Welcome to Term 3. I hope the term has commenced smoothly for you and your teams.
Last term your TSAA representatives continued to meet and liaise with DoE Corporate teams and personnel on a regular basis. We have also met with representatives of the Relief Absence Management System Working Group, a very exciting initiative which is to be piloted this term. (see article in this Bulletin)
We encourage all SBM's to join in their local Network Groups, this is a great way to meet fellow colleagues, share ideas, have mini PL sessions, provide support to each other and collaborate on initiatives and topics of interest. If you are organising a Network Meeting in your area please let a TSAA Executive Member know of the details, wherever possible an executive member will try to attend.
All SBM's are invited to send through any articles of interest, photos or write-ups for our TSAA Bulletins. It is great to be able to share stories and events with our fellow colleagues. These could include special school events, building projects, SBM profiles etc.
We also have been busy planning for our 2019 Conference (see below for further conference details). We are excited with the fabulous guest speakers we have booked in for our conference. We encourage all SBM's to take the time out of your busy schedules to attend our conference in August. It is always a fantastic opportunity to come together as a group, meet and network with fellow colleagues and join in the fantastic program that will be on offer. With only a month to go to our conference if you have not already registered please do. Encourage your colleagues to come along for a fabulous two days of exciting guest speakers, DoE presentations, sponsor booths and our White Ribbon Dinner on Monday night. Don't forget we have organised a pre-conference dinner on the Sunday night for those that are travelling to Launceston on Sunday.
Have you registered for our
Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th August 2019
Grand Chancellor Hotel, Launceston
“Together Towards Tomorrow”
SRA Corporate are our MCs (Nic) and Sara will also be running workshops. Guest Speakers – Robbi Mack, Lisa McInnes-Smith and local identity Sam Harberle – for more on our conference program go to our June TSAA Bulletin; https://tassaa.schoolzineplus.com/enews?nid=2
Our conference dinner will be on Monday night, the theme this year is “White Winter Wonderland” (so dress in white) with local band Well Strung providing excellent music.
It promises to be an action packed couple of days with amazing speakers, networking sessions & DoE information sessions. We still have some spots to fill so we can finalise the program however things are looking great.
Here is the link for those wanting to register for the conference via Google Chrome
Read below to learn more about our guest speakers;
Robbi Mack - Heart Beatz
Robbi Mack is the ‘Queen of HeartBeatz’ and has a passion for inspiring and amplifying the potential found in human connection. Robbi empowers people with the tools to integrate our
minds, with messages from the heart. An expert in emotional intelligence she innately understands the importance of self-awareness, self-management, and the power of empathy in becoming our greatest selves.
HeartBeatz lays a foundation for inspired heart-centred leadership. Understanding human connection enhances communication, strengthens teams and builds collaborative high performing cultures. At the core of business is the heart of the people driving its success.
As a speaker, Robbi is a five-foot firecracker who brings style and flare to any conference program. Spending most of her life onstage her presentations are a unique combination of enriching business content delivered with the execution of a world-class performer. Her messages are insightful, jam packed with strategies to enable personal transformation via the relationships in our lives.
Lisa McInnes-Smith works with audiences to create a shift in attitude, behaviour and direction which helps to improve focus and lift performance within any company. She works with corporations to help improve and increase profitability and productivity.
Able to connect with any audience, Lisa works hard to communicate in a clear, concise manner to ensure that all individuals take something away from her presentation and apply it to their professional and personal lives. She is described as high energy and as a result of her popularity she has been inducted into the International Speaker Hall of Fame, being the first Australian to achieve this.
Lisa’s presentations are described as uplifting, entertaining and interactive and cover a broad range of topics including:
- Attributes that lead to great leadership
- How potential followers can learn to lead
- Important leadership characteristics and how to grow them
- Importance of choosing peer groups and how to build them
- Significance of trust in an environment
- Creating an atmosphere where individuals can flourish
- Fast tracking leadership skills
Our conference dinner will be on Monday night and the theme this year is “White Winter Wonderland”. So get creative and start thinking about your outfit! This year we are supporting White Ribbon and donations will be taken on the night, so bring some loose change.
White Ribbon Mission: To achieve our mission in creating a nation that respects women, in which every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse, we engage in primary prevention. We look to stopping the violence before it starts. Preventing violence against women requires a broad approach involving primary prevention educational programs, engaging men, community services and lobbying for law reforms through our advocacy work.
We have rooms on hold for conference delegates – to book these rooms phone Lynda Coombe from reservations on 03 6311 1055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Advise you are booking for the ‘TSAA conference delegate’ rate. Credit card details will need to be provided upon booking for guarantee of room. Booking reference for these rooms is #304475.
Limited paid parking is available on site at the Hotel Grand Chancellor at a reduced cost of $6.00 per day (permits available on request on check-in). There is also paid public parking available opposite in Cameron Street and paid public parking in Willis Street, approximately a 10 minute walk from the venue. go to the link below for further parking information, click on the marked yellow car parks for rates and times.
Cheaper all day parking is available at Inveresk for $3.00 per day with the free Launceston City Council Tiger Bus running pick-ups from 7.30 am (see link below)
Relief, Absence Management System
The Relief, Absence Management System has been developed from Department wide initiatives such as:
- The School Administration Workload Review Project
- TSAA feedback on the requirement to link leave management to relief coverage
- Internal School Audit on management of absences within schools
- Requirements for improvements in managing and processing employee one-off payments
- Requirement of a HR owned system which allows customisation and flexibility to accommodate users’ needs
The system has been developed in Employee Self Service and will facilitate a number of payments such as relief and additional hours, overtime, one-off allowances, additional 2 weeks, additional week of hours, and automated absence management functionality.
