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Filling the Data Gap: International Engagement in the School Sector

Posted on 11 April 2019
Filling the Data Gap: International Engagement in the School Sector
Measuring the school sector's contribution to Australia's international education industry is currently a major challenge.

A new research initiative - Filling the Data Gap: International Engagement in the School Sector is attempting to provide a comprehensive picture of the depth and breadth of international engagement in secondary schools nationally.

Registrations are now open to all secondary schools who have active sister school relationships, host inbound students and visitors or facilitate overseas experiences for Australian students.

Participation is open to both CRICOS registered and non-CRICOS registered schools and we are encouraging schools across all systems and jurisdictions nationally to participate in this exciting and important research for the sector.


For more information or to register, visit


This project is supported by the Australian International Education: Enabling Growth and Innovation project fund, Department of Education and Training.

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Additional Scholarships available for Women in Leadership - please pass on to your staff

Posted on 10 April 2019
Additional Scholarships available for Women in Leadership - please pass on to your staff

Funding grants of up to $1,500 are currently available to women who work in schools to support their participation in a leadership development program.

The grants have been provisioned with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development options for all women throughout the schools sector in Australia. The funding is suitable to both teaching and non-teaching women staff.

Expressions of Interest

Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to 7th June:

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BE YOU Initiative promotes mental wellbeing for your students

Posted on 9 April 2019
BE YOU Initiative promotes mental wellbeing for your students
As you know headspace is working with Beyond Blue to deliver a new national mental health initiative - Be You.

Be You is available to all Australian schools and is fully funded by the Commonwealth Government (Department of Health). headspace would like to engage as many Australian principals and school communities as possible to participate. headspace has assigned a Be You Consultant to every Australian school.

By clicking on the link below, your school can access;
  • the online Be You national mental health framework with learning modules
  • your school's Be You consultant
  • free professional development and training opportunities
  • free online resources

headspace is here to support your school community. Be You is also aligned with other important mental health initiatives and works closely with all sectors in the state and territories. Be You is a "value add" support and not an "add on".

Fill in your name (as Principal) and an Action Team Leader name (a member of the school team who can champion, guide, strategically lead mental health and wellbeing across your school).

It's easy! Click here to get your school involved.

For general information about Be You, you can visit:
Kind regards

Kristen Douglas
National Manager,
headspace in Schools Division
headspace, National Youth Mental Health Foundation
M 0429997079

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Funding Opportunities for your School - 8 April 2019

Posted on 8 April 2019
Funding Opportunities for your School - 8 April 2019
World Oceans Day - 8 June 2019

World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. Free resources and ideas are available to help expand the reach and impact of World Oceans Day on June 8 and year-round.

1.    Woodside Stronger Communities - STEM in Schools Program (WA)
Woodside is committed to promoting student learning in critical subject areas such as science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) that support their business, industry and broader society. Since 2016, this Program, a collaborative partnership between Woodside and Earth Science Western Australia, has reached more than 10,000 WA students. See website for details:

2.    Community Education Foundation Grants
The Foundation facilitates a wide range of grants for eligible charities and not-for-profit organisations in Australia. The Foundation works closely with Community Bank® companies that choose to reinvest their profits back into the local community via structured charitable grant programs. For available programs, see the website

3.    Safer Communities Fund Round 4
The Department of Home Affairs' Safer Communities Fund provides schools and pre-schools, community organisations and local councils with grants of up to $1.5 million for security infrastructure and engagement activities to protect children in the community who are at risk of attack, harassment or violence stemming from racial or religious intolerance. Places of religious worship can apply if they meet the eligibility criteria, however all applicants must link their application to protecting children as one of the demographics being protected (even if adults are also part of the demographic). Applications close 5pm AEDT, 4 April 2019.

4.    Kreative Koalas Design a Bright Future Challenge (NSW)
Kreative Koalas is an innovative STEM project-based learning program being rolled out in Western Sydney and the Hunter region that focuses on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It empowers teachers to engage young people with a diverse range of academic skills, provides them with teamwork, problem solving and communication skills and a creative vehicle to design real world projects that have real world impact. Expressions of interest close 4 April 2019.

5.    Multicultural Queensland Awards 2019 (QLD)
Nominations for the 2019 Multicultural Queensland Awards are now open. There are 8 categories, including Education, training skills - for government and non-government early childhood education and care, schools, universities, TAFEs or registered training organisations located in Queensland. Applications close Thursday, 18 April 2019.

6.    Telematics Trust grant (VIC)
The Trust provides unique funding opportunities to individuals, educational institutes, government, business, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations. Applications close 5pm, Thursday 18 April 2019.

7.    2020 Premier's Teacher Scholarships (NSW)
All teachers in schools or TAFE colleges across NSW are encouraged to apply for these Scholarships which will provide $10,000 or $15,000 for a five-week study tour within Australia or overseas. It provides an opportunity to see some best practice education methods in a live teaching environment, helping to develop and inspire teachers across NSW. Applications close 28 April 2019.

8.    National Youth Science Forum 2020 Year 12 Program
The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is a not-for-profit organisation that runs a number of residential programs to encourage young people in their passion for science. Year 11 students who are interested in and passionate about science and technology are encouraged to apply for the 2020 Year 12 program, which will offer students the chance to learn about the diverse career options available in the STEM sectors over their 12-day stay at either the Australian National University or the University of Queensland. 600 places are available for students all over Australia. Applications close 31 May 2019.

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Invitation to attend symposium on The Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People

Posted on 7 April 2019
Invitation to attend symposium on The Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People
We would like to invite you to our annual not-for-profit seminar The Mental Health & Wellbeing of Young People. Every year this event attracts over 6000 delegates and positively impacts the lives of over 500 000 young people. This single-day seminar is recommended for professionals, parents and anyone who supports young people and consists of 9 expert presentations providing research-based, practical advice and strategies that delegates can use to make real change in the lives of the young people they support.

Our recent survey of 2000 working parents found that young people's mental health and wellbeing issues were impacting on working parents in terms of absenteeism and retention as well as productivity, as measured by presenteeism. Please find the infographic for our Working Parents Survey as well as some information for our Handbooks Growing Happy, Healthy Young Minds and Nurturing Young Minds attached.

We are offering a special discount for organisations who would like to purchase tickets to our events and copies of our handbook for staff and clients. It is an opportunity to support working parents in your organisation, provide professional development for your staff or clients, as well as help young people and support communities that are struggling to deal with unprecedented levels of youth mental health issues.

If you would like to secure seminar tickets for your staff or clients, copies of the Generation Next handbooks, or require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Blake Galera-Hollis | Generation Next
PO Box 500 Burwood NSW 1805
P: 1300 797 794 | D: 02 8758 0110 M: 0474 008 558 Fax: 1300 797 792
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