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COGSO PareNT newsletter



COGSO PareNT newsletter

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Northern Territory Council of Government School Organisations


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pareNT Page 3 Volume 5, Issue 1 pareNT: COGSO produces 4 editions of pareNT, a par ent newsletter, which is sent via schools to around 22,000 parents of children in public education in the NT. COGSO INFO: All members of the community can register to receive COGSO INFO an e-distribution of up to date information on a wide range of education and related topics. COGSO Website: The COGSO website has copies of all resources, publications etc. Public E-Forum: A recently developed online forum is provided to enable discussion about topical educational issues. The forum will be invaluable in canvassing pub lic opinion on a range of issues in a very fast turn around time. Remote Indigenous School Community Projects: COGSO is currently running projects to support remote Indigenous parental engagement in their childrens education and to provide governance advice, support and training (see pg2). COGSO Executive is proud to work on your behalf. Dont forget your voice as a parent is always vital to the educa tion of your children. Peter Garrigan, President What is APIF? The Department of Employment, Education and Training (DEET) has introduced an Accountability and Performance Improvement Framework (APIF) as part of its reform agenda to improve practices and outcomes within the department and schools. APIF has been designed to measure elements such as levels of accountability, and performance and improvement by way of activity such as tracking the progression of student learning, a school self review and improvement plan carried out once every four years, a performance profile and an annual operational plan. If you are on a School Council please note that School Councils and General Managers (DEET) are required to endorse the Improvement Plan and the Annual Operational Plan. The role of the School Council is to work in partnership with the Principal and school leadership by engaging parents in school planning and performance review activities. School Councils are expected to participate in the development of the School Improvement Plan and have monitor and review progress against goals in the School Improvement and Operational Plan. (p8. DEET APIF Guide for Schools) See the DEET website at www.deet.gov.au for more information on APIF and a wide range of other education information. Katherine Region Representative Bill Russellkathregion@ntcogso.org.au As the 2008 Katherine Region COGSO Representative, Ive been asked to provide a short piece for your information. My early schooling was in a West African village school of some 200 students under the British colonial education system of the 1960s. As one of three sons of parents employed as Aid workers, I have been a student under the British, American and Australian education via correspondence, remote, rural, metropolitan and boarding school systems. I am both a product of, and sympathetic to, the challenges and advantages of education and living in rural and remote locations. I hold a Double major BSc. in Anatomy and Physical Education (UWA) and a BAppSc. (RMIT). As a Chiropractor I spent 12 years in private practice. Much of that time I concurrently ran a successful outdoor adventure company leading nature interpretive services for National Parks, snow survival, white water, bushwalking, mountain-biking and team building activities. From a recreational perspective, I have been an avid participant and coach in a range of team, individual and water based activities including but not limited to swimming, kayaking, hockey, volleyball, athletics and dance. I have lectured in Sport and Tourism at TAFE and represented tourism operators at both local and State levels in Victoria. In 2003 my wife (a secondary science and outdoor education teacher) and I, extended my familys connection with the remote Ngaanyatjarra Lands (NG) communities in WA and have remained in remote education since. She is currently a Primary School teaching Principal at Mataranka. All four of our primary aged children are in public education and my family share mutual respect with the indigenous members of remote communities we have lived and worked in. I am passionate about education, health and the environment. I recognise the need to encourage a truly integrated approach to learning which includes the arts, SOCE, science and physical activity. Whilst my wife is a DEET employee, as a parent, my commitment is first and foremost to educational outcomes and the parent role in achieving this. From a governance perspective, I have represented community views at local, regional and state level in e du ca t i on , s po r t , t ou r i sm , environmental and health issues over some 28 years. I believe I am a global thinker. Whilst I have a good understanding of meeting and constitutional procedure, I believe it should not stop people from having a say at school council or NTCOGSO. I l i ve remote , l i ke many Territorians; and am committed to finding ways for the bush and its people to have a meaningful, stronger voice. I see my role as supporting you in developing that voice. Regards Bill From The President - (continued from page 1)