New position for PTTR!
We are thrilled that we have been supported by the Waratah Education Foundation Ltd to employ a NSW Coordinator for two years.
We look forward in the coming weeks to introduce our new colleague to you.
Did you hear what I said? Paint Wednesday REaD!
Yesterday marked the launch of our latest REaD and Sing with Me at Home campaign, particularly for our communities who are in lockdown. We are celebrating reading and singing at home especially on Wednesdays.
Check out your local PTTR facebook pages – and share with your friends – to see what is happening in your local community.
Here are some:@Paint Inner West Read, @Paint Liverpool Read, @Paint Mt Druitt with Rooby Roo, @Paint Canterbury Read, @All Areas Family Day Care, @Paint the Gong Read, @Paint the Town REaD
For those of us in lockdown (or not!) Wednesday is the day to spend lots of time with our children reading and singing.
Heal our Country!
Paint the Town REaD, Black and Yellow Celebrates!
Celebrating NAIDOC Week this year will be very different across our great land – as our PTTRB&Y (including PTTR) communities will celebrate according to COVID requirements.
We aim is to help close the early literacy gap for our First Nations children – led by local Elders.
This week especially we wish to acknowledge their eons of wisdom, love and commitment to their children, communities and land.
Conference ends and Reconciliation Week begins
Our 8th National Conference ended with the call for everyone present to meet up and yarn with Aboriginal friends and colleagues during Reconciliation Week, given the theme this year of More than a Word. Reconciliation Takes Action.
Aptly, with the Conference theme being Enhancing Early Literacy by Embracing our Cultural Diversity, the tone was set by Aunty Lyn Martin, when her Welcome to Country included her reading the Uluru Statement from the Heart to us.
Their Excellencies the Governor General and Mrs Hurley to attend our 8th National Conference
We’re thrilled to tell you that Their Excellencies the Governor General and Mrs Hurley are attending our 8th National Conference on Thursday 20 May. Mrs Hurley (our Patron) will be opening the Conference. They will also be joining us for our Conference Dinner.
This is a great way for you to meet them, as well as receive up to date research and practice skills to incorporate into your early literacy practices.
Mrs Hurley is a terrific Patron for PTTR. Have a look at how she launched our National REaD and Sing with Me at Home Campaign last year.
Register now! It isn’t too late.
Registrations open for 8th National Early Literacy Conference
Theme: Enhancing Early Literacy by Embracing Cultural Diversity
19 – 21 May 2021 on the lands of the Bediagal and Cabrogal Clans of the Darug Nation.
This conference will bring you the latest research and practical applications for early literacy through the lens of cultural diversity. There will also be a focus on engaging men and boys in reading with bubs from birth, and community ownership and partnerships in early literacy.
Come and join us, in person or online for our first hybrid conference — whether you’re from the city or the country, work in early childhood, library, child and family services, volunteer in a service club, or you’re a strategic planner in your government position. Or, more locally, if you want to start painting your own community REaD, or to strengthen your existing PTTR site.
We will have keynote speakers and workshops for all.
On registration you may choose either to attend in person at the conference venue — Bankstown Sports Club in Bankstown NSW — or online.
Thank you to everyone in PTTR communities across Australia – for the way you have moved heaven and earth this year to keep the message of ‘Read with your Baby from Birth’ alive in your local communities.
Thank you to our wonderful donors who make our work possible – and to all the amazing volunteers behind the scenes. You are all awesome!
May you walk in peaceful and renewing places in this Season.
Artwork for 2021 Conference
Conference Theme: Enhancing Early Literacy by Embracing Cultural Diversity.
We are thrilled to share with you, the amazing artwork from Shareen Clayton, for our 8th National Conference 20 – 21 May 2021. (Easy dates for you to remember!)
In Shareen’s words: The artwork represents family and community.
So the centre shows mum, dad and bub having quality family time out in the sun reading a book.
The middle represents being surrounded and supported by the extended family and the outer part represents local communities working together to support and engage local families.
Paint the Town REaD and Paint the Town REaD, Black and Yellow ‘in a nutshell.’
Keep an eye out for the Registrations opening soon!
NAIDOC Week 2020 – Always Was, Always Will Be
We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations as the first people of Australia.
We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
We honour their cultural, spiritual and emotional connection to their traditional Country.
We thank our Aboriginal Elders and colleagues who graciously, patiently and with humour lead us in Paint the Town REaD, Black and Yellow