TPA Sponsors

Platinum

MSP Photography

Steve and Rebecca Skinner
(03) 6231 5880

Click here to view the MSP Website

Zart Art

As a Tasmanian Principals Association sponsor, we are pleased to offer all TPA Member Schools 15% Off Storewide when you use Promotion Code: TPA15

Lyn Rogers
zartart@zartart.com.au

Click here to view the Zart Art website

BFX Furniture

Contact details:
Steve Milekovic, Sales and Project Consultant
0408 464 037
steve.milekovic@bfx.com.au

Click here to visit the BFX Furniture website

Gold

ASCA

ACSA is a not-for-profit member association of schools, working with over 100 supplier partners to deliver the best value for your school and canteen, saving over $10 million per annum for our members.

As a not-for-profit organisation, the welfare of children in your schools has always been paramount. Whether we are helping you in your canteen to deliver more healthy, better value meals, or simply ensuring that you get best value for your school budget; our aim is to assist you to provide the best education to your students, whilst contributing to Australian charities that support the education of vulnerable children.

Over the last 40+ years, ASCA has raised over $10 million for our 10 charity partners including The Smith Family, St Vincent de Paul, The Song Room and AEIOU.

Visit the link below to learn more about how we can help your school, and make sure you read your Termly Smart School Newsletters and monthly emails to keep up with the latest products and services from our innovative Preferred Supplier partners.

Kerry Danks-Guy
National School Supplier Manager & Area Manager
TAS
kerryd@asca.com.au
0417 742 055

Click here to visit the ASCA website

Berry Street

We know that all students, particularly vulnerable students, need strategies to increase their well-being in order to achieve academic success. Berry Street Education Model (BSEM) is an evidence-informed approach that enables teachers to increase engagement with students with complex, unmet learning needs and successfully improve all students’ self-regulation, growth and academic achievement.

Contact

Orville Gardener
ogardener@berrystreet.org.au
0428 395 206

Silver

Teacher’s Health

Want to join?

Joining Teachers Health is fast, easy and hassle free. You can join:

Contact

For more information visit teachershealth.com.au or call 1300 728 188.

B kinder day – 21 June

Professional Learning Opportunities

Who

Where/When

Description

TPA Member Drop-in Sessions

TPA Members – Principals, AP’s AST’s

MS Teams

  • Tuesday 14 May
    o   9:30 am - 10:15 am
  •  Tuesday 4 June
    o   9:00 am - 9:45 am

A safe space where members can express their thoughts and concerns or come to share and connect with the TPA Executive and other members from around the state. This is an opportunity to access support and guidance while building a sense of community with your colleagues. Each of us has unique experiences and expertise that can be shared to help others.

PL workshops for teachers and principals with Adam Voigt

Open to all DECYP Leaders

20% discount for TPA Members

Vibe Hotel, Hobart

  • Thursday 9 May
  • Friday 10 May

View more information and register here

You may be familiar with Real Schools and the work of Adam Voigt Adam to drive positive culture change in schools and equip educators with the tools, skills and attitudes necessary to build meaningful, productive relationships with school communities.  

These workshops have been designed to give Teachers and School Leaders across Primary, Secondary and Special environments the tools to embed Restorative Practices in your schools.

2024 Tasmanian Educational Leaders Conference

Open to all DECYP Leaders

TPA member/non-member rates

Paranaple Convention Centre – Devonport  

  • Wednesday 22 May - Welcome Reception
    o   5.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Thursday 23 - Friday 24 May - conference sessions including dinner

Visit the Conference Website to Register

Our conference theme this year is Capturing Hearts & Minds, Shaping Futures and we feel this will call to what is at the core of every leader and educator; that is – the opportunity to engage in provocations, deep learning and conversations leading to something truly special and transformational for the young people in our care. The presenters, structure of the keynote presentations and workshops are being carefully considered to align to the theme of the conference with a focus on ‘extending your learning’, deliberately incorporated into the program so leaders come away with a shift in thinking and professional practice to Shape Futures.  

