Conference 2021 - Children, Family and the Community

Who should attend?


Teachers of Year 11 and 12 Children, Family and the Community, ATAR and General courses.

The focus for the seminar will be on upper school, although teachers of lower school childcare programmes are encouraged to attend.



Cost: HEIAWA Members: $50.00 Non-members: $90.00 Student members: $15.00 Student Non Members: $50.00 To Register: https://www.trybooking.com/BTXWN BOOKINGS CLOSE: Thursday 11th November

Date: Friday 19th November, 2021

Time: 8.45 am – 3.00 pm.

Venue: Mount Lawley Golf Club

1 Walter Road, Inglewood


Coffee on arrival, Morning Tea and Lunch will be provided.


Morning Programme

Everyone deserves a second chance: Jade Lewis

Jade is an award-winning author, speaker and founded not-for-profit organisation, Yellow Ribbon Project, which advocates for a second chance for female prisoners. Home | Yellow Ribbon Project

Family Law: Anastasia Christou and Dragana Blackwood from the Family Law Practitioners’ Association Council

Young Children in the Digital World: Balancing How and How Much: Dr Pauline Roberts. Lecturer, Early Childhood studies at Edith Cowan University

Understanding Indigenous family culture. Spokesperson from the David Wirrapanda Foundation


Afternoon Programme


Assessment task review: Jen Wheatley, Principal Consultant, School Curriculum and Standards Authority


AITSL Standards addressed by this professional learning session.

Standard 1: Know students and how they learn

Standard 2: Know the content and how to teach it

Standard 3: Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning

Standard 6: Engage in professional learning

Standard 7: Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community


Please contact the Conference Organiser, Lyn Dymond l.dymond@bigpond.com.au if you have any questions.

Many thanks to the sponsor of this event




About our presenters

Jade Lewis

Multi, award-winning, best-selling author Jade Lewis overcame a drug addiction in 1999. For 16 years she has been educating school students in drug prevention and through the Yellow Ribbon Project for Second Chances she has designed evidence-based programs to rehabilitate female prisoners. Her innovative approach to youth drug prevention and female prisoner rehabilitation has seen her win multiple awards for excellence in her field of work, which includes being the Winner Business News 40 Under 40, an Inductee into WA Women’s Hall of Fame and Winner of Pride of Australia – Community Service. Jade is the author of two books and her work changes and saves lives every day.

Jade is happily married to Tristan and together they have three beautiful children.


Anastasia Christou

Anastasia (Ana) is an Accredited Family Law Specialist, has a Master of Laws in Applied Family Law and has attained national mediation accreditation. She has practised exclusively in Family Law since 2011 and has significant experience across complex parenting matters, including arrangements for parents to spend time with their children and matters involving family violence.

Ana assists clients with all issues arising at the end of marriage, de facto or same sex relationships, including financial and parenting matters.


Dragana Blackwood

Dragana is from the Family Law Practitioners’ Association Council

She advises and acts for clients in ffamily law matters relating to children finacial arrangements. Having completed training under the National Accreditation System, and Family Dispute Resolution regulations, Dragana is highy skilled in enhancing negotiations and resolving matters amicably, where the circumstances allow.

Prior to commencing her legal career, Dragana worked in federal politics which has provided her with first hand experience in Australia’s system of government parliamentary processes, legislation analysis and speech writing.




Dr Pauline Roberts

Pauline is a Lecturer in Early Childhood studies at Edith Cowan University in Perth, WA. She has taught across the education sector in Early Childhood and Primary and Tertiary settings in a range of curriculum and content areas. Pauline’s doctoral research centred on the use of an ePortfolio to scaffold reflection in pre-service teachers, which remains an ongoing area of interest and research. In her current role at ECU Pauline has undertaken teaching in the Science content area for Early Childhood with the goal of developing play-based approaches to the development of science skills and concepts in young children.



The Wirrpanda Foundation aims to lead the provision of education, employment and business opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians by working together to empower and build capacity amongst individuals, their families and their communities.

Through the establishment of a number of successful programs in Perth, regional Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, ACT, and Queensland, the Wirrpanda Foundation has reached over 35,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people nationally.


Jen Wheatley.

Jen is the Principal Consultant, School Curriculum and Standards Authority.

Now is the time to reflect on current assessment practices for the course. Are each of the assessments worth doing and can you justify the tasks to your students? In planning or modifying assessments for next year what considerations are required when constructing an assessment task and the marking key. During this session we will ensure the questions relate to both the learning context and the content as described in the syllabus. We will review the length and the number of related questions, and ensure that the questions are clear and unambiguous. If it is not possible to formulate different questions and the marking key, it may be that the content is not suited to the assessment. This sessions aims to build confidence in your ability to develop/modify and use quality assessment tasks and marking keys relevant to this course. You should also be confident in your ability to use the Grade Descriptions across the range of assessment types in the syllabus.

Attendees are required to bring to the conference three copies of an assessment task and marking key they have developed or modified for either Year 11 or Year 12, General or ATAR course.


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