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Welcome to the latest issue of the PAIge

Issue 5: June 2018

PAI-CEO-Paul-Geyer.gifWelcome to The PAIge, your monthly update from Principals Australia Institute.

As a professional services organisation that supports principals and school leaders across Australia, PAI has identified the importance of effective teaching strategies and is pleased to launch our Effective Educator workshop, a one-day workshop across the country commencing in July 2018.

In this edition you can read about our 2017 John Laing recipient Lisa Helenius of Rapids Landing Primary School, WA who was recently profiled in an Education Review piece which you can read below.

Finally – last call to nominate a great principal in the 2018 John Laing Awards for Professional Development! Scroll down for details.

We hope you enjoy this edition of The PAIge.

Paul Geyer

Chief Executive Officer


PAI News

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Nominations are about to close for the 2018 John Laing Awards for Professional Development - June 30, 2018! The annual awards acknowledge principals in every state and territory who demonstrate outstanding leadership in providing professional learning in schools.

The Awards were set up in 2004 in honour of John Laing, a former Tasmanian school principal worked for PAI (then the Australian Principals Association Professional Development Council) in 1993. He was the driving force behind the first cross-sectoral professional learning projects for all principals in Australia, and was a pioneer in recognising excellence in educational learning for school leaders.

For details, including nomination forms, event dates and locations in each state, please visit the PAI website.
The classroom teacher plays a pivotal role in a student’s academic achievement and engagement and what the teacher does and says has a significant impact on a student’s resilience and sense of efficacy.

The Effective Educator workshop provides the opportunity for participants to reflect on their own teaching strategies and interactions with others to evaluate their own effectiveness as educators. Participants will explore the mindset of an effective educator, and how this supports student engagement and wellbeing. PAI is committed to the provision of learning opportunities that inspire and inform Principals, school leaders and teachers.

This is a new workshop that is due to commence in Victoria July, 2018. For more information about this workshop call PAI on 08 8394 2100.
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What are the ‘pain points’ for your school? Principals Australia Institute (PAI) provides school leaders and teachers with great professional learning services and leadership development support.  To help you plan for your school's 2019 professional development, PAI is offering a range of tailored programs and consulting services.

You can choose from:

  • Leadership coaching
  • Whole-school wellbeing
  • Driving Performance
  • Financial management
  • Schools and the law
  • Media Training
For over 25 years, we have successfully delivered professional development programs that help improve whole school outcomes. Contact us to help plan your professional development consulting support for 2019.

- “Very insightful and professional presentation with practical and feasible strategies.”
- “I definitely feel better equipped to deal with a crisis.”
- “Should be mandatory for all Department of Education staff.”
- “An excellent course! I am so glad that I did it.”

These are just some of the comments PAI has received as feedback from the two-day Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Workshops for Teachers and School Leaders across the country. Participants will learn mental health first aid strategies in this evidence-based training course, authored by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and delivered by PAI's accredited MHFA instructors.

This program has been well evaluated and found to be effective in improving mental health literacy, reducing stigma and increasing helping behaviours. Browse PAI’s Events Calendar to register for a Youth Mental Health First Aid workshop near you, or for more information, please email or call us on 08 8394 2100.


PAI in the media

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Education Review had an in-depth chat with Lisa Helenius – a school leader with humanity at the heart of everything she does. People as individuals, and the communities they form together, are her focus. The school community she is currently leading is a brand new one: Rapids Landing Primary School, in Margaret River, Western Australia.

In 2017 Lisa was awarded The John Laing Award managed by PAI for Professional Development.  You can read about the great insights Lisa has gained over her years in the education sector here on the PAI website.
The Australian Principal Certification champions exemplary educational leadership and elevates the professional standing of principals in the community. It recognises the unique role of principals in improving the quality of learning and teaching in schools. Submit your expression of interest now and take the next step in becoming a Certified Practicing Principal.

With just over two months to go have you purchased your ticket to the The Educator Leaders Summit? PAI's Financial Strategies for Schools PD partner - Paul Campey from Resolve Consulting will be presenting on 'Strategic and financial planning for school leaders' and our CEO Paul Geyer will also be at this event chairing the Leadership Stream.

Find out more about our Financial Strategies for Schools workshops here.

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Schools have many areas to manage and keep things working smoothly and efficiently.  Sound financial management in schools is integral to a school operating at its best. Financial Strategies for Schools workshop provides Principals, School Leaders and Business Managers with basic accounting and financial management principles and strategies.  It outlines cash flow systems regardless of school sector and provides participants with an introduction to finance terminology that is needed for a school to manage effective budgets.

We are proud to have partnered with Resolve Consulting, delivered by Paul Campey – a Chartered Accountant with over with over 25 years’ experience in the leadership, management and governance of Schools and Not For Profit organisations. 

Browse PAI’s Events Calendar to register for a Financial Strategies for Schools workshop near you, or for more information, please email or call us on 08 8394 2100.


‘ATO's Tax, Super + You’ competition will have students from year 7-12 get creative around Tax and Super to win a cash prize for themselves and the school they come from. Entries will be open from 1 July - 1 November. For more information please visit the website.

To help students learn about tax and super, the ATO has also published teaching resources in line with the Australian curriculum, which school teachers can incorporate into their lesson plans. The materials are available for download.


NAIDOC Week is 8-15 July 2018, with events and activities to be held across Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Resources, including the NAIDOC Week poster and digital assets, can be found on the NAIDOC website. #NAIDOC2018 is the hashtag for social media posts.


Articles of Interest


The Australian Tax Office wants people to avoid making incorrect claims for work-related expenses at tax time this year, so they've shared these useful factsheets about claiming deductions:

- Teachers work related expenses (WRE) guide
- Office worker WRE guide
- Self-education guide
- Working from home guide
- Gifts and Donations guide


Credit Union SA's free Pre-retirement Seminars, presented by Bridges Financial Services, cover essential information for anyone thinking about their retirement.

The next seminar will be held on Tuesday 10 July, 6pm at the Credit Union SA Centre, Level 3, 400 King William Street, Adelaide. Register now for your ticket.


Teachers should be re-named 'learning designers': professor
By Jordan Baker (first published by The Sydney Morning Herald)


"The word 'teacher' is said to have originated in England more than 1200 years ago, but its days might be numbered; a prominent education professor believes that in the tech landscape of the 21st century, teachers should be re-named 'learning designers'."


"Schools and universities should abandon the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank as a way to select students for higher education, a globally-renowned education expert told leading educators" last week.


"According to a recent study, nearly half of Australian students feel “very stressed” as a result of schooling – a figure that adds to a growing body of research that suggests students’ mental health is on the decline."

Find out more about PAI’s – Youth Mental Health and First Aid two day workshop and Principal Wellbeing workshop.


Student 'capabilities' are just as important as school subjects
By Bill Lucas (first published by School News)


"Recently calls for our education system to enhance capabilities have been getting louder, causing some who are new to the conversation to wonder where this ‘fresh’ learning approach has come from."


PAI Resources

Stock up on resources for Term 2 from PAI's online shop:

R3 Relationships

100 practical activities for fostering a positive classroom culture. Themes for a range of age groups include: friendship, helping and cooperating, building bridges, the calm centre and dreaming big.

L5 Leadership workshop

A professional development resource for leadership and aspiring leaders, constructed around the evidence-based L5 framework. This new edition is packed with practical reflective activities for leadership development using current research and can be used across a range of contexts within school settings and beyond.