And just like that it’s the end of Term 3!
It has been a stacked agenda for NTPA.
One major body of work we have been involved in is the Wellbeing action plan. It has been a thorough process that encapsulated the voice of Principals from both urban and remote schools. The working group were focused on producing an actionable plan that we believe will benefit School leaders in the Territory. To quote our VP Primary Belinda Pearson “It has been a great piece to work on and we hope Principals see themselves in it”. We are excited to be part of the launch at the upcoming October Leader’s summit.
In NTPA news you would have seen the save the date for the AGM, which will follow the second day of the Leaders’ Summit on the 20th October. At the AGM we will be announcing the incoming NTPA President.
Recently the Darwin and PaRR Chapters ran an Assistant Principal Collaborative Learning day. It was such a pleasure to be in the room. I walked away from the day feeling inspired with the quality of leaders that are coming up through our schools. The future really is in good hands.
One of the sessions at the learning day was: Prioritising time for what matters most. We were fortunate to be able to engage our former CE Vicki Baylis and Malak Principal Lorraine Evans. A little of the wisdom these ladies imparted is summarised later in the newsletter. However one theme that came up constantly throughout the day was the importance of knowing your purpose and finding things to bring you to balance. Work life balance may seem unachievable in our demanding roles. So let’s use different language. How can we create work life satisfaction? I love cooking so I will pose to you a wondering using my favourite analogy.
What is your self raising agent?
What are the elements that’s going to make you rise?
I trust you take some time to rest over stand down and reflect over the positive impact you have made in term 3.
Please stay well.
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Congratulations to our NTPA members Mark Mangohig and Britany Roestenburg on receiving the highly deserved ACEL NT Leadership Award.
We are so proud and grateful for the amazing contriutions you have both made to our profession.
At the recent Assistant Principal Collaborative Learning day hosted by NTPA we were very fortunate to have the wisdom of Vicki Baylis and Lorraine Evans to draw upon.
Both leaders were posed with the question how do you prioritise time for what matters most? It was such an informative session we thought sharing some of the tips and tricks would benefit the whole community.
Work out the soundtrack that is going in your own head- this can either strengthen or doubt you.
Always invest in coaching – it’s not a comfortable conversation if you have a good mentor or coach.
Find things that bring you balance- these are probably things that you put off. All the health checks the regular exercise etc. You need to find the balance with stuff that makes you better.
Bring back to the purpose.
Purpose, Passion and People
Knowing what your Purpose is- principalship is a position
Knowing where your passions lie
Knowing which people to invite into your life to challenge you to grow.
Ensure your emphasis is in the right place.
Make sure you are front and centre for the Joy of the kids and watching their growth.
Handling the everyday:
Write lists get it down and out of your head.
Calendar those appointments- including you hair appointments ;)
You can’t do back to back meetings- you need a food and bathroom break!
Travelling home can be a transition point. Give your self permission to switch off
Change out of wok cloths when you arrive home- it can be like stepping out of the work day.
Guard your sleep- be well rested.
The key is not to prioirtise what's on your schedule- but to schedule your priorities.
We need your voice to tell the world what is happening to Australian School Leaders!
The Australian Principal Health & Wellbeing Survey is a confidential survey, independent of all employer groups, professional associations and unions. First, you will be able to review your job-related personal health and wellbeing, with an individualised report returned automatically upon completion. Second, global results will build a holistic picture of the state of school leader health and wellbeing. The results will be provided in a system-level report with recommendations for future actions.
This research has significant impact in the diagnostic feedback given to school principals, the evaluation of existing policy initiatives, and the consultation with state departments leading to important new policy initiatives. Take the survey at https://healthandwellbeing.org/au
The inspiration for this addition of the magazine was originally provided by Steve Munby, however the magazine provides other examples or stories of ‘Leading on the Edge’ and for our President Alta van Heerden it reminded her of a short poem
Come to the edge”, he said.
“We can’t, we are afraid”, they responded.
“Come to the edge”, he said.
They said “We can’t, we will fall.”
“Come to the edge!” They came. He pushed them. And they flew…
Each year SchoolAid recognises and celebrates the amazing efforts and achievements of young philanthropists with a special awards process and ceremony.
