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LOOKING FORWARD What a busy year 2013 has been for Brisbane College! We’ve said goodbye to some of our longest standing students and also farewell to a few of our esteemed staff members. On a positive note, we have also welcomed many more students to BC and taken on board new staff members who are already proving to be a valuable addition to the BC team. We are pleased to welcome Jane and Sandra to the teaching team and hope that they will enjoy an eventful 2014 with us.




A warm welcome to our new Children’s and Community Services Work trainer , Jane, who has proven to be a valuable addition to the BC team through her hard work in improving our Early Childhood Education and Care and Community Services Work courses for 2014 and her involvement in the development of Blackstone Preschool Kindergarten.

I'm Jane Stawski and I've been training Children's Services and Community Services for 3 months. I have a Certificate III, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Children's Services / Early Childhood Education and Care. I taught in primary school for 12 years. Then retrained in Early Childhood Education and care and worked in childcare for 5 years. I have mentored trainee teachers and child educators and I am passionate about Early Childhood Education and Care. I'm currently studying my assessment IV in Training and Assessment and enjoy training adults.”

The Children's Services students have had a busy term, completing 6 units of study. The students have enjoyed class discussions, sharing of industry stories from fellow students and myself as trainer. Student have also completed practical experiences such as observing children via YouTube videos, making Christmas play dough, written learning stories, and evaluated bias / stereotypes in children's stories. Congratulations to Certificate III students Aleum Han and Veerpal Kaur Sandhu who have completed their course. Congratulations to Advanced Diploma student Ravneet Kaur who has completed her course. Congratulations to Diploma students Joanna Chochol and Raj Kumari who have also completed their course. There will be changes to the course next year which will be exciting and make the course up to date with industry changes. Community Services have had a busy term studying four units of studying. The students have enjoyed class discussions, sharing of industry stories from fellow students, and completing practical experiences like conducting a Hamilton Depression Scale test. Congratulations to Aude Astier, Fabiola Ramos , Laarmie Salagado and Laura Guacheta Cepeda who completed their course. I look forward to working with Community Services Work students next year.



ACCOUNTING AND BUSINESS A warm welcome to our new Accounting and Business trainer, Sandra who has taken over the Accounting and Business courses this year and for 2014. Sandra has been an excellent trainer and many of the Certificate IV in Accounting students have now completed and are continuing with the Diploma in Accounting. We hope to see some of the students enter university studies with their Diploma.

TESOL We have had many TESOL students come and go throughout 2013 and have heard many success stories upon graduation. A special mention to two of our domestic students, Harvey Hayes and Jessica Edwards (pictured second from right), who have contacted us to let us know that they have found employment. Jessica was able to find employment in beautiful Byron Bay teaching English to speakers of other languages. Harvey is now teaching IELTS in Brisbane City.

NEW COURSES IN 2014 CHANGES TO CHILDREN’S SERVICES IN 2014: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE COURSES As all of you now know, from 2014 the Certificate III and Diploma of Children’s Services Training Packages have now changed to the Certificate III and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. These new qualifications meet new requirements and standards for these courses. Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is currently the highest qualification you can receive to work in the Early Childhood Education and Care industry, with the recent removal of the Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services. Another change to the industry requirements is the removal of Certificate III as a prerequisite to the Diploma, meaning that students are able to fast track their advancement in the industry if their aspiration is to be a supervisor or centre manager. Jane will be transitioning students who are currently studying the old courses to the new courses at the beginning of 2014 to comply with the new requirements. BC QUARTERLY | Issue #2


CERTIFICATE IV IN TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT The Certificate IV in Training and Assessment reflects the roles of individuals delivering training and assessment services in the vocational education and training (VET) sector. This qualification, or the skill sets derived from units of competency within it, is also suitable preparation for those engaged in the delivery of training and assessment of competence in a workplace context, as a component of a structured VET program.



BRISBANE GREETERS TOURS Brisbane Greeters is an ambassador service that welcomes and connects visitors, locals and new residents to Brisbane. Greeters conduct short walking/public transportation orientation experiences based on special interests and places around the city. There are over 100 Greeters (who speak over 20 different languages) ready and waiting to warmly receive you here in Brisbane … whether you’re choosing our city as your new home, a place to visit, or you’re here on business or to study.

SUMMER IN BRISBANE: WHAT TO EXPECT As all of you would have experienced in recent weeks, summer in Brisbane can be unpredictable. Scorching hot summer days and severe thunderstorms make for a summer of full of highs and lows. The average temperatures over the summer maximum average temperatures generally fall around 30C, with extremely hot and humid days. Sunscreen, hats and protective clothing is essential in Brisbane throughout summer and is highly advised throughout the year. Check the Bureau of Meteorology frequently if you are planning outdoor activities, as storm warnings are issued hourly and will save you from an dangerous weather before you set out in an outdoor adventure without adequate protection.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN BRISBANE: DECEMBER - JANUARY  If you love sport or just want to get outdoors this summer, Brisbane has a summer of cricket and tennis on offer. The Brisbane International Tennis Tournament will commence at the Queensland Tennis Centre on 29th December 2013 through 5th January 2014. Support Brisbane Heat as the team battles it out in defence of its title in the 2013-14 KFC T20 Big Bash League in between 22 December and 11 January 2014.  A festival fan? Stuck for plans over New Year’s Eve? Tickets are still available for Woodford Folk Festival (27 December – January). St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is also a must do if you would rather a day festival. Tickets are still available through the website ( 31 January)  Australia Day festivities can be found at every corner in Brisbane. If you’re looking for something different, The Story Bridge Hotel hosts the 33rd annual Cockroach race on Sunday 26th January to celebrate.



