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AISSA Bulletin No 3: 6 May 2020

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AISSA Bulletin No 3: 6 May 2020

Leading Innovation Webinar Series

The AISSA Leadership Institute and Centre for Innovation have designed the Leading Innovation Webinar Series: Learning from Leading Voices COVID-19 for AISSA Members.

This webinar series will provide the opportunity for participants to connect with international experts and AISSA thought leaders as they respond to the challenges presented by COVID-19.

The webinars will support those working towards the creation of vibrant remote learning environments for their students and school communities.

For more information please contact Mary Hudson and Katherine Zollo.

NAPLAN 2020 Cancelled

Education ministers met today and decided that NAPLAN will be cancelled for 2020.

This decision was made so that school leaders, teachers and support staff can focus on the wellbeing of students and prepare for the continuity of education, including working on online and remote learning options.

This decision means that the scheduled testing of NAPLAN Online platform – the Coordination Practice Test (CPT) – scheduled for Monday 23 March will not go ahead.

The ministers thank every school for their hard work in preparing for the CPT and all the preparations for NAPLAN in general.

Today’s communique from the Education Council is available on the ACARA website and can be accessed here.

Please contact the AISSA NAPLAN Team (8179 1400) regarding any queries related to this correspondence.

COVID-19: Letter from the Minister

The Hon Minister John Gardner has written to parents and caregivers of SA Independent school students regarding the COVID-19 pandemic:

Parent letter – non government services – 18.03.2020

For further information on COVID-19 please visit www.health.gov.au.

If you have any queries regarding the operation of a specific Independent School in relation to COVID-19 please contact the school’s Principal.

COVID-19 Resource for Parents

Independent Schools Victoria’s parent website features a selection of articles to assist families during the COVID-19 pandemic:

How to use a school closure to surge ahead academically

Coronavirus: A guide for parents to support their children

For further information on COVID-19 please visit www.health.gov.au.

If you have any queries regarding the operation of a specific Independent School in relation to COVID-19 please contact the school’s Principal.

AISSA Bulletin No 2: 11 March 2020

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AISSA Bulletin No 2: 11 March 2020

Professor Donna Cross: Developing a Whole School Approach to Wellbeing and and Preventing Bullying in Schools

Professor Donna Cross will be facilitating a full day workshop for AISSA leaders on Developing a Whole School Approach to Wellbeing and Preventing Bullying in Schools on Wednesday 18 March 2020.

Bullying is a complex issue, but we know that when it occurs the impact can have extensive physical, social and mental health consequences which last into adulthood. Changes in technology have spread children and young people’s experiences of bullying into their online world.  Professor Donna Cross will share her research into and practice guidelines for wellbeing, building positive relationships and promoting mental health in children and young people as well as whole school bullying prevention approaches.

School leaders and key teachers will be supported to reflect on their current school approach, explore current resources, data and tools and develop their own Keeping Children Safe from Bullying implementation plan.

Register now to secure your place.

AISSA leaders have the opportunity to work with international experts Valerie Hannon and David Price

How do we best prepare our children for a world driven by automation, and artificial intelligence?  How do we help schools to be centres of people-powered innovation?  How do we create a new paradigm for education, so that children can thrive, not just survive, loving learning and living well?

Drawing upon their respective recent books, Thrive and Open, Valerie Hannon and David Price help school leaders and policy makers create a roadmap to navigate an unpredictable future.

Their two-day workshop with AISSA leaders on 26 and 27 February 2020 will features sharp provocations and practical activities that will assist leaders to develop the tools they need to instigate change in their organisations.

Register now to secure your place.

AISSA Bulletin No 1: 5 February 2020

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AISSA Bulletin No 1: 5 February 2020

Australian Bushfires: Wellbeing Resources for Families

Dealing with the impact of the Australian Bushfires will be a significant challenge for many.  Please consider the following resources related to the wellbeing of children and adults during this difficult time:

Beyond Blue
Bushfires and Mental Health
Talking to kids about scary stuff in the news – tips for parents and guardians

Australian Childhood Foundation
Making Space for Learning: Trauma Informed Practice in Schoolsis a resource guide to assist schools to unlock the potential of traumatised children and young people to grow and develop at school.

 Emerging Minds
The Community Trauma Toolkit contains resources to help and support adults and children before, during, and after a disaster or traumatic event. It will help you understand some of the impacts of disaster and how you can help lessen these impacts.

 Good Grief Organisation      
https://www.goodgrief.org.au/
Stormbirds program supports young people in understanding and managing the changes they experience as a result of natural disaster. It enables them to realise they are not alone in dealing with the impacts of the natural disaster, and supports them to develop coping, problem solving and decision making skills in an atmosphere of like-to-like peer support. Stormbirds training and materials are available free of charge to schools and agencies supporting children and young people after a natural disaster. Please contact the Good Grief National Office (61 2) 8912 2700 for more details.

NDIS 
Bushfire information and support for NDIS participants and providers

UNICEF
A guide for how to talk with children overwhelmed by Australia’s devastating bushfires.

Australian National University 
Disasters: Bushfire resources | Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network https://earlytraumagrief.anu.edu.au/resource-centre/disasters-bushfire-resources

Victorian Education 
Helping children after a bushfire – teacher booklet
Helping children following a natural disaster – information booklet

Queensland Health 
Four ways you can help your kids deal with a natural disaster
Birdie’s Tree – Growing together through natural disasters

Phoenix Australia (Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health)
Recovery Online – coming to terms with trauma
Joel and the Storm a free evidence supported storybook to help children understand trauma and recover from natural disasters.

Early Connections
Bushfire Social Story – Social Stories are a social learning tool that supports the safe and meaningful exchange of information between parents, professionals, and people with autism of all ages.

The Conversation 
Bushfires can make kids scared and anxious: here are 5 steps to help them cope http://theconversation.com/bushfires-can-make-kids-scared-and-anxious-here-are-5-steps-to-help-them-cope-126926

The Parents’ Website – Independent Schools Victoria
Helping people deal with traumatic events – University of Melbourne’s Professor Meaghan O’Donnell provides some useful research-based advice to support family and friends who have
been through life-threatening and distressing events
My tiny humans: Explaining the bushfires – Author Natalie Moutafis’ toddler has seen images from the bushfires on the TV and wonders about the ‘grey’ sky.