Celebrating Learning - Nov/Dec 2016 - Ed 29
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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 look at recent partnership work around raising children in bilingual households; events and programs to tie up the year; and the latest research and resources relating to learning.

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In this issue:
Bilingualism in Brimbank
What's On

Local Stories
Learning Information
Brimbank Libraries
Research & Resources
Successfully Raising Children in More than One Language

Brimbank is a community of bilingual and multilingual speakers, with over half its residents speaking a language other than English at home (56.2% in 2011)[1].

Over August Brimbank Libraries & Learning, in partnership with Best Start, The Smith Family and VICSEG New Futures rolled out a series of seminars promoting the value of bilingualism and raising children in language-rich households. The seminars were facilitated by John Hajek, Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross-Cultural Communication at the University of Melbourne.

Over 60 adults and 20 children attended the parents, grandparents and carers session on 25 August, with the support of Mandarin, Vietnamese, Chin and Burmese interpreters and child care workers.

Download basic information sheets on raising bilingual children in English or translated into Vietnamese, Mandarin, Burmese, Chin, Arabic and Farsi.

Read more about the benefits of bilingualism:
Promoting Bilingual Children’s Communication Development March 2014,
Centre for Community Child Health, The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne
Speech and Language in the Early Years: a nested study of the Linking Schools & Early Years project March 2010,  Centre for Community Child Health, The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne
Research, Publications and Resources from the Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross-Cultural Communication
Snippets for Bilingual Families Issue 2016/5

[1] .id Consulting. - Community Profile, City of Brimbank. Available at:
Brimbank Schools/Community Agencies Exchange

How do we know what services are out there? How do we work with schools? Let's share information and connect with each other!

Please join us for morning tea and networking around the theme of 'Deepening engagement with children and families from CALD backgrounds'. Listen to speakers from Foundation House, cohealth, Centrelink's Multicultural Services and more. Further information on speakers and flyer to follow. To register your interest, E:
Thursday 8 December, 8.45-10.45am
Victoria University Convention Centre Sunshine
Gate 1, 460 Ballarat Road, Sunshine
Free seminar on raising children in more than one language
The presentations in this seminar discuss issues in raising children bilingually, including recognising children's' needs around language learning and providing tools to maximise the advantages available to you. More detailed information about individual session can be found at this link
Sunday November 20, 1:15-5pm (registration from 12:30pm)
Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Cnr Swanston St & Monash Rd, University of Melbourne.
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Save the Date - Brimbank Disability Expo 2016

The Brimbank Disability Expo will showcase a range of services and supports for all of the community seeking information. This expo provides the opportunity to:
•        Listen to a panel of speakers around the transition of the National Disability Insurance Scheme
•        Share information about services and opportunities for people with a disability and their carers
•        Discuss life transitional stages with various organisations.

Thursday 1 December 2016
Victoria University Convention Centre Sunshine - 460 Ballarat Road, Sunshine
For further information Tel: Maree 9249 4451 or E:
Settlement support group for Dari and Farsi speaking women

Are you new to Australia? Would you like to: Improve your conversational English? Meet other women who speak your language? Or improve your understanding of Australian systems and services? Come along to this settlement support group - free, with morning tea and child care provided.

Fridays, 10:30am-12:30pm
Spectrum MRC - 161 Harvester Road, Sunshine
For more information contact Vanessa at Spectrum MRC, Tel: 9300 8600 or E:
Free Learning Beyond the Bell training for coordinators

Creating a child safe learning support program
Victoria has introduced compulsory minimum standards that apply to organisations that supply services for children, in order to protect them from abuse. This module will explore how out-of-school-hours learning support programs (OSHLSP) can be aware of the risks and what to do to reduce them. Participants will learn about child safety, the standards and how to apply them to their program. Lunch will be provided. Register here.
Tuesday 22 November, 10am – 2pm
Centre for Multicultural Youth, 304 Drummond Street, Carlton
Volunteer recruitment and retention
Come along to this session to get some practical tips and ideas for attracting and retaining volunteers. There’ll also be plenty of opportunity for networking and sharing your ideas and experiences.  Lunch will be provided. Register here.
Wednesday 30 November, 10am – 12.30pm 
Centre for Multicultural Youth, 304 Drummond Street, Carlton
Brimbank Cinespace - Tell your own story
Brimbank Cinespace works with culturally diverse residents of Brimbank, including newly arrived migrants and refugees, to develop filmmaking skills, and is designed to develop personal and social capacity through cultural and creative expression.

Come along to a free 3-night  introductory ‘Come and Try’ filmmaking workshop in November. There are limited places available and interested people can register now via the Cinespace website. Download the flyer here.

