VPA's 2019 Council Meeting and Planning Days were held on 14 and 15 February, 2019 at RACV Goldfields. We started with a fun round of people bingo, allowing our 2019 Councillors to break the ice and get to know each other, before diving in and reviewing the 2-Year Implementation Plan.
After breaking for lunch, Melissa Cupples from Smiling Mind took to the floor and delivered a fantastic presentation, detailing how Smiling Mind's programs can address the psychological stress faced by students and teachers. We were then treated to Kylie Buberis from Schools Plus, who informed our Councillors of the various modes of funding that Principals can seek from their organisation. The day closed with Andrew Jones from Huddle Learning Systems offering ways to empower individual school leaders with coaching that can enhance personal development, and the team from Bastow discussing the aspirant principal program. It was then on to dinner with our wonderful team, which provided a fantastic chance to get to know each other better in a relaxed setting.
Day two opened with a discussion on the President's Report and the minutes from the previous meeting, before Jenny Atta, Acting Secretary from DET, discussed government outcomes announced at the last election and their subsequent rollout, before answering questions from our Councillors. Kate Rattigan, Deputy Secretary of People & Executive Services Group, and Ellie Gay, Director of Operational Policy Support & Engagement Branch, then discussed the Operational Policy Reform that was warmly welcomed by our Councillors. The day concluded with an overview of the role VPA's State Councillors play, how Regional Meetings operate, and a discussion of Emerging Issues.
Thank you to our Business Partners Sentral, Bank First, and Teacher's Health for their attendance and support, which is invaluable to the work we do here at the VPA. We would also like to thank our guest speakers and new councillors, all of whom offered key contributions to our meeting. We look forward to working with you all in the coming year.