At Thomas Carr College we think it takes a global village to educate a child! And that’s why, for the 12th year we were so pleased to bring together educators from Australia and China with one purpose; to create opportunities for global engagement among educators for the mutual benefit of our students. Throughout the conference, both formally and informally, teachers within the VCE Transnational Network learnt from each other and in so doing improved the quality of learning experiences we are able to provide our students, regardless of their location.
As reflected in this year’s conference theme “Innovation through Integration”, our conference integrated the whole VCE transnational education ecosystem, for which for which we are grateful to so many. Our Offshore Partner School leaders and teachers, Australian mentor teachers, policy makers, Victorian Government, Australian Embassy and China Ministry of Education reps, VCAA VCE Curriculum and data experts supported by the VCAA International team, Australian University sector and alumni all participated in this event.
Of special significance was the attendance from the VCAA of Curriculum Managers across the Mathematics and Science studies, along with the Manager of the Data Analysis unit. Our conference was opened with a video message from the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrew and VCAA CEO Stephen Gneil.
The conference renewed dialogue, long lasting friendships among the VCE Transnational family, and created ideas for future collaboration. As the conference closed, our Offshore VCE students prepared to fly to Melbourne where they have been welcomed by their Victorian host students at Thomas Carr College. This Summer Camp Study Tour, is the next exciting step in their journey to study abroad. As hosts, our students in Tarneit will develop new perspectives and insights into another culture as well as skills essential for them to see and grasp the many opportunities within the increasingly mobile and interconnected workforce.
The VCE Transnational Conference is an annual event that brings together approximately 250 educators from Australia and China over a week in the July school holiday. It first commenced in 2012 and since it has been held in Wenzhou, Lianyungang, Suzhou, Harbin, Tianjin, Nanjing, Xian, Haikou, Shanghai, online and Jining. The conference is co-hosted by Thomas Carr College, Aide Education, Firbank Grammar and Caroline Chisholm Catholic College.
Any school interested in the VCE offshore program is encouraged to contact me, Tom Bridges, Assistant Principal at Thomas Carr College by phoning (03) 8734 2444.