The Australian Parents Council National Forum and Information Exchange was held in Hobart Oct 21-23, 2016. If you would like to hear about upcoming events, register here. Also check out our events page for current opportunties to be involved.


Friday, October 21, 2016

Venue: Best Western Hotel, 156 Bathurst Street, Hobart, TAS, 7000

12.30 – 1pm   Registrations
1.00 – 1.15pm cazAPC President’s welcome message
Caz Bosch
1.15-1.45pmerikOfficial opening
Senator Eric Abetz address on behalf of Federal Minister for Education and Training, The Hon Simon Birmingham
1.45 – 2.15pmlearning-potential2 Learning potential app
Nina Downes, Director, Parent Engagement, Australian Government Department of Education and Training on the free Learning Potential App for parents which is packed with tips and inspiring ways to be more engaged in your child’s learning from the high chair to high school.
2.15 – 3.15pmacaraRobert Randall, CEO, ACARA. The Australian Curriculum: Technologies; the move to NAPLAN Online
Learn more about the Australian Curriculum: Technologies for Foundation-Year 10 students and the technology skills and outcomes this means for your children.NAPLAN is moving online from 2017 which will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information. Gain a clear understanding of how the move to online testing is being implemented, including the new tailored testing approach.
 3.15 – 3.45pmAfternoon Tea
3.45 – 5.45pmscreenSpecial documentary screening and facilitated discussion on parenting in the digital age
Join us for a special screening of a documentary that is creating discussion on one of the most difficult challenges facing parents today – parenting in the digital age. This will be followed by an
in-depth facilitated discussion on the impacts on children, parenting and homes, the skills children need and what parent engagement needs to look like to bridge the digital divide.
5.45pm – 6.45pmFinger food and Drinks

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Venue: Guilford Young College, Don Bosco Creative Arts Centre  76 Bowden Street Glenorchy Hobart, TAS, 7000

APC delegates are invited to attend the morning session of the Tasmanian Catholic School Parents Council as they open their state conference from 9.30am.
12.15 – 1.00pmLunch
1.00-2.30pmmartineMartine Oglethorpe, Parent, Parent Educator, Writer, Speaker, Counsellor
With a background in education and a Masters degree in counselling, Martine uses her extensive professional experience and personal experience of raising five children to provide realistic approaches and strategies to parenting in our tech filled world. Martine’s focus is on building parent confidence, knowledge and skills that provide supportive, understanding and healthy relationships with young people.
Q+A with Martine Ogelthorpe.
2.30 – 2.45pmjacquie-van-de-velde Jacqui Van de Velde, Board Chair, Mount St Benedict College Pennant Hills NSW and Education Consultant
Technology, digital literacy and engaging students and parents in the tech era is no small challenge for schools and school boards. Jacqui talks about the challenges and opportunities for teachers, parents, school boards and community to engage and empower skills, safety and engagement.
2.45 – 3.00pm Jacinta Keenan & Jessamy Ryan, St Brigid’s Catholic School New Norfolk, Tasmania
St Brigid`s philosophy and approach to technology in learning and engaging parents.
3.00 – 3.30pmPanel discussion – technology in living and learning
3.30 – 4.00pm Afternoon Tea
6.30 for 7pmDinner @ Best Western Hotel
The afternoon Parentech session is jointly hosted by the Australian Parents Council and the Tasmanian Catholic School Parents Council.

Sunday, October 23

Venue: Best Western Hotel, 156 Bathurst Street, Hobart, TAS, 7000

Sunday program is only open to Australian Parents Council and Parents Australia member organisations and invited guests.
8.30 – 9.30am parentsausParents Australia Annual General Meeting (AGM)
9.30 – 1.00pmausparentlogoAustralian Parents Council Annual General Meeting (AGM)
1.00 – 2.00pm

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