NSW Premier’s Premier’s Adobe ICT Scholarship – 2014

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Congratulations to Maria Russell – winner of the 2014 NSW Premier’s Adobe ICT Scholarship.

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Maria Russell – winner of the 2014 NSW Premier’s Adobe ICT Scholarship.

On Saturday 30th August, NSW Premier Mike Baird MP and the NSW Minister of Education Adrian Piccoli MP handed out the annual NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships at a special reception event held at the NSW Parliament House.

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Maria Russell receiving her NSW Premier’s Adobe ICT Scholarship from NSW Premier Mike Baird & NSW Minister of Education Adrian Piccoli

Maria Russell, a Primary Teacher at Armidale City Public School, was nominated, along with dozens of other passionate educators, for this year’s Adobe Information and Communications Technologies Scholarship. I had the pleasure of reading through all the nominations and being part of the judging panel.

The Adobe scholarship was one of a range of the Premier’s scholarship awards. Each scholarship provided funding for a study tour with an aim to gather information and experiences from experts around the world and bring that knowledge back to enhance teaching and learning in NSW and across Australia.

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Premier Baird made special mention of Maria’s intention during the afternoon reception at the NSW Parliament House.

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NSW Premier Mike Baird

I’m looking forward to supporting Maria with this endeavor that will provide rich learning experiences for talented students in rural NSW and will also be a model for rural education throughout Australia and New Zealand.

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Maria & Tim with two previous Adobe Scholarship winners Daniel Rattigan (AEL) and Katy Lumkin (AEL)

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Part of the Adobe Education team with the NSW Minister of Education

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Daniel Rattigan (AEL) with Premier Mike Baird

           IMG_8558NSW Teachers are encouraged to apply for the 2015 scholarships

 

 

 

 

Victorian Government – Learn Local Awards 2014

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image1On Thursday 28th August I had the pleasure of attending the 2014 Victorian Government Learn Local Awards Dinner at the St Kilda Town Hall.

Learn Local is an initiative of the Victorian Government’s Adult Community Further Education Board (ACFE) of which my Uncle Ron Wilson is the Deputy Chair.

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Ron Wilson – Deputy Chair of ACFE

The Victorian Minister for Higher Education and Skills, The Hon Nick Wakeling MP handed out a number of awards to the very worthy educators and trainers who were nominated by their peers for their outstanding community work.

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The Hon Nick Wakeling MP – Minister for Higher Education and Skills

The MC for the night was the very funny and entertaining comedian/actor/musician/trainer (and hypnotherapist) Adam ‘Chicken’ Palmer. I had the pleasure of sitting next to Adam, when he wasn’t on stage, and finding out more about is amazing work and life.

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Adam ‘Chicken’ Palmer was the very entertaining MC for the night.

This is the second time I have attended this event and met a number of Victoria’s local education & training heroes who have dedicated much of their time to furthering the opportunities of adults throughout Victoria.