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Reflections Magazine : Reflections Issue 58 Autumn 2015
REFLECTIONS • GOWRIE AUSTRALIA • AUTUMN 2015 - ISSUE 58 editorial contents Dear Colleagues, Welcome to the first edition of Reflections for this year, a celebration of 2015. I do hope that readers had a restful and peaceful festive season and recharged the batteries to what promises to be a year of opportunity and challenge. The announcement by the Prime Minister of a major reshuffle of his frontbench resulted in former Assistant Minister for Education, Hon. Sussan Ley promoted to the position as Minister for Health. The previous Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison, has been appointed the Minister for Social Services, taking on an expanded portfolio which includes welfare, families, child care and the paid parental leave scheme. The appointment of Minister Morrison places him at the centre of the Government's agenda to negotiate social reform, including the child care payment system, which was identified in the Productivity Commission Inquiry Draft Report. Regardless of what 2015 brings, those working within the education and care sector will continue to undertake their important work with the same dedication, commitment and passion to support the health, well being and improved educational outcomes for children and families. To support this work, the article by Dr Anne Kennedy shares her knowledge of the importance of intentional teaching and how this is enacted in practice. The issue of supporting behaviour is often the first on the professional development list. In the article by Dr Kate Williams and Sue Lewin, the authors share the use of music in support of self-regulation in young children. This article compliments other articles that focus on a mindfulness program to support the building of resilience in young children, and a newly published resource developed specifically for early childhood educators in support of children's well being. Celebrations also are a feature of this edition with an article reminding readers that Australia was a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child some 25 years ago, and our continuing responsibility for enacting the principles of the Convention both in our practical and advocacy work. The other celebration referred to in this edition is the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Lady Gowrie Centres in each Australian capital city between 1939 and 1940. To recognise this significant milestone, Gowrie Australia is offering an early childhood Bursary in support of either a project or research. As well as the Bursary, Gowrie Australia is offering a range of professional learning sessions focusing on Theory into Practice -- one of the key roles of the Gowrie Centres throughout their 75 years. Further information about these celebratory activities is available in this edition. All the best for a successful year, until next time........ Ros Cornish on behalf of Gowrie Australia. Natalie Grenfell -- Gowrie NSW Andrew Hume -- Gowrie Victoria Jane Bourne -- The Gowrie (QLD) Inc Kaye Colmer -- Gowrie SA Tonia Westmore -- The Gowrie (WA) Inc Ros Cornish -- Lady Gowrie Tasmania GOWRIE CEOs 20 Back Cover - National & International Conference Updates 18 Theory into Practice 19 Lady Gowrie 75th Anniversary Bursary 4 Intentional Teaching: Using a Balanced and Thoughtful Approach 7 Self-Regulation Support Through Music 10 Championing Child Rights 13 Incorporating Mindfulness into an Early Years Program 16 Connections - A resource for early childhood educators about children's wellbeing Access an e-copy of Reflections at: www.gowrie-brisbane.com.au www.gowriesa.org.au www.gowriensw.com.au www.gowrie-tas.com.au www.gowrievictoria.org.au www.gowrie-wa.com.au 3
Reflections Issue 57 Summer 2014
Reflections Issue 59 Winter 2015