ECTA Group Office Bearers

Chair: Mel Doyle
Vice: Cornelie Johnson
Secretary: Christien Appel


ECTA Mackay Regional Group
C/- Christien Appel
15 Corella way Blacks Beach QLD 4750


Contact Christien at email address above for more information or to join the group.


2017 Conference in the making






What a wonderful day we had on Saturday! Have you looked or assisted a child differently yet?

ECTA Mackay Group Conference a Hit! 2013

Vicki (treasurer), Paul Spearim, Jenny (secretary) and Sue Southey at ECTA Mackay's Conference

Congratulations to ECTA Mackay on their excellent conference. Held at Mackay Christian College's junior campus, keynote speaker Paul Spearim educated and entertained with his Aboriginal storytelling, dance and songs. Sue Southey followed the break-out groups sessions, sharing her hands-on mathematics ideas for learning in the early years. Educators came together from the Mackay area for this professional development opportunity, networked, and shopped at educational trade stalls.

Bus Trip Around Mackay Centres

On the bus!

Generally, teachers have little opportunity to view the teaching environments that other teachers establish, but most would like to! As our first major event of the year, the Committee organized a Tour of Early Childhood Settings in our local area, & the overwhelming response demonstrated that this was something people wanted to attend. Organized for a Saturday, a full bus of 50 teachers from ChildCare, Kindergartens & both State & Private schools enjoyed a rare chance to view working classrooms & chat to the teachers. We visited six settings, including Child Care, Community Kindergartens, School Based Kindergartens, Prep Classrooms & an Outside School Hours Care Program. Each venue showcased both familiar and new ideas, which the tour participants were eager to explore. Cameras clicked madly! The networking between fellow professionals was a highlight of the day, and the Committee was gratified by the extremely positive and enthusiastic feedback that was received - with many requests for more such offerings.

Workshops / Conferences

Checking out centres
ECTA Mackay colleagues check out each other's centres on their bus tour.

Regional Group Activities - previous years
We had a MADECTA meeting with guest speaker Melinday Wyatt from Wyatt chiropractor. Melinda talked with us about the importance of looking after our...