From Elizabeth Watson, Deputy Head – Teaching & Learning
After three years in the making, the EREA Eastern Region Learning Network Day finally made its debut on Monday 18, July. This important event was certainly worth the wait!
Our work as educators in an Edmund Rice school is to provide high-quality learning; learning that is evidence-based, is about continuous improvement, and is about outcomes that set our young people up to lead meaningful lives. The EREA Network Day provided an opportunity for our staff to come together to collaborate and learn from our peers across seven of the Eastern Region schools and engage in rich professional dialogue and practice. We came away with a strong sense of what we have in common with our EREA network, a renewed sense of hope about the education we provide our students, and some new and innovative teaching and learning strategies.
I would like to thank all staff for their active engagement with the multiple sessions across the five campuses (Waverley College, St Pius X College, St Patrick’s College, St Dominic’s College and Christian Brothers Lewisham). Special thanks to Waverley’s host faculties: Drama, English, Music, TAS and Visual Arts under the guidance of their respective Head of Department Alison Jinga, Michael Couani, Chris Balkizas, James Spargo and Natalie Oates.
The following Waverley staff are to be congratulated on facilitating presentations across the network. All of which were of exceptional quality, showcasing the contemporary pedagogy implemented at Waverley College.
Bill Roberts, Gemma Brown, Silvia Baylie, Michael Couani, Andrea Fernandez, Zoe Fitzgerald, Chris Balkizas, Kyra Oliver, David Parnell, Priscilla Quintana, Matt Barr, Graham Clarkson, Anthony Gibbs, Stephanie Jackman, Bev McCarthy, Holly Medcalf, Marke Neale, Cathy Pham, Alan Riordan, James Spargo, Kim Spicer and Stephen Wilmot.
Finally, special thanks to Lauren Ryan for the logistical operations of the event. Her grace, patience and expertise throughout the planning process – from the two false starts to the final execution – is commended and much appreciated.
A video message from the Executive Director of EREA – Dr Craig Wattam