Welcome to the September edition of the RSAS Newsletter!
September is a busy time for RSAS with school holidays kicking off in every state. School holiday activities provide a good time to connect with students and talk to them about why going to school each and every day is so important.
During the school holidays be sure to make time to plan with your team the return to school activities for Term 4- to make sure that every student is back to school day one of term 4. The tips from Ian Mackie’s webinar ’10 steps to success’ held earlier this month, may help with reflecting on what has been done so far this year and new ways that we can improve attendance for the last bit of the school year. If you missed it you can contact NESA to access a link to the webinar. Be sure to tune in to Anahita Tonkin’s webinar on ‘motivating and getting the most out of your team’ for ideas on how to strengthen your team and support each other every day.
A Train the Trainer forum was held in Katherine from 12-14 September. Local RSAS team members had the opportunity to meet and present RSAS training units to RSAS teams from different communities. A big part of the training was reflecting on what motivates RSAS teams in their roles and using that to build confidence and inspire others when presenting RSAS units. By the end of the three days training, every participant had from the opportunity to present to the group! Excellent work to everyone involved in the Katherine Train the Trainer! Keep an eye out at your next local forum as your team member may be presenting a unit!
It’s been another extremely productive month for the NESA RSAS Team.
With 50 ‘Tailored RSAS Local Workshops’ to be organised before the end of the year, our Sydney team has been very busy making contact with many RSAS providers throughout the 78 communities. To date we have secured dates for 38 out of 50 planned workshops within the last month!! Over the next couple of weeks will be working with the remaining RSAS locations to secure the final 12 workshops. This a great result overall with incredible support from RSAS providers looking to support their RSAS teams.
• If you are a RSAS Worker, and wish to find out more about the ‘RSAS Tailored Local Workshops’ please see your local provider to find out more about registering.
• If you are a Provider and would like to discuss organising a local workshop for your RSAS team, please contact your NESA Region Co-ordinator at: email@example.com or by calling: 02 9119 3090
WORKSHOPS THIS MONTH:
NESA RSAS Trainers were in Kalumburu on 30th – 31st August, where the local RSAS team attended the ‘RSAS Tailored Local Workshops’
The Kalumburu team selected 5 training areas that they wanted to focus on which included:
• Conflict Resolution – Working as a team – Developing Leadership Qualities – Building Positive Relationships – Speaking with confidence
Congratulations to the Kalumburu team for all your hard work. Our feedback was that the team was very engaged, focused and ready to take back the information discussed and learnt to the community.
NESA have had a record number of participants in the August RSAS Webinar!!
Ian Mackie ‘10 STEP GUIDE TO IMPROVING ATTENDANCE’ was well presented and delivered to a number of individual participants and team groups.
We have received a lot of positive feedback and are looking forward to the next Webinar on 21st September 2017, Topic: ‘Motivating and getting the most out of your team’. Presented by Anahita Tonkin from Clariti Group.
Here at NESA, we understand that both RSAS workers and their team require tailored training with a flexible delivery. Therefore, once the Live Webinar broadcast is completed, all registered participants will be sent a link to the recorded Webinar for you and your team to access at any time.
Make sure you don’t miss out on the next FREE RSAS Webinar by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE RSAS WEBINAR
Motivating and getting the most out of your team
21st September @ 1.30pm – 2.30pm AEST | Presented by Anahita Tonkin
- Do you need new, fun, innovative ways to motivate your team?
- Do you need to reenergise yourself or your team?
- Perhaps you have run out of ideas and are looking for ways to lift your team’s performance?
- If so, this webinar is perfect; you will leave with fresh new ideas and content to motivate you and your team.
As a leader, manager or supervisor being able to motivate your team is so important, we all want the best out of ourselves and our team. Driving performance in any organisation is no easy task. In ‘Motivating and getting the most out of your team,’ we will look at what it actually means to motivate and drive your team to have fun and make it an enjoyable place to work.
