Celebrating Learning - Aug/Sep 2016 - Ed 28
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Welcome to the latest edition of Celebrating Learning, the bimonthly newsletter of the Brimbank Community Learning Strategy 2014-2017.

Highlights of this edition include: a sneak peak at this year's exciting Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival program, university open days, lots of upcoming learning events and plenty of research, information and resources.

To share information about learning in Brimbank, visit the Learning & Information Exchange - an online community noticeboard to share upcoming learning events and programs.

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In this issue:

What's On
Local Learning Stories
Learning Information
Brimbank Libraries
Research & Resources

 Successfully raising children in more than one language

Brimbank is a bilingual and multilingual community. Why is it important for parents to raise children in language rich households? What are the benefits and challenges? Get some ideas and tools to support children’s language learning in bilingual environments.

With Professor John Hajek, University of Melbourne (Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross-Cultural Communication). 

Sunshine Library - 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
No Charge. Afternoon tea and interpreters provided on request.

Service Provider Session: Thursday 18 August, 2.30-4.30pm
Bookings RSVP:
Download the flyer

Parents/Carers Session: Thursday 25 August, 1.30-3pm
Bookings RSVP:
Download the flyer

University Open Days 2016

A list of upcoming University and TAFE Open Days for young people, adult learners and their families.

August 6th 2016 (Saturday)

Monash University Peninsula Campus

August 7th 2016 (Sunday)

La Trobe University Melbourne Campus
Monash University Caulfield and Clayton Campuses

Deakin University Warrnambool Campus


August 11th 2016 (Thursday)

Holmesglen Institute 


August 14th 2016 (Sunday)

RMIT University

Australian Catholic University
La Trobe University Bendigo Campus

August 21st 2016 (Sunday)

Deakin University Geelong Waurn Ponds & Geelong Waterfront Campuses
Melbourne University


August 28th 2016 (Sunday)

Federation University Ballarat & Gippsland Campuses

Australian Catholic University Ballarat Campus

Deakin University Burwood Campus

Victoria University Footscray Campus

What's On at Victoria University

With close to 500 scholarships on offer every year for students at all levels, VU provides financial and practical assistance for hard-working, dedicated students. Many scholarship applications open in August. 
Book in for a visit
Future student advisers are available to visit schools to discuss VU’s courses, pathways, practical learning and our stateof- the-art facilities with your students. Book here.
Sunshine Campus tours
Take a tour of our state-of-the-art trades training facilities at VU Sunshine Campus. Book here
Free VCE Biology practicals
Practical laboratory workshops are available to students studying VCE Biology at the VU Werribee Campus. For more information contact
Brimbank Community & Civic Centre Open Day
Brimbank community members are invited to enjoy a tour of the new Brimbank Community and Civic Centre during the official Open Day Event!  Walk and talk tours will take approximately 15 mins and will include:
  • Customer Service area and Sunshine Harvester
  • The Sunshine Library and Learning Centre
  • A selection of Council's art collection
  • Council Chambers
  • Unparalleled views from the 6th floor
  • "New Horizons" Experience - a special photo opportunity to mark the occasion
Tours will hold a maximum of 15 people and will commence every 15 minutes.  Book online.
No charge. Please note building tour spaces are limited.

Sunday 14 August, 10.30am-2pm
Brimbank City Council - 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine, VIC 3020
Sunshine West local and Western Chances scholarship recipient Danielle Farah dedicates much of her time to making a difference in her local community. 
"I volunteer locally as part of the Brimbank Youth Ambassadors Program, as well as abroad. As an emerging leader, I want to be part of a global movement for positive change, and I believe in myself as a part of the solution to some of the greatest issues facing our world. 
"I am passionate about giving and helping, but my socio-economic status at home wasn't helpful for me. So, I was nominated for a Western Chances scholarship by Brimbank Youth Services. I saw the scholarship as a door waiting to be opened. I saw it full of opportunities and possibilities. I didn't realise how much of a difference a Western Chances scholarship would make until I received one and changes started taking place almost instantly.

"It really helped me ease into my first year of VCE, and it made travelling to and from school, work, dance and volunteering locations a breeze. With this scholarship, financial barriers have been broken down, and I have Western Chances to thank for that."

