WA Chapter eNews September 2021 - 23 September 2021

President’s Report

Dear Members

How lucky are we to live in WA?! It looks as though we’ve nearly made it through winter, and spring feels like it’s on the horizon. 

At a time when much of the country is enduring difficulty, we are still able to enjoy our personal freedoms, including face to face PD! (Fingers crossed this will last us through the holidays.) Unfortunately, the same isn’t true for many of our colleagues across the country. On that note, I would like to commend the Educate Plus Board and Staff for their tireless efforts in trying to launch our International Conference for this year. There were many late-night meetings, lots of emails back and forth (across the world), tons of work behind the scenes, and a never-ending drive to try and make this event happen. After considering every possible option, we had to finally make the decision to surrender. The program was confirmed, the venues were booked, and the catering had been organised. I’m sure many of us have felt the heartbreak of having to cancel such wonderful and meaningful events at the last minute. As a nation-wide organisation, we have strong leadership, integrity, and drive and we won’t give up. We vow to come back even stronger, and I know this conference will be an amazing opportunity for all of our members in 2022!

In the meantime, our committee has been working hard on creating some wonderful PD opportunities for our members, and non-member alike! So, on that note, we would ask you to please SAVE THE DATE for Thursday 11 November 21 for a one-day PD session to be held face-to-face here in Perth. We anticipate this being a full day PD offering, followed by social networking drinks and canapes to end.

For our regional members, we are looking to try and offer a discounted accommodation option, so please clear your schedules and plan to join us!

We look forward to sharing the details of the program with you in the coming weeks and will use the survey data submitted to create what we hope will be a relevant and valuable offering to our WA members.

I hope you enjoyed the virtual Non-Conference program offered by Head Office in place of what was to be the International Conference

As always, please reach out if I can help you with anything or connect you with a member who can.

Kind regards

WA Chapter President

WA Chapter PD/AGM

WA Chapter PD/AGM

Our one-day PD session to be held face-to-face here in Perth. We anticipate this being a full day PD offering, followed by social networking drinks and canapes to end.

For our regional members, we are looking to try and offer a discounted accommodation option, so please clear your schedules and plan to join us!

We look forward to sharing the details of the program with you in the coming weeks and will use the survey data submitted to create a relevant and valuable offering to our WA members.


Date: Thursday 11 November
Time: All day event – times TBC (All Day PD followed by social networking drinks and canapes.)
Venue: TBC
Cost: TBC
Guest Speakers: TBC

Welcome to our New Members

Welcome to our New Members

Our WA Chapter has continued to grow in 2021 and we currently have 203 members including 11 regional members. Welcome to our newest members who have recently joined Educate Plus. We look forward to connecting with you at a future event soon. If you have any questions or require any support, please contact any member of our Chapter Committee.



Marketing and Enrolments Coordinator

Our Lady of Mercy College



College Registrar

Bunbury Catholic College



Director of Finance and Admin

Trinity Residential College



Deputy Head of College

Trinity Residential College



Director of Marketing and Community Relations

All Saints’ College, WA



Admissions Registrar

Christ Church Grammar School



Enrolments Officer

St Mary MacKillop College



Marketing & Communications

St Mary MacKillop College



Acting Registrar

Sacred Heart College



Communications and Engagement Manager

Methodist Ladies’ College, Claremont



Publications Coordinator

Aquinas College, WA



Graphic Designer

Penrhos College



Marketing & Communications

St Mary MacKillop College



Marketing and Community Relations Manager

Trinity Residential College

Inspiration Corner

Inspiration Corner

5 tips to writing emails that will always get you a reply

Emails are just as fundamental these days as food and water in our lives, and they form a large part of our daily communications.

Roughly 300 billion are sent around the world every day, according to Statista. On average, each of us who works in an office gets 121 emails per working day on average! Yet we send them and read them without thinking about them for a second.

But emails are essential. In some situations, they can’t be replaced with a short meeting or a phone call. We send them because of traceability or a time difference, or we need to have many people reading the same thing.

A study of around 1 million emails that was done with Microsoft shows the average employee spends 28 percent of his or her day working on emails.

