Lockdown trivia & ethics for adults | Bites | Drawing comp for children | New staff | More…
Firstly, a shout out to the 25 percent of our ethics volunteers who are still teaching in the regional and rural areas of the state. You’re doing a great job keeping things going during uncertain times. We know some of you are feeling a little unsure of teaching at the moment. However, the Department of Education wants to try to keep the lives of those students who are at school as normal as possible and believes we can continue to offer ethics classes safely – as we are.
Congratulations as well to the teachers in the Orange, Cabonne and Blayney LGAs who came through a week of lockdown and will now return to teaching in schools.
For those of us within the Greater Sydney lockdown, life is undoubtedly stressful. Particular kudos to all those who are supervising your children’s learning at home, often while keeping a job going too.
Last week we held the first of our Primary Ethics Café webinars, to chat about what we can offer to you while we’re in this situation. Out of that conversation, we’ve devised a month’s worth of Café discussion / entertainment / distraction for you, wherever you are in the state.
We’re going to run a series of ethics classes for adults, based on our high school curriculum. Plus a trivia quiz night on zoom. And a drawing comp for the kids. Read all about these below – and feel free to share any other ideas with us.
For those who do Facebook, please join in on our Primary Ethics volunteer group – and don’t forget to keep an eye on your local network Chatter group in EVIE.
Let’s meet at the Primary Ethics Café for Trivia and Ethics for adults
We have a lot lined up for you over the next few weeks. We’re sure these events are going to be popular, thought-provoking and fun.
Our trainers are going to run a series of ethics sessions for adults, based on our high school curriculum. This is going to run all through August, here are just the first two weeks:
- Tuesday 3 August, 6.30pm, Kelby Mason “The meaning of life” [sold out]
- Friday 6 August, 11am, Peter Foster ‘The cost of a human life’ [sold out]
- Monday 9 August1.30pm, Jarrah Aubourg: ‘Who wants to live forever?’ [sold out] and again on Thursday 12 August, Who wants to live forever 2?
- Tuesday 17 August, 6.30pm, Kelby Mason “The meaning of life”
Click on the link to find out more about the session. We do of course have to have a limit on numbers – if the session fills up you’ll be put on a waitlist and we’ll contact you about alternatives – and we’ll try to put on more sessions.
Join fellow Primary Ethics volunteers for a night of trivia fun.
We’ll follow the popular pub-quiz format where teams of 4 players work together on rounds of questions on general knowledge, culture, literature & sport, science & nature and of course ethics. And there’s our ever-popular picture round.
There’s no limit on numbers so jump on in – join with your friends, even if they’re not currently a volunteer, or make new ethics teacher friends.
Thursday 19 August 6.30pm start – we’re aiming for 1 hour of quiz and 30 minutes to chat afterwards, with your favourite beverage in hand.
Drawing gallery for the students
Are your children in lockdown missing ethics lessons? We’d love to see drawings of their favourite ethics character or story – or of their ethics teacher. We’ve made a simple frame for them to draw in – if you then scan their picture and send it to us, we’ll share it in our web gallery.
Bites – chew on these!
To provide some continuity for your children – and simply because we know they enjoy ethics – we’re offering a lockdown alternative to our classes at school. They come as short videos or audio and also a PDF. There are six on the page now – three for Kindy-Y2 and three for Years 3-6.
We’d also love to see Bites made visible in your school newsletter. If you’re an Ethics Coordinator, we can email you a blurb and an image for you to share with your school. Contact the Communications Manager for those.
Ask a friend to become an ethics teacher
We reckon lockdown is the ideal time to learn a new skill and make plans for the future. So how about enlisting a friend to train as an ethics teacher?
We were impressed to hear that Cath Renwick, an ethics teacher at Bermagui PS, did some local promotion on her Instagram as well as a community Facebook page, with strong impact. From this, four people applied to do the teaching course. Thanks Cath for making a difference!
With more teachers, your school’s program can expand and children on the waitlist will have a class to join. Contact the Communications Manager if you need any help with promotion.
We offer a huge range of online new teacher training courses, on weekdays, weekends, night and day.
New staff for Primary Ethics
It’s testing at the best of times to start a new job, even more challenging during a lockdown when all work is online. We’ve recently welcomed several new staff who are working to take us further along the path of our strategic direction of ensuring more parents have the choice of ethics classes for their children — which means more programs in more schools, with more volunteers!
Welcome to our new Area Managers (who support and expand existing programs):
- Cathy Chase – Metro N
- Sandra Banta – Regional NW and Rural
- Emma Doran – Metro SW and Rural SW
who will be working alongside existing Area Managers,
- Marbecc Webb – Regional S
- Anuya Velpanur – MetroS
- Fiona Branscombe – Regional N
Welcome to the new Development Managers, who will be working to expand our program into new schools:
- Feyza Tuncay – Metro S, Metro SW, Regional S
- Cemine Sezgin – Regional NW, Rural N
- Dana Sampath – Metro N and Regional N
And welcome, too, to Jarrah Aubourg, who’s come aboard as Curriculum Manager, and Diana Dagg, who has joined the Classroom Support team.
We’re all feeling the uncertainty and stress of this phase of the pandemic. But we’ve managed this before – and come through. We’re a strong organisation with an amazing group of wonderful volunteers. Let’s look forward to celebrating a return to normal – however soon that may be.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, our Helpdesk is here to help – please email or call (02) 8068 7752.
Thank you so much for everything you bring to Primary Ethics.
The Primary Ethics team