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Executive Officer Report

Hello members and welcome to our first newsletter for 2017.  

Conference 2017: The conference committee have started the year with a bang and are very busy behind the scenes putting together our 10th International Conference for Adolscent Success - which all of you are invited to attend.

This is promising to be our best event to date and we are excited to bring you what we consider to be an innovative and dynamic celebration of S.T.E.A.M in the middle years, a topic which is on everyones agenda.  

Regardless of what subject you teach or what area of the middle years you are resposible for you will gain knowledge, skills and networks by attending this event and I encourage you all to attend and support your association.

Managment Committee: Our first Management Committee meeting was held over two days.  Day one was for association business and day two was for strategic planning and setting goals for the year.  We welcomed two new committee members onto the team;  Howard MacPherson from Pembroke School in Adelaide and Gabrielle Baker who is on study leave at the moment from St Peters College in Indooroopilly, Brisbane.  

We also welcomed two extended committee members who are contributing to the committee via email; Jodie Davey from Catholic Education in Townsville and Sheridan Fisher from The Australian International School in Singapore.  

During our introductions at the start of the meeting it became very clear that we have an amazing committee with collective strengths in all areas of middle schooling, all of whom are commited to serving the middle years community and enabling best practice for young adolescents.  You can read our meeting minutes and see photos of the committee here.

Leadership Workshops: We are excited to announce that we are running a number of additional events this year, including some wonderful leadership workshops run by Dr Paul Browning from St Pauls School in Brisbane.  Paul was our keynote speaker in Singapore last year and was hugely popular, as a result we have asked him to run a series of workshops in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.  Click here to find one of these workshops near you.

Twitter Chats: Our fortnightly Twitter Chats are continuing to gain momentum and participants.  Please join us, it's fantastic professional development... and it's FREE.

Here are the upcoming dates for the remainder of the year:

Term 2
– 20th April, 4th May, 18th May, 1st June, 15th June, 29th June

Term 3 – 20th July, 3rd August, 17th August, 24th August – Live from #OZCAS17, 31st August, 14th September

Term 4 – 12th October, 26th October, 9th November, 23rd November, 7th December

Some of our upcoming topics include:

Health Education in the Middle Years
Cybersafety in the Middle Years
Middle Year “Myths”
Student Success in the Middle Years

Any members who would like to suggest topics that they are interested in can Tweet to us at @adolesuccess or by use the #MYEdOz hashtag.


Thanks for all your support so far this year.  Remember that by recommending your colleagues join Adolescent Success, you are adding to our collective genius and helping to grow the only Australian professional association dedicated exclusively to the education, development and growth of young adolescents.  

We are all stronger by association.

Angela White

Executive Officer


Awards 2017

Exciting news!  This year we have an additional award category due to the S.T.E.A.M theme for conference AND... it's easier to apply!  

The new award category just for 2017... is for the "Most Innovative S.T.E.A.M Program in the Middle Years".

Please click the google form links below to find out more about how you can apply.

(These links are google forms and require you to have a google account, please email us if you have any trouble opening them.)


Support our annual partners:

As a not for profit association we could not provide the range of services we do without the loyal support of our annual partners. We have chosen to partner with outstanding providers who all have philosophies in keeping with our middle years approach to teaching. They will ALL look after you if you let them know you're an Adolescent Success member and ALL provide outstanding service. We hope you use your membership to start conversations with these great people.

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.

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


Get in touch with Tori  from Latitude Group Travel, mention Adolescent Success 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.



ANNOUNCEMENT: Kevin Honeycutt Podcast available

David speaks with Kevin Honeycutt, an educator and leader in the field of educational technology integration and key note presenter at the 10th Annual Conference for Adolescent Success.

In this episode, Kevin chats about the need for teachers to get on the technology roundabout as well as what he terms the 'tradigital' approach to learning.


Journal available online

You asked for it and we have delivered.  Many members have requested that the Australian Journal of Middle Schooling be available freely on the website so that they can share the articles with other staff members and colleagues.  We have listened to your requests and are pleased to announce that the journal is now available on our website.  You can click here to view it.



Registration for Conference 2017 open

It is with great pleasure and excitement that the management committee announces that registration for our 2017 conference in Brisbane is now open. This is the biggest event we run and it attracts delegates from around the globe. We are thrilled with the line up of keynote speakers and hope you find them to be engaging and inspiring middle years advocates. Click here to find out more.


Call for Abstract Closes 1 April

You still have time to submit an abstract to present at conference  Click here to find out more.



Schools Stuck in Industrial Era: Mitchell Institute Report

"All young people – irrespective of whether they pursue a trade, service or professional career – need a foundation in broader capabilities such as problem solving, communication and collaboration, as well as deep kowledge, technical skills, and literacy and numeracy."

Read full report here: March 2017



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.au.



Quick Conference Links


Information booklet

Abstract submission




Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education as all ~ Socrate

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