Friday, 12 April 2019

Term 2, 2019 - A challenging and exciting term ahead!

Prepare yourself for a challenging and rewarding term. Make sure that you are fit and healthy, and ready to make a difference in every school, with every student.

Remember to enter every classroom with your "Box of Tricks", handy resources to use when designated teaching has been completed, e.g. sensory games, exciting puzzles, against-the-clock activities for individuals or groups, and some great books. 

Enjoy what comes your way!

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Term 1, 2019 - Welcome to the new year!

Well the year started productively for the CRT Networks with a meeting at the VIT on the 22nd January, with Hannah Galloway. It was a great opportunity for Hannah to fill in the Network Leaders on what has been planned for CRTs. We brainstormed, shared and planned for the year ahead. This is truly an exciting time for CRTs, with a raised profile!

Embrace new opportunities, and demonstrate your "Best Teaching Practice" in 2019.

Have fun!

Friday, 5 October 2018

Term 4, 2018 - Great things are happening for CRTs!

To give you a brief update, some of the CRT Network Coordinators were able to meet up with Hannah Galloway, Senior Standards Advisor/Regulatory Services (VIT) in Melbourne, on Monday 1st October. It was a wonderful opportunity to discuss the workings of the networks, and the possibilities ahead for CRTs. 

Hannah has been proactive on the VIT website and created a CRT section with valuable information. (Make sure that you take a look at it.)

Enjoy the term ahead! 

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Term 3, 2018 - VIT Registration Time

Well, winter is here with all its charm. Soups, hot chocolate and great preparation, will help us through to spring. Now is a good time to check on all that you have done for your up-coming VIT registration. (Believe it or not, you have already accumulated an amazing number of hours that have aided your "Professional Development".)

 Stop and think about the formal and informal conversations, in which you have been involved! What about the preparation that you had to do for specific classes? Don't forget the programs that you have watched, that stimulated your "teaching passion"! Remember also, the "coffee get-togethers" with colleagues, where you debated new and old educational programs. On top of all of those, you have also taken part in formal PDs. All "food for thought"! 

Enjoy Term 3, and remember that enthusiasm is contagious.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Term 2, 2018 - CRT Policies, Procedures and Protocols

At our recent CRT Network Coordinators' Meeting (12th April) at the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), Hannah Galloway reminded us all of our professional obligations, "Duty of Care" as teachers.

Let us take this awareness with us, to every educational environment where we teach, this term.

Mandatory reporting[1]

“Mandatory reporters must make a report to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) (Child Protection) as soon as practicable if, in the course of practising their profession or carrying out their duties, they form reasonable belief that a child or young person is in need of protection, as a result of physical injury or sexual abuse, and the child’s parents are unable or unwilling to protect the child from that abuse.
A mandatory reporter who fails to comply with these reporting obligations may be committing a criminal offence.”

Child Safe Standards[2]

Victoria has introduced compulsory minimum standards for organisations that provide services for children to help protect children from abuse.
From 1 January 2017, organisations that provide services for children are required to comply with the standards. For more information about the organisations that are required to adopt the standards, visit the Commission for Children and Young People website(External link).

The standards aim to drive cultural change in organisations so that protecting children from abuse is embedded in everyday thinking and practice.
The standards are compulsory for certain organisations, but are not prescriptive. This allows organisations some flexibility in how they implement the standards to meet the requirements. To create and maintain a child safe environment, an organisation must have:
The Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) are the oversight body for the child safe standards. 

Friday, 5 January 2018

Term 1, 2018 - Happy New Year!

As a CRT are you ready to start the new year with vim, vigour and vitality? Well if you are, plan ahead; plan for enjoyment, challenges and triumphs. Take control and work out what you want to "give" in 2018, and what you want to "be given" in 2018. Set your sights high and work proactively towards achieving your goals.

Your year will be a fulfilling one if you have clear direction and know what you want. 2018 will be the year that you want it to be, if you navigate confidently one step at a time.

Make the most of every opportunity that comes your way.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Term 4, 2017 - Well, this term has had a focus again, on "Teacher Registration Renewal", and everything that goes with it. It has been a time to reflect on: Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct and Teacher Professionalism.

Hannah Galloway (Senior Standards Advisor / Regulatory Services - VIT) has reminded us of our "Duty of Care" and obligation to present "Best Teaching Practice" at all times in educational environments.

With that in mind, let's finish the school year with enthusiasm, vigour and vitality.

Enjoy yourself in the classroom!