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Child Safe Standards Training

The Victorian Government now requires all community language schools which have direct contact with children to implement the 7-new child safe standards by 1st January, 2017.

Child safe standards aim to prevent any physical, sexual and emotional abuse or neglect of students.
The leadership/principals of all schools have the responsibility to nominate a knowledgeable staff as a child safe officer to implement policies and required procedures for their schools to achieve these standards.

You have already been invited to attend the Child Safe Standards Training sessions (Nov 7th, Nov 16th, Nov 22nd and Dec 13th ) delivered by VICSEG who have been contracted by the Commission for Children and Young People to assist organisations like ours to meet these standards. Handouts provided:


We are currently developing a Child Safety Policy for schools to use and will send it to you as soon as it is available.

Finally the Department of Education has requested all schools to complete a self-assessment document (click here) which aims to prepare schools to be compliant.
It is important for all schools to complete it and return it (email to info@esav.org.au ) by Friday December 30th, 2016.

Prior to completing this document, it is good to review existing policies and procedures and see if there are any missing policies or may need amending.

You will also be required as a leader/principal of the school to sign a declaration form (last page) declaring that the school will operate in accordance with the minimum standards for child safety regulations.

Effective learning networks and collaboration around outcomes - useful links and key success factors

In relation to how schools and stakeholders build effective learning networks and collaboration around outcomes, the following fourteen links may be of interest. With each link, a key success factor (for optimising collaboration, co-design, personalisation and outcomes in student learning, development, health and wellbeing) is also profiled (in green). All fourteen factors are included in a table at the end of the note. :

Urgent Public Meeting

All Community Languages Schools are invited to attend an urgent public meeting held on Monday December 5th, at 6.00pm at our new offices COASIT building (Entry from University St, Carlton).

There are number of issues that need to be discussed.

Child Safe Standards Compliance
The most pressing is your school’s compliance with Child Safe Standards Compliance. Schools must respond to this issue and have relevant documentation ready by January 1, 2017.
As you will recall, this matter was raised at our State Conference in July this year and subsequently we are conducting Child Safe Standards Training Sessions. If you have not enrolled, we strongly advise you to attend one of these sessions (Nov 7th, Nov 16th and Nov 22nd). Compliance in this matter is mandatory. It has been legislated by Parliament and schools MUST COMPLY.
Failure to do so will result in schools (who are not compliant) WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE for FUNDING.




LEVY
As you are aware schools pays a per capita levy to CLA/ESAV to cover insurance, assist with professional development, subsidising the annual conference and assist with administration costs.
Currently the levy is $6.00 per capita. We are writing to seek your support for a $1.00 increase to be taken out the $25.00 increase which we were able to negotiate to bring the total per capita funding to $215.00 from 2017.

The additional funding would be used for research and enhancing our work. We will present the reasons in more detail at the meeting.

Raising Children in More Than One Language seminar

A FREE seminar for parents, early childhood and pre-school workers, teachers, grandparents and others interested in bilingualism and multilingualism for children at home and elsewhere. ..

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ESAV New Location

The Ethnic Schools Association of Victoria office will be relocated on September 2nd to a new venue 189 Faraday St, Carlton, VIC, 3053.

The contact details will remain the same and hopefully the phone line will be active again shortly.

For urgent message you can email us on info@esav.org.au or call 0422178062.


2016 Accreditation Process

The Department of Education and Training (DET) has made a change to the accreditation process for community language schools.
The Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross-Cultural Communication (RUMACCC) has been appointed to help undertake the accreditation/re-accreditation of community language schools on its behalf.

Community Languages Australia / ESAV facilitated Two Information Sessions (2/9/2016 & 5/9/2016) conducted by RUMACCC staff to explain the accreditation guidelines.

CLA/ESAV will provide schools the necessary assistance to prepare and submit their applications for re-accreditation.
The closing date for applications for re-accreditation is 31 October 2016 .


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Nominations open: Victoria's Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2016

Who are Victoria's 2016 Diversity Heroes?

Do you know an inspiring individual or organisation that has demonstrated extraordinary passion and commitment in promoting cultural diversity in Victoria?
Presented by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Victoria's Multicultural Awards for Excellence shine a spotlight on people and organisations who are making a difference. ..

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SBS National Languages Competition 20 June - 29 July 2016

SBS has partnered with Community Languages Australia to launch the SBS National Languages Competition to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia.

SBS is offering a new focus to encourage and celebrate a LOVE OF LEARNING LANGUAGE in partnership with Community Languages Australia and the Ethnic Schools Association of Victoria.