Challenge yourself with a mountain climb at the Glass House Mountains!

Day tours snorkeling and feeding dolphins at the Tangalooma Island resort

Climb the Story Bridge!

Abseil off Kangaroo Point Cliffs with Riverlife Adventure Centre

Beat the heat and visit GoMA at Brisbane’s cultural precinct

Have a picnic on the water at Wynnum. Enjoy sailing for free at Manly on Wednesday afternoons Mini-golf at Victoria Park Golf Complex

Enjoy a hot air balloon tour of the Scenic Rim &Ipswich through Floating images

Mount Cotton Sirromet winery tours

Bush walking trails at Mt Tamborine National Park

Stand up paddle boarding at Currumbin Creek



Looking for something social? Meetup groups are a great way to socialise and connect with others over similar interests. Go to and click Find to search for a Meetup with of your interest!



10 PLACES TO EAT IN BRISBANE FOR UNDER $20 As a student in Brisbane, it can be hard finding value for your (limited) money. We have done some research and found the best places in Brisbane to score a cheap meal. Here’s proof that fast food isn’t the only option in Brisbane when you are on your last $20 before pay day!

1. BRUNSWICK SOCIAL Everybody loves dumplings! How can you not at $8.00 a plate? Brunswick Social is a nightspot hidden below street level on Brunswick St in the Fortitude Valley, open from 6pm Wednesday to Sunday & from 5pm Friday. Speaking from experience, two plates and you will be more than satisfied.

3. JAN POWERS FARMER MARKETS If you are at college or in Brisbane City on Wednesdays, drop by Jan Power’s Farmer Markets. The markers run from 10am – 6pm on George St end of the Queen St mall in front of the Casino every Wednesday. Fresh fruit and veg, fresh juices, ginger beer, popcorn, honey, bread, biscuits, bagels, fresh pasta, hot smoked salmon, meat, seafood and hot foods from around the world for under $20 – need we say more?

2. FLAMINGO CAFÉ In the mood for something other than toast or cereal at home? Flamingo Café has some yummy breakfast options ranging from $7 -$16, all the while served in a beautiful atmosphere . Located on Winn St, Fortitude Valley.

4. TRANG VIETNAMESE A generously huge serving of crispy chicken noodle soup for just $12? Yes please! If you love Vietnamese food, look no further than Trang. There is a good reason that this Vietnamese restaurant is one of the most popular in Brisbane. Located at 2/59 Hardgrave Road, West End

5. GOVINDA’S VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT For our vegan and vegetarian students or those just really , really hungry after class – Govinda’s on Elizabeth Street offers an all you can eat and drink buffet at a student price of just $10. Yes, you read that right. So cheap you can treat a friend for just $20 and have someone to share the full experience with you. BC QUARTERLY | Issue #2

Jan Power’s Farmer Markets Brisbane City 8

6. SING’S ASIAN KITCHEN ROSALIE Rated one of the best restaurants for Asian cuisine in Brisbane, it’s hard to believe the most expensive main course on the menu is $16.90. You will be spoilt for choice with the range of Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai food on the menu. Each serving is so filling you will probably get two meals out of it. Located at 5 Nash Street, Rosalie

8. THE ALIBI ROOM Just when you thought restaurants had forgotten the meaning of Cheap Tuesday, enter The Alibi Room. Currently offering $ 2 tacos, burritos and chicken wings as well as $3 Ribs every Tuesday night. This place also has great special of bacon, and eggs on toast with a hash brown and coffee for only $10 on weekends and free Wi-Fi for a relaxing Saturday or Sunday. Located on 720 Brunswick Street. New Farm.

7. VESPA PIZZA NEW FARM Have a pizza date with a friend for around $10! If you don’t liking sharing, there are plenty of pizzas on the menu for just $20.

9. THE ROLL SHOP Looking for something to go in between classes? All meals on the menu are $6 and if you want to lash out you can try a Vietnamese style coffee for only $10 in total! The traditional Bahn Mi bread rolls packed with savoury meat of your choice.

10. NEWS ROOM CAFE Renowned for its excellent coffee and tasty breakfasts. However, did you know they have a choice of open grills for around $8?

$10 worth at The Roll Shop



MYER CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME: THE NUTCRACKER The Myer Christmas Parade & Pantomime makes a highly anticipated return to the CBD , with Myer partnering with the Queensland Ballet to bring the Nutcracker from the stage to street 13 to 22 December.


The Parade & Pantomime stars over 200 talented performers and runs from 6.30pm daily. The parade will travel from the Edward St end of the Queen St Mall, led by Clara from Queensland Ballet’s The Nutcracker, and travel through the Mall to King George Square.

While you are rushing to get your Christmas last minute shopping done, discover the magic of Christmas in the city with The City Sounds Christmas Up Late on Queen Street Mall. Touring national and international artists across multiple genres will be performing all Christmas.



GOODBYE TO 2013 We would like to thank all of Brisbane College staff and students for making 2013 a wonderful year. We hope that everyone has a fantastic Christmas and look forward to seeing every in 2014.



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BC Quarterly - Issue 3  
BC Quarterly - Issue 3