Murray and Mallee Regional Office
Leaders Talkline: firstname.lastname@example.org
Week 7 – Term 2 2009
Calendar of Events (for more details see end of newsletter)
Wed 10 June (Murray Bridge RO) School Counsellor Network Meeting
Wed 10 June (Muray Bridge) Regional JP & Primary - Maths Workshops with Sandra Knox Murray
Thur 11 June (Berri) CANCELLED Bridge and Berri (The workshop scheduled in Berri, now cancelled)
Mon 15 June (Murray Bridge RO) ESL Professional Development
18 June, 6 Aug, 20 Aug, Mathematics and Numeracy in the Preschool setting
10 Sept & 15 Oct
Thur 25 June (Murray Bridge RO) Training for Principals and Finance Officers
Emergent Literacy Workshops
Thur 25 June (Berri PS)
Please note the date change for the Berri workshops
Wed 1 July (Murray Bridge PS) Asset/Equipment management and EDSAS/Dux SBM data entry
Tues 14 & Wed 15 July The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
CANCELLED Cancelled due to lack of numbers
Wed 28 July, Wed 12 Aug,
Wed 26 Aug, Wed 9 Sept, Exploring Teaching Approaches: Readers, Writers, Speakers, and Listeners
Wed 23 Sept Workshops
(Cobdogla Primary School)
Tues 4 Aug Understanding and Engaging Generation Y
(Loxton Community Theatre)
Thur 20 Aug (Barmera PS)
Thur 29 Oct (Barmera PS)
One of those things that I know that site leaders have on their minds at the moment is the self review process
that directly leads to the annual reporting process and the upgraded (or new) 2010 Site Improvement Plan. In
past newsletters we have looked at the nine principles of improvement and effectiveness one at a time and
explained how each one of them is important to site effectiveness. The Self Review tool based upon these
principles is therefore very useful in helping you to understand the opportunities for improvement.
There are a number of resources available at the QIE website www.decs.sa.gov.au/quality including a
document that takes you through step by step about how you could go about a self review.
Without doubt the two most critical areas to consider in your self review (even though all nine principles are
important) are Focus on Learning and Attend to Culture. These two areas should be the focus of a self review
Term 2 Leaders Day is being held at The Ramblers Football Clubrooms in Murray Bridge and will be held next
week on Friday 19th June.
Just a little bit from me this week. I hope you enjoyed the last long weekend for a while.
Following the huge success last year of Michael McQueen's presentation to our young people and staff, we
have been able to secure him for a follow up visit. We strongly suggest you register very quickly. Further
information and registration details can be found under the ‘Calendar of Events’ in this newsletter.
Counting the Kids
(Funding for children whose lives have been impacted by their caregiver’s drug or alcohol problems).
If you have a child/children in your site meeting these criteria, you may be eligible for the following funding:-
Brokerage Funding, which has been extended to April 2010
Next round of funding will start this week
Funding criteria will stay in current from as outlined below
To avoid disappointment, could all applicants please read the criteria carefully – any questions or clarification
required, please call: Lyn Langanke on 03-94207626. Further details also available at
Grants are available to children aged 1 to 17 years whose lives have been impacted by their caregiver’s drug
or alcohol problems.
Priority is to assist children whose legal guardian (caregiver) has or is recovering from a drug or alcohol
problem. At least 80% of our funding will be allocated to children in this situation. To be eligible for funding, the
caregiver(s) must be engaged in drug and alcohol treatment.
The fund also aims to assist children who are in the care of relatives due to a caregiver’s drug or alcohol
problem. Up to 20% of our funding is available to children in this situation.
To be eligible for funding, the affected caregiver must still be involved in the child’s life and must be engaged in
drug and alcohol treatment.
Grants are not available to children living in foster care, living independently or under the age of 1 year.
Applications may be lodged by any organisation providing support to an eligible child or caregiver. This
includes AOD workers, family support workers, and teachers.
It is required, however, that the caregiver be engaged with AOD treatment service, even if it is not this service
that is lodging the application.
Applications may not be lodged by GPs.
The organisation must have had a relationship with the caregiver for at least two months prior to lodging an
Eligible workers are welcome to write applications in collaboration with doctors, psychologists, school staff and
Grants will not be awarded for arrears payments or for purchases already made.
Use of grants
Grants must be used within the timeframe agreed between the fund administrator and the worker. Any unused
funds after this period must be returned to Odyssey House Victoria.
It is the agency’s responsibility to ensure that all receipts are collected and that the Family is suitably
supervised after the grant has been approved.
A/Early Childhood Consultant
Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood Leadership)
Please find attached a flyer for the Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood Leadership), which is
offered through UniSA. For those who complete the Grad Cert, credit is gained towards a Masters. DECS is
also offering scholarships for this program this year.