But given how essential emails are, did anyone ever teach you how to write one? 

I have dedicated the last 25 years to learning and teaching. I have trained in the Scouts and the Israeli Army, and I teach business at a German university today. Just like anyone else, I send and receive emails and texts. Loads of them. I use them to stay in touch with customers, collaborators and students around the world.

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Leadership Series – PD online

Leadership Series – PD online

We have an exciting line up of online PD for our members. There is something for every profession in the Advancement sector and this is a great space to learn and share industry ideas. Registrations and more information will be available on our website soon.

Zoe Routh presenting

Grace Under Fire: Stay calm under pressure



Do you want to keep a cool head when everyone else is losing theirs?

  • Secrets of instant charisma, no matter how introverted you are.
  • How to stand your ground when your emotions are going wild.
  • Respond rather than react, especially in a confrontation

19 October Webinar, 12.00 – 1.00pm (AEST), 10:00am – 11:00am (AWST)

$35 Members, $50 Non-Members

Alan Stevens presenting

Building Relationships and Business in a Challenging World


One of the most valuable factors that influence prospects in choosing which business they associate with, and who they want to associate with, the one we often don’t talk about, is interpersonal compatibility.

If a customer is interested in your products but doesn’t find your team easy to talk to, good luck with that! The longer you take to get to know, like and trust each other, the slower and weaker the relationship will be.

In this presentation, Alan will demystify the power of reading people to build better relationships. He will cover how to read people to know how they prefer to be spoken to and treated, all within just seconds of meeting them, ensuring memorable and lasting relationships.

Those who attend will have the firsthand opportunity to learn how others see them and how to use that to an advantage.

26 October Webinar,12.00 – 1.00pm (AEST), 10:00am – 11:00am (AWST)

$35 Members, $50 Non-Members

Dr Helena Popovic presenting


Most people work on building up and boosting their financial assets. But how many people work on building up and boosting their greatest asset: their brain?

The revolutionary field of neuroplasticity has shown that the brain can change its structure and function. It can grow new cells, new circuits and new connections in response to what we do, think, feel and believe.

We are more than passive victims of our genes: we play an active role in how our brains develop throughout our lives. However most people are yet to realise the enormous personal power this gives them.

For our brain to stay healthy and operate at its best, we need the right nutrition, rest, stimulation, challenge and reward. Most importantly, we need to take charge of our thinking because our thoughts play an integral role in wiring our brains for optimal performance.

2 November Webinar, 12.00 – 1.00pm (AEST), 10:00am – 11:00am (AWST)

$35 Members, $50 Non-Members

Pauline Nguyen presenting

Open for registrations soon

Pauline references many of the skills and learnings that created her success – her unique life experiences have given her a distinctive insight into the minds of individuals and businesses alike, allowing her to pass on the invaluable skills of self-mastery, courage, resilience and grit. As Pauline says, “if we can learn the tools of self-mastery, we can better practice the art of influence over others”.

9 November Webinar, 12.00 – 1.00pm (AEST), 10:00am – 11:00am (AWST)

$35 Members, $50 Non-Members

Educate Plus Blog

Educate Plus Blog

Share your stories!

We would love to hear from any members who have good news stories that may be suitable to share on the Educate Plus blog or future newsletters. Our blog is dedicated to bring out the best stories of educational advancement to people with similar interests. 

We are always open to new content and who better to hear from than our colleagues who may have found the latest solution to our most recent problem? So if you have a story or experience you think other members will benefit from hearing about, please contact sheila@educateplus.edu.au.

Guidelines: We encourage authors to include images/videos as part of the submission (be sure to credit your source). All final drafts should be accompanied by an author bio and photo(150*150 px). The author bio should be 40 to 50 words long and may include links to your website’s homepage or LinkedIn profile.


Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership

To overcome challenges, stop comparing yourself to others

by Dean Furness

When you stop comparing yourself to others, you can accomplish great things, says wheelchair athlete Dean Furness. He shares how, after losing the use of his legs in an accident, he discovered a powerful new mindset focused on redefining his “personal average” and getting better little by little.

