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A newsletter of Principals Australia Institute

Issue 3: May 2015


New PAI website and blog


We have been working hard in recent months to design and deliver a new and dynamic online presence. As a result of that work, it is our great pleasure to share with you the new PAI website. It’s fresh, easy to navigate and reflects our mission to provide professional learning and support for school leaders.

Likewise, the PAI blog will house interesting curated commentary and information. It is designed to build on and drive discussion about the real-life experience of leadership in schools.


MindMatters redeveloped


Earlier this month, beyondblue Chairman The Hon Jeff Kennett AC and Board Director The Hon Julia Gillard launched the redeveloped MindMatters initiative.

PAI supports this important initiative by working directly with school leadership to build their capacity.

Contact one of our staff to learn more about the initiative and to sign up.

For detailed information, visit the website.


The perfect principal


With the National Student Principal for a Day just weeks away (3 June), we invite you to read students’ thoughts on what makes an ideal school leader.

Read more

Late registrations for Student Principal for a Day are welcome.


Free: Valuable and challenging webinar

This free webinar presents unique insights into factors impacting Indigenous student outcomes, as well as policies and strategies that need to be considered to improve education delivery. It will explore the possible impacts of inter-generational trauma and Australia's inability to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sovereignty.

This presentation promises valuable and challenging professional learning for teachers, school leaders or anyone with a role in or passion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education.

Read more and register


By principals, for principals


Following an enthusiastic response to our call for expressions of interest to join the Principal Certification Prototype Trial, we are close to announcing the Principal Trial Team.

In the meantime, we invite you to view the Program timeline, which details the design, trial and implementation.


National Summit – Teacher retention


Retaining Quality Teachers is a national conference on early career teacher retention being held July 9-10 at the University of Western Sydney’s Parramatta campus.

The Summit will address the pressing issue of teacher attrition and retention, a subject at the centre of much public and political debate in Australia as well as globally.

Read more


NSW Breakfast Seminar: Engaging with Asia


Join PAI and the Asia Education Foundation in Sydney on Tuesday, 2 June, to explore:

• opportunities for schools to engage with Asia

• skills Australian students require

• building an Asia capable workforce.

Read more


Generation Next


The goals of the national Generation Next seminar series are to increase awareness of the mental health and wellbeing of children, and young people and their community. The series brings together parents, teachers and leading experts in youth mental health.

The events will be held between May and September in Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, and Adelaide.

For more information and details about registration, see the website.


Acts of kindness challenge for schools


The TWILY 7 Day Acts of Kindness Challenge helps children of all ages to improve their social interactions by creating safe school environments through positive character development.

For more information and to sign your school up, visit the TWILY website.


Australian Learning Lecture – Melbourne


The inaugural Australian Learning Lecture (ALL) is being held May 21.

Sir Michael Barber, a world leading authority on education systems and education reform, will be delivering a not-to-be-missed lecture that will be introduced by Dame Quentin Bryce.

Read more and book your place


PAI webinars and workshops


The Impact of Sovereignty on Education Outcomes: Unique insights into factors impacting on Indigenous student outcomes - May 27

Leading Child Safety Services:  Support for the whole school community - June 22 and June 29

Getting a Grip on Governance: A catalyst for innovation and positive change - June 30 and July 6

workON: develop a supportive work environment - August 4

Graduate and Grow: For leaders supporting and/or guiding graduate teachers (national): for graduates 4 August, for leaders 11 August.


Support and guidance for graduate teachers
To be held in June and July nationally, Graduate and Grow provides valuable resources to support you in your role.

Are you seeking to initiate or add to an existing health and wellbeing strategy?
To be held in June to October nationally.

Child Protection Curriculum 2015 (SA)
Training to support the implementation of the SA Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum materials.


Other events and news

The Wellness Show

Please stop by PAI's stand to learn more about our wellbeing initiatives. Read more

Positive Schools

  • Queensland 21-22 May
  • West Australia 28-29 May
  • Victoria 4-5 June
  • New South Wales 11-12 June

Visit the Positive Schools Conference website for more information and to register.

Radio National

A report about schooling options for children with special needs: Educating Jake and Cooper.


3 great ideas for your school


Go Girl, Go for IT

A national competition for students to design artwork and event tagline for Go Girl, Go for IT 2016. Prizes include an Australia Post grant of $1,000 and opportunity for an inspirational ICT woman to speak at a careers event.

For more information, email the organisers, Follow  or Like.


Anti-Poverty Week

The main aim of Anti-Poverty Week, October 11-17, is to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia.

Read more


Writing Prize

The Future Leaders Writing Prize is an opportunity for Year 11 and 12 students to publish their writing in a book and receive a financial reward.

Read more

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