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Message from the Branch President, Mathilda Joubert


Hi everyone

What turbulent times we live in. Over the last few years, and particularly since the start of the 2022 school year, I have been so proud of the way that West Australian educational leaders have led their communities through the challenges of responding to Covid-19. It requires emotional strength, resilience, grit, determination, adaptability, and creativity to constantly adapt to change, to make tough decisions when required, to reassure children and families, and to keep inspiring and supporting our staff who are straining from physical and emotional exhaustion brought on by the constant readiness to pivot. Add to that the concerns we all have about the state of the world as we see heartbreaking events unfold in the Ukraine, and we know that now, more than ever, education must equip the next generation of children and young people to lead with conviction, courage, compassion, and creativity.

At ACEL WA we too had to pivot to ensure the safety of our members. Our planned Breakfast with the Minister and the Directors (General) of Education form the three sectors had to be cancelled. We are delighted that each of the speakers has recorded a short message for our members to encourage you in the important work you do as leaders of education in these challenging times. Please find the messages below from:

Whilst we had to cancel our planned face-to-face events for Term 1, we are delighted to be offering a range of online professional learning events for our members.

Please join ACEL members from round the country to celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th of March at 1pm AWST with an event featuring a great line-up of speakers, including WA’s Dr Deborah Netolicky and ACEL CEO Dr Barbara Watterston. It’s free to ACEL Members!

ACEL has also partnered with WAPPA to bring you a webinar Series on Issues & Insights in education. Two more sessions in the series remain:

  • 10 March – Pasi Sahlberg, Growing Up Digital: Towards digital wellness for all.
  • 24 March – Tracey Ezard, Ferocious Warmth Leaders: Elevate positive ripples with the head and the heart.

We are also continuing our Educational Leadership Book Club this year. Each term we choose a book to inspire, provoke or challenge us, and we get together (virtually or face-to-face) in the holidays to discuss it. Our book for Term 1 is “Collective Leader Efficacy” by Peter DeWitt. Please order your copy of the book from the ACEL bookshop and then join us for our discussion on Thursday the 21st of April for a collegial conversation with other educators around the themes in the book.

I would also like to remind WA members that nominations are now open for all categories of the ACEL WA Awards for Excellence in Educational Leadership. There are a variety of categories, including excellence in research, teacher leadership, educational leadership, and the prestigious ACEL Fellowships. Great acts of leadership are currently visible all around us, so please think who you would like to commend and encourage for their contribution to educational leadership within your circles of influence. The nomination process is quite painless; all it requires is your desire to encourage others and a few minutes of your time. All nominations must be received by the 28th of March.

Look after yourself, stay safe, and continue to lead with conviction, courage, compassion, and creativity.

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