For more information, please go to the flyer located on the web site:
Director, Tailem Bend Kindergarten
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
School Counsellor Network Meeting (Murray Bridge end) – Preliminary Notice
Please ensure that site School Counsellors, Christian Pastoral Support Workers and those directly responsible
for student wellbeing are made aware of the following details:
Wednesday 10 June from 9.00am to 11.30am at the Murray Bridge Regional Office, 20 Beatty Terrace.
Program details provided shortly. Paul Baron, Social Worker 8532 0700
Regional JP & Primary Maths workshops with Sandra Knox:
Creating a dynamic Numeracy classroom. Sandra is director of the Family Maths Project of Australia and is
presently working as a teacher in Residence in Victorian schools, conducting energised professional learning
workshops throughout Australia.
Wednesday 10 June at the Uniting Church Hall, Narooma Boulevard : Murray Bridge 9.00am – 3.30pm
Berri session now cancelled.
Please see the attached flyer for training venues and registration details.
ESL Professional Development
ESL Teachers, ESL Program Managers, Teachers and SSO’s working with Indigenous / ESL Students.
Monday 15 June from 8.45am to 3.30pm at the Murray Bridge Regional Office Conference Room.
For more information and registration details, please go to the following link:
Mathematics and Numeracy in the Preschool setting
Mathematical and Numeracy Development is a critical aspect of Early Years learning. Is your site/centre
developing your children’s mathematical thinking to an optimum level? Are you and your staff comfortable with
your own mathematical knowledge and understanding to lead your learners effectively in these key areas?
This series of workshops is designed to provide early years educators, particularly those working in the
3-5 year old area with the support necessary to prepare and implement a high quality learning programme in
mathematics and numeracy.
For more information regarding enrolments, costs, times and venue please go to the attached flyer:
Training for Principals and Finance Officers
Please find attached information regarding training for Principals and Finance Officers to be held in Term 2.
The training is recommended for new Principals and Finance Officers and both are encouraged to attend.
I understand that new leaders will be contacted and they will be given first preference to attend. There will be
other places available and if we could encourage sites that may benefit to book in early that would assist in the
planning. Please see the attached flyer for training venues and registration details – Rosalie Shilton
Emergent Literacy Workshops
A workshop for Preschool and CPC Teachers (ECW’s and SSO’s also welcome with teaching staff). Reception
teachers may also find this workshop useful.
Thursday 4 June (Berri PS Activity Room) and Thursday 25 June (Berri PS Library) – 4.00pm to 7.00pm
Please send registrations to Susan Manning/Amber Lovell on fax 8595 2300
Please note the date change for the Berri session.
Asset/Equipment management and EDSAS/Dux SBM data entry
Combined information and hands-on training sessions for Site Leaders and SSO’s responsible for the above,
will be provided by the EDSAS SSS Training Team; John Schluter and Sandra Martindale on:
Wednesday 1 July at the Murray Bridge Primary School
10.00am to 12.00noon: Asset and Equipment Register
1.00pm to 3.00pm: Behaviour Management EDSAS /Dux Assistants
For more information and registration details please go to the attached flyer:
Exploring Teaching Approaches: Readers, Writers, Speakers, and Listeners Workshops
A series of five workshops, aiming to support Reception to Year Two/Three teachers to explore some
approaches suitable for teaching readers, writers, speakers, and listeners in the early years of school and
integrate this into their teaching and the school culture. There is no charge for attendance at these workshops.
Judy Keillor: Reading Recovery Tutor and Running Record Trainer, will be facilitating the program.
Workshops: Each workshop will be of three hours duration (including a break).
Content Overview: Each session will allow time for teachers to share ideas for classroom organisation,
management and evaluation. Workshops will cover teaching speakers and listeners, the reading and writing
process, teaching approaches in reading and writing and planning for explicit literacy teaching.
Workshop time and location: Workshops will be held at Cobdogla Primary School, in the Activity Room.
Dates: Wednesday: 28/07, 12/08, 26/08, 09/09, 23/09
Any sites interested in attending please contact: Sally Wright, Acting Early Childhood Consultant, 8595 2435
Understanding and Engaging Generation Y
Michael McQueen from NEXGEN IMPACT explores Generation Y’s paradigm when it comes to truth, patience,
respect, communication, learning and the future. Get set for a revealing and humorous look at how this
younger generation, approach and view the world in a very different way to their teachers.
Tuesday 4 August at the Loxton Community Theatre, Bookpurnong Road, Loxton.
4.00pm to 5.00pm (light afternoon tea will be provided)
Bookings are essential – please call the Riverland Development Corporation on 8580 8500 or email
email@example.com by Wednesday 22 July
For flyer details please go to the following link:-
These are for any staff interested in learning more about Bluearth activities that can be used in schools. Both
sessions to be held at Barmera Primary School.
Thursday 20 August from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
Thursday 29 October from 4.30pm to 6.30pm