Term 4 marks the coming to an end of the 2021 school year with a major focus for us at WAPPA on planning for 2022. This focus aligns with the current Noongar season of Kambarang and its themes of awakening.

This season we will notice as we look to our environment in the South West, Balgas and their long flowering stems, reptiles starting to emerge from their hiding places and later in the season the flowering of the Australian Christmas tree or moojar.  I am keen to learn from our members across the state about their local seasons so please send through your experiences.

As we plan professional learning for 2022, I can start to identify some themes emerging from recent member surveys.  The two main ones that stand out to me are accessibility and alignment. Accessibility in relation to physical access, particularly from our regional members, and financial access due to costs. Alignment in terms of PL aligning to our members’ current and future needs and position and how WAPPA PL is different to what is offered by the Department.

I will continue the conversation at our State Assembly and hope to share with you some new PL opportunities for 2022 later in the term.

Over the past week, I have been engaged in a transformative learning journey with the Global Network of Professional Learning Leaders (GNPLL). This group consists of professional learning managers from Queensland, New South Wales, Ontario and British Columbia. As a group, we have been engaging in a creative process for learning which has taken us all out of our comfort zones and put some vulnerabilities on the table. This reimagined process of learning is something I am keen to share with you, not as a new pedagogy but as a way for leaders to rediscover what it means to be a learner.

What if I fall?
Oh but my darling, what if you fly?
- Erin Hanson

Making the Leap from teacher to Deputy Principal can be complex. But you don't need to work it all out on your own. Join us at WAPPA with a group of your colleagues that are at similar points on their journey and gain the skills and support you need to make the leap! 

Throughout the day we will;
• examine the role of the Deputy Principal,
• review the research and theory about role transition,
• identify the skills, knowledge, understandings and experience that will give you the edge,
• consider the advice of those who have recently made the leap, and
• begin the planning process to ensure a successful transition to the role Deputy Principal.


Register now for November's program, here.
Tuesday 9 November
Three decades on, the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is now more relevant than ever.

COVID-19 has altered, or in some cases severely disrupted our lives. Being in constant reaction to situations that are outside of our control can make us feel powerless. As individuals and leaders, we need to refocus and clearly prioritise the aspects of life and work that are most important. The Habits challenge you to consider your actions and intentions from the perspective of personal control and provides strategies for living life with purpose. 

Register now for November's program, here.
Day 1: Tuesday 16 November
Day 2: Monday 29 November
Please feel free to contact me should you wish to share your own thinking about learning, and I will leave you with a question to reflect on until next time:
 
When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone to learn in a new way?
  Amanda McGovern
Manager, Professional Learning
Western Australian Primary Principals’ Associ­­­­ation
(08) 6380 1755  |    |  wappa.asn.au  |  440 Vincent St W, West Leederville
Together we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work across Western Australia. We pay our respect to the Elders of the past, present and future and acknowledge their spiritual connection to Country.
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