New teachers to the Goulburn Valley met for the first of many gatherings on Friday night at the Aussie Hotel in Shepparton.
The group is hoping to support teachers through a social network and professional development.
Network chairman Paul Tozer said the group planned to host events to help new teachers become comfortable in the region.
‘‘When good staff come to the GV we want them to stay in the GV,’’ Mr Tozer said.
He said the night was social this time.
‘‘We hope to have one or two social events per term and one professional development session also,’’ he said.
More than 20 new teachers from the Shepparton region, including Tatura and Cobram, attended the get-together.
The teachers also completed a survey to provide the group with a better understanding of what people wanted from future gatherings.
‘‘If teachers are happy personally, then that will reflect their teaching style and provide better teaching practices,’’ Mr Tozer said.
‘‘The events also offer insight into any curriculum needs.’’
80000 PRESCHOOL CHILDREN HAVE A CHANCE TO LEARN A SECOND LANGUAGE
More than 80000 children at almost 2500 preschools across the country have a chance to learn a second language this year.
Federal Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham said the Early Learning Languages Australia program’s popularity was growing and an extra 20000 children were taking part this year.
‘‘The enthusiastic feedback we’ve been getting from educators and parents means this year we’ll have record numbers of children learning a second language in our preschools,’’ Mr Birmingham said.
Swinburne University of Technology’s evaluation of ELLA found it had a positive impact on children’s engagement in learning about other languages and cultures.
The program now includes nine languages with the introduction of Hindi and Modern Greek this year, in addition to Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Indonesian, Japanese, Italian and Spanish.