Create – Innovate – Collaborate. Not only this year’s Conference theme, but our motivating principle. Teach NSW describes TAS Teachers as those who “thrive on both the creative and practical challenges associated with teaching cutting edge subjects such as engineering, food technology information and software technology, software design and development and textiles and design (to name a few). As many of the TAS subjects are constantly changing, great TAS teachers are always looking for opportunities to increase their bank of resources that will deeply engage and challenge students”.
We have a small but strong team that continue to deliver, despite increased workload and systemic administrative demands. This team works tirelessly to ensure the success of Texstyle, Conference 2019 and TAP. Thank you all, on behalf of all our members, for your efforts and going the extra mile, and a couple more! On behalf of our members, I would like to acknowledge Michelle Wright and Brianna Ritchie who have stepped down from their positions on the Executive Team, but will remain as committee members. We thank you for your contribution during your time of service.
TEA are extremely proud of the professional learning opportunities that have been created this year through collaboration with NESA, The Hotel School, TAFENSW, and the Powerhouse Museum. Texstyle relocated to The Muse, in Ultimo TAFE. We have been very fortunate to develop business partnership with TAFENSW, Fashion Design Studio, providing access to a new venue for the Texstyle Exhibition, additional presentations for students and teachers, as well as a campus tour.
The combined Conference format was trialled this year. Thanks to the Hotel School for hosting Day One, and continuing to support our association. Day Two was hosted by Canley Vale High School in South West Sydney. If your school is interested in hosting the Conference or a Teacher Day, please let us know.
Standard 7 of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers focuses on Professional Engagement, in particular professional teaching networks. Your active participation (attending Conferences, Seminars, Teacher Days) addresses the Proficient Standard Descriptor 7.4.2. Joining the committee, volunteering at Texstyle, submitting articles for the Magazine, providing feedback on syllabus changes and curriculum review demonstrate your contribution to the association and professional network, addressing the Highly Accomplished Standard Descriptor 7.4.3. Hosting the Conference or Teacher Day, taking an executive role, coordinating a regional group, the Textile Art Piece (TAP) Challenge allows you to demonstrate your leadership and support of colleagues to address the Lead Standard Descriptor 7.4.4. Any contribution is a significant one. Please email us if you would like to take a more active role in your association.
A final thank you to the Social Media Team. They filled the void while the website was being updated, keeping members informed. Make sure you bookmark the TEA website and follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Best way to know what is happening!