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2016 Victorian Community Languages Schools Conference

Saturday July 9th, 2016 at Storey Hall, RMIT

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ESAV End of Year Message

What an exciting, successful and busy year it was …

ESAV has conducted many successful activities this year; here is a snapshot:

  • Membership record (204 schools)
  • 700 teachers attended the Professional Developments Sessions
  • 293 successfully completed the Teacher Training Courses
  • 124 completed the First Aid, Anaphylaxis and Asthma Courses
  • 34 successfully completed the Cert IV in Community Languages Teaching
  • 509 attended the 2015 Victorian Community Languages Schools Conference
  • 69 VCE Single Language Provider


ESAV also assisted Community Languages Schools with:
  • Grant Application
  • Schools Accreditation
  • Rental
  • Conflicts


2016 will also be a busy and hopefully successful year, we have plan for many activities.
As for this year which is nearly ending, some schools are busy preparing for 2016 while others are ready to enjoy the end of year holiday and upcoming celebrations. I wish you all colleagues, teachers, administrators, principals, parents and of course our students, the best in the coming festive seasons and look forward to working with you in 2016.

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2016 Grant Application for Community Languages School

Prior to the beginning of Term 1, 2016, accredited organisations will receive, via email, an Excel spreadsheet containing the school’s 2015 student enrolment data. This spreadsheet will only contain student data that the Department was able to confirm through its verification process.

To claim the per capita funding for 2016, organisations will be required to:
  • 1. Delete 2015 Year 12 school students from the spreadsheet
  • 2. Confirm and/or amend existing student details
  • 3. Add new eligible students to the spreadsheet.

Further details and instructions will be sent to all accredited organisations in January 2016.
For all CLS queries please email: community.languages@edumail.vic.gov.au


Deputy Premier and Minister for Education - Support for languages education

The Education State sets out the Andrews Labor Government's commitment to support all students to reach their potential by giving them access to quality education regardless of their location, learning needs or backgrounds. This includes expanding and strengthening languages programs in Victorian schools.

Language education is one of the eight learning areas that all Vcitorian are required...

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2015 German Saturday School Open Day

Saturday 12th September 2015
The German Saturday School is once again having an Open Day on the 12th September 2015 at Clifton Hill Primary School, 185 Gold St, Clifton Hill VIC, 3068
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Cert IV in Community Languages Teaching


Community Languages Australia has embarked on another professional development initiative to assist community language teachers. The Certificate IV in Community Languages Teaching is now taking enrolments for Semester 2, 2015. This course will assist participants to develop necessary skills to work effectively across a range of teaching activities and provide quality teaching and learning outcomes at your school.
Please read the information carefully and consider whether you wish to apply. Places are limited so it is important to review the material below before expressing interest.



2015 Victorian Community Languages Schools Conference

Saturday July 4th, 2015 at Storey Hall, RMIT

Over 500 participants listened to the Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino offer the Andrews’ Government support for languages education and for community language schools.
Inga Peulich Shadow Spokesperson for Multicultural affairs also spoke about the importance of languages in building communities and offered the State Opposition’s support. Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Finance Robin Scott sent a strong message of support.
An array of speakers including Dr Marian Gindidis – Monash University , Stefan Romaniw Community Languages Australia , Nic Abbey VICCSO, Dr Lynda Sydor Petkovic Geelong ECC, Dr Teresa De Fazio Coordinator of the Cert IV Program spoke about the future the challenges and the opportunities in the community languages education sector. Their presentations will be posted on our website as will a full wrap up of the conference. Tassos Douvartzides Chair of AFESA offered a vote of thanks. AFESA Council members from throughout Australia also attended.
Also in attendance were OMI (WA) representatives Catherine Colvin and two teachers from WA community languages schools who were awarded bursaries to attend.
A wide range of workshops were presented by highly professional group of presenters.
Multicultural Arts Victoria provided the cultural entertainment. A highly successful conference supported by highly committed and dedicated teachers and instructors who work in their community for their community and for Victoria and Australia.

