Words From The Director
11 September 2020

This fortnight has been another difficult time for our schools, with the Premier’s announcement for an extended lockdown. With the uncertainty of return to face to face delivery for our partners and the Tech School, we will continue to deliver our programs remotely in Term 4 until we receive direction that face to face delivery can resume.

Many schools have already been in contact with us this week eager to book students into our engaging programs at the start of Term 4, giving students something different to look forward to and break up the school week. We do have limited places left, so please make contact to discuss options.

We had a great time working with students from Montmorency Secondary College, Macleod College, Eltham College, Bundoora Secondary College and Viewbank College to showcase essential technical skills in Graphic Design using Adobe Illustrator, 3D modelling via TinkerCAD and Coding using Grove Inventor Kits – posted out to students to enable physical coding with microcontrollers.

Students from NCAT have been busy working through our Human Animal Interactions program and we look forward to working with them next week on a rapid ideation and prototyping session! Around 70 Year 9 students from Eltham College had the opportunity to participate in an Escape Room Challenge over one full day, creating unique cardboard puzzle prototypes from their own home. The best designs will be invited to submit their designs as part of our Term 4 showcase for this program.

Lastly, our Student Ambassadors came together for an engaging CAD design session where they used 3D modelling to send a message to the future with COVID playing a central theme, as you can imagine.

As we approach the end of Term, we are thankful that the sun is coming out, and we can get out and about for a walk, enjoy.

Skylie Massingham
Director Banyule Nillumbik Tech School

Tech School Highlight

Engage your students in Term 4

Following the Premier’s announcement this week, the Banyule Nillumbik Tech School will continue to support our 20 partner schools with remote learning until, like you, we receive health advice for a return to face to face delivery. As you know, all of our programs have been adapted for on-line learning, delivered in 60-90 minute highly engaging modules, which we can deliver in whatever format works for your timetable on any days that suit next Term. Some schools for example have chosen to run groups through during double Science lessons over 2-3 weeks.

We received great feedback from teachers and students that have booked into some of our new programs where we have posted out tech kits to students to enhance their coding experience.. We also found that students have been very engaged during our design thinking sessions where we use Miro, an interactive whiteboard that allows for class collaboration.  

We are here to support you and are able to adapt any of our programs to suit your timetable. Limited places are available for Term 4 bookings. Please contact us on BanyuleNillumbikTS@melbournepolytechnic.edu.au to discuss options for your school.