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Teachers' Get Together in Canberra

If you're playing in the Summer Festival this year, I'd love to see you for a drink, nibble and an informal meeting on Monday 18 January after bridge is finished at 6.30.  Here's the plan:

Meeting: I'll talk about the Accreditation Programme, and the forum, and the ABF Teachers' website. Cath Whiddon will disucss Ethics and Etiquette, and teaching on cruise ships, and then we'll have a short panel discussion, with some expert players and teachers. So if you're coming, think of some questions to ask. 

Email me if you can make it (teaching @abf.com.au) There may be a possible venue change, but this will be announced at the Summer Festival.   

Love to see you there. NB: There will also be a Teachers Get Together/ Hospitality evening at the Gold Coast Congress too. Details soon.

ABF Teacher Training Programmes Education: First half of 2016

Bateman's Bay: Saturday February 6 (Organiser: Michael Alves michaeljalves@bigpond.com) 

Gunnedah: Saturday March 5 (Organiser: Diame Hasler diannehasler@bigpond.com)

Brisbane Water:Sunday March 13 (Organiser: Sylvia Foster silvijafoster@yahoo.com.au)

Orange: Saturday May 7 (Organiser: Dorothy Woodside dwoodsid@bigpond.net.au) 

NB: TTP's are now ONE DAY ONLY, not a whole weekend as before. You'll gain 15 points towards accreditation. IF you are able to stay for a second day, it will be a Continuing Professional Development Day (worth another 10 points).  All FREE.

Coming soon: A TTP video, for people who can't attend in person, and a questionnaire to complete, for five points towards accreditation. 

ABF Continuing Professional Development Days: first half of 2016

Bateman's Bay: Sunday February 7 (Organiser: Michael Alves michaeljalves@bigpond.com)

Kiama: Sunday February 14 (Organiser: Ann Blue annblue50@hotmail.com)

Gunnedah: Sunday March 6 (Organiser: Di Hasler diannehasler@bigpond.com)

Geelong (Vic): Sunday March 20 (Organiser: dotgeoffread@gmail.com)

Orange: Sunday March 8 (Organiser: Dorothy Woodside dwoodsid@bigpond.net.au)

ERBA (Vic): Wednesday June 15 (Organiser: lrobinson01@bigpond.com)

CPD Days offer 10 points towards Accreditation. I'm trialling a new CPD Day in 2016 (for teaching Defence, Competitive Bidding and Conventions). So now you have a choice of either Modern  Bidding, or the above. Check with the local organiser which it will be. 

NB: There is a video on Modern Bidding on the ABF website, and a questionnaire for teachers who are unable to attend in person. (See Education, Accreditation). Send the questionnaire in for 5 points. 

Education Programmes in Other States? Second Half of 2016

I sent a letter to all Australian clubs in November 2015, asking for expressions of interest in hosting Education Programmes. You might notice that the above dates are primarily in NSW, with some in Victoria. The reason for this is that these were the states that contacted me first.

Please advise if your state or club would like some ABF Education Programmes for the second half of 2016. I've made plans for one or two in Queensland (31st July, and November), and Victoria, but have not heard from the other states yet. 

These are totally free for participants, principally funded by the ABF, with assistance from state bodies.