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By-laws Update 2020
The Committee has just approved some changes to the Associations By-Laws and under the Constitution of the Association, you as a member, are allowed 28 days to dispute the changes before they come in to effect.
Specific changes include:
- Introduction of a new Executive Position within the Management Committee.
- Reduction of one (1) general management committee member as a result of the above addition.
The majority of changes can be found in section 5 Committee & Sub-Committees
If you have a question, or would like to dispute the changes made to the By-Laws, you are required to provide your dispute, in writing, by replying to this email prior to Midnight, Friday October 2nd 2020. Pending any disputes, these by-laws will come in to effect on October 3rd 2020.
Shaun Barnett - Secretary
WATSSA Social Event - Term 2 Holidays
It was a quiet afternoon on July 9th as members of the WATSSA community turned up to the Canningvale Kart Centre. Excitement hung in the air as would be race drivers lined up to pay their fee and get to the racetrack.
After viewing a video about track etiquette and some good suggestions on driving techniques, we hit the pits. We entered our assigned cars and then we were off. Thirteen cars swiftly moved onto the tracks and then egos took over. Some of us were feeling the track out, as we had never raced before and so took it carefully. Others were flooring the accelerator in the hopes of taking the lead. There were bumps and slide outs as cornering was overcompensated or the speed was just too high and the brakes failed to hold the line. There were spins and loud bangs as some collided with the walls. Most of all, there was a lot of fun in the air.
Everyone had two 10-minute races. The first race decided who would run in what heat for the second race. The top-scoring half in one heat and the lower half in another heat. Scoring was by the time of each individual kart. Stats were printed out for each of your races showing you lap times and highlighting different aspects of the laps. In the end, we all had an absolute ball. It did not matter so much who won, but how much fun we had racing together. There were a lot of laughs and a lot of friendly competition between newfound friends and colleagues.
Places went to:
- 1st - Ettienne Nel
- 2nd - David Pracy
- 3rd - Mark Boughton
Then we went and had dinner together at Market City Tavern. It was a good feed, a few drinks and a few laughs for the evening. All in all an enjoyable, fun afternoon and a great way to get to know others who are working away in our public schools as technicians.
Michael Boughton - Treasurer
A first of its kind in Australia, the Customer Xperience Centre showcases the key role that Cisco technologies plays in transforming your school for success in today’s digital world. During your visit, you will experience interactive demonstrations that showcase Cisco’s innovative solutions and how they are solving some of the most challenging issues in education today; such as remote learning, distance education, cybersecurity and enterprise networking.
Lynwood Senior High School
Recently I went through the process of upgrading the network at Lynwood SHS. The existing network was running on the school's original OM-1 fibre and had an oversupply of switches on the edge, some of which were still 100Mbit. Our initial step was to upgrade the fibre between the core and buildings to OM-4 12-core fibre. After this, we printed a list of our switches from the dashboard and asked several vendors to quote for a like-for-like design. Understandably, the initial costings were high with this approach. We decided to take a step back and soon realised the project was going to require a bit more work than first anticipated.
One of the vendors we engaged was R1i Technology, who immediately contacted us and came on-site to assess our needs in-depth. From this visit, we discussed the school's needs and were able to develop a design that I felt comfortably met our requirements. The main features of the design were to use PoE throughout and to take advantage of our 10gig backbone. Being a predominantly wireless school, we weren't using most of the data points around the site. As a result, we had many switches patched into data points that weren't active, meaning we didn't need as many switches on the edge because they were underutilised. By halving our requirements, we were able to upgrade our switches to have PoE and still come in under our initial budget expectations. After formalising the new proposal, we sent it to our network integrator for feedback. After receiving positive approval, we immediately began the AMC process.
Once approved, we began the rollout. Consolidating our network cabinets at the same time made sense as we were using fewer switches and data points. Scotcom were able to help us with this and supplied us with ultra-thin Cat 6 cables making cable management a lot easier. If you like tidy cabinets, you will love these pics below!