Celebrating Learning - Edition 21 Jun/Jul 2015
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Welcome to the latest edition of Celebrating Learning, the bimonthly newsletter of the Brimbank Community Learning Strategy 2014-2017.

We have another exciting issue, with highlights including: an interview with local Learning Champion, Huong Ngo; a calendar of upcoming University open days; and more learning events and news in Brimbank.

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

For any ideas, feedback or stories for our next edition, please email: We'd love to hear from you!

In this issue:

Brimbank Learning Champion Huong Ngo

University Open Day Calendar

What's On

Learning Information

Brimbank Libraries

Learning Research & Resources


St Albans resident Huong Ngo is a mature-age student undertaking a four-year Bachelor of Social Work at Victoria University. She arrived in Australia from Vietnam in 1996 with a Bachelor of Economics.
Unable to find work in the business sector she undertook further study and embarked on a journey to find her preferred career. This included completing a Certificate 2 in Community Service; a Certificate 4 in Business Management and Administration and a Diploma of Community Welfare at Victoria University.
“I study because I want more marketable and transferable skills to do what I enjoy as a career,” Huong said.
“Finding the right career is my life long effort, like many migrants and refugees in Australia, I have been working in different types of jobs from manual jobs to office work”. 
Huong has been working as a community educator and community development worker for the past 10 years.  At present Huong is working for the Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association as a project officer for the Gambling Prevention and Gambling Counselling team.
“I am interested in counselling and I look forward to a career in this field,” she said.
“It hasn’t been easy to study as a mature age student – you have to pay for your studies and pay the mortgage. I also found studying in English to be difficult since it is not my mother-tongue.”
Huong says that despite the challenges she keeps studying as it “enriches” her life. 

"I respect studying it has always been respected in my family. I think it enriches my life because I can be an independent woman when I have a career.” 

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A list of upcoming University and TAFE Open Days for young people and their families.
Saturday 1 August
Collarts - Australian College of the Arts, South Melbourne
Monash University, Berwick & Peninsula

Sunday 2 August
Swinburne University
, Hawthorn (10am-4pm)
Monash University, Caulfield & Clayton
Deakin University, Warrnambool Campus

Friday 7 August
La Trobe University, Shepparton Campus

Saturday 8 August
Moorabbin Flying Services, Moorabbin Airport (10am-2pm)

Sunday 9 August
Deakin University, Geelong, Waurn Pods & Waterfront Campus
La Trobe University, Melbourne & Bundoora Campus
Sunday 16 August
University of Melbourne, Parkville
La Trobe University, Bendigo Campus

Wednesday 19 August
La Trobe University, Mildura Campus

Sunday 23 August
Deakin University, Melbourne & Burwood Campus
Victoria University, Footscray Campus

Friday 28 August
La Trobe University, Albury-Widonga Campus

EVERY WEDNESDAY, 1-2.30pm - Victoria University Sunshine Campus is hosting a tour of its new trade facilities. Find out more or sign up here

More University and TAFE Open Days to be announced.  In the meantime, check out LEAP’s great Open Day Checklist….


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Be you at VU Day
Be you at VU is a fun-filled experience day for current year 10 and 11 students only. Held at our Footscray Park campus, it gives you the opportunity to be yourself and see all of the future study and career options available to you.

Come along to Be you at VU in the school holidays and you can:

  • explore your future study and career options
  • have a fun day on campus experiencing uni life
  • take part in workshops and a free lunch
  • examine current passions or discover new ones!
Wednesday 8 July, 10am - 3pm
Victoria University Footscray Campus, Ballarat Road
Sign up here for more information

Brimbank Disability Expo

Thursday 18 June, 2015
VU Convention Centre (Sunshine)

The Smith Familiy's Communities for Children team, in partnership with Brimbank City Council, Sunshine Special Development School, Autism Angels and Mackillop Family Services are planning a Disability Expo on services and programs available in Brimbank for children 0-18 with a disability. See the flyer here.

For more information, please contact Kirsten MacKenzie, E: or Tel: 9312 1698


Learning English Together - Parent and Child basic computer class

The Brimbank English & Further Access program is holding  three Parent and Child basic computer classes during the upcoming school holidays:

Monday 29 June, 10.30am - 12.15pm: Chinese session
Deer Park Library, Ph: 9249 4660

Tuesday 30 June, 10.30am-12.15pm: Vietnamese session
St Albans Library, Ph: 9249 4650

Tuesday 30 June, 1.30-3.15pm: Burmese session
Sunshine Library, Ph: 9249 4640

Suitable for primary school age children. Participants encouraged to bring their own devices. Bookings through any Brimbank Library.

Apprenticeships Group Australia - Apply for a  Pre Apprenticeship course now

Do you know a young person who wants to start a Trade Career?
AGA is a not-for-profit Registered Training Organisation that provides employment, placement, trade training, and support services to apprentices, trainee’s students and businesses.
For your information, below is the scheduled dates for the upcoming Deer Park Certificate II Pre Apprenticeship courses:
* Certificate II in Carpentry - 16 June 2015

* Certificate II in Plumbing - 16June 2015
* Certificate II in Auto -  1 September 2015
* Certificate II in Engineering - expression of interests are desired

Check out AGA's full vacancy listing here.

