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News from Beyond the Bell
The Beyond the Bell vision is that:
"Our community is a leader in working together to enable our young people to succeed"
We will know we have succeeded when we have 90% or more of our young people achieving Year 12 or equivalent (Certificate III) by 2030

Progress update
As we head towards the end of 2015, it is timely to take stock and reflect on our achievements for the year.  We have been making slow but steady progress in working together to enable our young people to achieve through the following:

  • Completion and implementation of a Regional Action Plan and six local action plans
  • Commencement of several local priority initiatives including:  Nurturing rooms (Warrnambool and Moyne); Nurture nests (Moyne); Communities that Care Program (Warrnambool), Growing Greater Readers Program (Southern Grampians),   Transition Projects (Glenelg and Colac Otway / Corangamite)
  • Completion of a Communication Strategy and Plan to build the profile of Beyond the Bell and the value of education
  • The development of a new website (to be launched in early 2016)
  • The development of a suite of training and information workshops in collaborative leadership, collective impact, action research and measurement / evaluation to be rolled out in early 2016 right across the region
  •  Incorporation of Beyond the Bell as a Company Limited by Guarantee (we are nearly there)
  • Funding from Regional Development Victoria, State Trustees and Great South Coast Councils
  • Hundreds of people and many organisations working together as part of Beyond the Bell
Local Initiative: Glenelg
Each month we are profiling some of the Beyond the Bell work taking place on the ground. 

This month the focus is on some work being undertaken in the Glenelg
area in the far south west of the region. 

The Glenelg Transitions Program is being  delivered across the kindergartens and government primary schools in Portland. 

Funded by The State Trustees, this program is an initiative of the Kindergarten / Foundation Network and Portland Principals Group.

The aim of this pilot is to build the capacity and connection between providers and families to ensure children are 'school ready' and able to make a smooth transition from kindergarten to primary school.

 A Transitions worker is working directly with families to:

  • identify children with developmental delays before they begin school,
  • strengthen connections with parents,
  • raise understanding of the developmental milestones and expectations required to successful transitions,
  • discuss the individual needs of their child,
  • and support practitioner advice in regard to a child's school readiness, and ensuring that where required,  appropriate resources are in place.

Further information about this program is available from Marg Millard, Principal, Portland South Primary School, ph:  55232911.
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