By the end of this webinar you’ll have over twenty ways to motivate and inspire your team to perform at their highest level. You will also have the opportunity to connect with us and complete a psychology based motivational survey to see areas where you are excelling and areas you can develop further. This is just another way to get clarity around how you support your team to reach success in the most positive way forward.
In the words of Simon Sinek, ‘A leader’s job is not to do the work for others, it’s to help others figure out how to do it for themselves, to get things done, and to succeed beyond what they thought was possible.’
Meet the presenter:
Anahita Tonkin is an extremely diverse and engaging trainer with eleven years of experience in training, building client relationships and business development across Australia and the Middle East. Anahita has a strong focus on engaging her audience with her ability to establish professional relationships within any organisation and work collaboratively to improve and develop their business.
REGISTER NOW by emailing: email@example.com
Please include your first and last name for registration. If you have any issues in registering please contact Laura on 02 9119 3095.
NESA RSAS Tailored Local Workshop
What it is about and why you should attend?
All RSAS staff have the opportunity to attend one of NESA’s face to face tailored local workshops. Every RSAS Provider will be involved in the development of their local workshop through a formal planning process and pre-departure meeting.
Each local workshop will be held over 2 days and will include 6 hours of training each day. All workshops will be facilitated by NESA experienced RSAS trainers who will support RSAS staff for the full two days. All NESA trainers have had extensive experience in remote training and will ensure that all training material is delivered in a culturally appropriate content.
NESA has 18 RSAS Units and 18 topics to select from. All RSAS topics have been carefully selected to support the on-going training and support for all RSAS teams.
The NESA Remote Training Coordinators work with each Provider and PM&C team to:
• Coordinate the planning of each tailored local workshop and ensure Providers/PM&C/Trainers/NESA are all informed about the development of each workshop step by step.
• Share the NESA RSAS training history of the team and review what training has been done previously
• Discuss what skills do the team want to build based on the team dynamics.
• Ensure the training delivered meets expectations
If you have any questions regarding the RSAS Tailored Local Workshops please contact NESA firstname.lastname@example.org by phone: 02 9119 3090.
Participant testimonial – One of our participants who attended the tailored local Workshop in Kalumburu shared her thoughts:
Participant: Maude Kearns
Provider: Mary G Foundation
What section of the two day workshop did you like best?
The Team building component was really relevant to our team.
The trainer’s ability to get the participants to engage was wonderful. Some of our team are quiet in nature, the trainers made our team feel comfortable, safe and managed to help them open up to the group.
How will you use your new skills & knowledge?
We will use the information learnt specifically in team building exercises.
We will incorporate the action plan established within our community.
The new action plan is more achievable than the last we created – I think with it we will reach our targets better.
Would you recommend this workshop? If so why?
I think that all providers should do this course. If helps to give an insight on what’s happening on the ground with our workers. It has been a learning curve to me and helped me to see other people’s perspectives and thoughts on what works and what challenges our team are having.
It was so good to have 2 new people (Trainers) from out of the area come in and give some further ideas.
We now can clearly see what else we could be doing. It was good where we were, but better to see what we can improve so we can step up further from where we are at.
Aurukun State School
“Our Children Come First”
In February 2017 Aurukun RSAS Team were a new team with no direct contact with other RSAS regions and teams in what they were developing/implementing; however, this did not dampen their enthusiasm.
The Aurukun RSAS Team worked together in their Tailored Local Workshop in February to develop an Action Plan that best suited their school and community.
Action Plans work to encourage RSAS teams to plan a forward approach and set goals. Trainers worked with the Aurukun RSAS team throughout the 2 day workshop to complete the action plan looking at:
• What do we want to achieve?
• How will we do it?
• How will we know it worked?
• Who is going to do it
In September 2017, 6 months post workshop we got in touch with the Aurukun Team to find out about the good work they have been involved in since the workshop.