See Danielle's full story and read more about the scholarship program on the Western Chances website.
Western Chances Scholarships in Brimbank 2015/16
Western Chances provides new and renewal scholarships, opportunity programs and ongoing support to
young people in Brimbank who have an identified talent or pathway and motivation to achieve but lack the
finances, networks or opportunities to pursue their goals and fulfil their potential.

In 2015/16 in total Western Chances awarded 233 scholarships to young people living in Brimbank, across Copperfield College, St Albans Secondary College, Sunshine College, Victoria University
Secondary College, and Taylors Lakes Secondary College. Items awarded went to textbooks, MYKI, laptop, internet, stationery, printing, photocopying, tutoring, UMAT materials, music and dance lessons.

Nominations for new scholarships are now open. Read more about the Western Chance scholarship program online.

Race Discrimination Commissioner's Student Prize now open!

The Race Discrimination Commissioner's Student Prize is an annual competition for school students aimed to promote research and discussion of racism among young people.  The competition is open to students in Years 10 and 11 in an Australian school. Entrants may write an essay (maximum 1,000 words) or record a speech (video or audio maximum 7 minutes). 

The best entry will be selected by the Race Discrimination Commissioner and the winner will be awarded their prize at the Annual Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture in Sydney in October 2016.  

Entries close 17 September 2016. For more information, please visit the Commission website.

Boosting Language Services for All Victorians

The Victorian Government has announced it will undertake an independent review of its interpreters and translators to ensure Victorians have the support they need when accessing government services.  The review will examine:
  • The procurement of interpreting services
  • The current state of the interpreting sector, including demand for and quality of interpreters
  • Whether new technology can be used to improve the efficiency of language services
  • Professional development, training, workplace relationships and other conditions to ensure a sustainable, high quality interpreter workforce.
Read more online

The Public Pedagogies Institute invites contributions for 2016 conference
28-30 November


The Public Pedagogies Institute understands public pedagogies to be the many sites in which teaching and learning takes place outside formal institutions, including museums, libraries, neighbourhood houses and community centres as well as in the arts, through community engagement and public history. This conference seeks to engage people who participate with learning and teaching in practice, research and the evaluation of public pedagogies and invites discussion on the challenges, achievements and best practice in this field.

Abstracts and descriptions of workshops of no more than 300 words accepted until Friday 26 August 

Did you know...

Kids are free every weekend at Zoos Victoria? Zoos include Melbourne, Werribee & Healesville.  Children 0-3 free all the time, children 4 - 16 year free on weekends, school and public holidays.

For more information visit the Zoos Victoria website.
The 2016 Brimbank Writers & Readers program has been launched!

We are delighted to present this year's program of author talks, workshops, panel discussions, storytelling and more. See the full program on the BWRF website or download the PDF brochure. All festival events are no charge. Book online today!
Panel Discussion: From the Outer
Saturday 3 September, 2.30-3.30pm
A celebration of our great game, From the Outer brings personal stories about Aussie Rules from unexpected voices: those who are female, Indigenous or LGBTQI; those with a disability, a foreign accent, or even literary leanings. Join contributors Leila Gurruwiwi, Jason Tuazon-McCheyne and Alicia Sometimes in conversation with Sherryl Clark of Rotunda in the West.
Sunshine Library - 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
Bookings essential - book online
Arnold Zable with Michael McGirr
Saturday 3 September, 4-5pm

Discover the life of former boxer Henry Nissen, who spends his days supporting disaffected people of Melbourne’s streets. Biographer Arnold Zable explores Nissen’s colourful, touching and often tragic life in The Fighter and shares his research and process in this session. Join us for this special Local Libraries event as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival.
Sunshine Library - 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
Bookings essential - book online

Bruce Pascoe Author Talk
Sunday 4 September, 2-3pm

Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong, Tasmanian and Yuin man who grew up on a remote island in Bass Strait. A prolific writer and the author of more than 20 books, Bruce's most recent non-fiction book Dark Emu won the Book of the Year and Indigenous Writer's Prize in the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. There will be a Wurundjeri Welcome to open this event.
St Albans Library - 71A Alfrieda Street, St Albans
Bookings essential - book online

VCE Revision Sessions at St Albans Library

VCE Biology revision session Thursday 25 August, 5-7pm

With Brian Stevenson, The Foundation Director of the Gene Technology Access Centre, Parkville. Session includes a presentation on key biological knowledge and exam preparation.

