Celebrating Learning Edition 31 - Apr/May 2017
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Welcome to the 31st edition of Celebrating Learning, the bimonthly newsletter of the Brimbank Community Learning Strategy 2014-2017.

Highlights of this edition include:  upcoming local and statewide Careers Expos; collated listings of local homework clubs and English language classes; and a checklist for choosing a Skills First provider, developed by the Brimbank Learning & Employment Steering Committee.

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In this issue:
Upcoming Careers Expos
What's On

Local Stories
Learning Information
Brimbank Libraries
Research & Resources

VCE & Careers Expo

Australia's biggest careers expo, with over 190 exhibitors presenting information and resources for VCE, information about university, TAFE and training courses, careers advice, study advice and international exchange and gap year programs.

Thursday 4 May and Friday 5 May, 9am-3pm
Saturday 6 May and Sunday 7 May, 10am-4pm

Caulfield Race Course
Station Street, Caulfield East
General Admission $10

Brimbank Careers & Jobs Fair
Brimbank/Melton Local Learning & Employment Network
Information for students, young people and adults on careers and employment opportunities, apprenticeships, university and TAFE courses, and local training providers (over 60 exhibitors). Free entry. See flyer here.

Wednesday 10 May, 9.30am-2.30pm
Lakeside Banquet & Convention Centre
65 Melton Highway, Taylors Lakes

WRICA Careers Expo
Wyndham/Hobsons Bay Region Careers Association

The WRICA Careers Expo is the largest careers expo in the West. It isa free event and provides an opportunity for students and community members to research and receive quality information from  an array of exhibitors regarding employment, apprenticeships, traineeships and industries, as well as providing course and pathway information from TAFES, Universities, Government organisations and private providers.
Thursday 18 May, 9am-3pm
Friday 19 May, 9am-3pm

Werribee Racecourse
2 - 10 Bulban Road, Werribe

ACN Nursing & Health Expo

The ACN Nursing & Health Expo is  for students to discover their careers in the nursing and health professions. The Expoconnects visitors with a range of organisations including hospitals, health care services, educational institutions and specialty nursing groups. Visitors gain practical take-home advice and skills in a series are of complimentary educational seminars. For more information visit the ACN website.
Saturday 29 April, 8.30am-1.30pm
Venue: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
2 Clarendon Street, South Wharf 
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!

Join us for morning tea and information, resources and local examples around the topic of Reconciliation in Schools. 

The Exchange is an open network and welcomes:
 - staff in your school who assist families to access local services
 - staff in your agency who want to connect with local schools
 - staff in community-based or wellbeing roles  
- parents and carers

Thursday 11 May, 8.45-10.45am
Level 6 Brimbank Community & Civic Centre, 301 Hampshire Rd, Sunshine
To register your interest, please E:
Bowery Theatre 2017 Program 

The Bowery Theatre at St Albans Community Centre & Performing Arts Facility is a new 200 seat theatre with an exciting program of events that reflects the arts and culture of Brimbank's richly diverse community. Program highlights include Hannie Rayson's Hello Beautiful and La Boite Theatre Company's The Wind in the Willows.

Download the PDF program January-July 2017.

For further information visit the website or E: 

Gallery Sunshine Everywhere Turns Ten

Dozens of schools and hundreds of students have been involved in the many exhibitions and other activities Gallery Sunshine Everywhere has conducted since it was established in 2007. Congratulations to all involved! See the April/May schedule below:
19 Mar–15 Apr: Neighbour Day
26 Mar–26 Apr: Words and Pictures: Vietnam
26 Apr–21 May: Primary Schools
21 May–18 Jun: Kindergartens

For more information, visit the website or E: 

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Jackson School receives $200,000
Source: Star Weekly Brimbank & Northwest

'A St Albans school for children with mild disabilities is among 17 schools to receive a share of $3.6 million from the state government. 

'Education Minister James Merlino and St Albans MP Natalie Suleyman were at Jackson School last Tuesday to announce the school would receive $200,000 from the state government’s Inclusive Schools Fund to build a sensory play space.

'A spokeswoman from the school said the space, which would encourage the children to learn by “touching and feeling”, would replace an existing playground.' Read more.

School Tackles Family Violence
Source: Star Weekly Brimbank & North West

'Students at Overnewton Anglican Community College will vanguard a new program tackling family violence. The program, based on a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, targets better education for children at a younger age in an attempt to identify and prevent family violence as early as possible.

'The college, which has campuses in Keilor and Taylors Lakes, will be one of 120 schools working on a $20,000 state government grant to run the new Respectful Relationships program, which is a key recommendation from last year’s Royal C​ommission.' Read more.

Jan Le one of Western Chances new scholarship recipients
Source: Star Weekly Brimbank & North West

'Jane Le says her parents instilled in her the values of working hard and giving back to her community. “My dad was a refugee from Vietnam; he came here in 1996,” she says. “My brother and I have been brought up giving back to the community, because Australia has given us so much. This country has given my family a second chance.”

'The Cairnlea resident is among 187 Western Chances 2017 scholarship recipients. The not-for-profit organisation supports young people in Melbourne’s west by sponsoring their education.' Read more.

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Skills First Checklist for Further Education & Training

Brimbank City Council, in partnership with AMES, commUnity Plus and Djerriwarrh Community & Education Services has created a 'Skills First Checklist', to support adult learners to choose an appropriate vocational education and training provider. The Checklist includes a summary of Skills First and minimum requirements of Registered Training Organisations.

