Sunday, May 8, 2011

IWB's 4 CRTs - Georgina Pazzi

25 November 2011,Full day PD:   9am - 3.30pm  Not to be missed opportunity, develop conficence using IWBs by getting to know the basics of IWBs, connectivity and learn how to calibrate common board types. LIMITED to 24 people. $55.00 will secure your place on the day. More details to follow.

Navigating DEECD online applications site

Thursday May 26,2011  James Rankin will demonstrate how to apply for positions online. Some people indicated missing out on opportunities by not being able to use the online application set-up correctly.
Venue to be confirmed.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Circle Time = Bob Bellhouse

DATE:  11 April 2011. Full day PD at Sovereign Park/Red Lion, 217-229 Main Road, Ballarat. 
Bob helped us to experience the power of the Circle and demonstrated with us, the range of activities that can be a part of Circle Time.
We learned of the importance of developing  emotional intelligence in the children that we work with and ways to create a safe environment for all the students in our care.
Thank you to everyone who attended and took part in the fun and learning that took place.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Autism - Wendy Lawson

Date:  5 July 2011 - Full day PD at Sovereign Park/Red Lion, 217-229 Main Road, Ballarat. RSVP essential.
To RSVP for these sessions please email Thea at
You will then be added to an email list and kept informed and reminded as the date gets closer.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Understanding Students Behaviour from a Sensory Processing Perspective

Allan Hutchison, Educational Psychologist, from the Catholic Education Office in Ballarat is going to present different scenarios to help us understand and cope with difficult students.
Time 4.30pm - 6.30pm on the 24th March, 2011 
Comment(AH): Allan Hutchison provided an informative insight into the implications of students' sensory profiles. Alan helped us to understand how a dysfunction in sensory processing in a student could lead us to mistake their behaviour for 'bad behaviour'. The PD helped me to critically assess the ways that I react to students' behaviour in the classroom, and improve my response to help equip students to deal with their sensory dysfunction in a constructive and socially acceptable way. 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Newspapers in Education!!

The First Session for this year will be held on   
Thursday, 3rd March,  2011  at 4pm 
Place - the office of The Courier, 
1110 Creswick Rd, Ballarat.  
Essential to RSVP ASAP to Anna at
Numbers restricted to 20 people. 
Coffee and tea will be available on the day at no extra cost.
A big Thank you to Jenine Huber for organising this!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Art with Ken

A huge THANK YOU  Ken for a great session.  You could tell by the conversation and participation that we all enjoyed the activities you had organised and the hands-on approach.
The variety of eerie artwork created was inspiring and scary.
It was great to have a member of the group share just a couple of his talents with the rest of us.
Much appreciated.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

All Kinds of Minds - 27th September

Thanks to everyone who gave up some holiday time to take part in this session.
We took part in a number of practical hands-on activities to gain an understanding of  the neural constructs involved in learning.
The challenge is probably to see how we can use this information as CRTs.
It's great to be part of the global All Kinds of Minds - community.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Writing Selection Criteria - August 3rd

We learned a great deal of really useful and practical information form Michael Victory last Tuesday. Michael works for the Teacher's Learning Network which is based in Melbourne and connected to the AEU and the VIEU.  He provided a wealth of information for anyone looking for more permanent employment and in a lighthearted manner.
Some of the  members even suggested we revisit this topic again next year.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Level 2 First Aid

Wow - There's a lot of ways we can hurt ourselves!! The world is a dangerous place - that's for sure.
Thanks to Lynn Defoe from National First Aid, we, 16 brave and adventurous first aiders, learned how to give rescue breaths, count to 30 while giving CPR and create fancy hairdoos, whilst bandaging bleeding heads.
We shared stories of cheeky children, experimenting with superglue, burning butts, doing tricks from couches and getting into all sorts of trouble.
We laughed and learned and will 'be prepared' with our heavy handbags and weighed down key rings, should some unlucky person dare to look pale and clammy or complain of pain!!
Unfortunately we were given homework to complete - on the holidays!! Good luck with those answers.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Free Autism PD Online

Go to  and register to join the Online learning portal. You can take part in different Professional Learning modules, from the comfort of home and for free. Well worth a look.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Looking for more work....

Emmaus Catholic Primary School is looking to deepen its pool of Casual Relief Teachers. 
For those interested please contact Brendan Maher on 53302266.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Photostory Workshop

On Tuesday 4th May an enthusiastic bunch of CRTs sat in the lab at Lumen Christi to be enlightened, not only on how to use the software program Photostory, but also to have a quick peek at some highly recommended websites, for those of us who enjoy using computers and also for those who want to learn more.
Thanks to Danielle Peters for her obvious passion in this Area and for her professional and helpful approach with the hands-on style workshop.
Photostory is very user friendly, takes little time and the finished product can be enjoyed and appreciated by all age groups.  My 3 children loved seeing themselves on screen, appearing, zooming in and out and all to the lovely tune of "From Little Things Big Things Grow".
I do have some extra copies of the Step-by-step instructions Danielle prepared for us, for anyone attending a future session.