VCE English revision session Monday 29th August, 5-7pm

With Anne Mitchell, experienced teacher of VCE English and English exam assessor. All new areas of the course will be covered: creative text response, comparative analysis and analysing arguments.


Free entry. Bookings required through any Brimbank Library, or online.

Maths Homework Help at Sunshine Library

Covering all secondary school maths, including all three VCE subjects! See the program flyer here.
Wednesdays, 4-6pm
Sunshine Library - 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
Tel: 9249 4640 /
Celebrate Science Week at Brimbank Libraries and discover our cool NEW making kits!

Read more on the Brimbank Libraries website.

Makey Makey
Come play with this awesome invention kit that allows you to turn everyday objects into touchpads. These sessions are for creative kids that like to build and love to invent!
Sydenham: Thursday 18 August, 4pm
Keilor Village: Thursday 18 August, 4pm
St Albans: Friday 19 August, 4pm
Little Bits
Little Bits makes a series of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that can bring out the inventor in everyone! Come to this session to learn more and get inventing!
Deer Park: Monday 15 August, 4pm

Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Pi is a tiny computer that can be plugged in to any TV to turn it into whatever you want: a games console, a cheap PC to surf the net, a dedicated Minecraft.
Sunshine Library: Friday 19 August, 4pm
Sunshine Library has moved back to 301 Hampshire Road!

Sunshine Library is now in the new Brimbank Community and Civic Centre at 301 Hampshire Rd, Sunshine. The Sunshine Library telephone number remains 9249 4640.

The new Sunshine Library is set over the first two floors with a large double height reading room and areas for different user groups including children, teens, and adults. The children’s zone also includes an outdoor area on the first floor. Other features of the library include quiet study areas and booths, areas for quiet reading and computer work, gaming areas and a Wi-Fi lounge. Free Wi-Fi will be available throughout the new building. Fore more information, visit the Brimbank Libraries website.

New Resource from CMY

Volunteer tutors working with EAL learners on their literacy skills are always looking for creative ways to help students learn. In response to requests from OSHLSPs, the MY Education team at CMY has compiled a resource of games and activities to provide some inspiration!

The Netherworld between Work and Retirement

Increasing numbers of older workers are working past traditional retirement age on a part-time or self-employed basis, and a growing minority are joining the ranks of the long-term unemployed. Drawing upon narrative interviews with older Australians who are involuntarily non-employed or underemployed, this article explores how the ‘unravelling’ of retirement is experienced by a group of older workers on the periphery of the labour market.

Digital Access and Equity for Multicultural Communities

The Australian Government is increasingly moving towards digital government service delivery. This report considers accessibility issues for Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities, with a view to overcoming barriers to accessing online information provision and service and achieving equity of outcomes.

Quality Early Education for All

Early childhood is one of the most important but also most at-risk areas in Australian education, according to a new report  (published April 2016)by the Mitchell Institute at Victoria University.

The new basics: Big data reveals the skills young people need for the New Work Order
Using data from 4.2 million job advertisements, FYA found a growing demand for young workers to have ‘enterprise skills’ (problem solving, communication skills, digital literacy, teamwork, presentation skills, critical thinking, creativity, financial literacy). Read the report here.

Education Program Fund

Read more about the Sidney Myer Fund's Education Program, providing ongoing small and large grants to not-for-profits. The Education Programs seeks to contribute to enabling Australians to achieve the best possible educational outcomes, irrespective of their cultural background, socio-economic status and place of residence.

Pathways to higher education: the efficacy of enabling and sub-bachelor pathways for disadvantaged students

This report details the findings of the Enabling programmes for disadvantaged student groups project, which was funded as part of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training National Priorities Pool funding.

Providing social support for apprentices: good practice guide

This good practice guide is designed to help employers think about and provide work-based social support structures for young apprentices.
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