The PDF Checklist has been translated into Arabic and Vietnamese, and can be downloaded from the Brimbank Libraries' online Learning Hub.

The Checklist is an initiative of the Brimbank Learning & Employment Steering Committee. For further information or if you would like to be sent printed copies, please E: 
ARACY Launches MIddle Years Network

The Australian Research Alliance for Children & Young People (ARACY) has launched a new Network: the Middle Years Chapter. The Chapter will be run in partnership with the Smith Family to mobilise, align and enable the efforts of sectors working to improve outcomes by supporting the connection between research and practice across the middle years. It will support and build on investment in the early years; bring policy attention to the importance of the middle years for healthy development towards adulthood; and deepen the focus on transitions from primary to secondary school.
Futuristic Teaching Equipment Comes to Victoria Polytechnic

Source: Victoria Polytechnic 

'Victoria Polytechnic will receive more than $550,000 in state government funding for specialised teaching equipment in 2017. 

'Executive Director Grant Dreher said the funding will... allow students to keep up with rapidly changing technology in these sectors. It will also offer opportunities for its health-based students in areas such as nursing, aged care, disability work, and remedial massage to collaborate and play an integrated role in client and patient care.' Read more here.

Latest Small Area Unemployment Statistics - Brimbank Decembers 2016
Between September 2016 and December 2016:
- 79 more residents in the labour force
- 37 more residents employed
- 42 more residents unemployed

Prepared by the Brimbank City Council Policy, Advocacy & Research Unit March 2017. Data downloaded from the Department of Employment website on 20 March 2017.
Open to all children and caregivers. This storytime is especially welcoming for children on the Autism Spectrum and families who are looking for a smaller, adaptive storytime.

Fridays March 31, April 28, May 26, June 30, 11.30am-12.30pm
Deer Park Library - 4 Neale Street, Deer Park
For more information please E: or Tel: 9249 4668
Victorian Tech Savvy Seniors is a Seniors Card Age Friendly partner program with Telstra that delivers free technology training opportunities to seniors in Victoria.

Classes are for four weeks and will will be taught in Macedonian and Arabic. Classes are no charge and open to all seniors of Brimbank.  Read more here.
Macedonian Sessions @ Deer Park Library

Mondays 11am-1pm
Choose either Group 1 (beginning 24 April) or Group 2 (beginning 22 May) to attend.

Participants must have a Seniors Card to attend.  Bookings at any Brimbank Library.
Arabic Sessions @ St Albans Library

Tuesdays 1-3pm
Choose either Group 1 (beginning 2 May) or Group 2 (beginning  16 May to attend.

Participants must have a Seniors Card to attend.  Bookings at any Brimbank Library.
The Keilor Library Has Moved!

Keilor Library has moved from Kennedy Street to new premises at the former Keilor Municipal Offices - 704B Old Calder Highway. 

The library is housed in the new Keilor Community Hub, which also includes a Customer Service Centre, community rooms for Neighbourhood House programming and an art space. Read more here.

EAL Classes in Brimbank

The 2017 English as an Additional Language (EAL) class listing has updated on the Brimbank Libraries' online Learning Hub. The listing includes includes free or low cost accredited and non-accredited English language programs in Brimbank.

Two Years are Better than One

Access to a high-quality preschool program is one of the few proven strategies for lifting outcomes for all children. Evidence shows that two years of preschool has more impact than one, especially for the children most likely to be developmentally vulnerable.  This report is by Stacey Fox and Myra Geddes.


Closing the Gap: Prime Minister's Report 2017 

This is a report card on how we, as a nation, are meeting our responsibilities in improving outcomes for our First Australians. This report recognises changes are underway and successes are being achieved, however, progress overall nationally, is too slow.

Student Research Guides 

State Library Victoria's Research Guides cover a range of subjects, including Literature for VCE and 26 guides that cover Australian history. Find books, pictures, maps, documents, newspapers and online tools and resources.

Learning Potential Resources 

This federal government website is for parents to support their children's literacy and numeracy skills according the the Australia curricullum. Browse by children's year level or topic, and the website will suggest ideas, activities, games and videos.

Homework Clubs in Brimbank

The 2017 Homework Clubs listing has been updated on the Brimbank Libraries' online Learning Hub. The listing includes free or low cost out-of-school learning programs in Brimbank.

The role of flexible learning options in alternative provision in Australia 

Flexible learning options (FLOs) can provide marginalised young people with alternative avenues to re-engage in education. Researchers investigated two key, though not defining, features of FLOS – unconditional acceptance and integrated wellbeing support. Read the abstract by George Myconos, Joseph Thomas, Kimberley Wilson, Kitty te Riele and Luke Swain.

Settlement in the Digital Age 

This policy paper looks at newly arrived young people’s engagement with digital technology and the internet and how this impacts their successful settlement in Australia. The paper provides recommendations for government, generalist and settlement-specific services, and community organisations and focus on addressing barriers to digital inclusion, including access to technology and the skills to use it. 

Spotlight: Youth Underemployment Threat

Young Australians today confront a far harsher job scenario than their parents or grandparents ever did. More than 650,000 young people were unemployed or underemployed – defined as having some work but wanting more hours – in February 2017. Young people now are also far more likely to be in casual and part-time jobs than at the beginning of the millennium. Read the full report.

Twelve Things Parents Raising Bilingual Children Need to know

This blog post contains twelve brief and accessible tips on the joys and challenges of raising children in bilingual households. The tips are translated into twenty two languages.
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