TPA/DECYP Legal Services Workshop

TPA Members and their leadership teams

MS Teams

  • Thursday 13 June
    o   9.00 am - 10.00 pm

Opportunity to meet the Legal Services team to -

  • build an understanding of legal issues in schools
  • explore consistent themes
  • provide any updated/new approaches that are required or expected of schools
  • facilitate Q and A

Lead the Way: One-Day Power Up for AP's and AST's

Open to all DECYP Leaders

TPA member/non-member rates

Wellington Room, Wrest Point, Sandy Bay

  • Thursday 29 August
    o   8.30 am - 4.00 pm
Opportunity to join colleagues statewide as you learn about the dynamic contexts of leadership and the fulfillment that can be drawn from positively impacting the teams and communities that you lead. You’ll have the opportunity to develop new connections, hear from existing school leaders and take home learnings from experienced leaders ‘beyond the school gate’ that will highlight the impact and satisfaction gained from sharing the journey. 

President’s Report

Dear Members and Supporters of our Association,

We trust that our final newsletter before the term break finds you well. Make sure you all take time to enjoy what brings you joy and to relax over the coming holidays - and importantly allows you to disconnect.

National Secondary Education Summit

It was a privilege to spend time with Vicki Mackrill (Launceston College) over two days with national colleagues, system leaders and educational researchers and stakeholders discussing key themes in secondary education. The Summit was the first of its kind in recent times, recognising the key stage we are at in the broader education landscape with the development of the National School Reform Agreement (NSRA), advocacy for the full funding of public schools through the School Resourcing Standard (SRS), the teacher shortages across the profession and principal wellbeing issues highlighted in the recent release of the National Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey.

Vicki and I attended a pre-summit launch of ‘Unbeaching the Whale – Can Australia’s Schooling be Reformed?’ a text by Dean Ashenden, with comments and thoughts from Pasi Sahlberg.

The summit was a reminder of the similar and shared experiences across states and territories, the shared commitment to public education and the power of having voices of the profession in one room, with Ministers and system leaders at a state and federal level. Most importantly, the impact is already being felt with the Federal Minister making commitments to agenda items from the summit with all state and territory ministers at their upcoming meeting. 

Australian Principals’ Occupational Health and Wellbeing Survey 

Understandably, Tasmanians have been dealing with the distraction of a state election across the past few weeks, of which will likely continue to occupy the public’s thinking across the short term until an outcome is finalised. The timing has unfortunately coincided with the Australian Catholic Universities' (ACU) release of their report in to the annual survey on Principal Occupational Health and Wellbeing.

I hold major concerns that the media and public interest in this national survey has been ‘lost’, as a result the public haven’t had the opportunity to hear from the profession and understand the trends faced by school leaders in our system and nationwide.

This years findings paint a stark picture of the challenges confronting principals across public and non-government sectors, in each state and territory and these challenges extend well beyond the duration of an election cycle, with the 12 years of consecutive national research pointing to a profession that is increasingly stretched.

One of the most concerning revelations from this years survey is the alarming increase in red flag emails triggered by Tasmanian principals. Our state was the only one to report an increase in red flag emails, with 39.7% Tasmanian participants receiving an alert. These emails, indicative of heightened stress levels and overwhelming workload pressures, serve as a poignant reminder of the toll that the demands of school leadership can take on individuals. Behind each red flag email is a principal grappling with the weight of the responsibilities and demands of the role, often at the expense of their own wellbeing.

Equally troubling is the significant percentage of principals considering resignation from the profession, with more than 56% of the more than 2300 participants nationwide in this space. This exodus of experienced educational leaders not only threatens the stability of our schools but also undermines the continuity and effectiveness of educational leadership. The potential loss of these experienced colleagues would see the departure of significant contextual knowledge, professional and social capital from the principalship.

It is imperative that we recognize the urgency of addressing these challenges and take decisive action to support our school leaders. Initiatives such as tailored support programs focusing on proactive supervision and resilience-building are steps towards safeguarding the mental and emotional wellbeing of Tasmanian principals. Additionally, enhanced access to counselling services and peer support networks within school communities can provide invaluable resources for those in need. Furthermore, systemic reforms are essential to alleviate administrative burdens and streamline workload pressures on Tasmanian principals, as seen in our joint TSAA/TPA Survey.  By advocating for changes that promote a healthier work-life balance and reduce the bureaucratic hurdles faced by educational leaders, we can create environments that nurture their professional growth and fulfillment.

As a state, we must rally behind our school leaders and demonstrate our unwavering support for their wellbeing. The challenges they face are not insurmountable, but they require a concerted effort from all stakeholders to address effectively. By investing in the resilience and sustainability of our educational leadership, we are investing in the future of our schools and the prosperity of our communities.

