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Culture Camp in Byron Shire wins $20,000 in program funding; Round 2 now open for applications

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The Returning Culture Camp

Culture Camp in Byron Shire wins $20,000 in program funding; Round 2 now open for applications

 

The Returning Indigenous Corporation in Upper Main Arm will share in $500,000 to celebrate Aboriginal culture in NSW, under the NSW Government’s Aboriginal Affairs Cultural Grants Program.

The program supports Aboriginal communities to strengthen, protect and maintain traditional and contemporary expressions of Aboriginal culture and support cultural events and activities. These projects make-up the first round of the $1-million program which aims to further strengthen and celebrate Aboriginal culture locally across the State.

Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin said the $20,000 in funding for this project will be used to run a Culture Camp, an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to gather together on Country for five days of deep cultural exchange and connection.

Indigenous participants attend free-of-charge through the Corporation’s scholarship program and First Nations facilitators are employed to run arts, movement, culture, wellbeing and nature workshops, Ms Saffin said.

“The camp is a very practical way of celebrating and recognising the world’s oldest living culture.”

The Returning Culture Camp

The Returning Culture Camp

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Treaty David Harris said the funded projects also contribute to targets of the National Closing the Gap agreement that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people enjoy high levels of social and emotional wellbeing and maintain cultural connection to country.

“This initiative is one of almost 30 projects across the state which has been funded to provide Aboriginal people and communities the opportunity to join together in the strength of their culture,”

The funded projects are designed to boost connection to culture and community for Aboriginal people across NSW and give the wider community a greater appreciation for the strength and beauty of Aboriginal culture. The grants also provide opportunities for leadership and healing, teaching and learning.

Round 2 of the program opened on Monday 15 January 2024, providing a further $500,000 for eligible projects being delivered in the second half of 2024. Applications close on 26 Feburary 2024.

For more detail on the Program and a list of recipients, see here.

 

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SAE Creative Media Institute now a University College

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SAE Creative Media Institute now a University College 

 

Australian creative media institute, SAE, is proud to announce that it is now a University College. The University College category was introduced by the Australian Government in 2021 to recognise superior self-accrediting higher education providers. SAE recently joined an elite group of just six other University Colleges across the country – and is the only one delivering creative media nationally. 

SAE CEO, Joseph Anthonysz, said this was a significant milestone in SAE’s 48-year history that reflected an ongoing commitment to sustained educational quality and excellence. 

“Since it was founded in 1976, SAE has had an unblemished regulatory history, including 20 years as an Australian Higher Education Provider,” he said. “It has grown to be one of Australia’s largest independent providers, and, as a University College, is now recognised as one of the best.”  

SAE has six campuses across five Australian States and one transnational campus in Dubai. 

SAE University College

SAE University College

Mr Anthonysz said SAE’s new provider category status was welcome recognition of its exceptional student outcomes, robust academic processes and deep industry engagement, along with its continued contribution to industry. 

“SAE is renowned for its highly relevant and practical curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities, teaching staff with strong industry experience and small classes offering an immersive learning environment,” he said. 

“As recognised leaders in creative media education, SAE looks forward to building on these foundations and sharing our teaching and learning practices to help shape the future of the higher education sector and industry at large.” 

SAE Australasia General Manager, Dr Luke McMillan, said SAE has always been guided by a student-first ethos and would continue that focus. 

“At SAE we pride ourselves on providing a learning environment where individuals from all backgrounds can explore and develop their creative talents,” he said. “Our students’ best interests are at the core of everything we do, and our elevation to University College status only strengthens that, now and into the future.” 

SAE was officially registered as a University College on 22 December 2023 under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (Cth) – Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2021. 

 

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Enhanced Support for Early Childhood Health and Development Checks

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Enhanced Support for Early Childhood Health and Development Checks

 

Early childhood education and care providers are being encouraged to avail themselves of grants aimed at facilitating free health and development checks for 4-year-olds.

In collaboration with NSW Health, the NSW Department of Education is spearheading the Health and Development Checks in Early Childhood Education (HDC) Program, aimed at making these checks readily accessible to all 4-year-olds attending participating services, including public preschools, community preschools, and long-day care centres.

Recent data from the 2021 Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) revealed that over 44 percent of NSW children do not meet developmental milestones upon commencing school. Additionally, almost half of all 4-year-olds miss out on their recommended health and development assessments.

The HDC program represents a strategic investment, with local health district professionals teaming up with early childhood services to schedule these checks and identify any necessary support ahead of school entry. The assessments cover various aspects of children’s health and development, including cognitive, social, and emotional development, speech and communication skills, motor skills, and physical growth.

Health and Development Checks in Early Childhood Education (HDC) Program

Early childhood education and care providers are being encouraged to avail themselves of grants aimed at facilitating free health and development checks for 4-year-olds.

Furthermore, the HDC program aims to boost the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children meeting developmental milestones across all five Australian Early Development Census domains to 55 percent by 2031, aligning with Closing the Gap target 4.

To facilitate the HDC program, the NSW Department of Education has allocated over $4 million to its HDC Participation Grant Program. This initiative aims to aid eligible services in accessing the HDC program more efficiently.

Eligible services participating in the HDC program in 2024 can apply for grant funding across three categories, with a total of up to $7,500 in available funds.

These categories include:

  1. Staffing support for the health and development checks program, such as providing relief for educators to complete pre-assessment questionnaires or support children during the checks.
  2. Space development for the health and development checks, including repurposing or refurbishing rooms within the service.
  3. Capacity-building initiatives to support children’s health and development post-check, such as attending workshops or completing training.

Interested services can check their eligibility for the Health and Development Checks in Early Childhood Education (HDC) Program grant and submit applications through the department’s website using the SmartyGrants platform. The application window closes on March 31, 2024.

 

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DO YOU KNOW A YEAR 10 OR 11 STUDENT IN THE CLARENCE OR RICHMOND VALLEY WHO LOVES BOTH HISTORY AND TRAVEL?

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Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship

DO YOU KNOW A YEAR 10 OR 11 STUDENT IN THE CLARENCE OR RICHMOND VALLEY WHO LOVES BOTH HISTORY AND TRAVEL?

 

The NSW Government is sending a group of students on a scholarship study tour to Japan to learn more about the history of Australians at war, and Nationals MP for Clarence, Richie Williamson would love to see as many Year 10 or 11 history students from Clarence and Richmond valley schools apply and be in the running for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Mr Williamson said the Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship gives NSW Year 10 and 11 history students the opportunity to travel on a study tour in the Term 3 school holidays to develop their knowledge and understanding of the history of Australians at war.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students with a keen interest in history to be in the running to embark on a tour with a military historian and visit significant historical sites and learn more about and commemorate the service of Australian men and women in the World Wars and other conflicts,” Mr Williamson said.

“I’d love to see a Clarence or Richmond valley student selected to represent the community and embark on this tour and gain a better understanding of the Anzac legacy.”

Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship

Mr Williamson said as part of the application, students are required to submit a 1000-word essay in response to the following question:

The Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park was designed by architect Charles Bruce Dellit who said that it was an expression of ‘those nobler attributes of human nature which the tragedy of Nations so vividly brought forth – Courage, Endurance and Sacrifice.’

Using examples, explain how Australians have shown courage, endurance and sacrifice in wars and peacekeeping operations. Using examples, describe how these values inspire you and explain why you think it is important to learn about the commemorate service.

 

“Successful applicants will have a remarkable educational opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Anzacs and enhance their understanding of a legacy that has shaped Australia’s military story,” Mr Williamson said.

Applications are now open for the Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship and close on 3 March 2024. Further information around applying can be found here.

 

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