Newsletter March 2021

Primary Ethics News | March 2021

Photos | Easter chocolate? | Virtual Classrooms  | Jobs: Area Manager  | Child safety deadline | Join the Classroom Support team | Comings and goings | More…

Last week of term already! Thanks for getting your students this far along on their 2021 Ethics journey. The break is fast approaching, but before you go, we have some important reminders, announcements and news for next term.

By the way, I’m the new Primary Ethics Communications Manager, Susan Ardill. I welcome your feedback and questions on this bulletin and on any aspect of how we communicate with you. I also welcome your photos – of yourself and other volunteers. For those who do Facebook, please join in on our Primary Ethics page and volunteer group – if you ever have any communications issues, do get in touch:

On the job snap

Ethics teachers Mits, Aine and Alka were snapped before taking their classes at Marrickville Public School. (Photo courtesy of Marrickville Public School P+C)

Ethics and Easter chocolate

Perhaps the Scripture classes next door are handing out treats and you’re tempted to do the same for your own students. Giving out Easter eggs or any gifts is, however, against Primary Ethics policy.
Here are some very good reasons for that >>

In the media

“She discovered early on that the role of an ethics teacher was not only to facilitate discussion, but to invoke curiosity in little ones.” 
The Goulburn Post had a good piece announcing that Ethics classes start at Goulburn East Public School next term.

Want to work with Primary Ethics?

We have a number of paid roles opening for area managers – people who support and develop our programs across Sydney and NSW.
Come and join a great group working to provide the Primary Ethics program to more NSW public schools.
Check here for more information>> 

Opportunity: New trainers wanted 

We’re looking for additional trainers to deliver training to ethics teachers, either online or face-to-face. We are particularly seeking applicants from Newcastle and Wollongong areas.

  • Online trainers are required for evenings and weekends.
  • Face-to-face trainers are required mostly for weekends.

This is a paid role. Sessions are booked ‘as needed’ and Primary Ethics does not guarantee regular or continued engagement.
Find out more here >>

Coordinators: book into your Virtual Classroom!

Coordinators, now that we’re past the first term of the year, it’s time to book in for your required online workshop to discuss department procedures, common issues working with schools, recruitment forward planning and interviewing techniques.

Even for those of you with considerable experience, it’s important to keep your skills and policy knowledge current.
*All ethics coordinators need to have completed this by the end of term 2*
Our next Virtual Classrooms take place on:

  • Thursday 22 April: 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Sunday 2 May: 9am to 12noon
  • Monday 24 May: 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Friday 18 June: 9.30am to 12.30pm

Please contact our Training Administrator Darcie Funk to find out more and book your place.

Time to assign classes for term 2 

Ethics Coordinators, time to organise for term 2. If you haven’t yet created classes for your school, please do so as soon as possible.

For details on how to do this, log in to EVIE > click Help & Support > click How to Guides and Videos > Help Hub > look at For ethics coordinators section.

If you’re a teacher without a local coordinator, please make sure you’ve provided your regional manager or area manager with the details of the classes you are teaching. 

Post-class reporting

We know there have been a few teething problems with post-class reporting in EVIE. With your help and feedback, we’re ironing these out – but keep telling us when you encounter difficulties.

We’d really appreciate it if everyone could fill in the very quick reports each week. If you do, it means we’re able to see the health of the Ethics program across the state, which aids enormously with ensuring resources are allocated to areas that need them and helps us secure funding by showing how the program is developing.

Remember, you can find assistance on how to use EVIE in ourHow-to guides(fact sheets and videos) by going to the ‘Help and Support’ tab and clicking on the green button “How-to Guides and Videos” at the bottom of the screen.

Reminder: Child safety training deadline approaching!

Most of you have now completed your mandatory annual child safety training, but if you haven’t, it’s time to jump in and get it done.
You won’t be able to teach in term 2 until you finish this. 
Here’s how to access the training, which takes just 30 minutes:

  • Log in to EVIE
  • Go to My Training
  • See 2021 Child Protection Training
  • Click to launch.

Contact our Helpdesk if you run into any problems.

Curriculum ready for term 2

Kindy teachers will be pleased to see that Topics 4, 5 and 6 are now available in EVIE.  All Kindy topics have been significantly revised, so please use the new materials.

Coming and going: Regional managers

Welcome to new regional manager (RM) Laurence Burgess in Bankstown, southwest Sydney.
Laurence tells us: ‘I became an Ethics Teacher in 2019 and then an Ethics Coordinator in 2020 at my grandchildren’s school, Revesby Heights Public School. My grandchildren were, at first, my motivating influence to becoming an Ethics Teacher, however I am now keener than ever to continue teaching even after the last child has gone into High School. I love the interactions between the old and the young and their worldview compared to mine. I am definitely learning just as much as they are.’ 
We also welcome back Anne Davies, returning as RM to Illawarra North and Illawarra South.
Farewell to Ksenia Radchenko, who leaves us as RM for Iron Cove, inner-west Sydney.

Join the Classroom Support Team (CST)

We aim to increase our CST from 12 to 20 to meet the needs of our growing community of ethics teachers. Do you or do you know someone who:

  • wants to use/develop your coaching and feedback skills
  • is looking to support Primary Ethics in a volunteering role which offers flexibility and variety?

Becoming a member of Primary Ethics CST could be the opportunity you’ve been searching for. Have a look at our CST page  or email Coral Sturgess our CST manager.

Have a good break and thank you so much for everything you bring to Primary Ethics

The Primary Ethics team