The Association will be making a conscious effort to coincide the timing of term 2 with some media activity around the state so we can raise the public awareness of the commitments needed to create systems and environments where principals (just as students and staff) can thrive and flourish.

Dicke, T., Kidson, P., Marsh, H., (2024). The Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey (IPPE Report). Sydney: Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University.

Member Visits

Our executive has been conscious of scheduling member visits where possible for the first half of the year. It is always a highlight to learn about the fabulous journeys that schools and their communities are on under the guidance of our school leaders around the state. Thank you to Port Sorell Primary, Sassafras Primary, Sheffield School, Reece High, Montello Primary, Boat Harbour Primary and the North West Support School for providing us with this opportunity.

New TPA Members

A warm welcome to our new members who have joined our association in recent weeks-

  • Candice Burnett – Longford Primary School
  • Shannon Wolarczuk – Montello Primary School
  • Kathryn Leo – Strahan Primary

Warm regards
Mat

TPA Sponsors

Platinum

MSP Photography

Steve and Rebecca Skinner
(03) 6231 5880

Click here to view the MSP Website

Zart Art

As a Tasmanian Principals Association sponsor, we are pleased to offer all TPA Member Schools 15% Off Storewide when you use Promotion Code: TPA15

Lyn Rogers
zartart@zartart.com.au

Click here to view the Zart Art website

BFX Furniture

Contact details:
Steve Milekovic, Sales and Project Consultant
0408 464 037
steve.milekovic@bfx.com.au

Click here to visit the BFX Furniture website

Gold

ASCA

ACSA is a not-for-profit member association of schools, working with over 100 supplier partners to deliver the best value for your school and canteen, saving over $10 million per annum for our members.

As a not-for-profit organisation, the welfare of children in your schools has always been paramount. Whether we are helping you in your canteen to deliver more healthy, better value meals, or simply ensuring that you get best value for your school budget; our aim is to assist you to provide the best education to your students, whilst contributing to Australian charities that support the education of vulnerable children.

Over the last 40+ years, ASCA has contributed almost $5 million to our 10 charity partners including The Smith Family, St Vincent de Paul, The Song Room and AEIOU.

Visit the link below to learn more about how we can help your school, and make sure you read your Termly Smart School Newsletters and monthly emails to keep up with the latest products and services from our innovative Preferred Supplier partners.

Kerry Danks-Guy
National School Supplier Manager & Area Manager
TAS
kerryd@asca.com.au
0417 742 055

Click here to visit the ASCA website

Berry Street

We know that all students, particularly vulnerable students, need strategies to increase their well-being in order to achieve academic success. Berry Street Education Model (BSEM) is an evidence-informed approach that enables teachers to increase engagement with students with complex, unmet learning needs and successfully improve all students’ self-regulation, growth and academic achievement.

Contact

Orville Gardener
ogardener@berrystreet.org.au
0428 395 206

Silver

Teacher’s Health

Want to join?

Joining Teachers Health is fast, easy and hassle free. You can join:

Contact

For more information visit teachershealth.com.au or call 1300 728 188.

President’s Report

State Executive Meeting

Across two days, our state executive met at Launceston College and dedicated time to further the work of our Association.

A considerable portion of the meeting was dedicated to reviewing our progress against the ‘Lead & Develop’ key practices and setting actions to operationalise these for 2024 and beyond.

Further to this planning, other actives/actions from the meeting included;

  • Resolved that TPA will provide a statewide Leadership PL day for emerging school leaders (AST/AP/QTC’s)
  • Meeting with Adam Fraser (Flourish Movement) with an invitation for Tasmanian principals to be involved in their research project with Deakin Uni understanding school leader compassion fatigue and secondary trauma stress  
  • TPA’s research project has received ethics approval and will commence this year – understanding psycho-social impacts of principals leading their school communities through critical incidents
  • Providing feedback to Manager TRB on changes to LAT’s and other registration processes
  • Presentation and feedback from Director External School reviews on the updated ESR process
  • Presentation from national president of Australian Secondary Principal’s Association Andy Mison
  • Example of Actions/Follow-ups on behalf of members
    • Request clarity from DPL’s on the principal classification process for those eligible to move to next progression (more than 5 years at current school/classification)
    • Express concern to PHWB Leaders on principals not taking their TOIL due to impact on their SRP/prioritising school operation over their own wellbeing
    • Request clarity on out of school staff redeployed to schools and the appointing of principals to non-school roles from Director Operations
    • Elevate concerns and requests for leadership advice in supporting use of/integration of AI from DECYP

