Celebrating Learning - Jun/Jul 2016 - Ed 27
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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 listing of upcoming university open days; plenty of exciting learning events and research, resources and information relating to local learning in all its forms.

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:
University Open Days
What's On
Local Learning Stories
Learning Info & Research
Brimbank Libraries
Learning Resources

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

July 31st 2016 (Sunday)

Swinburne University of Technology Hawthorn Campus


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

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Stay tuned for the upcoming Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival, 1-11 September 2016!

The Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival is an annual event encouraging a love of reading and literature, celebrating creativity and diversity, and promoting lifelong learning in Brimbank. The ten day program of workshops, author talks, panel discussions, storytelling and more is free of charge to the community.

Visit the BWRF website to keep updated on the latest news or sign up to the mailing list. Stay in touch on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #BWRF or E:

Infoxchange Youth IT Careers Program


Infoxchange is looking for 18 to 25 year olds who love IT and want to improve their skills to join the Youth IT Careers program. The program provides the training and experience required to get started in the IT industry. Applications for the next intake are now open, with the next course starting Monday 15 August.

For more information on the program visit the Infoxchange website and download the flyer. Attend an
information session about the program Tuesday 12 July, 10-11am at Victoria University Nicholson Campus, Footscray . RSVP to

John Button Prize

The John Button Prize is a $2500 award for a Victorian student, years 10-12 and a further $2000 is given to the student's school.
The Prize was created to encourage young Victorians to express their ideas about Australian politics and public policy, including  climate change, reconciliation with Indigenous Australians, asylum seekers, education, health, or the state of the Arts. Entries close 24 June.
Engineering activities for school students

The VU College of Engineering and Science offers a range of hands-on activities based on real-world scenarios during Terms 3 and 4 for school groups in years 9 and above, designed to immerse students in the engineering process. Sessions are available every Tuesday to Friday from 10am-12.30pm at the VU  Footscray Park Campus.
For more information contact
Exhibition of local young artists at Gallery Sunshine Everywhere

An exhibition of work of young artists from Sydenham/Hillside Primary School. Exhibition opens 22 May – 19 June, with a special opening celebration Wednesday 1 June, 4-6pm. All welcome.

Granary Cafe - 2 Devonshire Road, Sunshine
For more information, please contact Maureen Ryan 
E:, Tel: 0412 218 974

Legal Studies & Australian Politics Workshop Years 10-12 

This intensive LSAP Workshop program is for Year 10, 11 or 12 student who are considering a career in the legal profession. It's aimed at developing students' confidence in different skills, including communication, teamwork and leadership. It also provides insights into studying at uni, legal profession career options, and more. Applications close Friday 24 June.

Friday 1 July, 10am - 4.30pm

Victoria University Law School, Melbourne (CBD). Find out more on the LEAP website.

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Primary Schools Marine Excursion at Port Philip Bay

In February 2016, three local culturally diverse primary schools participated in the marine education experience of a lifetime on a 65 ft. catamaran on Port Philip Bay. The catamaran included a classroom for learning, outside learning spaces and on-board marine scientists and other educators, who taught the children about the marine environment.

The children’s feedback from the three days was extremely positive, many referring to it as the experience of a lifetime and unique in its ability to help them appreciate and understand the marine environment:
I absolutely love ocean animals and plants and have always been interested how the world can stop harming creatures in the sea, Astha 9yrs
I would like to do a project to share with my family so they can learn what I learnt and first hand see marine creatures, Puneet 11yrs
In the classroom you only look at the interactive board and listen to the teacher, but on a boat you get the experience, Laura 11yrs

Since the boat trip the students have gone onto create further learning in a range of mediums. This includes short films, researching and writing stories, creating newsletters as well as displaying images and projects about the sea around the schools. With expectations around school excursions having stepped up to a whole new level, we look forward to the year as we explore partnering with stakeholders, to give our children in the West more great learning experiences.
Greg Woolford, Family School Partnerships, Catholic Education Office 