2016 Conference Workshop Day
A day of interactive workshops exploring learning and teaching in new ways and spaces. This day will be a forum for: further understanding public pedagogies in a practical space; hands on discussion and exploration of what it means to people; and new tools and expanding ideas around public pedagogies.
Monday 28th November, 9.30 - 3pm
VU MetroWest, Footscray

Pop Up School
Exhibitions of learning and teaching from Footscray's diverse population, with an emphasis on learning from the past, present and future. Featuring recording of memories of learning, re-enactments of schooling, opportunities to teach and learn from community members, a digital map of Footscray's schooling history and the opportunities to bring a book to symbolise knowledge you would like to have be remembered for the future. Download the flyer here.
Saturday 19 November, 12-4pm
Maddern Square, Footscray

For more information, please visit:
"Marion Mortimer has been a secondary school teacher at St Albans Secondary College for 30 years. She nominated her first Western Chances scholarship recipient in 2005 and has gone on to nominate a further 16 students for the program.
"The first student nominated by Marion in 2005 was Nyanbol (Rose) Deng Kuol. 'When I encountered a young, courageous Sudanese woman, Rose, in my Year 10 Science class, and Western Chances had recently been inaugurated, the stars aligned. Rose was an English as an Additional Language student who had recently arrived in Australia via Kenya. She had experienced significant hardship but she displayed an eagerness and determination to succeed with her studies and receiving a Western Chances scholarship provided the catalyst for her to pursue a career in scientific research.'
"Western Chances went on to support Rose with a further five scholarships which assisted her while she completed her Masters Degree in Biomedical Engineering (2014) in Wuhan, China. She is currently undertaking a PhD at Victoria University.
"Marion is adamant that nominating students for a Western Chances scholarship it is one of the most important things a teacher can do to support their students. Her advice for other teachers: 'Just do it! Find the time! … The Western Chances online application is not taxing. Collaborate with your nominated student and review the application together. It’s a win-win experience. You’ll both benefit!'"

Visit the Western Chances website for more information.


Student project adds silver lining to patient experience

From Victorian Government Health Information - September 2016 

“A blossoming partnership between high school students and Sunshine Hospital is making time spent in hospital more enjoyable for patients and their families.


“Now in its fifth year of operation, the partnership involves students from nearby Copperfield College collaborating with hospital staff to produce useful items for patients.


“This year, the students made a cubby house and a Remembrance Tree for the hospital’s palliative care garden, sensory aprons to help elderly dementia patients reminisce and a seven metre-wide Australiana mural in Ward 2A.” Read more.

Woof Woof!

A very belated congratulations to the Western Bulldogs for their Grand Final win! We love this photo from Mother of God Primary School in Ardeer, who painted a school wall in celebration.
VET FEE-Help Reforms

The Australian Government has implemented a series of  reforms to the VET FEE‑HELP scheme that aim to improve the quality and effectiveness of the scheme and to better protect students taking out a VET FEE‑HELP loan.

The Government targeted eight key areas as part of the reforms. The details of these VET FEE‑HELP reforms are available in the VET FEE-HELP Reform Factsheet. Listen to Education Minister Simon Birmingham discuss the reforms here

New website for commUnity+

The new website for commUnity+ is now live!  Some highlights of the site includes information on: 

·         Adult learner programs

·         How to obtain help for legal problems

·         Our child-focused Child Contact Service

·         Activities being run out of its new building in Deer Park

Visit the new website at –

New foundation courses at VU

Foundations at VU is a new fully-funded, 13-week course providing students an alternative pathway into tertiary studies.

The course is designed for students who don’t meet direct entry requirements, or who weren’t able to finish VCE. This direct entry course also suits students who have made it to university but their first year was tougher than expected, so they need to strengthen on their foundations. Find out more about foundation courses at VU.
Victorian Learn Local Legends for 2016

Djerriwarrh Community & Education Services received a Learn Local Legend Award as part of the 2016 Victorian Learn Local Awards in September. Nominated by the Adult Community and Further Education (ACFE) North Western Metropolitan Regional Council, the nomination recognises the outstanding contribution made by Djerriwarrh Community & Education Services to learners and the community. Congratulations Djerriwarrh!
Indigenous Secondary School Scholarship

The VicRoads Indigenous Secondary School Scholarship Program offers scholarships to Indigenous students commencing Year 10, Year 11 or Year 12.

The Program provides financial assistance and practical support to successful applicants who remain enrolled and successfully completing studies until the completion of Year 12. This scholarship aims to increase training and employment opportunities for Indigenous youth in Victoria by providing financial support for school related expenses. 
Applications close Friday 18 November. See the Download the scholarship application form for further details.
Workshop - How to Create a Resume

Victoria Polytechnic Career Advisors will guide participants on how to create a resume and complete a skills analysis on each participant to add to their resume.

This free workshop is run by the Victoria Polytechnic Skills and Jobs Centre and is open to the whole community. Registration is required. 10 places are avaliable.

For more information or Tel: 9919 9988

The Summer Reading Club encourages children and young people to discover great authors and illustrators of picture books, junior and young adult fiction and non-fiction. The literary and creative activities in local public libraries aim to encourage a love of reading and ongoing multi-literacy skills development among children, young people and their families during the summer holidays.