Our state executive also resolved to have a position on the following current issues in Tasmanian education

The Executive workshopped and refined these statements further to guide TPA’s engagement with media and the Minister’s office

  • All Tasmanian public schools must be funded at 100% SRS, with the 40 schools with ICSEA below 900 as a priority
  • Strengthen the authority for principals to limit access to schools for unsafe, threatening or violent behaviour
  • Investment & research is needed in the provision of alternate education models for primary and secondary students
  • TPA has concerns about Disability Royal Commission's recommendation to phase out special schools
  • TPA advocates for an increase to the administrative support provided directly to principals
  • Priority given to the recruitment and retention of Professional Support Staff
  • TPA supports greater flexibility afforded to principals in adjusting their FTE for work/life balance as a retention strategy
  • TPA support the commitment to the reading priority

Flourish Podcast

It’s always fabulous to see Tasmanian educators highlighted for their practice and Simon’s is certainly worthy of sharing widely.

Tremendously respected by his colleagues, southern member Simon Ellaby was recently interviewed as part of the Flourish Movement’s season 2 podcast series.

We’d encourage you to listen to the podcast through your preferred platform.

TPA in Media

Our Association is an apolitical organisation, understanding that we represent our members as a professional association. This provides us with opportunities to engage in public dialogue when the appropriate opportunities arise in line with the priorities held in our strategic plan.

We appreciate that we have the opportunity to speak on behalf of members on matters that are relevant to the profession, and public education broadly. There are also occasions where we may decline comment, if we feel that the media opportunity isn’t directly relevant or will not further the mission of, or meet the values of our Association.

Australian Government Primary Principals Association

Ted Barrance (East Derwent Primary) and Mat Grining represented TPA at a recent Australian Government Primary Principal’s Association (AGPPA) meeting in Canberra. AGPPA’s strategic plan is also at the end of a four-year cycle and this has provided an opportunity to reflect on what has changed in the national landscape across the past four years. AGPPA will be furthering the advocacy work of a research paper prepared by Pasi Sahlberg titled ‘A Better & Fairer Start’ which we will be sharing with key stakeholders in our state.

Member & School Visits

It’s such a privilege for our exec to spend some time with principals and their leadership teams, hearing about the tremendous work they do in leading their communities. Thanks to Bothwell, Kempton, Montrose Bay, Cambridge, Lauderdale, Mountain Heights, Zeehan and Strahan schools for opening your doors and making us welcome.

If you’re a fan of ‘Bay of Fires’ on ABC, keep an eye out for where Strahan Primary made an appearance!

New TPA Members

A warm welcome to our new members who have joined our association in recent weeks-

  • Matthew Conn – King Island District High
  • David Lietzau – Deloraine High School
  • Joanne Waldon – Albuera Steet Primary  
  • Erica Winger – Triabunna District School
  • Louise Rickwood – Southern Support School

2024 Tasmanian Educational Leaders Conference

MyFuture Webinars

Best practice principles for career development learning for students with disability

March 5, 2024, 1:00 PM (AEDT)

Young people with disability are more likely to experience challenges in their careers and employability, including periods of disengagement and unemployment, when compared to other populations. They may also have poorer outcomes from university and VET courses. However, students with disability have the legal and moral right to be adequately supported toward meaningful, stable, and sustainable careers.  

In this webinar, learn about the outcomes of a National Careers Institute funded project to develop a suite of evidence-based career development learning resources in support of young Australians with disability. The speakers will describe their project and demonstrate the features of an online ‘CDL Hub’ of resources for students living with disability. 

Register via this link

Supporting the career development needs of children from refugee and migrant backgrounds

March 7, 2024, 1:00 PM (AEDT)

Australia is a multicultural country, home to people from all around the world who have come to establish themselves in a new life. They often have high aspirations for their children's education and career development.  However, there are many challenges that those children and their families might face.

In this panel discussion, you will hear from several experts in refugee and migrant settlement, employment, and career development. We will discuss the challenges and offer strategies for career educators to help confront them. 

