The partnerships and collaborations that Educational Experience have developed with early childhood centres, pre-schools and schools, is important to our success as a business and assists us to ensure that we continue to supply the quality resources we are so proud of. At Educational Experience, we understand that we don’t always have the answers, so we work closely with consultants and experts in their field to support us in sourcing products that will assist educators, carers and parents to provide the best possible learning environments for children. We love sharing and learning from the educators, support staff, carers and parents, who guide our future generations.

Throughout 2013, the Educational Experience team travelled around the country visiting schools and centres to share knowledge, and most importantly, give back to those who give so much. From rural areas to the coast, the team travelled far and wide offering:

  • help to set up newly opened centres with furniture and resources
  • free art and craft supplies for activities
  • technology for bringing school communities together
  • professional development with training on new and innovative products
  • donations of resources and products to centres and schools
  • support programs such as Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden

 

At Educational Experience we strongly believe that every child, regardless of where they live or their socio-economic situation, has the right to a quality education. Annette Kennewell, Educational Experience’s National Schools Manager spent 2013 working with schools such as St Pius X Catholic School in Windale, NSW. St Pius X is a school with strong community ties; they offer a free pre-school and also breakfast club for their students. Providing a ‘child centred’ approach to teaching, John Wakely and the wonderful teachers and support staff provide a learning environment where children can grow and reach their full potential. With the help of one of our international suppliers, TTS, Annette was able to secure a generous donation of two large boxes of resources and new products to support the school in achieving their goals. Annette offered professional development to the staff to help them gain the most out of the products such as Bee-Bot, Easi Speak and Talking points. In recognition for securing the donation, Educational Experience was invited to attend the school’s Christmas concert. “It was a fabulous night with a traditional nativity play and Aussie style Christmas carols,” Annette reported, adding that it was something she would never forget.

 Featured with the TTS Donation, left to right, Annette Kennewell, (National Schools Manager at Educational Experience), Cheryl Fahey, (Learning Technology Consultant, Catholic Education Office for Maitland and Newcastle Diocese), John Wakely, (Principal of St Pius X Primary School), Cate Pennington (Acting Principal St Pius X Primary School in Term 2).

Educational Experience believes technology is a rich source for bringing communities together and offering students new learning experiences. In conjunction with Electroboard, Educational Experience was able to use video conferencing to bring together schools across regional and rural New South Wales and Victoria: Kempsey West, Wiripang Public, Rathmines Public, Sutherland Public and Mortlake College for some fun-filled Father’s Day craft making. Mrs Lee Saurins, principal of Wiripaang Public said, “I was thrilled to be able to get there and observe yesterday…it was fantastic….our kids were so engaged and your team were so professional…we are delighted to be involved and look forward to the next one.”

Makedo

Makedo Creations

In November, Electroboard once again collaborated with the Educational Experience team led by Annette, to facilitate the Makedo virtual cardboard challenge. Involving five schools across New South Wales and Victoria, and one very brave Wollongong Pre-school, students worked co-operatively to make a range of cardboard creations with the fantastic Makedo that was supplied by EE. An hour video conference saw schools like Floraville Public (NSW) and Queen of Peace Catholic (Vic), showcase creations such as games and nativity scenes. Bellambi Pre-school, part of the Big Fat Smile group of centres in the Illawarra region, created a huge rocket and robot that could each fit a child inside! Events like this enable students to develop design, communication and teamwork skills, and help bring communities together.

The EE Team would like to thank all the centres, pre-schools and schools that have welcomed us into their communities. We have enjoyed every minute of our time with you. From arts and crafts to construction and talking like a pirate, we have learnt a little bit of everything from each and every one of you. We look forward to being able to do more in 2014 to strengthen our partnerships with the first-class educators who give so much.