Western Australian Institute for Educational Research
President's Report 2011
The revamped format of the Annual Research Forum proved very popular with our members. The new location at The University of Notre Dame Australia' Tannock Hall of Education was ideally suited to the size and procedure of the Forum. The added bonus was that the University hired the venue at very low cost and supported the event positively. Their Campus Services provided access to the kitchen area and essential equipment like tables, glass, etc. Furthermore, we were very ably coordinated by our Forum Coordinator, Anne Coffey and supported by students from the Education Society at the University. The day ran very smoothly and a professional, congenial atmosphere was created. Added to this was the proactive and general support of our sponsors such as Teachers Credit and Teachers Health. So much so, that they have indicated an ongoing closer relationship with the Institute in the future.
Another highlight I believe was the rejuvenation of the Research Seminars. Led in partnership by Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis and Rita Tognini, the seminars have attracted much interest within education circles around Perth. Angela and Rita have skilfully targeted topics and presenters that appeal to a discerning audience of educators. I encourage all members of the Committee to continue to provide enthusiastic assistance to Angela and Rita.
Also, the moment has arrived for two of our Past Presidents to retire from the Committee - Phil Paioff and Ian Gaynor. Their experience and wisdom will be missed. We have congratulated Phil and Ian in the past for their commitment and contributions. Let me just add a heartfelt and sincere note of gratitude to both of you - Thank you.
Unfortunately, this has left the Executive is a state of flux; but Susan Beltman (Vice-President) has heard the call and taken on the job of Acting President for the next 12 months. I am very grateful to Sue for taking on this additional burden. I am confident she will chair the Committee wisely and plan for next year diligently. With Caroline Mansfield (Secretary) and Brad Gobby (Treasurer) behind her, giving the welcomed advice and strength of commitment I received from them, Sue will manage most ably. To Caroline and Brad, my thanks for your support this year.
Last year I attempted to set out a list of priorities. Under the circumstances, I will leave that to Sue and to the Committee to sort that out in the first meeting next year. To conclude, my time at WAIER has been a valuable learning experience both personally and professionally. I leave the Committee a better educational researcher and person because of each one of you. I will be keeping in touch and no doubt will see me visiting your campuses next year. Thank you.