March 22

Afternoon tea thank you!

On behalf of the Committee, I would like to thank the 35 teacher librarians who braved the inclement weather to attend our very successful and informative afternoon tea regarding our Performance and Development Plans (PDPs) with Bradley Cooper. Thanks to Bradley, and also our TL host, Terrie O’Hearn.

Many of those who attended thought it would be a great idea to share our PDP goals with each other. Lorraine Baxter has invited all PMBW members (via email) to share their goals (either 2016 or 2015) by emailing Lorraine so that she can collate them and then pass them on to our network members. Please feel free to add any explanatory notes to assist. Only those who share will receive this compiled document. We assure you that NO identifying features will be included. If you wish to participate please reply to Lorraine’s email no later than Friday 31st March.

Bradley Cooper and his colleague, Leanne Steed, (Teacher Quality Advisors, Nirimba) have been invited to extend our learning about PDPs at our Term 2 meeting. And a big thank you to Lorraine!

Ian McLean, Chairperson,
PMBW Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group
Penrith PS.

March 12

Invitation to Term 1’s Afternoon Tea – about PDPs

Hi Teacher Librarian colleagues,

The Penrith Mount Druitt Blacktown Windsor (PMBW) Teacher Librarians Professional Learning Group invites you to meet Bradley Cook (Teacher Quality Advisor, Nirimba) at our afternoon tea meeting this Wednesday.

Bradley will be talking about Professional Development Plans (PDPs) as they relate to Teacher-Librarians. The presentation will be 40 minutes. You are encouraged to bring along your 2016 or draft 2017 PDPs, for discussion and sharing of ideas and strategies.

When: Wednesday, 15th March (Week 8 Term 1) 3.45 – 5.00pm.
Cost: This is a FREE event! Afternoon tea will be provided.
Where: Hambledon PS Library, Bali Drive, Quakers Hill, 02 98373200
Who: This event is open to all teacher-librarians

Please RSVP by Tuesday 14th March to: Terrie O’Hearn, TL at Hambledon PS, our host or call 02 98373200.

You are welcome to park in the school grounds if there is room. Otherwise, street parking is available.

The PMBW Committee looks forward to sharing in this valuable literary afternoon with you!

Ian McLean (Penrith PS)
Chairperson, PMBW Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group.

February 28

Committee Meeting Minutes – Thursday 23 February 2017

Venue: Blacktown Worker’s Sports Club
Meeting opened: 4.30pm
Present: Ian McLean, Jan Poona, Cate Yard, Joanna Deegan, Fran Mead and Michele Young.
Apologies: Lorraine Baxter, Vicci Bishop, Sue Pitt, Julie Grazotis, Jenny Scheffers, Lolita Garcia and Cathie Cattermole.

Night of the Notables – hosted by CBCA NSW Branch and Dymocks
Tuesday 28 February 5.30 – 7.00pm at Dymocks, Sydney CBD
Register online for this free event at
“Anticipate! Appreciate! Applaud! The Short List” event
2017 Short List announcement – Tuesday 28 March 9.00am – 3.30pm
Rydges Sydney Central, 28 Albion Street Surry Hills
Registrations open
• Ian – producing ‘Kids Corner’ of the NSW CBCA website with Marion Silk – encouraging schools to join CBCA NSW and use its website
• Christien Midgley (Hebersham PS) – due to changed circumstances at school, Christien is unable to host the Professional Learning day in Term 2
 A committee member volunteer is needed to take on the responsibility for Delegates’ and Presenters’ Certificates
 Ian – contact Colleen Blancato for any update on possible NSW eBook subscription and guidelines for the promotion of eBook providers.

Jan (Treasurer’s Report):
• No change since the end of 2016
 Jan – to check with the SAM at her school regarding any changes to the operation of our PMBW account eg. Purchasing flowers and gifts, reimbursement of money spent by Committee members, payments to guest speakers.

Term 1 Afternoon Tea Meeting
• Hosted by Terrie O’Hearn TERRIE.OHEARN@DET.NSW.EDU.AU
• Hambledon PS – Bali Drive Quakers Hill 0298373200
• Week 8 Wednesday 15 March
• 3.45pm for a 4pm start – concludes 5pm
• Topic – Professional Development Plans for Teacher Librarians
Guest speaker – Bradley Cook (Teacher Quality Advisor, Nirimba)
A 40-minute introduction to Professional Development Plans (PDPs)
Committee members and attending Teacher Librarians are encouraged to bring along their 2016 and current draft PDPs for discussion and sharing of ideas and strategies
• Committee members please provide a plate for afternoon tea
Ian – contact Cathie regarding the design of the flyer advertising the afternoon tea event
Cathie – design the flyer
Lorraine – email the flyer to the district TLs.

Term 2 Full Day Meeting
 Ian – contact Karuna Chetty, Nepean HS, to ask if she would be agreeable to host this full day meeting instead of the Term 3 afternoon tea meeting
Approach Louise Gaskin at Emu Heights PS if necessary
• Date to be confirmed – possibly Week 9 Thursday
• Agenda
o Bradley Cook & Leanne Steed – PDPs for Teacher Librarians – 90-minute follow up session to their Term 1 Afternoon Tea presentation
o Paul MacDonald – CBCA Short List plus possible second session
 Ian – contact Paul MacDonald
 Ian – Confirm Bradley Cook’s attendance
 Sue & Cate – organise sponsors
 Ian, Jan & Jenny – add the course to MyPL
 Cathie – design Agenda
 Lorraine – email invitation and Agenda to district TLs

Term 3 Afternoon Tea Meeting
• Host and date TBA
• Possible guest speaker? – Bruce Pickworth, author of a new text for Stages 2 & 3 Geography Syllabus with Teacher Notes written by Margo Pickworth
 Ian – contact Bruce

Next Committee Meeting: 4.00pm at Penrith Panthers
Week 10 Monday 27th March 2017
Dinner to follow for anyone who would like to attend.
Meeting closed: 5.30pm