Brimbank Community Hubs - St Albans Primary School

Congratulations to St Albans Primary School for the wonderful article in the Star Weekly 23 May 2016! The article celebrates a fortnightly cooking group that brings together parents from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The group operates as part of the school's Community Hubs project.
Breaking Barriers Through Song - Sunshine Primary School

Congratulations to Sunshine Primary School who made it to Bupa's The Blue Room website for their singing program for asylum seeker parents. The program for Tamil mothers and their children is connecting families and helping children and their parents learn English and settle into their lives in Australia. The singing group is organised by VICSEG New Futures and The Song Room.

Alumni Community Program

 Western Chances is excited to announce the launch of the new Alumni Community Program and are in the process of contacting over 1,500 Alumni and offering them the opportunity to connect with each other and tap into its extensive learning and professional development networks. For more information about the program and how to join, head to the Western Chances website.

Next scholarship round opening soon
The next round of Western Chances scholarship applications will open 11 July 2016. This round will be for new applicants only.  Applications are open to talented and motivated young people who are attending a government school and living in Melbourne’s western suburbs More information about our scholarships, including frequently asked questions, can be found on the Western Chances website.

Volunteer with Ardoch

Ardoch are currently looking for volunteers to support the education and development of local children and young people. Ardoch's Education Volunteers provide assistance in Early Childhood settings, Primary and Secondary schools across literacy, numeracy, wellbeing support and in some cases specialised support in music programs, Lego Robotics, lunch-time activities and more.

The expected volunteer commitment is 2 hours per week on the same day and same time for a minimum of 6 months to ensure  consistent and reliable support to schools. Experience in an education setting is valued but not essential. If you are interested in volunteering with Ardoch, please E:”

Work At Your Library!

An exciting opportunity of an 18 month temporary Youth Library Officer position at the new Sunshine Library is available for a young person who meets the following criteria:
Aged between 18-25
- A 
Brimbank Resident
- Completed Year 10
- Has been unemployed for minimum 2 years.

The role is suitable for a young person who is passionate about working with a diverse community, committed to excellent customer service, good with Information Technology, interested in reading and in working in a busy public library and motivated to help people in the community. Please note the position is Part Time - 20 hours per week. Applications open 15 June and close 1 July 2016

A drop-in information session will be held at Sunshine Library Thursday 9 June, 10-11am. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions (one-on-one) and find out more about the position and how to apply. Bookings are not required.

For more information, please contact Jane McKellar, E:

Skills & Jobs Centre Open in Sunshine

Victoria Polytechnic has just openged  three new Skills & Jobs Centres in Melbourne's west, including one at VU's Sunshine campus. The centre services people who have been made redundant in the automotive industry looking for free and qualified advice, career guidance, information on government entitlements and resume workshopping.  See the media release here.

The Sunshine centre is open for people to drop in on Thursdays and Fridays, 9am-5pm


Building W, 460 Ballarat Road, Sunshine VIC
For more information,
Tel: 9919 9988 E:

Local Strategies for Youth Employment - Learning from Practice

"Ensuring employment success for young people is a policy issue of particular relevance locally. Barriers preventing young people from successful transition into employment are often multifaceted in nature and responses need to come from a wide array of policy areas. It is at the local level that government policies can be integrated and combined with place-based initiatives to provide multidimensional responses to complex problems."

This document analyses successful local approaches to support young people into employment, education or training through a series of case studies commissioned by the OECD Local Economic & Employment Development Programme. 
State of Early Learning in Australia Report 2016 

The State of Early Learning in Australia Report was launched in Early May by former Governor General, the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO in conjunction with the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign focussed on the importance of early education.
Preschool matters – for Australia’s future

The Centre for Community Child Health has used data from the Australian Early Development Census to explore the relationship between children’s developmental outcomes and their access to the types of care before starting school. Their research showed that children who attended preschool were less likely to be developmentally vulnerable than those who attend preschool.
ACER: Closing the gender gap in maths

According to this report by the Australian Council of Educational Research, targeted invention could close the gender gap in the study of mathematics.
Labour market outcomes of Australian university graduates from equity groups

This study widens the evidence base in that it assesses a range of employment outcomes of disadvantaged students, and further, utilises data from multiple universities from one Australian state.
Celebrate the mid-year school holidays and NAIDOC Week at Brimbank Libraries!