The Relief Absence Management System is nearing completion of development with a proposed pilot go live date of mid-late term 3.
To ensure the system meets the Department’s needs, consultation will continue with key stakeholders through forums such as:
- TSAA Executive demonstration and feedback
- Business Operations demonstration and feedback
- Working Group demonstration and feedback
- A demonstration at the TSAA Conference, including a booth for interaction
- Network Group demonstrations and feedback – to be scheduled after TSAA conference
Communication will continue to be provided accordingly as the system nears final completion.
On 30 May 2019, Suzanne Purdon from Early Years Partnerships and Projects and Zoë Laskey from Strategic Policy and Planning presented to the Executive Committee on the provisional Strong Partnerships Framework and the provisional Co-location Policy (see attached presentation for more detail), which are currently being rolled out across the Department and the Education and Care sector.
The provisional Strong Partnerships Framework aims to support the ongoing development of collaborative partnerships between the Department of Education (DoE) and the Education and Care (E&C) community.
The Strong Partnerships Framework and supporting resources and materials explicitly guide and support the building of respectful and trusting relationships and practices for the benefit of the children and families at the centre of our work.
The Strong Partnerships project includes the provisional Policy and process to guide the co-location of Education and Care services and Department of Education schools and services (provisional Co-location Policy).
The provisional Co-location Policy provides consistent and transparent processes to establish and manage co-location arrangements between DoE schools and services and E&C services, as well as clear roles and responsibilities.
The provisional Strong Partnerships Framework and the provisional Co-location Policy are being implemented through a gradual approach over the next 12 months. This period of time will enable us to learn as we go, and ensure that the Framework and Policy are tailored to meet the needs of DoE schools and services and E&C services, as well as closely support implementation.
A new position is being established in Learning Services to support schools, Child and Family Centres and Education and Care services to implement the Provisional Co-location Policy, with Early Years Partnerships and Projects supporting roll-out of the Strong Partnerships Framework.
The Early Years Partnerships and Projects team can be contacted at EYPP@education.tas.gov.au if you have any questions regarding the provisional Strong Partnerships Framework. If you have questions about the Provisional Co-location Policy, or are looking to establish new co-location arrangements, the interim contact person is Zoë Laskey, Principal Policy Analyst, at email@example.com or by phone on 6165 6171.
Report BMV Conference
On May 8th - May 10th I had the pleasure of attending the 2019 Leadership Conference in Melbourne which was held at the Pullman Hotel in Albert Park. This conference was celebrating the Business Managers of Melbourne’s 40th anniversary.
On arrival I attended the meet and greet dinner where we were entertained by Peter Rowsthorn, better known by Brett off ‘Kath and Kim’. Peter is a comedian and his presentation certainly set the scene for the conference.
Below is a brief report on each workshop I attended.
Developing the leader in you - Janine Stratford
Janine was an Assistant Principal for 4 years in a Primary School and gave up the chance to become a Principal to start her own business. She talked about 4 areas that make good role models and leaders.
- Be clear at all times about what you want to express and know your own strengths and weaknesses
- Be confident in difficult moments and always plan conversations
- Be consistent in your conversations with others and always send the same message
- Consideration to others on what triggers and annoys them
- Qualities of a good leader is to be non-judgmental, approachable, understanding, show empathy to name a few
Rethinking Relationships - Janine Stratford
Janine spoke about forming relationships within your workplace.
- How do you want people to see you? What are you good at? What do people say when you leave the room
- Everyone wants to be liked and respected. Find out what you are good at and use this skill when dealing with people
- Remember that if you want respect you must show respect to others. Be honest, knowledgeable, approachable and a good listener
Unseen Influences: How to engage the disengaged successfully - Dr Rosemary McCallum
This workshop was hard to write about as it was mainly a hands on workshop.
- We talked about the influences that people have on each other
- How do you motivate the unmotivated
- How do you help those who have a ‘don’t care attitude’
The 3 main drivers that were discussed for why most people go to work is because it is a challenge, it’s a lifestyle and for the family. We paired off and done mock conversations on different topics to test our ability to have difficult conversations when they are called for.
The afternoon session was a joint workshop.
The Power of Collaborative Leadership - Simon Dowling
Simon spoke about what it would be like if more people listened to more of the ideas that you as a leader were trying the express. Your level of influence as a leader has a big impact on your ability to make a difference in your organisation.
That night there was a gala red carpet dinner where we wore anything red and glittery.
Friday morning we were entertained by our own Robyn Moore with a presentation on Beyond Informed to Transformed.
Robyn’s presentation was full of humour and information. She spoke about the re-engage, re-mind, re-create, re-fresh and re-discover.
This presentation was one that we have had at our conference in the past and it was just as entertaining as always. She had the whole room in laughter and awe with her translations of Blinky Bill.
Closing Key note speaker was Dr. Jessica Gallagher
Jessica is a vision impaired Olympic skier and tandem bike rider. Jessica lost her sight as a teenager. An Australian representative in 3 sports (athletics, skiing and track cycling), the first Australian to have medaled at a summer and winter Paralympics or Olympics. She was a competitor in downhill skiing where she skied down a mountain at 100 miles per hour and all she could see was the outline of her instructor at the bottom in a hi vis shirt and his voice coming through a mike she wore to tell her if she was on course. Would we have that courage and trust in someone when they literally take our lives into their hands? How scary would that be! The trust and courage it took her to do this event was evident in her presentation. Jessica’s challenged us to think differently and see the world from a whole new perspective.
I thank the TSAA for giving me the opportunity to attend such an informative conference.
School Business Manager
East Devonport Primary School