Over 140 delegates (and mascots!) celebrated our 6th National Conference, Climb Every Mountain: Songlines and Singing. Aunty Carol Cooper and Aunty Jacinta Tobin welcomed us to Country, and set the scene for two days of learning, practical workshops and fun. The Blue Mountains three levels of Government were well represented by Cr Romola Hollywood, who welcomed delegates at a Civic Reception, Hon Susan Templeman, who opened the Conference with Aunty Carol and Aunt Jacinta, and Trish Doyle MP. who opened our Principals Forum. Thank you to our Keynote Speakers, Aunty Jacinta Tobin, Dr Marina Kalashnikova (Western Sydney University), Dr Amanda Howard (Newcastle University), and Kerry Dominish (CEO – Early Start) and the 30 workshop presenters. And our Conference Dinner wouldn’t have been so successful without the Blue Mountains Ukulele group and the generosity of Carrington’s Brewery!
With our 6th National Conference on next week, you only have a few days to go to register. So use the links to the right, to take you straight to the registration page!
And whilst everyone is preparing for the Conference, the Aboriginal Elders in Shoalhaven NSW have been busy giving their mascot egg to the children, supported by Mayor Amanda Findley. Children in Moree NSW are also reading with their egg and Parker Pelican in the Parks and Gardens in Adelaide has celebrated his first birthday, with a huge party of about 400 people, where there was lots of singing and families reading together in the local community park.
6th Early Literacy Conference.
Climb every mountain: songlines and singing.
Paint the Town REaD Ltd together with our co-host, Paint the Blue REaD invite people interested in early literacy, children’s singing and collective impact in Aboriginal and/or mainstream practices to attend this Conference. We will be meeting on Darug and Gunungurra traditional lands.
3–5 May 2017
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba NSW
Registration for this exciting event is now open. Click here to find out more.
We invite you to become a proud sponsor and be part of our 6th National Conference. This will give your organisation great exposure as the conference aims to bring together professionals from a wide range of disciplines supporting families with children 0-5years across the country. Our expected audience will include staff working in the following sectors:-
- Early Childhood Care and Education
- Library Programs/Services
- Vulnerable Communities/Early Intervention & Prevention
- Aboriginal Communities
- Multicultural Communities
- Local Communities
To find out more click here
We have celebrated an inspiring Conference with 200 delegates from across Australia. Many delegates have already reported back on what they are planning and have already implemented from the Conference.
Conference highlights included a workshop for Mayors led by Wollongong’s Lord Mayor, Gordon Bradbery, inspiring keynote speakers, fun and thought provoking workshops, creative posters and many opportunities to network and share ideas and enjoy Wollongong’s warm hospitality.
Many many thanks to Paint the Gong REaD’s Conference Committee partners, led by the irrepressible Tracey Kirk-Downey, Wollongong City Council’s Children’s Services Manager, and the hardworking University of Wollongong and TAFE student volunteers.
You can now download Conference presentations from the 2015 Conference tab.
Register now for the Paint the Town REaD’s 5th National Conference, Making Waves — Early Literacy and Collective Impact.
25–27 March 2015 in Wollongong, NSW.
The Conference is registered with BOSTES as a professional development accredited course. Download the BOSTE Accreditation details.
Download the 2015 PTTR Conference Registration Form
An Invitation to be a sponsor at our 5th National Early Literacy Conference, to be held in Wollongong in March 2015.
Do you have a great workshop or poster that you’d like to present at our 5th National Early Literacy Conference in 2015?
Download, fill out and send us our Call for Papers Paint the Town REaD 2015 Conference form.
Please have all submissions to us by Friday 18 July.
Some great ideas are already coming in.
Making Waves: Early Literacy and Collective Impact
25–27 March 2015 in Wollongong
Put these dates in your diary now!
Come and join us — whether you’re from the city or the country, work in early childhood, libraries, child and family services, volunteer in a Service Club, or you’re a strategic planner in your government position. Or if you just want to learn about how to get started painting your community REaD.
We’ll share great ideas, have fun, plan new strategies, as well as enjoy the Gong’s seaside hospitality. So start thinking about whom you’d like to invite, what you’d like to find out and what you’d like to share.
Your hosts are Bright Spark the Mascot with Paint the Gong REaD
and Paint Shellharbour REaD.
To register your interest email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracey Kirk Downey 0409 849 463
or Barbie Bates 0487 887 008
Our Fifth Early Literacy Conference will be taking place in March 2015 in Wollongong NSW. Watch this space for dates and details.
During 2014 we will hold Regional Training Days. Again, watch this space for dates and details.
And in case you’re wondering, our Fourth Annual Early Literacy Conference was held across two venues — Warren in country NSW and Merrylands, Sydney in September 2013.