Six monthly work plans
                                                      themselves                                                 finalised prior to the
                                                     LAG develops and oversees the implementation               commencement of the next
                                                      and evaluation of the identified roles                     semester.
Peer support program operating at                    Ashwood College, Doncaster Secondary College,             2003 – 3 schools
secondary schools                                     Mullauna College (2004), Mount Waverley                   2004 - 4 schools
                                                      Secondary College and Rowville Secondary College          2005 – 4 schools
                                                      (2005)
Professional Training                                Conduct professional development about the                One session per semester for
                                                      settlement issues facing young people and their            participating schools1
                                                      parents from CALD backgrounds and the peer
                                                      support training program and model to school staff
Leader Training                                      2 days, run consecutively or split over 2 weeks           Once a year at each
                                                                                                                 participating school
Student Projects                                     6-8 week timeline, projects to be identified in           Minimum 1 per year per
 Based in school or local                            consultation with school (Principal, staff and             school
   community                                          Leaders)
                                                     For example, developing a community/school
                                                      garden, creating a multicultural calendar displaying
                                                      student artwork, designing a mural, entering a local
                                                      sporting competition, holding a market day or forum,

1
    Adjusted from one session per year per participating school. For further details see 4.3




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                                                  planning holiday recreational programs
                                                 Projects supported by youth and family support
                                                  agency staff and migrant support groups

Links to local youth and family                  Youth and family support service providers to                      Minimum 2 sessions per year
support services                                  present their services to students and conduct                      at each participating school
                                                  workshops on relevant issues, e.g. self-esteem and
                                                  coping strategies
                                                 Workshop/presentations – to be determined by LAG
                                                 LAG to identify other areas of need and respond by
                                                  conceptualising, developing and leading
                                                  implementation of new initiatives
School holiday program                           Recreational activities during school holidays held in             One activity per school
                                                  conjunction with local youth organisations, including               holiday for participating
                                                  local Council                                                       schools2
                                                 Holiday program to incorporate relevant personal
                                                  development workshops
Educational enhancement program                  Opportunities for parents to contact school staff for              Number and format of
                                                  information on their children’s progress, curriculum,               sessions/activities to be
                                                  school procedures, extra curricular activities and                  determined by LAG’s within 3
                                                  future pathways etc.                                                months of establishment
                                                 Opportunities for young people to receive additional
                                                  support with their studies and extra curricular
                                                  activities etc




2
    Amended from ‘rotating between Whitehorse, Manningham, Monash and Knox’, to allow all participating schools to access the school holiday program.




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PARENT SUPPORT
PROGRAM
ACTIVITY                                DETAILS                                                   TIMELINE
Parent support program                   Secondary: Mullauna College, Doncaster Secondary         2003 – 3 schools
operating at primary and                  College, Mount Waverley Secondary College,               2004 – 3 schools
secondary schools                         Rowville Secondary College (2005)                        2005 – 5 schools
                                         Primary: Parkhill Primary School, Milgate Primary
                                          School, Rowville Primary School (2005)
Information on school systems            Conduct information sessions for CALD parents about        Two session at each
                                          the school and Victorian education system                   participating school per year
Parent involvement in the school         LAG to work with school and parents to identify best       LAG to identify activities in
and local community                       practice for involvement of CALD parents in decision        work plan within first two
                                          making process                                              months of school year
                                         Project worker and LAG to provide ongoing support to
                                          CALD parents to participate in school and local
                                          community
Links to local youth and family          Youth and family support service providers to present      Minimum 2 two sessions per
support services                          their services to parents and to conduct culturally         year in each LGA
                                          appropriate parenting programs to support families
                                         Workshop/presentations – to be determined by LAG
                                         LAG to identify other areas of need and respond by
                                          conceptualising, developing and leading
                                          implementation of new initiatives
Resource Kits                            Project worker in consultation with RSG and LAG’s to       July 2005
                                          develop a model and resource kit for distribution to
                                          schools that provides ‘how to’ advice about:
                                         Providing information to CALD parents about the
                                          education system, and
                                         Encouraging participation of CALD parents in schools,
                                          e.g. school council.




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 Attachment 2

     SUSTAINABILITY MODEL FOR CONNECT AT MULLAUNA COLLEGE

 Model One – Peer Support                                   SCHOOL COORDINATOR
                                                               FOR CONNECT
                                                        (Staff member selected by the school)
                                                Promotes program to students
                                                Arranges leadership training program
                                                Co-facilitates training with Youth Worker
                                                Supports leaders to organise & promote
                                                 activities
                                                Works in collaboration with Youth Worker
                                                Liaise with MIC, Community Projects Officer to
                                                 identify newly emerging parent / community
     CONNECT PEER                                issues
       SUPPORT
       PROGRAM
                                                                WHITEHORSE BASED
                                                                   YOUTH WORKER
                                                   Co-facilitate training with School coordinator
                                                   Meets with students & Leaders
                                                   Identifies potential funding sources for student
                                                    activities (e.g. SFYS, National Youth Week,
                                                    Harmony Day funding)
                                                   Works in collaboration with School Coordinator




                                                    MIGRANT INFORMATION CENTRE (MIC)
                                                Coordinate ongoing parent activities
Model Two – Parent Support

                                                 SCHOOL COORDINATOR FOR CONNECT
                                                Where necessary identifies appropriate school
                                                 staff member to work collaboratively with
                                                 Ethno-specific worker & MIC to facilitate parent
                                                 group
      CONNECT PARENT
         SUPPORT
         PROGRAM                                       ETHNO-SPECIFIC WORKER
                                                Works collaboratively with school staff member
                                                 & MIC to facilitate parent group


                                                       FAMILY SUPPORT AGENCIES
                                                Works collaboratively with school staff member,
                                                 Ethno-specific worker & MIC to facilitate parent
                                                 group

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