Register via this link

myfuture Insights | Supporting First Nations kids toward career success: A yarn with educators

Tuesday 12 March 1:00pm (AEDT)

We all want a good job with a good wage, right? Sure, but our definitions of ‘good’ aren’t always the same. And who is the ‘we’ referred to by each of us? It’s important that we all understand each other’s perspectives to support our whole community in achieving their employment goals. Unfortunately,

First Nations kids often struggle to express their cultural values in their schooling and employment, struggling to balance the values and motivations of themselves and their mob with those expected in their schools, the world of work, and Australian society at large.

For educators, recognising key cultural differences, and how certain cultural values are privileged over others, is a key starting point to better supporting First Nations kids in their career journeys.

Tracy Ryan, Educational Designer (First Nations) at Charles Sturt University, invites you to join her in a yarn about how First Nations success is defined and shaped. Tracy will offer some ideas about First Nations cultural values around education and employment, to start a conversation about how educators can help First Nations kids envision, plan for, and achieve the kind of career that works for them and their community.

Register via this link.

HOW TO BUILD CONFIDENCE IN CHILDREN: Tips FROM TRIPLE P

Confidence is a superpower for kids. It helps them enjoy challenges, take reasonable risks, try new things and adjust well to school life. It can also buffer against social anxiety and school refusal. Parents and carers play a key role in building confidence up. Here are some tips to help.

First, praise their efforts, not just their achievements. Let them know you’re proud of their progress, no matter the outcome. Children also learn a lot by watching how you handle obstacles, so try to set a positive example.

Next, instead of trying to fix every problem for children, try asking questions like What have you tried so far? or What do you think might happen if you try this? Breaking a problem down into smaller steps can also help kids learn to work through it.

In addition, show confidence in their abilities by letting them do things for themselves as soon as they’re ready. Encourage them to set some challenging but realistic goals and praise their progress. Let them know losing or making a mistake doesn’t mean failure, it means they’re learning.

And finally, laughing is a great way for kids to express emotions and feel good about themselves. Enjoy those moments together – it’s all part of building a positive connection where confidence can blossom.

To explore this topic further, read Triple P’s article.

Free online parenting support from the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program® helps you raise happier, more confident kids.

Australian Schools Plus

Australian Schools Plus is a national not-for-profit that believes every child has the right to the same opportunities to thrive in school and beyond. They invest in underserved school communities, with funding and capacity-building support, tailored to address their unique challenges and give more opportunities for young Australians to reach their full potential.

Schools Plus tackles the most pressing challenges in education across five key focus areas: Learning Gaps, Wellbeing, First Nations, Rural, Regional and Remote and Crisis. These are complex and intersecting areas, and with the help of their donors, they partner with a broad range of stakeholders including teachers, health practitioners, community leaders and families to create transformational change for thousands of students facing disadvantage.   

Each year, eligible schools are invited to apply to partner with Schools Plus over a single or multi-year period through their annual partnership round. These partnerships are designed to provide schools with resources and support they need to create lasting change within their communities with a focus on evidence-based strategies and measurable outcomes. 

School Partnerships include:

  1. Single year (1 year) of multi-year (3 years) funding for schools to develop and deliver a strategic project.
  2. Coaching for the project leadership teams providing guidance and support to successfully deliver, evaluate and create a sustainable model for future strategic projects.
  3. Program management and evaluation support using tools and resources to plan, implement and evaluate projects.

To be eligible, schools must have an ICSEA (Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage) value below 1000 or be a special needs school. This year’s partnership round opens 5 August and closes 9 September.  Information on how to apply will be made available on the Schools Plus website later this year.

Schools Plus also celebrates the vital role of teachers in giving children more opportunities to thrive through the Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards.  Nominations open 4 March and closes 8 April 2024.

Subscribe to Schools Plus’ newsletter and visit their website to stay up to date with what’s happening.  

ASCA supports Australian Charities

  • As a not-for-profit organisation, ASCA donates its surplus funds to a range of registered charities who assist in the education of vulnerable children.
  • By simply purchasing from ASCA’s Preferred Suppliers, you are not only gaining best value for your school, but indirectly contributing to our Charity Partners
  • Since our inception in 1979, ASCA has raised over $10 million to benefit partners such as The Smith Family.
  • Thanks to your support, we can continue to support our Charity partners, who in turn support the children in our schools. Thank you.

2024 Tasmanian Educational Leaders Conference

There is no better time to continue to grow as courageous and connected leaders by prioritising your own learning and wellbeing – we look forward to seeing you making this investment in your professional learning.

