Past meetings 2013

During 2013 the Rural and Remote Education Advisory Council (RREAC) met on the following occasions.

14 February 2013

The day focused on indigenous education with papers presented by:

  • Carol Garlett, Chair, Western Australian Aboriginal Education and Training Council
  • Associate Professor John Guenther, Sam Osborne, Dr Melodie Bat, Kendall Clarke and Marijke Denton, on Red Dirt Thinking: a panel presentation from the Remote Education Systems Project, in the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation.

A number of papers were also presented on international indigenous education, including a presentation from Lombok Papua, Indonesia.

RREAC members attending the day length symposium included:

  • Hon. Brian Ellis MLC
  • Prof Sue Trinidad
  • Emma Foulkes-Taylor
  • Brenda Williamson
  • Anne-Marie Schelfhout
  • Gary Robinson
  • Kay Gerard
  • Patricia Leake
  • Anne Gisborne
  • Lesley Street (for Lindsay Hale)
  • Emmy Terry
  • Stephanie Bates.

3 May 2013

Meeting focus topics:

  • Liberal and National education policies
  • reports from the Chair and stakeholders
  • Year seven relocation update by Lindsay Hale, Executive Director, Department of Education
  • discussion and subsequent actions regarding the response to RREAC's technology report from Hon. John Day MLA, Minister for Planning; Culture and the Arts; Science and Innovation
  • RREAC priorities – vocational education and training in schools and Aboriginal education.

21 June 2013

The meeting was attended by:

  • Hon Peter Collier MLC, Minister for Education; Energy; Indigenous Affairs
  • Dr Ruth Shean, Director General, Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD)
  • Mr Allan Blagaich, Chief Executive Officer, School Curriculum and Standards Authority.

The Minister addressed RREAC on items of interest including:

  • independent public schools
  • relocation of Year seven students to high schools
  • funding of schools (Gonski Report)
  • child and parent centres
  • changes to the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).

The meeting included presentations on:

  • DTWD
  • WACE reforms
  • the new Western Australian curriculum and assessment outline.

23 August 2013

The meeting was attended by:

  • Mr Jim Wyatt, Digital Economy Branch, Department of Commerce
  • Mr Glen Veen, Director, Infrastructure and Telecommunications, Department of Education
  • Mr Peter Crosbie, Manager Learning Technologies, EPICT Manager, Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA)
  • Ms Louise Cimetta, Coordinator Digital Learning, Catholic Education Office.

Meeting focus topics:

  • the digital economy and National Broadband Network
  • delivering sustainable, supportable, safe, secure and yet flexible ICT solutions to schools using the award winning Standard Operating Environment
  • delivering improved broadband services for schools without increasing costs
  • NBN Interim Satellite Service
  • project for Aboriginal Independent Schools (AISWA initiative)
  • digital learning in Catholic education schools
  • Year seven relocation update.

4 - 6 September 2013 – Regional meeting in Albany

Guest speakers at this meeting included:

  • Mr Bruce Nanning, Chief Executive Officer, Great Southern Regional Development Commission
  • Mr Neil Milligan, Regional Executive Director, Department of Education
  • Ms Briony Arnold, Parent and Community Engagement (PaCE) Coordinator
  • Lindsay Campbell, Chair, Engagement and Transition Manager, Great Southern Employment Development Committee Inc.
  • Nicky Byrne, Executive Officer, Great Southern Employment Development Committee Inc.
  • Terry Duke, Partnership Broker
  • Dr Rosemary Cahill, Director, Office of Early Childhood Development and Learning
  • James Black, Education Officer, Reconciliation WA
  • Great Southern Employment Development Corporation partnerships.

Meeting focus topics:

  • regional development issues
  • Great Southern region education perspectives
  • PaCE program Albany
  • school visits to Mount Barker Community College, ALTA-1 (Alternative Education Program) Albany, St Joseph's College and North Albany Senior High School
  • statewide drivers and initiatives in early childhood education
  • Reconciliation WA
  • youth attainment and transition
  • concluding comments from the Western Australian Aboriginal Education and Training Council and RREAC members.

22 November 2013

This meeting was attended by Ms Karen Ho, Director, Service Delivery Strategy, DTWD.

Meeting focus topics:

  • Training Together – Working Together, Aboriginal Workforce Development Strategy
  • review of regional meeting
  • discussion regarding 2014 priorities.
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