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eNews July 2017

Welcome to the July edition of succeed. It's with great excitment that your management committee conitnue the organisation of our 10th International Conference for Adolescent Success.  We are so happy with the interest we have recieved for this event and thank you all for your continued support of the association.  You can still support this event by registering here.

Key messages we think will come across from our invited speakers at the confernece:

Kevin Honeycutt: "Hook 'em and Cook 'em, how to meet young adolescent learners where THEY live"

Prof Chris Sarra: "How can we purge the stink of low expectations in schools?"

Dr Jane Hunter: " Discovering, Designing and Driving - why STEAM matters in the middle years (research)"

Join us at conference where we will hear from Kevin, Chris and Jane and over 30 other amazing educators as we Discover, Design and Drive our way towards S.T.E.A.M in the middle years.


Journal Update:

Many of our members have expressed interest in recieving a printed version of our journal.  We always used to produce two printed publications a year and after listening to your feedback we understand that having a hard copy of the journal is important to many of you.  We are pleased to announce that this year we will print both journals and all members will receive a copy by post.  Keep an eye on the post as you should be getting your first one before the end of July.


Important dates to remember:

  • Our AGM is held on Saturday 26th August 2017 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhbition Centre.  You can click here to see the notice of AGM.  All members are invited to attend.
  • We are currently calling for nominations for Management Committee Positions.  Nominations close 31 July 2017.  You can find a nomination form here.
  • Awards submissions have now closed, winners will be announced at conference, on our website and via email to all members.

We are making voting easier for you this year too... all members can vote online making is simple and efficient for you to have a say in your association.

Voting information will be sent out to you in early August.

We hope you've had a relaxing and energising break and look forward to connecting with you again in Term 2.


Angela White

Executive Officer



Special offer for conference delegates while in Brisbane

Adolescent Success is working closely with the South Bank Concierge Program – a new initiative where the sole focus is to ensure delegates have a wonderful time whilst in Brisbane.

There is nothing better than getting out to experience the local surrounds of a new city and South Bank, only a short stroll away from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, is brimming with incredible conference exclusives awaiting 10th International Conference for Adolescent Success conference delegates.

By using the South Bank Concierge website, delegates can unlock incredible conference exclusives throughout the South Bank precinct. Not only will they receive 10% off at participating retailers, they can also book event tickets, plan their itinerary and access special offers, plus so much more.  

Visit www.southbankconcierge.com.au now to unlock incredible conference exclusives as an 10th International Conference for Adolescent Success conference delegate.

Stephen Heppell discusses Education Polarisation

At Furnware, they are passionate about creating inspiring learning spaces. They are also keen to share their learnings...so they created the LearningLab. Here you’ll meet some of the world’s leading educationalists...the future thinkers, thought leaders and creative minds.

First up they talk to Professor Stephen Heppell – one of the world’s leading education and learning spaces experts. Click on Stephen’s image above and start watching.

You can get this interview and other monthly morsels of inspiration straight to your inbox...We just need a few details – most importantly your email address, and then you’re away! This link will take you to their subscribe form.

We invite you to support our annual partners; they have some great deals for educators!

Get in touch with Delia from Latitude Group Travel, mention Adolescent Sucess and she will save you $50 per person on travel outside of Australia AND put you in the draw to win a huge $20,000 discount on group travel.

Andrew Grant from Queensland Edventures is waiting to hear from you.  He can help you transform your outdoor education program.



Matt Diener from Furnware would love to give you a free consultation and discuss with you how to transform your classroom or school.  He knows how to create modern learning environments and is an expert at suggesting creative approaches to school furniture.  

Calling all Middle Years Researchers:

You still have time to book in a school visit or workshop

If you have registered for conference but not yet booked a school visit or workshop on Thursday 24th August (day before conference starts), you still have time.

Click here to view school visit information.

Click here to view workshop information.

You can book either simply by emailing Catherine and letting her know which you'd like to attend.  She will book you in and send your school an invoice.


"Social Media and Children's Mental Health a review of the evidence" by Sarah Firth 2017

"It is over a decade since the exponential growth of social media began and research into this aspect of our modern lives is therefore in its infancy.
In this new report, the Education Policy Institute investigates what is known so far about the relationship between young people’s use of social media and their emotional and mental wellbeing.
As this report demonstrates, further research is required to fully understand the impact of such a rapid change in the way in which young people communicate and develop social relationships in the digital world.

This report points to the need for a greater understanding of how to build resilience in young people as they navigate this relatively unchartered territory. Government policy should therefore focus on what can be done at a national level to invest in further research and to support the industry, families and schools to build this resilience in young people."

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Request for photos for the next journal

We would love to showcase your school/students in the November publication of the Australian Journal of Middle Schooling.

If you have any photos of your school, students or events which you'd like to submit please click here for the copyright release form.

This is a great way to showcase your school and students.

Many thanks for your support; it's shaping up to be a great publication!

Please email either our journal editor Anne Coffey at anne.coffey@nd.edu.auor executive officer Angela White at angela@adolescentsuccess.org.au.