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Committee Meeting Notes

1 March
Update on conference.
We have secured the Gympie TAFE for the conference for our ECTA Cooloola Regional Group Conference on 14 July. We have also secured Yvonne Winer, Jill Kearney, Kim Walters, Sue Southey, Chris McIntyre, Kathryn Heating as presenters.
We have a quote for the main address to be discussed on 20th March.
Kim is organising catering quotes.

21 Feb.
We held a gathering to welcome in the new year and meet early childhood educators new to the area at Kingston House on Thursday 21 February.
At this gathering we met several teachers new to the area or returning to teaching who joined our group.
supporting these teachers will be a priority for our group.
Several teachers commented on aide time allocation in Prep and everyone had a different allocation. We are going to compare times allocated at our next gathering. Everyone is asked to bring along their aides time table.

Plans are well on the way with our regional conference with several members seeking availability of presenters.
Kim to send out a date claimer asap and secure a venue.
Next meeting at one mile school on 20 March. BYO afternoon tea.

5 Financial ECTA members
The group meet once a term and participate in organized workshops. This year, professional development opportunity suggestions include outdoor environments and multi age groups. Kim Walters will be hosting a hands-on Prep folio We have enjoyed access to the ECTA videolinqs this year with good attendance for both.

4 Financial ECTA members.
The group held a Welcome to 2006 at the Phoenix Hotel 30 members attended. Jan Richardson and Sheila Kath are to be prep facilitators for the area.
Jan & Sheila held a meeting at South to inform everyone about the timetable for the prep training/inservice.

22 members joined together to celebrate the end of another busy year for the network. Everyone enjoyed afternoon tea at the Phoenix Hotel. We all agreed that this would be a great venue for our Welcome to the New Year gathering.
Committee Meeting Notes:

The Cooloola ECTA Regional Group has 110 members at present. We meet once a term for a workshop which is available free to our members. Our group organises an all day conference on the pupil free day in July every second year. We provide a welcome afternoon tea in February each year and a christmas break up afternoon tea. These social occasions are very popular and complement our bi-monthly meetings. Meetings are held in various early childhood centres in the cooloola region.

Workshops / Conferences

Our 2008 Cooloola Regional Group Conference will be held on Monday 14 July at Gympie TAFE - Cartwright Road, Gympie. This exciting program will be offered for childcare, kindergarten, prep and lower primary educators. Please see link below for more information.

We held a training workshop on 26 May 2005 at St Patrick's College. Creating Digital Portfolios using Microsoft PowerPoint by Kim Walters.

We hosted the Gympie Early Childhood Conference (Biannual) at the Gympie Tafe Building on Saturday 7 July 2005

Conference presenters included:
Sue Southey - Music Sharing Tra La La and
Move That Body
Wayne Alexander - Change Leader
Neike Gronenberg - Education Officer in the Strategic Implementation Branch EQ
Maurean Brand - Challenging Behaviours Challenging our Programs
Will Jones - Spirituality