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Educate Plus Online SIGs

We are currently updating all of our Resources – Webinars, SIGS and Recordings – into ONE location for each stream to allow for quick and easy access for our Members. Some of the links to resources below may have moved to the new version and will no longer work but will be available in the new updated section.

We are currently working on the ADMISSIONS resources which can now be found all in one place by following this LINK

We appreciate your patience while we make these necessary and important changes to the website.

All the work we do falls within six main areas of activity. Special Interest Groups (SIGs) have been created so members working in these areas can connect with others in the same role:

  • Admissions
  • Alumni and Community Relations
  • Fundraising
  • Leadership and General Advancement
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Tertiary Advancement

Please find below links to all our recorded SIG sessions

VIC/TAS Chapter Fundraising SIG: The Donor Relationship Lifecycle | 5 April 2022 | VIEW

Presenter: Penny Richards Fowler

WA Chapter Marketing SIG | 31 March 2022 | VIEW

Facilitator: Clare Underdown

NSW/ACT Chapter Marketing SIG | 30 March 2022 | VIEW

Panellists:  Yvette Graniero, Kelly Mancey and Philippa Zingales

Leadership SIG: Collaborate with Class | 17 March 2022 | VIEW

Panellists: Nell Anderson, Grant Birse, and Mandy McFarland. Facilitator: Myfanwy Stanfield 

NSW/ACT Chapter Fundraising SIG | 10 March 2022 | VIEW

Presenters: Steven Barwald. Facilitators: Hannah Atwell, and Jackie Dalton 

NSW/ACT Chapter Alumni SIG: Maximising Engagement | 1 March 2022 | VIEW

Presenters: Sandy Goddard & Jack Campion 


QLD Admissions SIG – Admissions & The Law

Ben Foley will facilitate an engaging workshop where you will discuss three worthwhile Admissions or Enrolment scenarios:


  1. Enrolling a student from a separated family that is not amicable; 
  2. Enrolling a student that has a ‘learnings’ based disability; and 
  3. Statements made orally or in print in relation to what a school can offer and the possible implications under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) if statements are misleading.

29 July 2021



NSW/ACT Admissions SIG – Transgender Law

All students, including those who identify as transgender, have a right to be treated equitably and with dignity. A student who has identified as transgender enjoys the same legal rights or protections afforded to all students under the duty of care, education and work health and safety laws. Additional protections apply to such students under discrimination law. 


Do you have a full understanding of the legalities in relation to Transgender Enrolments law?

David Ford – Partner in the Business, Personal and Communities & Associations groups at Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers who focuses on helping educational institutions and charities – speaks on Transgender Enrolments Law.



NSW/ACT Fundraising SIG June 2021

Pamela Sutton-Legaud from AskRight speaks on the topic of Major Gifts

Presentation by Pamela Sutton-Legaud on major giving for schools and universities, PAFs and structuring your major giving program. She will look at the steps involved – identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship. She will also highlight the resourcing and time involved in making your major gifts successful.

2 case studies presented by Hannah Atwell, Director of Advancement at St Andrew’s College & Jackie Dalton, Director of Philanthropy at Frensham Schools: Hannah & Jackie will each briefly talk through an example of a major gift that they’ve secured and how they went about it.

Facilitated by Dana Casimaty, Hannah Atwell, Jackie Dalton & Pamela Sutton-Legaud 3 June 2021


NSW/ACT Fundraising SIG March 2021

Engaging with your donors in a personal and emotive manner is critical for effective fundraising.

In this session Chanel Hughes (Global Philanthropic) and Hannah Atwell (St Andrew’s College) will discuss how to communicate effectively to engage your donors.

Facilitated by Hannah Atwell, Chanel Hughes & Dana Casimaty 31 March 2021


NSW/ACT Marketing SIG March 2021

How has marketing changed during COVID?

How has marketing evolved over the last year? What is normal in a post COVID environment. Huma Cheema (Canberra Grammar School)Kelly Mancey (Pymble Ladies’ College) and Geoff Anderson (Sonic Sight) will discuss how school marketing has changed and the different ways video is being used.

Facilitated by Geoff Anderson, Huma Cheema & Kelly Mancey 17 March 2021



NSW/ACT Alumni SIG March 2021

Re-engaging Alumni post COVID

As we move beyond COVID what are the challenges and opportunities in regards to engaging with our Alumni? Sandy Goddard (Canberra Grammar School) and Dionne Molina (Hunter Valley Grammar School) review their plans for 2021.

Facilitated by Philippa Zingales – Sandy Goddard and Dionne Molina 12 March 2021


NSW/ACT Admissions SIG March 2021

The Enrolment Interview: strategies and techniques

Enrolment interviews are both a skill and an integral part of any enrolment strategy.

Pauline Shuttleworth (Loreto Kirribilli), David Anderson (William Clarke College) and Yvette Graniero (Santa Sabina College) will discuss the who, what and when of enrolment interviews to make the most of this opportunity.

