Big Day Out for educators

Geraldton Guardian
Megan Roberts and Anne-Louise Marchant, from Waggrakine. Ms Roberts also teaches at five other Geraldton schools.
Camera IconMegan Roberts and Anne-Louise Marchant, from Waggrakine. Ms Roberts also teaches at five other Geraldton schools. Credit: Tamra Carr

Allendale Primary School’s Big Day Out recorded attendance of about 540 people — some 200 more people than the 2017 turnout — resulting in high praise for organisers.

The annual event, now in its third year, aims to professionally develop Mid West educators with a series of workshops and tutorials, against the backdrop of a trade fair.

Naomi Hames and Jill Jefferies from Meekatharra School of the Air.
Camera IconNaomi Hames and Jill Jefferies from Meekatharra School of the Air. Credit: Tamra Carr

Allendale principal Lisa Criddle said the Big Day Out also created networking opportunities, flagged as particularly important for some of the region’s more remote schools.

“For schools like Pia Wadjarri (Remote Community School), which have quite a remote and isolated environment, these events help,” Ms Criddle said.

“We had 25 Mid West schools represented this year and 22 local businesses showcasing their products. Our numbers are certainly increasing.”

Tania Clifton and Michelle Bremplis, from Bluff Point Primary School.
Camera IconTania Clifton and Michelle Bremplis, from Bluff Point Primary School.

Allendale Primary School is a regional teacher development school, helping other institutions meet Education Department requirements, particularly in the early childhood, mental health and Aboriginal education space.

Alli Morgan, Tristan Hunt and Jaide Morgan, from Yard Bar and Co.
Camera IconAlli Morgan, Tristan Hunt and Jaide Morgan, from Yard Bar and Co. Credit: Tamra Carr

The event was held on October 8, a day before children were due back at school.

Corber Headland, Ky Ryan, Sherylee Haymes, Jodi Jones and Tash Rya, from Beachlands.
Camera IconCorber Headland, Ky Ryan, Sherylee Haymes, Jodi Jones and Tash Rya, from Beachlands. Credit: Tamra Carr
Elise Hunter and Danielle Waterson from Goodstart Early Learning.
Camera IconElise Hunter and Danielle Waterson from Goodstart Early Learning. Credit: Tamra Carr
Caroline Fleay, from Beachlands, with Janelle Keene from Dongara District High School.
Camera IconCaroline Fleay, from Beachlands, with Janelle Keene from Dongara District High School. Credit: Tamra Carr, Tamra Carr.
Phill Hadley, from Bluff Point, Brent Parsons, from Beachlands Primary School and Owen Bell, from Bluff Point Primary School.
Camera IconPhill Hadley, from Bluff Point, Brent Parsons, from Beachlands Primary School and Owen Bell, from Bluff Point Primary School. Credit: Tamra Carr
Allendale staff Steph Briggs-Killick, Melissa Starling, Emily Paff, Katie Rose and Paul Bonavia.
Camera IconAllendale staff Steph Briggs-Killick, Melissa Starling, Emily Paff, Katie Rose and Paul Bonavia. Credit: Pictures: Tamra Carr, Tamra Carr
Jason Nelson, Chloe Scott and Jessica Elliott, from Eneabba.
Camera IconJason Nelson, Chloe Scott and Jessica Elliott, from Eneabba. Credit: Tamra Carr
Janelle Kadry, Daniella Vanderoord and Shenae Olden, from Allendale Primary School.
Camera IconJanelle Kadry, Daniella Vanderoord and Shenae Olden, from Allendale Primary School. Credit: Tamra Carr
Scott Hodgson, from salary packaging company Selectus.
Camera IconScott Hodgson, from salary packaging company Selectus. Credit: Tamra Carr

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