Early Bird Registrations Close Friday 22 March - Take advantage of the Early Bird Saving and Register Now

Registration Fees

  • Full - Early TPA Member - $600.00
  • Full - Early Non-Member - $750.00
  • Full - Standard TPA Member - $800.00
  • Full - Standard Non-Member - $950.00

Keep updated with the progress by visiting - https://tpa.org.au/tasmanian-principals-conference

President’s Report

It is hard to believe that we are already 4 weeks in to the 2024 school year! I hope that you have had a positive and productive start to the new year in the school communities or teams that you are leading across public education in our state. 2024 represents an exciting time for us as an Association as we are operationalising the 2023-2026 strategic plan that we finalised in the middle of last year. From feedback received by members, we will continue to adapt our communication and ways of working to maximise our engagement and connection with our membership.

We have recently sent a ‘temperature check’ survey to all TPA members and members of the school business managers association (TSAA) that we would encourage you to complete, with 80 submissions already received. This information will be vital in collaboratively progressing joint matters on behalf of both groups. A reminder that the survey closes this Friday. 

Welcome to new members

  • Trish Thompson - Natone Primary School
  • Stu Farr - Port Sorell Primary School
  • Ben Richardson - Rokeby Primary School
  • Dion McCall - Montello Primary School

Member Engagement

We were able to enjoy three BTS (Back to School) sessions in Burnie, Launceston and Hobart on the Thursday and Friday prior to school commencing. We were rapt with the number of members that were in the area and took the time out to catch up with colleagues at Communion, Du Cane and the Hanging Gardens. It looks like this will be an annual event to mark the start of the year!

Our member drop-in sessions have started, with our first one held last week. A number of topics and themes were discussed and as a result, TPA Executive were able to follow up on actions from the session and gain some clarity from DECYP Executive on some key issues that we were able to relay to members.

2024 Tasmanian Educational Leaders Conference

The momentum is building for our annual conference to be held in the perfect setting of the paranaple centre in Devonport. We have been able to reconnect with each of our keynote speakers in the past moth and they are equally as excited to share their journey and learnings with us!

Warm regards & take care

Mat

ASPA Summit

Remember to log onto www.asca.com.au to check on your Rewards points and for that last minute shopping, don’t forget to take advantage of the great savings from ASCAPlus!

100% Club Gold Members will continue to collect bonus points in 2024, so don’t forget to ask how you can become a Gold member 😊

Finally, a very special THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU OUR MEMBERS, your support allows us to continue supporting our Charity Partners – we couldn’t do it without you all.

Happy (school!) holidays from Teachers Health!

As we wrap up another busy year, we’re sharing our appreciation for all our wonderful teachers, principals and school staff from everyone at Teachers Health. Once again you’ve gone above and beyond to support your students and school communities. We’re proud to support you as the health fund for the education community and wish you a healthy and happy holiday season.

To join the Teachers Health family and get 6 weeks’ free cover when you join with Hospital and Extras by 31 January and skip the 2 & 6 month waits on Extras*. Head to teachershealth.com.au for more info.

2024 Tasmanian Educational Leaders Conference

There is no better time to continue to grow as courageous and connected leaders by prioritising your own learning and wellbeing – we look forward to seeing you making this investment in your professional learning. Please place these dates in your calendar (22-24 May 2024), registrations will be open soon.

Registration Fees

  • Full - Early TPA Member - $600.00
  • Full - Early Non-Member - $750.00
  • Full - Standard TPA Member - $800.00
  • Full - Standard Non-Member - $950.00

Keep updated with the progress by visiting - 

President’s Report

Hello colleagues,

Speaking with school leaders across the final few weeks of the school year, unsurprisingly there is plenty of energy and emotions swirling around our school communities in the lead up to Christmas! The professional and moral responsibility and commitment that drives our school leaders through assemblies, parades, information evenings, farewells, presentations and maintaining high expectations on teaching and learning right through to the last day can leave our tank just a little empty by the time that the car pulls up in the driveway of an evening! Please know that you are deeply valued by your colleagues and communities, for the important work that you do across the state and more importantly, as an individual that deserves to feel great satisfaction and joy from your role, and enjoy positive levels of wellbeing. 

Member changes

I thank the following members for being a part of our Association, farewell them and extend my very best wishes to them both. May your futures be filled with health and happiness, wherever you go and whatever they hold for you.

