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Welcome back to 2021 everyone, it’s so great to be back with you all.
Wow! 2020! What a crazy year. Not what we had planned for WATSSA. Back in January the Executive team spent 2 full days over the holiday break drafting up all the Professional Learning plans for each Term and a bigger and better Conference for this year. We all had such high hopes talking with the Apple, Google Teams and other vendors to develop and deliver some great events for our members.
Then somebody sneezed and it all got blown out the window!
So what did we achieve in 2020?
An AGM and dinner. That was the least we could do to say thank you to everyone for continuing to support WATSSA. We quietly had our 2nd birthday. We finally managed to get a new website up and running, with some matching branding. We have locked in a business plan, by-laws and our constitution. A huge thankyou to Shaun Barnett for the countless hours he has put in getting those ready. If you haven’t already seen it, jump on to http://watssa.asn.au to see the results.
We are continuing to work with the Department of Education and Kinetic IT to achieve changes and implement new features. Our Executive team have been meeting on a term basis with David, Glenn and Tim to open communication channels between DOE and WATSSA, ultimately to benefit every student across WA. We’ve had our first meeting for this year and it was great to hear what progresses have been made.
Although we didn’t get to do much of what was planned in 2020, we still had committee meetings when we could. And we managed to have 2 school based events over the last school holiday break. Thanks to Shaun and the team at Joseph Banks Secondary College and George, Andrew and Matt from Fortinet for the Cyber Security event; and thanks to Wade Ninness and John Curtin College, Ross Oakes and Ralph from Superloop for the Cyberhound showcase event.
It was really great to at least be able to provide these events for everyone and to give us a chance to network and catch-up again.
I would like to say a big thank you to the outgoing WATSSA committee of 2020, and a special thanks to those who won’t be re-joining us 2021; Damon Radburn, JD Khan, Kylie Harman, Luke Marshall, Thekla Power and Wade Ninness. It has been an honour to have you as part of the WATSSA team and I hope you might return in the future.
And we would like to welcome Paul Norris and Shanaka Herath to the team. We are excited to have you both on our committee.
There are still positions available on the committee for this year, so if this interests you please drop me a line.
Looking forward to 2021, what can you expect from WATSSA?
- We will continue to meet with DOE and key industry members to grow our network and communication. All aimed at increasing the benefits to our members, and all WA schools.
- We will introduce an Aspirant Network Administrators Course; this course is designed for progression from a Technical Support Officer or Network Support Officer to a Network Administrator. Shaun will be in touch with our members to provide more information.
- Developing more online resources through our website for our members.
- And of course, our 2021 Conference. Please save the 2nd and 3rd of September for our conference. We are working hard to bring back a great event for us all to enjoy.
And so to everyone, I thank you. I am very optimistic about what 2021 will bring. As already mentioned, work has already started on the Professional Learning plans and our Conference. I’m so excited we are bringing it back this year bigger, better and heaps more fun.
Michael Raymond - WATSSA President
The 2021 ICT Update Conference by WATSSA
It's 2021 and the year is rolling along already. One term down and only six months to go until our ICT Update Conference by WATSSA for 2021.
This year the conference is being held on September 2nd and 3rd. The venue is the Perth Convention and Entertainment Centre (PCEC). We know you will want to mark this in your calendar as a not to miss event of the year.
We are having even more sponsors this year and another great line up of speakers and workshops covering separate streams; Teaching, Leadership, Technical, STEAM and much, much, more.