Words from the Director
18 December 2020

What a year it has been! I think we can all agree that 2020 will be a year that sticks in our minds for some time, and although we may want to forget it, (bring on 2021), we have had some great outcomes at the Tech School that have set us up really well for next year.
We managed to transition 95% of our face-to-face programs to online delivery, and structure programs into modules to deliver within different school time tables. Our team are now highly skilled at virtual delivery and use of great online tools that promote collaboration such as Miro. As a result, next year we will be able to support schools by beaming direct into classrooms and assist teachers with delivery of pre-work in-school.

Despite the challenges of working online, our Teacher Ambassadors came together virtually to co-design our 2021 Future Transport Inquiry with Industry Partners North Link. The program is in the final stages of development and teachers will come back together next year to test the program before it goes live!

Our Student Ambassadors had a very successful year and formed a strong virtual network. Students gained skills in a range of technology creating some amazing designs using CAD software, Illustrator and Make Code arcade.

Our after school Maker Space run in partnership with Nillumbik Youth; and The Lab Greensborough, a club for young people with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome both transitioned well to online supporting young people with innovative engagements outside of school.

Additionally we ran virtual camps for priority cohorts of students including Koorie background and young people with Autism and Asperger’s. Three new virtual camps will run in January, two specific for girls in Rural and Regional areas.

As we returned to the Tech School in Term 4, we welcomed students back on site, including 130 grade 6 students from Apollo Parkways Primary School for an introduction to Year 7 program, participating in a range of activities from coding to systems engineering!

We ended the year we a fantastic Festive Fibre’s event funded by Nillumbik Shire Council, with students and community members creating laser cut Christmas ornaments and creative designs using Adobe Illustrator printed onto festive tea-towels.

On behalf of all the team at Banyule Nillumbik Tech School and Melbourne Polytechnic, I’d like to wish you a safe and Merry Christmas and we look forward to working with each of you in 2021!

Skylie Massingham
Director Banyule Nillumbik Tech School

Tech School Highlight

2021 Teacher Secondment opportunity at the Tech Schools

Position: Learning Technologist
Contract: Full-time February – September 2021
Link to position: https://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/jobs/learning-technologist/

About the role:
The Learning Technologist is the 2IC at the Tech School and responsible for championing excellence in learning utilizing the range of leading technologies in both the Banyule Nillumbik and Whittlesea tech schools.

The role works closely with partner secondary schools, community and industry to develop and deliver authentic learning programs that use technology to innovate and prototype. These partnerships will enable students to work with industry on real life problems and create exposure to cutting edge technology and ideas not always available to students in their host schools.