  • Jane Bovill - retiring as principal of Riverside Primary School 
  • Matt Brown - congratulations on your appointment to a leadership position interstate 

2023 has seen significant growth in our membership and we'd like to extend that welcome to our Association to Joe Pearson - Cambridge Primary School.

Final State Executive Meeting

Our State Executive met in Launceston last week across 2 days and discussed a range of key themes and topics.

Across the two days we were also able to connect with the Education Minister Roger Jaensch MP and hear from two principals in NSW who are part of a peer professional supervision pilot in conjunction with University of Sydney, NSW DoE and the primary and secondary principal associations. A large part of our work together was reviewing our progress against the 2023-26 Strategic Plan and the recent member surveys that were used to guide our review.

Member insights highlighted in responding to a 1-10 scale on the following questions:

What level of value/satisfaction do you feel in being a member of a professional association?

  • Average of 8.21
  • Members valued the visibility of the association, regular communication and the drop-in sessions
  • Members identified the opportunity to increase activity/engagement in regional/remote areas and our public profile through media

What activities, professional development or actions would you like to see our Executive undertake under each key practice moving into 2024?

Support & Care

  • Average of 7.90

Lead & Develop

  • Average of 7.70

Consult & Advocate

  • Average of 8.48

The open text responses from members were an important part of this process and the suggestions and feedback were valuable in assisting our planning sessions for 2024. Thank you for the strong member response to the survey at such a busy time, please know that your voice is respected and valued.

Thank you

This will be our last newsletter for the year, and I sincerely thank our Executive for their support in helping me to fulfil my role… for being there whenever I needed someone to run ideas past, for support, and for the innumerable ways they have made my job as your President easier. Thank you for their outstanding service and support: Sarah-Jane Murphy, Georgia Perry, Sam Wells, Rob Fleming, Vicki Mackrill, Lee Craw, Maree Pinnington, Lisa Bailey, Jen Gray, Ted Barrance, Joel Doyle, Monique Carter and Duncan Groves. I also thank our Business Manager, Tamara Clark for her exceptional work on behalf of the TPA and for the direct support she has provided me in ensuring a smooth transition and that our Association is continuing to look for ways to grow, improve and increase our impact. 

I extend to the Education Minister, Roger Jaensch MP leaders of the Department for Education, Children and Young People, my thanks for their ongoing support when working with our Association, which has been as recent as the past fortnight. The mutual regard between the Department and our Association is evident, as is their willingness to listen and respond to concerns raised by our members. Together, we have had a significant positive impact.

The work that we do is enhanced by our sponsors. I thank them for their ongoing support of our Association. We value the relationships we have developed with our sponsors, as their support assists us in providing professional support, advocacy and learning for our members.

I thank our Platinum Sponsors:

  • MSP Photography
  • BFX Furniture
  • ReadCloud
  • Education Perfect
  • Hearing Loop 
  • Zart Art

I thank our Gold Sponsors

  • Teachers Health
  • Berry Street 
  • ASCA
  • Schoolzine

On behalf of your Association, we wish you all a successful remainder of 2023 and beyond.

Regards
Mat

TPA Sponsors

Platinum

MSP Photography

Steve and Rebecca Skinner
(03) 6231 5880

Click here to view the MSP Website

Zart Art

As a Tasmanian Principals Association sponsor, we are pleased to offer all TPA Member Schools 15% Off Storewide when you use Promotion Code: TPA15

Lyn Rogers
zartart@zartart.com.au

Click here to view the Zart Art website

BFX Furniture

Contact details:
Steve Milekovic, Sales and Project Consultant
0408 464 037
steve.milekovic@bfx.com.au

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ASCA

ACSA is a not-for-profit member association of schools, working with over 100 supplier partners to deliver the best value for your school and canteen, saving over $10 million per annum for our members.

As a not-for-profit organisation, the welfare of children in your schools has always been paramount. Whether we are helping you in your canteen to deliver more healthy, better value meals, or simply ensuring that you get best value for your school budget; our aim is to assist you to provide the best education to your students, whilst contributing to Australian charities that support the education of vulnerable children.

Over the last 40+ years, ASCA has contributed almost $5 million to our 10 charity partners including The Smith Family, St Vincent de Paul, The Song Room and AEIOU.

Visit the link below to learn more about how we can help your school, and make sure you read your Termly Smart School Newsletters and monthly emails to keep up with the latest products and services from our innovative Preferred Supplier partners.

