Those of you from New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory will certainly understand the title of this blog piece having just enjoyed the first week of your mid-year break - I do trust you are finding some time to refresh after a busy first semester. South Australia and Victoria are all farewelling their students as I write, and Western Australia and the ACT are just holding on with a week of term left. Tasmania have just gone back into their second term of the year.
So what has been happening on the ABSA front this week - to be honest, not much really. It has been really great to have a week with us both in the office, which has meant the National Conference is now all up to date and workshops are almost finalised, the database update forms are all processed (only 20 still to come in), and some work has started on our website offerings. A project that has been on my list of things to do for over a year was launched by Tom this week - our YouTube videos, accessible through the YouTube link on our home page. Tom has been videoing boarding staff talking on a number of questions he poses, and then edits these together to form a fantastic collection of ideas - all watchable on a brief video. Check this link out on a regular basis as we plan to add more and more to the library.
Our Twitter and Facebook presence is also increasing, so if you are a user of one of these social media make sure you 'follow' or 'like' us - our Twitter feed can be found at @austboarding and for our Facebook page search 'Australian Boarding Schools Association'.
We have also started working with Australian Digital Partners, have developed a 'QR Code', and will be targeting those people who will find our Conference and training offerings most useful in new and exciting ways - watch this space!
Lastly, I am almost up-to-date with the marking of Duty of Care books in the office - with only those which arrived this week still to go. If you have been slow to complete your workbooks this semester break might give you a little time to do those last few tasks - then just send them in and I will mark them and issue your certificate (with an invoice, of course). Work is progressing with the accreditation of this course - more information will be forthcoming on this later in the year.
Don't hesitate to ring (or call in) if there is anything either Tom or I can help you with.