ECAWA-Update: A Message from the ECAWA President


This ECAWA Update was sent to members registered email addresses on the 25th of July, 2018.

A message from the ECAWA President – July 2018


Greetings to all ECAWA members.

I’m taking this opportunity to say “hello” to you in my new role as the President of ECAWA. I am excited to take on this role and hope to work with the wonderful people who give up their time and expertise on the ECAWA committee to advocate for you and provide opportunities for your Professional Learning.

I’d like to introduce your new ECAWA Committee:

President – Michael King

Vice President – Michelle Ellis

Secretary – Lynley McKernan

Tertiary Coordinator – Martin Cooper

Primary  Coordinator – Bhavneet Singh

LOGIN Editor: Social Media, LOGIN Light – Yvonne Harrison

General Committee Members:

Ian Gaynor (also ACCE Board Member for WA)

Chris Anderson

Michelle Chomiak

Valerie Maxville

Robin McKean

Petra Trinke

Immediate Past President – Jenny Lane

At the Annual General Meeting we were very pleased to be able to co-opt George Coldham of the Australian Computer Society to the ECAWA Committee, to assist the Committee, to represent the ACS on the ECAWA Committee and facilitate communication between the ACS and ECAWA.

Also at the AGM, changes to the ECAWA Rules were passed. The changes have been incorporated into the ECAWA Rules available from ECAWeb and at

The ECAWA 2018 State Conference occurred shortly after the AGM, on June the 8th and 9th at Edith Cowan University at Mt. Lawley, and I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone involved in preparing for the event. It takes a lot of work to make an event like this happen and without people like Michelle Ellis, Jenny Lane, Petra Trinke and Lynley McKernan it would be much more difficult. To all who helped in the lead up to the event or across the two days, thank you very much.

Thank you to all members who could make it to the Conference. I found the sessions I could attend informative and discussions during the events interesting and invigorating. I hope you are all able to implement something you learnt at the Conference into your practise.

Thank you also to all the speakers and presenters of the event. Many of the presenters are ECAWA members, and because you are so generous with your time and talents, we all benefit.

Our sponsors also help us greatly in mounting an event like the ECAWA State Conference, and I would like to thank them all again:

The Digital Technologies Hub supported us and wanted to make sure that everyone is aware of the resources they provide on their website, including new scope and sequence resources for the Western Australian Curriculum. See

Nelson Cengage supported us, and demonstrated a range of their new books available to help implement the new curriculum. See

Little Sun supported us again and gave away lots of great prizes at the end of the conference. See the brochure at

Please remember to support the people who support your Professional Learning so generously.

If you did attend the conference and didn’t have a chance to offer your feedback, then please follow the link to give us your thoughts:

We look forward to providing more opportunities for Professional Learning and networking in the coming months. As soon as PL details have been confirmed you will find them on the calendar at with more information at Check these URLs to stay up to date with ECAWA events and information.

If you have any suggestions or ideas for PL please let us know.  If you are willing to offer a presentation please see

The STEM Learning Conference, to be held at Crown Convention Centre on Sunday the 16th and Monday the 17th of September, is now accepting registrations. See ECAWeb for more information. Download the flyer

ACCE 2018 in Sydney will take place from the 2nd to the 5th of October at Randwick. The programme is looking great and Early Bird Registrations are closing soon, so get in quickly. You will need your ECAWA membership number to claim your ECAWA member discount. Please cite the 5 digit number under the ECAWA logo on your paid tax invoice for your ECAWA Membership.

ECAWA memberships are due for renewal as of the 30th of March or the 30th of September each year. If you need to renew your ECAWA membership please do so at

Finally, if you would like to express your interest to participate in a program to give PL in partnership with the ACA please do so by Monday the 30th of July. More information can be found at:

I hope your holiday break was restful and that you enjoy the coming term.

Warm regards,

Michael King

Michael King
President – ECAWA

The Educational Computing Association of Western Australia (Inc)

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