Event details: 2017 Middle Years Conference

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2017 Middle Years Conference


Monday 7 August 2017

Venue: Foothills Conference Centre, 48 Edinburgh Rd Mooroolbark


ALEA members: Please contact the VATE office to receive information about registering for this event.


Conference commencement time: 8:30am–9:30am - Registration and morning tea

Keynote Speaker: Fiona Tuomy

Fiona is an award winning writer, director and producer. A graduate of the Australian Film Television and Radio School, Fiona’s screen career includes a range of accomplished short films, screenwriting credits, script development roles, and writer/director of the acclaimed ABC documentary Helen Garner’s Monkey Grip. As well, as being a creative practitioner, Fiona has worked in a diverse range of leadership and educational roles across the screen, arts, literary and disability sectors. Currently Fiona is Mentor-in-Residence on the award winning and international best practice model Write-ability program for writers with disability - a partnership between Writers Victoria and Arts Access Victoria. A recipient of 2017 Screen Australia initiative Seeing Ourselves: Developing the Developer, Fiona is passionate about bringing stories that encourage the importance of lived experience and authentic voices of disabled people and other marginalised groups to the screen.

Making your Selections for the day:

All delegates attend the first activity, and then choose one workshop for the rest of the program sessions. Please download the flyer (below) for program details.


Queries: VATE Office, 9411 8500


The Conference Centre has onsite accommodation.

Accommodation Costs: $140 - $170 per room (can have 2 king single beds in one room).

To book accommodation please phone: 1300 341 630   (Foothills Conference Centre)

Cancellation Policy  Cancellations must be received at the VATE office in writing. Cancellations received between 5 and 3 working days prior to the event date will be charged a 15% cancellation fee. Cancellations received after 2 working days prior to the event will receive NO REFUND. If you do not attend and do not notify the office in writing as per the above, you will receive no refund. 



Foothills Conference Centre, Mooroolbark

Event contact:
Linda Baron - Mon-Thurs events@vate.org.au (9411 8500) 
Supporting Documents:
Download flyer here
Supporting Documents:
Foothills Conference Centre map
Price details: Days Cost
VATE Individual member 1 $200.00
VATE Institutiontal member 1 $225.00
VATE Concessional member 1 $180.00


Select each session you wish to attend and when you have completed your selection click 'Add to My Workshops'.

Event Extras: Office Booking  Date: Monday 7 August, 2017
Office Booking $20 (Cost $20.00)
2017 Session 1 MYC  Date: Monday 7 August, 2017 at 10:20am – 11:30am
1a Guarding Eden: Champions of Climate Action
1b Preparing for Analysing Argument in VCE
1c Navigating text selection in the middle years
1d How to prepare students in comparing and contrasting texts
1e Improving literacy skills
1f: Writing fiction in the middle years
2017 Session 2 MYC  Date: Monday 7 August, 2017 at 11:35am – 12:45pm
2a The Best of Both Worlds
2b Fake news, echo chambers and citizen journalism
2c Teaching skills not text - Texts as vehicles for study
2d Smart curriculum design and documentation
2e Million Word Reading Challenge
2f See, hear. Write now. Use the power of art to develop inquiry-based creative thinking, writing and reading
2017 Session 3 MYC  Date: Monday 7 August, 2017 at 1:50pm – 3:00pm
3a Active, Engaged Middle Years Readers
3b Teaching Respectful Relationships through text
3c Solutions: Engaging disengaged and struggling students
3d Helping our high fliers SOAR! Extending students in the English classroom
3e Don't quit your daydream: Writing creatively, years 7 to 10
3f: Student production and the moving image