The SchoolAid National Awards program acknowledges, showcases and celebrates outstanding individual and school based philanthropic campaigns taking place across Australia.
SchoolAid now welcomes nominations for the:
⮚ Outstanding Individual Award or the
⮚ Outstanding School-based Team Award
These awards are open to primary and secondary students.
For more information click below:
Developing Guidelines on How Adults can provide Mental Health First Aid to Children
What is this research about?
We are looking for a range of experts, including those with lived experience, to help us develop consensus on what are the best and safest strategies for how adults can provide mental health first aid to a child aged 5 to 12 years old. Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of existing symptoms, or a mental health crisis. The first aid is provided until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.
The former Education Council commissioned AITSL to undertake this project to identify ways to align teacher registration and VET trainer and assessor qualification requirements. The report is the culmination of significant research and consultation with stakeholders including teachers, school leaders, teacher employers, teacher regulatory authorities, the skills sector, industry, and higher education providers.
Building on other reports and reforms in VET, this report proposes a series of recommendations, supported by underpinning principles that aim to improve the availability, sustainability and quality of the VET in schools workforce. The report also features current practice examples of how system, sectors, schools and industry are already working to reduce barriers for the dual qualified workforce.
This work benefitted from the significant time and effort stakeholders contributed during our consultation phases. We very much value your contributions and sharing with us your current approaches to reducing barriers for the dual qualified workforce and other potential and innovative solutions which have informed the recommendations.
There is significant reform happening in the VET in schools space across Australia and this report seeks to support that work.
This Special Report spear headed by Child Psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, is essential and timely reading for parents, carers and educators reflecting new research and what uncertainties for families and young people lay ahead.
The Special Report:
Cluey Learning is Australia’s largest online tutoring company, providing live face-to-face online tutoring in English and Mathematics for students in Years 2-12 and in Chemistry in Years 11-12. Since launching in mid-2018, Cluey has supported more than 25,000 students, delivered over 300,000 online tutoring sessions and currently has 1,000 qualified and experienced tutors. The Education Advisory Board oversees the quality of Cluey’s teaching and learning and is chaired by Professor Garry Falloon, Professor of STEM Education and Digital Learning at Macquarie University.
Cluey provides high quality and genuinely useful learning support. All their programs are mapped to the Australian Curriculum (and each state-by-state variation) and designed and developed by their in-house team of expert educators, led by Dr Selina Samuels. This team also supports the tutors through training, session observation and feedback. All their live tutoring sessions are recorded for child protection and quality assurance purposes.
If you would like to know more, you can visit the Cluey for Schools information page.
Class Solver helps schools create their best class lists in a fraction of the time.
On average we save schools 75% of the time that they used to spend creating classes, and, more importantly, reduce the stress.
We work with thousands of educators in schools across Australasia and North America.
Class Solver can handle unlimited numbers of requests to separate and pair students and all of this data is retained from year to year.
Class Solver supports fully customisable "characteristics" to balance classes.
Class Solver has sociograms showing the student relationships within the classes.
More information can be found on our website: https://classsolver.com/
Like to hear from a school that uses Class Solver? Ask one of the schools we work with: Driver Primary, Durack Primary, Gray Primary, Bakewell Primary, Wagaman Primary or Stuart Park Primary
For a personal demonstration via zoom contact:
0417 508 483
Principal Center Radio is hosted by Justin Baeder, PhD, and reaches an audience of educational leaders in more than 50 countries. Each interview focuses on a book with powerful insights for leaders. Past guests include John Hattie, Charlotte Danielson, Robyn Jackson, and hundreds of other thought leaders within and beyond the education profession.
About the Authors
Steve Zonnevylle and David Armstrong are both principals on the South Island of New Zealand and the authors of the book, The Forty-Hour Principal: Provocations for the Discerning Educator
“It’s time to challenge the old rules and make critical changes – you owe it to yourself, and to the students and teachers in your care.”
Listen to the podcast interview here:https://www.principalcenter.com/steve-zonnevylle-david-armstrong-the-forty-hour-principal/