The Summer Reading Club opens at Brimbank Libraries on Thursday 1 December. Stay tuned for more information on the Brimbank Libraries website.
One Million Stars to End Violence Project

Get involved and show your support for ending all forms of violence, one star at a time, by joining us in this international weaving movement. Make stars on your own, at your home, school, workplace or club!
Brimbank City Council has registered to be a WEave100 community, where 100 communities across Australia have committed to weaving 10,000 stars each. 
Drop in and make stars at Brimbank Libraries (ribbon available at the libraries), and drop of your completed stars there too.

Read more about the project, and find weaving instructions and online tutorials on the One Million Stars website.
1000 Books Before School

1000 Books Before School is a program which encourages parents and carers to read 1000 books with their children before they begin school.

Reading to preschool-aged children has been shown to develop early literacy by building vocabulary and language skills essential for learning to read. Given that the average picture book takes just five minutes to read, spending 15 minutes reading three books each day will amount to 1000 books in a year!

1000 Books Before School will start and Brimbank Libraries in late November. Stay tuned for more information on the Brimbank Libraries website.

2016 Early Harvest Magazine

100 Story Building is pleased to announce that its annual Early Harvest magazine will be released on Wednesday 9 November. The 2016 issue of the magazine has been curated by a team of young editors and contains stories written by a host of students from schools in Melbourne's west including Catholic Regional College St Albans, St Monica’s Catholic Primary School and Holy Eucharist Primary School. The development of Early Harvest 2016 was supported by Aesop and Brimbank City Council. 


2016 School Leavers Guide

The Brimbank Melton Local Learning & Employment Network has released the 2016 School Leavers Guide. The guide includes information on TAFE, university, careers counselling, finding a job and government benefits.

Questions of engagement: improving the learning experiences of students in Years 5 to8

This report describes a collaborative two-year action research project, Questions of Engagement, which aimed to identify influences on engagement and disengagement with learning of students in Years 5 to 8. This collaboration between Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley Local Learning and Employment Network, Victoria University and five schools in the inner west of Melbourne commenced in 2014.

Education at a Glance 2016

Education at a Glance provides key information on the output of educational institutions; the impact of learning across countries; the financial and human resources invested in education; access, participation and progression in education; and the learning environment and organisation of schools.

Australian Youth Development Index

This inaugural Australian Youth Development Index analyses the state of youth development across the country and changes since 2006. This is part of the Commonwealth Youth Programme initiative to increase focus on youth development through presenting and collecting relevant data.

2016 State of the Family Report - Positions Vacant: When the Jobs Aren't There

The findings from Anglicare's 2016 State of the Family Report show that only 13% of all advertised jobs in May 2016 were at the entry level (which assumes year 10 education or equivalent). The report and the research's findings show that we need to both grow the jobs market and invest in people so they can develop the skills and experience they need.

Settlement Guide

SBS has launched a weekly ‘how to’ guide on setting up life in Australia. Available in 30 languages, SBS Radio's Settlement Guide is a weekly series of audio and digital packages designed to assist multicultural communities to learn about life in Australia.

VCE Research Essentials

The State Library's VCE research essentials outreach program, sees SLV staff visit schools to show students how to access and utilise its research tools. Using practical scenarios, program facilitators guide students through the Library's catalogue and databases, introducing a range of research strategies applicable to any VCE subject area.


Transition Research Project


The Brimbank/Melton LLEN commissioned research into the transition of grade 6 students into year 7 to determine if this transition was a significant disengagement point for young people. The research included 24 of 30 government primary schools and all six government secondary colleges in the Brimbank LGA.  Read a summary of the report on the BMLLEN website.

Student tool for choosing University and Higher Education

This Federal Government tool allows side by side comparisons of the quality of higher education institutions and particular study areas within them. QILT results are based on thousands of surveys completed by students across Australia. and are updated every year.

Two Years are Better Than One

This report, released by the Mitchell Institute in October, presents evidence that two years of preschool has more impact than one, especially for the children most likely to be developmentally vulnerable. The report asserts that it is time for Australia to pursue a national commitment to ensuring all 3 year olds have access to high-quality early education by offering a second year of preschool.

Shedding light: private ‘for profit’ training providers and young early school leavers

This research aims to shed light on the role of private providers in delivering training to a particular cohort of learners, young people who have left school early. The authors surveyed 130 private ‘for profit’ registered training organisations  to find out their perspectives on teaching and learning practices, engaging with early school leavers, and the educational and wellbeing support services provided to the young learners.

8 digital life skills all children need - and a plan for teaching them

A generation ago, IT and digital media were niche skills. Today, they are a core competency necessary to succeed in most careers. That’s why digital skills are an essential part of a comprehensive education framework. Without a national digital education programme, command of and access to technology will be distributed unevenly, exacerbating inequality and hindering socio-economic mobility, according to this article.

The Love of Lifelong Learning

Listen to five TED talks that celebrate education beyond the classroom!
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