Conference Brochure

The Conference brochure features all the important information about the weekends proceedings. Including keynote speakers, presenters, workshops, general information about the weekend, timetable, etc.

Read the 2018 Conference brochure!

Keynote Speakers

Jane Caro, Author, Novelist, Journalist, Broadcaster, Columnist, Advertising Writer and Media and Social Commentator

Jane has published five books and has recently published “Just a Queen” a sequel to her earlier work “Just a Girl” and “Plain Speaking Jane”

A regular on the Gruen Transfer she has also appeared in the media including weekly spots on Weekend Sunrise, and Sunrise. She has created, written, presented and co-produced for ABC Radio and Television. She has also appeared on The Drum, Q&A, The Project, Daily Edition, Mornings on 9, Studio 10 and Today. She writes regular monthly columns for MT (Management Today) Magazine, and the Sun Herald’s Sunday Life.

 

Colin Pettit, Commissioner for Children and Young People

Commissioner for Children and Young People Colin Pettit has almost 40 years’ experience in working with children and young people in the education sector across Western Australia and Tasmania in teaching, administration and executive roles. In all of his education roles Colin has had a focus on improving the wellbeing of children and young people.

Colin was appointed Commissioner in November 2016 and has a statutory responsibility to monitor, protect and advocate for the wellbeing of the more than 590,000 children and young people under the age of 18 in Western Australia.

The Commissioner will present the key findings from his major education consultation with 1,900 WA school students. This consultation explored the factors that influence a student’s level of engagement in school and what support they need both at school and at home.

Much effort has been put into developing resources, frameworks, policies and programs to support and engage students. This work is important and has helped many students, but by listening to the voices of children and young people, it is clear there is more to be done to create a truly responsive and equitable education system.

Presenters

Wayne Bradshaw

Wayne Bradshaw, CEO, The Fathering Project

Helping kids by building a community of men in schools

Research shows that if there is an effective parent or carer in a child’s life, then the child’s outcomes in life are often significantly enhanced. There is less substance abuse and risk of suicide, and better learning, physical health and improved social skills.

The Fathering Project’s school program aims to create an environment where fathers and father figures can gather to share experiences; create mateship; learn to be intentional in their parenting; create networks and learn some skills for the benefit of their kids.

Wayne will discuss the project’s programs and the evaluation that these build engagement between fathers and their kids, plus the added bonus of improving school community.

Workshops

First Workshop Session

Each delegate has the opportunity to attend one workshop from the first session. 

W1 - 7 Steps to High Performing P&C’s
Ian Crawford, Candor Training and Consultancy

If you really want to know how to build your committee to serve the school with greater efficiency and effectiveness, then this workshop is for you!

Interactive, challenging and inspiring. This workshop will provide you with strategies that you can take away and implement immediately. Take your P&C to the next level!

 

Action on Nutrition

W2 - Action on Nutrition
The Action on Nutrition Team
The Action on Nutrition team includes the Cancer Council, Edith Cowan University, Foodbank WA, Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, WA Health Promoting Schools Association and WA School Canteen Association Inc. (WASCA)

  • Do you want to learn more about food and nutrition programs in schools?
  • Do you want to discuss food and nutrition at your school but feel unsure where to start?
  • Do you know how to influence the food culture at your school?

By attending this workshop, parents will feel empowered to step into the nutrition space in their school community. This hands-on workshop will help you take action, great or small!

 

Mandy Weidman

W3 - How Creative Fundraising Connects Communities
Mandy Weidmann, Australia’s ‘Fundraising Whisperer’

In this workshop, you will learn about the importance of ‘connective fundraising’ and walk away with a notebook full of ideas to make your fundraising more fun and meaningful. An interactive workshop, you will witness first-hand some creative fundraising, but never fear - you’ll be provided with Mandy’s special ‘funny money’ to play with!

Mandy Weidmann is Australia’s ‘Fundraising Whisperer’ – publisher of the Fundraising Directory and author of the Practical Fundraising Handbook for School and Club Volunteers. Mandy believes that parent volunteers shouldn’t have to reinvent the wheel all the time and is passionate about providing resources to make fundraising easier.

 

Alison Cook

W4 - In Search of Safety: Understanding forced migration journeys and supporting new Australians
Alison Cook, Australian Red Cross

This session will help position you, as a school community, to be stronger, more connected and a better place for migrant students and families. This session is an opportunity to engage in a safe and open conversation about people impacted by migration. The session will provide insights, engage critical thinking and foster appreciation of diversity.

Australia has resettled over 800,000 refugees and displaced people since 1945. With over 65.6 million people currently displaced worldwide, understanding what this means in a global and local context is important. 51% of the world’s refugees are children, so an awareness of the experience of asylum seeker and refugee children in their home country, their journey to Australia and their new life here is crucial in supporting them to thrive. Come and learn how to support these families!

 

 

Second Workshop Session

Each delegate has the opportunity to attend one workshop from the second session. 

Mandy Weidman

W5 - How Creative Fundraising Connects Communities
Mandy Weidmann, Australia’s ‘Fundraising Whisperer’

In this workshop, you will learn about the importance of ‘connective fundraising’ and walk away with a notebook full of ideas to make your fundraising more fun and meaningful. An interactive workshop, you will witness first-hand some creative fundraising, but never fear - you’ll be provided with Mandy’s special ‘funny money’ to play with!

Mandy Weidmann is Australia’s ‘Fundraising Whisperer’ – publisher of the Fundraising Directory and author of the Practical Fundraising Handbook for School and Club Volunteers. Mandy believes that parent volunteers shouldn’t have to reinvent the wheel all the time and is passionate about providing resources to make fundraising easier.

 

Robert Munce

W6 - Resilience: It Matters!
Robert Munce, EdConnect Australia

Anyone who spends time with or supports children and adolescents will benefit from attending this workshop. Being resilient is one of the most important life skills every person possesses however, for some children, these skills require a little extra nurturing.

This interactive and fun workshop will help participants understand what it means to be resilient and why being resilient is important for young people when it comes to navigating life’s challenges and ultimately thriving. Participants will leave this workshop feeling optimistic with a range of simple and effective skills for assisting children to improve their resilience.

 

Ian Crawford

W7 - Show me the Money: Sponsorship and Grants for P&C’s
Ian Crawford, Candor Training and Consultancy

Do you want to know the secret to successfully securing grants and sponsorship? This workshop will teach you inside tips to submitting successful applications, from the person who wrote the application forms and assessment tools! The group will also take a look at a successful sponsorship proposal for $540,000, which was written by a person just like you. If you are interested in securing more money for your P&C, then this workshop is for you. 

 

 

Richard Brand

W8 - Solution Sharing: P&C ‘Brain-picking’ Workshop
Richard Brand, WACSSO

In this practical session you will actively work to apply your experience, knowledge and inspiration to tackle some of the most common issues, dilemmas and challenges facing the operations of your P&C associations such as; “How can high school P&Cs stay relevant?”; “How do we handle cliques?”; “What learning support does a Treasurer require?”. Emphasis is on creating achievable solutions to share with P&Cs across WA.

Choose the topics you believe need to be tackled in this workshop. WACSSO will use the most popular responses.