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ECTA Hervey Bay Group Office Bearers

ECTA Hervey Bay Regional Group
C/- Leonie Mitchell
Fraser Coast Anglican College
51 Ashford Road, Helensvale 4212
Ph: (W) 07 4124 5833

ECTA Group Office Bearers

Group Co-ordinator: Leonie Mitchell
Secretary: Leanne Trace
Treasurer: Lisa Cooper
Group Liaison: Romayne Boniface & Libby Gaedtke


Contact Leonie at the email address above for more information or to join the group.





Session 1: Building Children's Resilience & Value of Play Time: 4pm-5.30pm
Building children's resilience in this risk-averse world by Louise Dorrat
Hear Madame Zelda from Lighthouse Kinder talk about the educators' role to wrap children in cotton wool to keep them safe. She believes the more structured the program, the better.
Then hear from Louise who asks us what we were playing with when we were four years old: mud, sticks, climbing trees and jumping in puddles without parents hovering. Research shows that only 35 per cent of Australian children play outside every day. In our risk-averse and rushed world, we are becoming increasingly overprotective of children. As a result, children's spontaneous play is being replaced by more structured activities and childhood obesity is a major public health issue. Play is crucial for children so that they can make sense of their social world and to build their resilience.
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: 1, 3 4 NQS Quality Areas: 1, 2, 3, 5

Wine & finger food 5.30-6pm

Session 2: Music, Storytelling & Dance Time: 6pm-7.30pm
Music and storytelling in an inclusive environment by Louise Dorrat
Music and storytelling are a vital part of life. They can transport children to another place so they become someone or something else. Children learn best when they are enjoying themselves and, because music and storytelling are hands-on, there is an immediate sense of fun that engages and encourages children to let go. Music and storytelling can be used to create an environment or mood, to assist with transitions and can help young children to relax. If you can breathe you can dance and if you can make a sound you can sing. There is no right or wrong. Therefore, music and storytelling can build children's confidence and self-esteem. They feel the beat, learn the melody and words and are able to freely express themselves while making discoveries about how their body moves, how their voice works and connecting with the world around them.
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:1, 3, 4, 5 NQS Quality Areas: 1, 2, 3, 5

$40 per each Non ECTA Member
$20 per each Organisational ECTA Financial Member
$20 per each ECTA Financial Member
$10 Students

Report on Regional Tour 16th May, 2011

Around 50 Educators and Education professionals gathered in the USQ Executive Suite to enjoy two workshops presented by Laurie Kelly. Exciting Students to Learn, and Maintaining the Balance were presented by Laurie in his vibrant and enthusiastic way, and enjoyed by all present. One colleague commented, "I came to get my PD hours up, but I'm going away with a lot more".
Hervey Bay ECTA greatly appreciates the sponsorship of this regional tour, bringing Professional Development to our area.

Getting Together to Network

Wendy, Leanne, Libby and Leanne get together to celebrate the new teaching year!

This year ECTA Hervey Bay Group members and friends have enjoyed chatting over a glass of champagne at our "Bubbles" evenings at Bayswater Tavern. Romayne, our new Events Co-ordinator, is doing a fabulous job getting everyone together to celebrate the work we do!

Workshops / Conferences

We were very excited to have several ECTA Hervey Bay members attend the Annual ECTA Conference again this year. Leanne, Romayne, Melissa, Jo, Lisa, Donna, Diane and Libby travelled down to Brisbane and enjoyed the professional development, the trade displays and the chance to catch up with old and new friends.

ECTA Videolinq workshops linked to the Hervey Bay TAFE site are well attended by staff from child care centres, Kindergartens, State and Catholic Ed Prep teachers, as well as representative from other community groups e.g. guidance officers.

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2009 Events
2010 Events

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