Loretta Giorcelli Visits Hervey Bay
Professor Giorcelli presented an entertaining and inspiring address at the ECTA Annual Conference in 2009. Thanks to a generous ECTA (Qld) sponsorship grant our regional group has been able to subsidize this presentation.
In this presentation Dr Loretta Giorcelli explored current research findings into the development of resilience in children and teens. She extrapolated from them the critical role of Early Childhood and Primary Professionals in developing healthy self esteem and resilience in children making links to the importance resilience plays in supporting the growth of autonomy and relational skills in children. She drew from her long experience of working with children who fail to thrive as learners both in Australia and overseas schools and clinics.
Report on Regional Tour 9,10,11 February 2010
Attendance Numbers were
Gladstone 82 (40 more than they thought)
Hervey Bay 50
This was an exceptionally successful tour.
Bringing professionals together at the beginning of the year.
Setting up networks
Many new members for the region joined (Gympie had 60 new members)
Each region is establishing a emailing list so that PD information can be distributed.
Reflections thus far in.
"I could have sat there all night and listened-she was sooo good!"
"I never have had nearly 2 hrs pass so quickly - when she said her time was nearly up and she wanted to move on to some critical points before she finished I looked at the clock and couldn't believe the time"
"It was great to meet Loretta - so great to see a large gathering. What an inspiring speaker and such knowledge". - Sandy Johnson, Lecturer, USQ.
"Last night was excellent - I went to tell my principal this morning, and he said three people had already told him the same thing! Loretta was so easy to listen to." Lyn Tweed, Learning Support, Pialba State School.
Responding to the National Curriculum
At the end of April ECTA Hervey Bay Group members and friends gathered together to respond as a group to the draft National Curriculum. Teachers from State and Independent schools, from Prep and Lower Primary went through the draft documents and lodged their responses with ACARA.
Workshops / Conferences
We were very excited to have several ECTA Hervey Bay members attend the Annual ECTA Conference this year. Lisa, Romayne, Leonie, Donna and Libby travelled down to Brisbane and enjoyed the professional development, the trade displays and the chance to catch up with old and new friends.
ECTA Videolinq workshops linked to the Hervey Bay TAFE site are well attended by staff from child care centres, C & K Kindergartens, State and Catholic Ed Prep teachers, as well as representative from other community groups e.g. guidance officers.