Facilitated by Myfanwy Stanfield – Pauline Shuttleworth , David Anderson and Yvette Graniero, 9 March 2021


NSW/ACT Admissions SIG

The Future of Expos

An online conversation on the future and relevance of school expos. Are Expos worth the effort? Cost to attend, staff and marketing material as well as time and do we get quality leads? If we need to keep the 2x2metre Covid-19 rule going forward the current format of Expos would need to significantly change and would families be happy to still attend Are virtual tours an alternative to expos? Would a virtual expo allow us to connect with families especially when they are thinking of Boarding School?

Facilitated by Myfanwy Stanfield – Jackie Garment, Mandy Treweeke, Dorothy Willoughby, 24 November 2020



VIC/TAS Alumni Relations SIG – Pt 2

2021. What does it look like for you?

Join us for the second of our two part Alumni SIG as we develop our ideas from Part 1 to determine what 2021 might look like. Which of the innovations and ideas from this COVID-19 year will we continue to implement within our programs? How might our 2021 look after the absence of events in 2020? How will you be compensating for the missed engagement opportunities from 2020? We look forward to sharing our knowledge and utilising our significant membership benefits.

Facilitated by Russell Davidson, 5 November 2020


VIC/TAS Alumni Relations SIG – Pt 1

Innovations, Opportunities, Changes and Successes in 2020.

Join us for the first of this two part interactive SIG to discuss how you have changed, innovated and adapted your Alumni Relations program in this year without face to face gatherings. We plan to have an open discussion on some of the ideas that have succeeded and perhaps some that haven’t! This is your opportunity to share and learn from others within our vast network of Educate Plus Alumni professionals.

Facilitated by Russell Davidson, 27 October 2020


NZ Sexual Abuse SIG

Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Case of Faith-based Institutions

Jeremy Johnson, Barrister at Bankside Chambers NZ will speak about the Royal Commission of Inquiry in Abuse in Care. Jeremy will outline the main aspects of the Inquiry and the impact and responsibilities that an institution or organisation will have if they or members of their community are identified through the inquiry.

Jeremy Johnson, 1 October 2020



NSW/ACT Alumni & Community Relations SIG

Just getting started? Hear from three of our members based in NSW who kicked-started their Alumni engagement strategies after years of lying dormant! This SIG will consist of a panel discussion and open forum for participants. Join in to share your own alumni successes and challenges.


Myfanwy Stanfield, Lyn Jarvis, Jo Hutchens, Philippa Zingales, 10 September 2020



Let’s talk marketing strategy in a post COVID world

For members only, this is an opportunity to share, learn and exchange ideas around what new strategies you have put into place during COVID-19, what has worked and what needs tweaking. Have you implemented new concepts or initiatives across social media, tours or Open Days and what will your marketing strategy look like moving forward?


New Word Order, 30 July 2020



Best practice in fundraising outreach and communications during Covid-19 

As we deal with Covid-19 and its impact, it is now more important than ever that your fundraising outreach and communications are done correctly, sensitively, and with an eye to the future. As we emerge from the shut down and deal with a rapidly changing landscape, this webinar provides you with the opportunity to check in with experienced practitioners on what is considered best practice during these turbulent times.


Ann Badger, 11 June 2020



Online Admissions SIG

How are you managing?
What are you learning?
What will you be taking forward post COVID and what will you be leaving behind post COVID-19?
What new projects are you implementing?
How will you label these COVID-19 times in history? (Enrolment reports, analytics etc)
How do we leave behind this information for those that come after us?

Susie Gill, 28 May 2020



Online Alumni SIG

An interactive discussion to look back and determine how you managed your alumni program during COVID-19.  What did you do differently? What worked? What failed? How has this period changed the way you will go about engaging your alumni in the future.


Russell Davidson, 28 May 2020


NZ Coffee & ConversationWhile we have been in lockdown many of you will have been thinking about the impact of Covid-19 on your institution and on the work that you do in advancement. This session will be hosted by Christchurch-based members. 


Chris Klassen, 21 May 2020


Engaging with Alumni and Donors in a crisisWe held a “virtual” coffee morning and heard from Dave Marsh, Dunedin based consultant with AskRight. Charities, schools and universities have all had to rethink existing strategies and pivot towards the fundraising and engagement opportunities that are available to them. Small steps that will have a big impact.


Dave Marsh, 7 May 2020


QLD Fundraising Annual Giving Show and TellIn this session, participants will explore the admissions life cycle and the opportunities for meaningful engagement with prospective families.


Lara Pickering, 30 April 2020


VIC/TAS Online Alumni SIG 

As the World Health Organisation has now declared the outbreak of Coronavirus as a public health emergency of international concern, how does this affect your Alumni programs and impact your Alumni engagement.

Russell Davidson, 26 March 2020


VIC/TAS Online Fundraising SIG Hear how the impacts on different Institutions from recent and current events, and how other members are dealing with the consequences. 


Russell Davidson, 26 March 2020


NSW/ACT Alumni & Community Relations SIGJoin fellow alumni and community relations professionals at Santa Sabina, as the team behind the award-winning shares their excellent and engaging 125th Anniversary strategy.


Yvette Graniero, 12 March 2020


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