Apply through the AGA website  or email. For further information, Ph: 0408 404 605

Are you a budding writer? The Brimbank Writers Awards have opened!

Enter the Brimbank Short Story, Poetry & Songwriting competition for your chance to share in over $3,500 in prizes! The Awards are open to all people who live, work or study in Brimbank, at no charge.

To submit an entry, or to find out more about categories, prize money and conditions of entry, visit the Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival website.

To provide inspiration, Brimbank Libraries are offering a range of writing workshops. Don't miss out on a free program of fantastic published authors, including Hazel Edwards, Lorraine Marwood, and editor of short story magazine The Canary Press, Robert Skinner! Program details are available on our website.

For more information, please email, Tel: 9249 4717 or ask at your local Brimbank Library.


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VICSEG's Bicultural facilitators/family mentors
VICSEG New Futures

Having difficulty engaging families from migrant, refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds? VICSEG’s Bicultural Facilitators /Family Mentors might be able to assist.
Our team of Vietnamese, Burmese Chin, Indian, Iranian, South Sudanese, Tamil and Islander bilingual workers can provide information about family and community life, everyday routines, religious practices and beliefs. They can support:

  • child and family services (including schools, early intervention, education and care services)
  • individual families to understand services available for them and how to access these
  • orientation days
  • information sessions
  • professional development and training
Contact Jackie McWilliam, Team Leader Brimbank and Maribyrnong Bicultural Support Programs for more information (Monday-Thursday)  Tel: 9353 5818 or E:
VU Secondary College Western Access Trade Training Centre open for students

VU Secondary College has recently opened the Western Access Trade Training Centre in Cairnlea, offering students the opportunity to learn Building and Construction (carpentry/painting/plastering) and Electrical subjects. Situated at 43 Ken Jordan Rd, the Trade Training Centre is a brand new, state of the art training facility which was funded by the Federal Government.

The centre provides industry standard facilities which gives students specific and practical experience relating to their chosen career path, preparing them well for the workforce. The classes are run by Victoria University industry trainers. Students have access to the latest hand tools, power tools and equipment in fully equipped workshops and learn important occupational health and safety as part of their course.

Students who successfully complete their VET certificate are well placed to obtain an apprenticeship or traineeship, and may receive recognition of prior learning for their tertiary course. For  further enquiries, Ph: 8312 0200 
Brimbank Community Grants 2015/16

The Brimbank Community Grants Program provides one-off financial assistance to not-for-profit organisations that deliver services or undertake activities that support and improve the community’s health and wellbeing, life-long learning and build capacity through partnerships and networks.

Brimbank Community Grants categories: Leadership; Family Violence Prevention and Gender Equity; Lifelong Learning; Healthy and Connected Communities

Community Grants application round opens 25 May
Grants information and writing sessions 2 - 24 June
Community Grants application round closes 17 July, 5pm
Notifications and feedback to all applications November
For more information, visit

Applications now open for Brimbank Community Leadership Program

The latest round of applications to participate in the upcoming Brimbank Community Leadership Program has opened.

Applications are now being accepted from people aged 18 years or over who are interested in working with others to develop and strengthen their community leadership and participation skills. The program will run from Thursday 4 June to Thursday 16 July, 6-8.30pm held at Westvale Community Centre, over seven fully-subsidised weekly sessions.


Participants will get to use their skills and learning in a series of practical activities within the program and will receive information about opportunities for ongoing community participation. Applications close Friday 8 May at 5pm. For more information phone the Community Participation and Inclusion Team on 9249 4190 or email

Growing Brimbank: A collaborative approach to lifting health and education outcomes

Since November 2013, the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy and the City of Brimbank have been working in partnership on policy-based research strategies for improving health and education outcomes in the Brimbank community.
The Brimbank Collaboration will use an integrated, collective approach based on the principle that good health and quality education outcomes are fundamental to individual wellbeing and critical to the creation of thriving and prosperous communities. Find the report here.

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Listen to Abdi Abden Talk
Join us to listen to Abdi Aden, inspirational speaker and author of ‘Shining: The Story of a lucky man’. Abdi will share his courageous story of survival against the odds.

Tuesday 16 June, 1:30pm
St Albans Library, refreshments provided

Join us for storytime during refugee week with refugee themed children’s stories.