Kerry Danks-Guy
National School Supplier Manager & Area Manager
TAS
kerryd@asca.com.au
0417 742 055

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Berry Street

We know that all students, particularly vulnerable students, need strategies to increase their well-being in order to achieve academic success. Berry Street Education Model (BSEM) is an evidence-informed approach that enables teachers to increase engagement with students with complex, unmet learning needs and successfully improve all students’ self-regulation, growth and academic achievement.

Contact

Orville Gardener
ogardener@berrystreet.org.au
0428 395 206

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Teacher’s Health

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Joining Teachers Health is fast, easy and hassle free. You can join:

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For more information visit teachershealth.com.au or call 1300 728 188.

2024 Tasmanian Educational Leaders Conference

There is no better time to continue to grow as courageous and connected leaders by prioritising your own learning and wellbeing – we look forward to seeing you making this investment in your professional learning. Please place these dates in your calendar (22-24 May 2024), registrations will be open soon.

Registration Fees

  • Full - Early TPA Member - $600.00
  • Full - Early Non-Member - $750.00
  • Full - Standard TPA Member - $800.00
  • Full - Standard Non-Member - $950.00

Keep updated with the progress by visiting - https://tpa.org.au/tasmanian-principals-conference

Teachers Health

President’s Report

As we approach the end of term 4 and the Christmas break, we know that it is often referred to as the ‘season for giving’. Generosity of spirit is often a trait described in educators and school leaders, which is unsurprising given the commitment to education, a strong moral purpose and the responsibilities that ‘serving your community’ brings. Did you know that three Australian blood donations are needed every minute? This season you may like to consider giving something different.

Redcross Lifeblood has donor centres in Burnie, Devonport, Hobart and Launceston. Whilst you can often drop in, the staff prefer a booking which is really simple for you to organise and add your appointment to your calendar. You can even make a social event of donating and make a group booking! Lifeblood have a great follow up system that provides you with information about your blood type and text updates on the journey that your donation takes around the country.

Our North West president Georgia Perry and myself had the pleasure of visiting our colleagues in the far North West. It was a brilliant opportunity to hear about the tremendous work and vision that they have in each of their unique school contexts. If you have never taken a trip to Circular Head and the surrounding communities, we encourage you to do so over the summer break. Some stunning countryside and great hospitality.

Across the past two weeks since our last newsletter, TPA Executive have worked with the following groups and individuals on your behalf

  • BeYou/headpace Victoria/Tas program co-ordinators
  • Executive members Ted Barrance, Maree Pinnington & Mat Grining met with Minister Jaensch’s education advisors to discuss the National School Reform Agreement
  • State Executive met with Michael Anderson (Uni Sydney) and Maryann Hunter (UTAS) to hear about a peer professional supervision pilot
  • Met via Teams with ASPA (secondary education associations from state/territories) to further the national agenda and planning for 2024
  • Represented TPA at the Education Workforce Roundtable to discuss tangible strategies to improve teacher supply and retention in Tasmania
  • Inclusion Advisory Panel with other education stakeholders to discuss disability reforms including, Disability Royal Commission, Educational Adjustments Funding Model Review, NDIS and the Inclusion Disability and Safeguarding Act.
  • Interagency group with government and non-gov stakeholders established by headspace to understand and advocate for postvention support
  • Meeting with the DECYP Deputy Secretaries to discuss updates to the Association’s vision and mission
  • ABC Interview in relation to recent media articles about enrolment trends and school closures

Welcome to New Members

A warm welcome to our new members, Rosemary Anderson, Assistant Principal, Montrose Bay High School, Amanda Wenn, Principal, Inclusive Practice Team Leader, Matthew Perry, Acting Principal, Penguin District School, Fiona Gaby, Principal, Devonport High School, Simon Wilson, Assistant Principal, Devonport High School.           

TPA Sponsors

I would like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors who not only provide us with financial assistance, but also demonstrate their commitment to the public education system and support of our association's vision of ‘supporting connected and empowered educational leaders as an integral part of our public education system’ and a commitment to our mission of being ‘the professional voice for - Tasmanian educational leaders’.

We encourage members and their colleagues to engage with our sponsors when considering products and services for your schools and communities. Equally, if there are businesses that you feel would be well aligned to the vision of TPA please don't hesitate to get in touch with manager@tpa.org.au.

Regards

Mat Grining
TPA President