The schools and educational institutions in which we work are complex, interconnected, and intertwined communities. Similarly, our roles in Advancement are interconnected and intertwined as we engage and work across our communities with students, staff, parents, alumni, and key stakeholders. We are privileged to have the conversations and interactions we do, whether with prospective families, nurturing relationships with donors, engaging with alumni or connecting with parents.
Equally, we are privileged to be part of an organisation such as Educate Plus, where members so generously share their expertise, whether through the delivery of SIGs, seminars, mentoring or are simply happy to share ideas over a coffee. The recent International Conference certainly celebrated this. It was great to connect with colleagues from many schools and educational institutions, to learn, listen and be inspired. I left Adelaide with my bucket not just full, but overflowing.
On behalf of the NSW/ACT Chapter, I welcome our new members. We look forward to meeting you and are here to help in any way, so please reach out. In addition, we invite you to our upcoming online Special Interest Group (SIG) sessions.
- Making data-based decisions – using census results to leverage strategy | Thursday 18 August
- How to use your archives to build engagement and fundraising | Monday 22 August
- Philanthropy and Asian cultures | Tuesday 23 August
- Admissions: Keeping your pipeline flowing | Tuesday 6 September
In November, USA-based consultant Rachel Bearbower will run a time management webinar, providing practical productivity tips on time blocking, prioritisation, and calendar management.
This year we focused our PD in the ‘regions’ with two successful days held at Frensham and recently at Newcastle Grammar, with over 40 attendees at each event. As we start to plan for 2023, for both the Chapter conference and other activities, we will be looking for your input. We would like to know how we can serve you better, regional and city-based members, and we want your ideas and suggestions so please, take a few minutes to give us your feedback on our Chapter Survey.
Lyn O’Neill | NSW/ACT Chapter President