It seems we have been measured almost all of our lives, when we are infants, with our height and our weight, and as we grew it became our speed and our strength. And even in school there are test scores and today with our salaries and job performance. It seems as if those personal averages are almost always used to measure where we are in comparison to our peers. And I think we should look at that a little differently. That personal average is just that, it’s something very personal and it’s for you, and I think if you focus on that and work to build that, you can really start to accomplish some really amazing things. 

Watch now

A Word with Educate Plus Platinum Partner

A Word with Educate Plus Platinum Partner

10 school blog post ideas your school community will actually want to read.

If you’re a school marketer that’s been blogging for your school for a while, you may find that every time you go to write, you find yourself staring at a blank computer screen, waiting for inspiration to strike. It can be hard to shake things up, so the Digistorm content team have put together 10 blog topics as inspiration for you to put into practice today

1. Back to school tips

This topic is a goldmine for families with students of all ages. There is so much to remember when kids are getting ready to head back to school, and you can provide all of the information that a parent will need in one place. 

Posts like ‘Getting kids back into a routine’, and ‘How to order the right size uniforms to last the year’ are two perfect examples of content that is incredibly useful and shareable for the new school year. 

2. Easy school lunchbox recipes

Busy families are always on the lookout for quick and easy school recipes — whether it be healthy lunchbox ideas or 15-minute dinners. Start by crowd-sourcing your readers’ best recipe ideas and ask if you can publish them in a regular blog post series. 

3. Strategies for tackling homework

Homework can be a tricky beast for families to tackle, however, your blog can provide them with the tools they need to ensure homework is completed with as little resistance as possible.

Give families a few solid, easy-to-implement strategies they can use with their kids when that inevitable homework resistance crops up. Reach out to teachers, or do a little research of your own, to come up with solid techniques that can be compiled into a master post.

4. Student success stories

Spotlight a student that has achieved something great on your blog. Not only does this give them well-earned kudos, but it adds social proof to your school. The same goes for your alumni — prospective families love nothing more than learning that education at your school is the path to success.

5. A message from your principal

Connect families with the headmaster or mistress at your school by scheduling a regular blog post that includes information about current goings-on, future plans and more. Often heads can seem a little intimidating, but we promise they’re not — a blog post will confirm this to everyone.

6. Insight into a sporting team

A lot of families (and kids!) don’t know what they’re getting themselves into when it comes to school sports, so a play-by-play of the whole experience — from training through to game day — could be a fun and unique idea for blog content. Snap some pics, and take quotes from the coaches and kids!

7. A rundown of your tech programs 

Some tech-savvy families are very up-to-speed on the programs their kids are, and more importantly, should be using. Technological literacy is so important, so you’ll need to show prospective families how you’re fostering it amongst students. Do you have any special software the kids can use? How about advancement programs? Let families know; they’ll love you for it!

8. Diversity and inclusivity 

Your school blog is also a great way to tackle the topics that mean a lot to you. One theme worth discussing with kids is inclusivity, and how they can foster a more accepting nature at a young age. 

If you think families would be receptive to this, offer some topics they can discuss with their kids in a blog post, as well as language prompts and further resources to learn more. 

9. Tackling gender bias

Gender bias is more pervasive in schools than you may think, but it’s definitely something most institutions are trying to stamp out. To help with any efforts you may execute in the classroom, write an accompanying blog post that encourages families to discuss this topic with their kids. 

10. Understanding cybersecurity 

Cybersecurity is a continually hot topic, as we see breaches left, right and centre in our digitally saturated world. It’s something all kids using the internet should be aware of, even if they’re just playing with apps on a parent’s phone. Foster safety online by creating a checklist or compilation of dos and don’ts families can discuss with kids. 

Of course, these are just 10 blog post ideas to get you thinking more creatively. There are thousands of other options out there waiting to be explored on your school blog! Check out the full article with double the ideas!

Digistorm is a software, app & website development company, specialising in the education industry. They develop cutting-edge technologies to streamline school administration processes and give school staff back valuable hours in their day. Follow them on LinkedIn for helpful school admissions and marketing content, or visit their website.