Central Ranges Transition to Secondary School (T.O.P.S) Workshops


Building on the successful Parent Transition session held in Macedon  Ranges in 2012, three  sessions were delivered across the Central Ranges LLEN area in November 2013. Following meetings with local small primary school principals, sessions were organised in Pyalong, Lancefield and Tylden Primary Schools.

T.O.P.S stands for Transition, Organisation, Planning and Sharing which are the basic principles used by Trainers from Pelican Educational Services to assist parents in supporting their young person moving from Primary to Secondary School.

Funded through the Central Ranges LLEN, Kaye Bills and Glenda Fisher from Pelican Educational Services presented a relaxed workshop style approach to a small and committed group of parents at each school addressing  key issues and concerns of attendees.

Topics covered included;

  • How secondary school is different to primary school?

  • How to assist in organising your child?

  • Fostering and maintaining good relationships with the school?

  • Assisting with homework

Parents were given resources kits which outlined different approaches to help with project work, organising ideas, and planning tools. The feelings that parents face when their child leaves primary school and becomes more independant were also covered.

Parents fed back that the sessions had answered many of the questions raised, as a result they felt more confident with the transition process .  A number of parents felt that they would be better able to assist their young person by understanding different ways they could engage with their learning post the workshop.

Welcome New Staff Member

Partnership Broker Hume - Helen Nielsen

Partnership Broker Hume – Helen Nielsen

The Central Ranges LLEN welcomes Helen Nielsen to the position of Hume Partnership Broker which encompasses the Shires of Mitchell & Murrindindi. Helen has taken over from Carmen Fifield in the maternity leave position while our previous Hume Partnership Broker, Therese Hippisley, enjoys time with new baby, Leila Rose, who arrived just before Christmas.

Helen comes to the CRLLEN with experience in employment services, working with vulnerable youth and the community as well as a background in marketing. Helen has a passion for education to be available to all people and the development and growth of opportunities for our local youth across the sectors of education, industry and community.

We wish Helen all the very best in her new role and look forward to working together and supporting her to ensure young people in our communities are engaged in education, employment or training.

Helen’s contact details can be found on the staff page

Bendigo Transitions and Pathways – set the scene for the future

On Monday 24th of June 2013, representatives from Central Ranges LLEN and the Macedon Ranges VET Cluster attended the Bendigo Transitions and Pathways Forum at the Bendigo Schools Trade Training Centre.

Ivan Neville from the Labour Market and Research Branch of DEEWR presented on growth areas, the emergence of new jobs, the connection between education attainment  and employment outcomes, focusing on young people in Bendigo, Mount Alexander, Central Goldfields and Macedon Ranges.

David Walker, Project Director for the refurbishment of the Bendigo Hospital, spoke about the many employment opportunities that will be available for young people as part of the development.   The project focuses on increasing local apprenticeships in construction and will be due to be completed by 2016.

Brian Gould Economic Development Manager from City of Greater Bendigo also presented information on the Horizons Project.  The Horizons website through Council strategically links primary, secondary and tertiary institutions with business in the region and aims to address local skills shortages.

Presentations can be downloaded via the links below

Brian Gould – Bendigo Transitions and Pathway presentation

David Walker – Bendigo Transitions and Pathway presentation

Ivan Neville – Bendigo Transitions and Pathways Forum v4

NAB Schools First Funding – NOW OPEN

Applications are now open for this year’s NAB Schools First Awards. These awards support creative school – community partnerships that address a variety of student needs.

Applications open 9am Tuesday 5 March 2013 and close 5pm Friday 28 June 2013.

This year there are three award categories for this year’s NAB Schools First Awards: Impact, Seed and Student. To help kick start ideas for applications there are eight themes that can be used as ‘thought starters’ across the Seed Funding and Student Award categories which will help students think about the different ways that students needs can be met by partnering with the community.

These key themes encapsulate the ways in which school-community partnerships are providing students with resources, knowledge and expertise to face the challenges of the twenty-first century.

These themes are based on areas that schools around Australia are already engaged in within their communities and address a variety of student needs and include:

Living sustainably
Being active and well
Caring for your community
Embracing diversity
Asia ready
Work ready
Entrepreneurial spirit

Open Link to further information: http://schoolsfirst.edu.au/apply

Parent Workshop – Transition to Secondary School

Lancefield Primary School is hosting a workshop over two nights for its Parents to discuss the key issues of their children transitioning from Primary school to Secondary School. Parents with students in Grade 5 & 6 are invited to attend as well as those from St. Mary’s Primary School Lancefield and Newham Primary School.

Glenda Fisher and Kaye Bills of Pelican Education Services are presenting this workshop in partnership with Lancefield Primary School and the Central Ranges LLEN.

Date: Wednesday 12th & 19th September

Time: 7.00pm-9.00pm

Where: Lancefield Primary School, 80 High Street Lancefield

RSVP: By Friday 7th of September to Lancefield Primary School, 03 5429 2307

Catering: Tea & coffee provided

Childcare: Childcare provision can be provided on the night at Lancefield Primary School, please discuss your requests for childcare with Lancefield Primary School.