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NEW CLS GRANT PROCESS:


    New process for 2015, DET is trialling of an electronic CLS student data collection process for 2015 to:
    • Improve and streamline the per capita funding process
    • Reduce manual processing, allowing for quicker and more efficient processing of data
    • Eliminate anomalies that may be missed through manual checking
    • Enable earlier calculation and payment of grant entitlement to CLS than is currently possible
    • Save resources and time for all

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CERT IV IN COMMUNITY LANGUAGES TEACHING:


Community Languages Australia has embarked on another professional development initiative to assist community language teachers. We are pleased to announce the Certificate IV in Community Languages Teaching course. This course will assist participants to develop necessary skills to work effectively across a range of teaching activities.
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PROMINENT AUSTRALIANS TO BECOME LANGUAGE AMBASSADORS

Community Languages Australia, with support of the Victorian Government and the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, is proud to launch loveoflanguage.com.au a motivational, aspirational website aimed at promoting the learning of language. As a communication tool, it sits within the Victorian Government’s Vision For Languages Education 2013-25.. ..
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Activity Calendar
 

Aug
17
Wed

Professional Development:
Quizzes and puzzles for the language classroom

Statewide Resource Centre, Carlton at 6.00pm

Aug
18
Thu

Professional Development:
How to make your students love learning your language

Statewide Resource Centre, Carlton at 6.00pm

Aug
26
Fri

Training Course :
LOTE Methodology Course Chinese Ph1

RMIT Uni, City Campus

Aug
24
Wed

Training Course :
LOTE Methodology Course Mixed Level Ph1

RMIT Uni, City Campus

Aug
26
Fri

Training Course :
LOTE Methodology Course Chinese Ph2

RMIT Uni, City Campus

Sep
01
Thu

Professional Development:
Catering for special needs students in the classroom

Statewide Resource Centre, Carlton at 6.00pm

Sep
04
SUN

First Aid Level 2 Training

Statewide Resource Centre, Carlton at 9.00am

Sep
04
SUN

Anaphylaxis Training

Statewide Resource Centre, Carlton at 2.30pm

Sep
04
SUN

Asthma Training

Statewide Resource Centre, Carlton at 4.00pm

Sep
06
Tue

Training Course:
Language Methodology Foundation (Prep) to Year 10

Monash Uni, Clayton Campus

Sep
06
Tue

Training Course :
LOTE Methodology Course English Ph1

Deakin Uni, Burwood Campus

Sep
12
Thu

Professional Development:
Identity and cultural diversity-integral to studies of language

Statewide Resource Centre, Carlton at 6.00pm

Sep
14
Wed

Professional Development:
Activities to enrich language learning

Statewide Resource Centre, Carlton at 6.00pm

OCT
9
SAT

13th National Languages Schools Conference

NSW, SYDNEY

Oct
18
Tue

Training Course :
LOTE Methodology Course Ph 1&2 Vietnamese

Victora Uni, Footscray Campus

MAR
16
WED

Training Course:
LOTE Methodology Course English Ph1

RMIT Uni, City Campus

MAR
18
FRI

Training Course :
LOTE Methodology Course Chinese Ph2

RMIT Uni, City Campus

MAR
21
MON

Training Course :
LOTE Methodology Course Chinese Ph1

RMIT Uni, City Campus

APR
04
MON

Training Course :
Principal Preparation: Intensive for Community Language Leaders

Monash Uni, Clayton Campus

APR
12
TUE

Training Course :
LOTE Methodology Course English Ph1

Deakin Uni, Burwood Campus

APR
14
THU

Professional Development:
Introducing electronic games in LOTE

Statewide Resource Centre, Carlton at 6.00pm

APR
18
MON

Professional Development:
VCE Languages School Assessed Coursework and the Audit Process

Statewide Resource Centre, Carlton at 6.00pm

APR
24
SUN

First Aid Level 2 Training

Statewide Resource Centre, Carlton at 9.00am

APR
24
SUN

Anaphylaxis Training

Statewide Resource Centre, Carlton at 2.30pm

APR
24
SUN

Asthma Training

Statewide Resource Centre, Carlton at 4.00pm

APR
27
WED

Professional Development:
Group work to enrich learning with new activities

Statewide Resource Centre, Carlton at 6.00pm

MAY
3
TUE

Training Course :
LOTE Methodology Ph 1&2 Vietnames

Victoria Uni, Footscray Campus

MAY
10
TUE

Professional Development:
Creating Educational Materials

Statewide Resource Centre, Carlton at 6.00pm

MAY
25
WED

Professional Development:
ICT (CamScanner/GoogleSites/GoogleDocs/GoogleSheets/Kahoot/Quizlet)

Statewide Resource Centre, Carlton at 6.00pm

MAY
30
MON

Professional Development:
AusVELS/Victorian Curriculum

Statewide Resource Centre, Carlton at 6.00pm

JUL
9
SAT

2016 Vic Languages Schools Conferene

MELBOURNE< TBA

OCT
9
SAT

13th National Languages Schools Conference

NSW, SYDNEY

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