I hope this finds you well as we approach the middle of term 3.
A key piece of my work continues to be engagement in the Principal Employment Advisory group. The NTPA position continues to be to advocate for Principal ongoing employment based on the principles underpinning the new model/frame work should meet the following:
- simple and easy to understand
- stand the test of time
- fair and equitable
- comparable and competitive across jurisdictions
- facilitate and encourage incumbents to seek promotional opportunities.
The advisory group is continuing to work on a model that meets these principles. The advisory group will continue to provide communication as and when they can.
On Wednesday 12 August we launched NTPA’s first Ignite session. This idea was developed based on feedback from members in 2019 around areas of development including to build confidence and capability of presentation skills, public speaking and building our story telling ability.
Ignite events are held in cities around the world. The result can be a fast and fun presentation. This style allows for a deeper connection with the audience. I have attended ignites that have made me laugh, cry and pause for reflection. In an ignite presentation presenters get 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. The result is a fast and fun presentation which lasts just 5 minutes. This equates to 300 seconds which is equivalent to 10 TV commercials.
A huge thank you to Crystal Lattuga the Learning support officer from Middleton Grange Public School in NSW, Erin Ranie Assistant Principal from Nakara Primary School and Michael Tooler Principal of Sattler Christain College.
We apologise for our significant technical difficulties during this event. We provide the following links for you to enjoy.
How and Why to Give an Ignite Talk:
Crystal Lattuga's ignite session:
Little moments really matter:
I hope that developing covid plans has not been too onerous and that you have found at least a little bit of time to focus on what you enjoy.
Please stay well.
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The Palmerston City Schools Network worked together to facilitate a collaborative Professional Learning Day for teachers and school leaders on the Pupil Free Day at the beginning of Term 3. This initiative was undertaken as part of their Inclusive Practices Network that is shaping the future for innovative and inclusive practices across their schools. The day was well received by all participants and was a great example of the collaborative professionalism that is evident in the PARRs network. It highlighted the commitment of Northern Territory Principals and school leaders to work together to raise the outcomes of every student in our care.
The Day was spread across four hosting schools (Bakewell, Driver, Rosebery and Zuccoli) to cater for the large number of staff (over 300) attending. This gave teachers the opportunity to connect with colleagues and visit other sites. The professional dialogue was outstanding and the sharing of knowledge a credit to our school teams.
Staff started the day with keynote speaker Dale Sidebottom who inspired a positive outlook for all with his work on shifting focus from the negative to the positive – such valuable learning for us all in these uncertain times. Teachers and leaders then attended workshops around fascinating subjects such as interoception, social stories and scripts, mindfulness, Zones of Regulation, the Alert program, understanding Autism, neuroscience and the possibility of engine rooms. Such a wide and varied agenda that suited the varying needs of teachers within the Palmerston City Schools Network. The sessions were supported by both corporate staff and school staff which added another layer of knowledge to our knowledge.
You may have heard about the newly established Foundation for Learning and Literacy, a group of expert literacy educators who have banded together to speak out about effective literacy teaching and learning practices in schools. Our Foundation is a non-aligned not-for-profit organisation which aims to provide easy access to expert, relevant quality information, resources, and advice on literacy education in Australian schools today. We will encourage parents, teachers, school leaders, journalists, politicians, and school community members to make contact and tap into this unique new resource.
Our website is available at: https://foundationforlearningandliteracy.info
The site was launched on Monday 10th August 2020 and we encourage you to visit the website and read sections such About Us, Foundation Touchstones and Become a Friend. Then if you would like to consider adding your name as a ‘Friend of the Foundation’ please follow the simple steps to do so.
Thank you to Helen Chatto who has been involved in this work.
Principal Day is a chance to acknowledge the leadership, dedication and commitment of the Principals in our community.
We have been pushed beyond any imaginable limits and we have as a collective been doing a remarkable job. It’s important to reflect on the positives and focus on our wellbeing while we strive to meet the demands of our roles.
On Friday 7th August Darwin and PaRR Chapters held a combined social gathering to mark the occassion. It was a lovely evening held at the Palmerston Golf and Country Club and a great to chance to unwind and chat at the end of a hectic week.
We raise our glasses to all Principals and our thoughts are with our Victorian colleagues at this time.
Monday, 31 August 2020 at 4:00 pm
The ClimateClever Schools Program is an engaging, student-led program, underpinned by a set of innovative, data- driven online tools that help students measure, manage and reduce their school’s carbon footprint.To celebrate their appearance in the upcoming ABC series ‘Fight For Planet A’, ClimateClever is giving away 50 free subscriptions to their award-winning schools program! The free subscriptions are available to public schools with a focus on schools in low to medium socio-economic areas. Check out the selection criteria here
or to apply, click here:https://climateclever.typeform.com/to/gyhLDuHC
If you need assistance please visit the dedicated Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service .Trained mental health professionals are available to talk to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via our phone support line on 1800 512 348
Day for Daniel 2020 – Register today!
On Friday 30 October join the Daniel Morcombe Foundation for the national day of action for child safety education ‘Day for Daniel’. The day aims to empower Australian kids to ‘Recognise, React, Report’ if they ever feel unsafe. Every year, schools and early learning centres around Australia ‘Wear Red, Educate and Donate’ to remember Daniel Morcombe and educate children about their safety.
With a suite of over 20 Keeping Kids Safe Resources including activities and fact sheets, educators and parents are encouraged to teach their children about their personal safety in physical and online environments. Plus, everything is free and easily accessible online! Over 3,500 schools are currently registered to participate in Day for Daniel, so get your school involved!
To register or find out more visit www.DanielMorcombe.com.au
Daniel Morcombe Foundation launched our latest educational program, Changing Futures.
Changing Futures aims to provide educators and frontline staff with the tools they need to identify and respond to harmful sexual behaviours in pre-teens. Through national webinars, state and territory specific workshops, the program aims to build competence and confidence in the prevention, identification, and early intervention of these behaviours. Webinars and workshops start from next month, and are completely free of charge.
Click below for the Digital Promotion Kit has been developed to assist in sharing information about the Changing Futures program.
Judson A. Brewer
Judson Alyn Brewer, M.D., Ph.D., is an American psychiatrist, neuroscientist and author. He studies the neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard and real-time fMRI, and has translated research findings into programs.
This is a 3 minute chat on axiety and using the tool of curiosty to manage it.
Looking for some free guided mediatiions. Insight Timer is a great place to start.
Check it out here: Insight Timer
We would love to hear of some of your favourite podcasts or reads that we can share with the members.