Deer Park: Wednesdays and Fridays, 10.30am
Keilor Village: Wednesdays, 10.30am
St Albans: Mondays, 10.30am
Sunshine: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10.30am
Sydenham: Mondays and Fridays, 10.30am

Western Creation
Celebrate NAIDOC week with Western Creation. Drawing upon the many unique aspects of Aboriginal culture; music, song, dance, art and history, Western Creation bring Australia’s Indigenous people into the hearts and minds of their audiences.
Sydenham: Friday 10 July, 11-11:50am
Deer Park: Friday 10 July, 3-3.50pm

Minecraft Games Competition
Challenge your friends to create the greatest structure within Minecraft!
Deer Park: Tuesday 7 July, 2.30-4pm
Sydenham: Wednesday 8 July 2.30-4pm
St Albans: Wednesday 8 July 2.30-4pm
Sunshine: Thursday 9 July 2.30-4pm
Paper Plane Making Competition
Make the ultimate paper plane that flies the furthest!  
Deer Park: Monday 29 June, 3pm
Sunshine: Tuesday 30 June, 3pm
Keilor Village: Wednesday 1 July, 3pm
Sydenham: Thursday 2 July, 4pm (after movie screening)
St Albans: Friday 3 July, 3pm
St Albans: Monday 6 July 2:30pm (Grand Final)

Bookings essential via or at any Brimbank Library
So just how do you write an award winning short story, song or poem?

Find inspiration and unlock your inner stories at one of the following workshops on offer for all ages. 

There is no charge to attend the workshops. Book workshop sessions online, Tel: 9249 4181 or Email

Attend a workshop to go into the draw to win a one-year membership to Writers Victoria!

Songwriting workshop with Motley
Tuesday 2 June, 5.30-6.30pm
VISY Cares Hub, Meeting Rm 1
80B Harvester Rd, Sunshine

Short Story workshop with Robert Skinner
Thursday 4 June, 6.30-7.30pm
Sydenham Library
1 Station St, Taylors Lakes

Chilren's workshop with 100 Story Building
Wednesday 10 June, 4-5pm
St Albans Library
71A Alfrienda St, St Albans

English as an Additional Language writing workshop with Amra Pajalic
Thursday 11 June, 1.30-2.30pm
AMES St Albans
16 Victoria Crescent, St Albans

Poetry Workshop with Lorraine Marwood
Saturday 13 June, 2-3pm
The Granary Café
2 Devonshire Rd, Sunshine

Memoirs: Writing a non boring family history with Hazel Edwards
Friday 19 June, 2-3pm
Deer Park Library
Cnr Neale & Station St, Deer Park

Work experience feedback @ Deer Park Library

Each year Brimbank Libraries hosts work experience students from secondary schools and tertiary institutions across the municipality. Recently Deer Park library staff were left a lovely piece of feedback we thought we'd share:

To: staff at DEP Library
I just want to thank all of you for having me and for making this week such a good experience to discover what work is like. It has taught me that there's definitely a lot of work that the library does and prepares for the Council and public. Thank you for welcoming me in every day and taking the time to help me learn, participate and observe the programs and tasks undertaken in the library. I'm really grateful for having been able to work in such a friendly environment and participate in activities especially ones that I never thought I could do. This experience has equipped me with important skills and knowledge I can use in the future.


Student Scholarships Program

The Victorian Government funds the Student Scholarships Program to help young people stay engaged with education and complete years 11 and 12. The money from the scholarships can be used for 
items that broadly assist educational participation and achievement, such as books, computer equipment, disability aids or child care.

There are 230 scholarships valued at $1,100 each available for eligible students who are continuing their secondary education in 2016.

Applications for the 2016 school year open on 4 May 2015 and close on 12 June 2015.

For more information, please contact the Kids Under Cover Scholarship Coordinator. E: T: (03) 9429 7444  

What's the difference? Jobseeker perspectives on workplace assistance
Brotherhood of St Laurence

Eve Bodsworth's qualitative study illustrates the challenges that jobseekers face. Drawing on insights from service users, the report outlines the contrasting approaches taken by Australia’s mainstream employment services and the five Victorian Work and Learning Centres. Read the report here

Working together: a report on the Youth Collaboration Trial
Brotherhood of St Laurence

The Youth Collaboration Trial at three sites in suburban Melbourne demonstrated both the advantages and some challenges of linking local services to ensure that young people aged 15–24 are prepared for, and can sustain, employment.

Read the research summary by Sharon Bond.

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund

The Victorian Government have unveiled a new $148 million initiative to ensure all Victorian students can take part in school trips and sporting activities. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) will run over four years and provide payments for eligible students to attend camps, sports and excursions.

Applications to the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund are now open and will be promoted via school newsletters and websites. Application forms can be downloaded from this website.

For more information or advice, please contact the Department's CSEF Helpdesk on; 1800 060 970 or  


Budget win for refugee and migrant young people
Centre for Multicultural Youth

Support and services for young people looking for work in Australia will be bolstered with Federal Budget commitments to help young people transition successfully to employment. Click here for CMY's budget summary and sector breakdown.

Literacy and Numeracy Studies, Vol 23

Literacy and Numeracy Studies has just published its latest issue.

* 'He was learning to read, but he wasn't learning to live': Socially inclusive learning in a community setting          
* From teaching literacy to teaching numeracy: How numeracy teacher's previous experiences shape their teaching beliefs       
* Towards professional responsibility for language and literacy: exploring vocational teachers' emerging language and literacy understandings and identities


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