Welcome to the June edition of succeed. With the end in sight for this semester, I am sure this finds you all deep in the throes of marking and reporting. "What holiday?" I hear you moan...
I recently had the privilege of visiting two passionate educators at Wagga Wagga Christian College. Middle School Coordinator Heather Mansley and Principal Hugh MacCallum showed me their campus and discussed their 'blue sky' planning for a new Middle School precinct. They would certainly welcome input from anyone who has recently embarked on Middle School developments, as they are keen to "learn from others' mistakes", as well as to hear about successful implementation of concepts and design. Considering our first twitter chat @MyEdOz was about learning spaces, this is an ideal opportunity to share your experiences with Heather and Hugh. Members helping members...brilliant!
Click here to email Heather.
I also commend the recently published June edition of the Australian Journal of Middle Schooling. It is again chock full of great articles and is the first edition compiled by our new editor, Anne Coffey. Look for it in your inbox. Congratulations Anne and thanks to the contributors. The sharing of knowledge and practice is vital for our growth as practitioners. Much gratitude must also go to Association President, Deb Evans, who has worked tirelessly for many years as Journal Editor, and has overseen the growth of our flagship publication.
Our second APCAS (Asia Pacific Conference for Adolescent Success) in Singapore is fast approaching. Presenter abstracts have been reviewed and program planning is being finalised. The second of our featured conference speakers, Adelaide-based clinical psychologist, Dr Tom Nehmy, headlines this edition of succeed. Check out his article below. See also the conference flyer and register for what is going to be a fantastic conference.
On behalf of the Association Executive, all the best for a happy, safe and well-deserved break.
Matt Atkinson - Vice President