OOSH Educators Weekend 2016


18th – 20th November
Rafferty’s Resort Lake Macquarie

The OOSH Retreat is now fully booked!

If you have any enquiries please contact events@networkofcommunityactivities.org.au

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Friday 18th November

10.00am Registration opens

11.45pm Lunchtime Presentation in John Taaffe Room
WELCOME: ROBYN MONRO MILLER CEO, Network of Community Activities SPEAKER: CHERIE JOHNSON, Aboriginal Education & Arts Consultant, Speaking in Colour How to Implement Aboriginal Perspectives into Your Centre

2.00pm Lunch finishes

2:30pm Afternoon Session – SURVIVOR CHALLENGE
Network needs YOU! Come and join us for an afternoon of thrills, adventure and challenge! Designed for team building, this survivor challenge requires a broad range of skills including brains, strategy and enthusiasm.

4:30pm Playtime

6.30pm Welcome to Paradise
Join us at the Al Lago Italian Restaurant and Resort Pool area for the welcome function.

Saturday 19th November

Served in The Jetty Restaurant.

8.00am Registration Opens

8.45am Recipe for an OOSH Survivor
ROBYN MONRO MILLER CEO, Network of Community Activities

9.00am Keynote Speaker CELIA RAE
Senior Project Officer, Child, Youth and Wellbeing Program, Hunter Institute of Mental Health Energising & Empowering Educators: Looking after yourself – the importance of self-care in OOSH.
This session will follow the keynote presentation and identify challenges faced and strategies used by educators to maintain and supporting teams and individuals for a healthy workplace.

The Jetty Restaurant

10:45am Saturday Morning Group Activities
For these group activities you will make your choice at the venue after registration – each of the activities can take up to 60 people and it is recommended that if there is more than one person from a service attending the retreat that you go to difference activities.
A: Aboriginal dance
B: Weaving
C: Aboriginal Art appreciation

12:00pm Workshop Session A
1. Tribal Council – Participation and Collaboration
2. Managing the Politics of Tricky Personalities
3. Play! Fertiliser for a Growing Brain
4. Understanding Trauma, Development and Behaviours
5. Treasure Hunts and Eco Maps

1.15pm LUNCH

2.15pm Workshop Session B
1. Tribal Council – Managing Crisis Situations in Services.
2. Managing the Politics of Tricky Personalities
3. Play! Fertiliser for a Growing Brain
4. Understanding Trauma, Development and Behaviours
5. Developing Engaging Outdoor Play Spaces


3:45pm Speaker ROBYN MONRO MILLER – Taking a Risk with Play

4.45pm Tribal Council
A time to gather, chat and share ideas.

Foyer at The Jetty Restaurant

7.30pm Castaways Dinner
Stranded on a desert island? Shipwreck survivor? If you were a castaway how would you dress? Castaway your cares and celebrate the end of 2016 with colleagues. Our popular fancy dress dinner is on again and you are invited to join us for an evening of Karaoke, entertainment and enjoyment

Sunday 20th November

served in The Jetty Restaurant.

8.00am Registration Opens

9.00am Workshop Session C
1. Whose Problem is it?
2. Play, Passion & Playfulness
3. Tribal Council – Educational Leadership


10.45am Symposiums
Designed to challenge common understandings and empower educators to think differently about their work. Decide which one to attend on the day.
1. Unpacking the dark side of play.
2. Exploring the pedagogy of OOSH

Showcasing OOSH A selection of presentations from OOSH services, of projects that they have developed to meet the needs of the children and families and enrich the skills and interests of educators. This year’s presentations will be by educators who received scholarships to attend the OOSH Retreat.

1.45pm Wrapping up the 2016 OOSH Retreat.


Keynote Speaker


Celia Rae

Senior Project Officer, Child, Youth and Wellbeing Program
Hunter Institute of Mental Health

Celia Rae is a Senior Project Officer working in the Child, Youth and Wellbeing Program at the Hunter Institute of Mental Health.

Celia began working at the Hunter Institute of Mental Health in 2011. She has Masters degrees in Public Health and Health Management and over the past 10 years has worked in a number of health administrative positions in several different countries.

At the Institute, Celia has worked as a Senior Project Officer on the Partners in Depression program and the Child Illness and Resilience Program. She has also been involved with a scoping study investigating the competencies of the early childhood educators to promote children’s mental health and wellbeing.

Most recently, Celia has been working in the Child and Youth team on Connections: A resource for early childhood educators about children’s wellbeing, and the Response Ability initiative.

Celia is passionate about promoting the health and wellbeing of children and young people and enjoys the opportunity to further this objective at the Hunter Institute of Mental Health.

The Venue

Raffertys Resort, Lake Macquarie

is situated on a narrow peninsula between Lake Macquarie and the Pacific Ocean, an easy 90 minute drive north of Sydney or 30 minutes south of Newcastle. If you need to travel by train, Wyee Station is just short distance away.

Raffertys Resort offers extensive leisure and recreation facilities across the resort including four tennis courts, four swimming pools, private jetty and boat ramp, bird feeding, bike hire, walking trails, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and onsite jet boating with Jetbuzz.

raffertysRaffertys Resort provides us with a venue that is a little different to where the OOSH Retreat has been held for the last few years; this location provides us with a variety of unique break-out spaces with water or bush views.

Accommodation will be in well-appointed two, three and four bedroom resort cottages and townhouse terraces, which are fully self-contained and can comfortably sleep up to five people in separate rooms with, in most cases, ensuite bathrooms.

During break time you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful bushland environment, take a walk along the lakefront, have a dip in one of the pools or just sit on your balcony and take in the peaceful location.

Each morning you will be able to enjoy a full buffet breakfast in Jetty Restaurant.

With such a great venue, this will be a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old friends or take time to network with staff from other OOSH services from around NSW and ACT.