Enviro-Gro Growing Kit
Decorate your own pot and take home a seedling to grow.
Sunshine: Monday 27 June, 10.30am
Keilor Village: Tuesday 28 June, 2pm
Deer Park: Wednesday 29 June, 10.30am
Sydenham: Thursday 30 June, 4pm
St Albans: Friday 1 July, 2pm

Minecraft Competition
Design your best garden using Minecraft for a chance to win one of five $20 vouchers.
Deer Park: Tuesday 28 June 2-4pm

NAIDOC Week Workshops
Come and discover many aspects of Aboriginal culture by participating in a workshop. There will be stories, dancing, face painting and more!
Sunshine: Friday 8 July, 11am
Deer Park: Friday 8 July, 1pm

For ages 5-13. Bookings essential.
Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
Experience the art of a traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony with Saba Alemayoh. Saba is passionate about sharing East African culture.
Deer Park: Wednesday 22 June, 2-3pm

Refugee Stories Online
Discover refugee stories from around the world and share your story too. Library iPads and tablets available. Light afternoon tea provided.
Sydenham: Monday 20 June, 1-2pm
Sunshine: Friday 24 June, 1-2pm 
My Two Blankets

Watch the story being read online and join in a special craft activity.
Keilor: Thursday 23 June, 4-5pm
St Albans: Friday 24 June, 4-5pm
Reconciliation Week Library Resources

Brimbank Libraries have lots of fantastic books, DVDs and e-resources to help you celebrate Reconciliation Week. Online resources for students particularly include a First Languages Australia Interactive Languages Map and the Rivers to Recognition Resource Directory. Take a look at the full listing of Brimbank Libraries Reconciliation Week resources here.

National Youth Settlement Framework

The MYAN have developed a national framework for supporting the settlement of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.  The Framework was developed with input from a National Strategic Advisory Group and input from young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds and those working in youth and settlement sectors.


Young Carer Bursary Programme

The aim of the Young Carer Bursary Programme is to help relieve the financial pressure on young carers to complete, or return to education or training art-time employment while managing their caring responsibilities. If eligible, young people could receive an Australian Government Bursary of $3,000. Applications open 2 August - 14 September. 


Brimbank Joblink - promoting local jobs to local people

The Brimbank Joblink is an online employment platform providing current information about local jobs available in the municipality and nearby. It promotes local jobs to local people, exposing what can sometimes be a hidden job market. Importantly, employers can exclusively list local jobs by registering online.

Feminist audit: decision-making tool

Women’s Health West strives to work within a feminist framework to redress the inequities that limit the lives of women and girls. The organisation has developed a feminist audit toolkit and made the decision-making tool available onlinefor other organisations and practitioners.

Interpreters and Family Safety Fact Sheets

The Family Safety Pack includes information on Australia’s laws regarding domestic and family violence, sexual assault and forced marriage, and a woman’s right to be safe and has been translated into 46 languages. 

Exclusion of Students from Victorian Schools

In this discussion paper, YACVic raises concerns that excluding students usually does not work to address disengaged or disruptive behaviour, and that vulnerable cohorts of students are disproportionately likely to be excluded from school. The paper outlines some good practice alternatives to exclusion, and invite the sector to provide further input and examples of successful practice.

Seeking English

RCOA is delighted to be hosting Seeking English, a live database of English classes from all over Melbourne, specifically for people seeking asylum. This database is a joint project of the Network of Asylum Seeker Agencies Victoria (NASAVic). 
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