The RSAS Team have been busy this year:
– Getting our young people to school
– Keeping them at school
– keeping them in class
– Keeping them learning and
– Getting the families to come into school!
1. Getting our young people to school
• Yellow RSAS school buses:
We have 2 Yellow School Buses (they are known simply as ‘The Yellow Bus’) that arrived in Term 2. The buses go out to pick up students (with carers/workers at times) every morning. We currently have community assisting us with the bus pickups. Our local FRC and Police are building positive community relationships and enjoying the mornings ‘beeping and greeting’ our families! Our RSAS Team go out for pick ups at 8am in the morning and at 8.30am
2. Keeping students at school
• Celebrities, organisations and key stakeholders come to the school to promote school attendance including:
– Aurukun Mayor Derek Walpo
– Matty Bowen speaking about “Try for 5” in regard to attendance and talking with our Secondary student about “Our Children Come First”
– the Governor of Queensland
– Education Officials often come to see how we are going in Aurukun – they often speak with the RSAS Team as a group and value their input and hard work!
– Representatives from Netball QLD and AFL QLD come to conduct clinics with our students.
-TRY for FIVE! Our Cowboys Initiative!-We are proud to be sponsored by The Cowboys for our Try for Five! Every classroom has an attendance display in the room. EVERY DAY teachers speak with students and the class about their attendance. The RSAS Team pops into the classes and talks about attendance – they can now discuss attendance from looking at the display. When our Cowboys merchandise arrives our team members take it around to the teachers and at times present it to the students.
Breakfast is served until 9am from the Tuck Shop. Students arriving late
are able to obtain a Breakfast Bar from the Late Sign-in Table upon arrival. Breakfast is supported by RSAS. Our Team enjoys popping into the kitchen to give a hand.
3. Getting the families to come into school!
In September our SAOs commenced our ‘Bike Initiative’.
We purchased 2 bikes so it is easy to get on and ride out to our main community precinct and speak with our families and businesses. Our riders have a backpack with supplies (notebook, pen, water, RSAS postcards, “Everyday Counts” bands etc). Their focus will be to get the children over to school and seek support from the shops on a daily basis to not serve school age children.
We have assembly every 2 weeks. The RSAS Team home delivers invitations to many of our award winners inviting them to come in. Students also take ‘flyers’ home when we have major assemblies.
Our assemblies are always well attended by families and community members.
Our largest assembly was on “Sorry Day”. During our Reconciliation Week teachers were explaining the significance of Sorry Day and our assembly also focused on the event with a short video and explanation. Our school and Community then joined in to create the word “SORRY” on our front lawn. Everyone enjoyed our BBQ and students then spent the afternoon enjoying rotating activities all based on “Reconciliation”. The RSAS Team were busy inviting, transporting and hosting our visitors and assisting in all activities.
• RSAS Everywhere:
We have our posters displayed at many of our community agencies – the local store we display our notices and posters, Tim’s Takeaway, Council, the Medical Centre, O-Hub (Parenting Support). We want the whole community to know the importance of school and our RSAS Team.
“EVERY DAY COUNTS” at Koolkan Aurukun State School:
We met our Team 1 & Term 2 Attendance targets!! Hooray for all involved!
The team is working extremely hard to reach our Term 3 Targets as theterm started difficult with a number of funerals in Community and outside. We also experienced some major long weekend events that affected our attendance – HOWEVER, this has not stopped the hard work of getting our children back into school!
Check out our Facebook:
In April – Aurukun School started a very active School and community Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AurukunSS/
Our Facebook page targets our Community and beyond. We want everyone to know the good news stories of Aurukun. Join our page and follow our journey!
NESA RSAS team would like to extend our most sincere congratulations to the Aurukun State School and their RSAS Team. Your never ending support for your children and community is inspirational.
Send us your PROUD community moments to share with the rest of the RSAS world. We want to share in your successes and the great initiatives your bringing to your schools, kids and families.