HAPPY HOLIDAYS 🎄
A big CONGRATULATIONS to all our students here at ALG across all of Australia for making it through yet another challenging year!We could not be more proud of you all. We’re already so close to Christmas and our fourth and final term of the year is finally complete!!
LOOKING FOR A JOB?
Did you know we have a Facebook group where we post ALG updates including job ads?Often we have companies reaching out to offer our students positions in numerous locations across Australia!Make sure you check out this group and join to keep updated with various job opportunities! Click below to join!
HELPFUL TIPS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
We all know that it can get a bit hectic this time of year and that some of you may feel isolated and lonely if you do not have your friends and family around. Have no fear! Here are some things to keep you busy and keep your mind and body active over the holiday break.1. Join a workshop!
With festivities already underway, there are plenty of workshops both in-person and online to keep you occupied. Whether it’s something like wreath making, card making, pottery classes, cooking classes there’s so much to choose from! Learning a new skill surrounded by people learning the same thing can be such a nice experience. Try it out!2. Reach out to friends and family back home!
Once a day (or every two or three days if you’re working a lot over the break) try and schedule some time to call your loved ones back home, have those little catch-ups and connect with those who you may not be able to see in person this year. Staying in contact with those you love is crucial to your health and wellbeing.3. Join an online social club!
What are you into? Do you enjoy reading? Anime? Sports? Video games? Whatever it may be, you can guarantee there are people all over the world with the same or similar interests, so why not join a club and talk to those like-minded folks!4. Stay up to date on events in your area!
Not sure what’s happening around you? Join a group on Facebook! People in the community post regularly about the events going on around you, so stay up to date as there may be something you would really enjoy happening just around the corner. Joining a local group is a good way to meet people close by and stay connected to your local community!5. Volunteer!
If you have some spare time over the Christmas holidays, why not look into local organisations and community groups that might need some extra help? Volunteering is a positive way to make you feel good, by knowing you’re helping others as well as allowing you to meet and chat with new people around you.
6. Reach out for support
Sometimes (actually, most of the time), we can’t do it alone. If you need support, don’t be afraid to reach out. Our ALG Counselling Service is still available until 16th December 2021 and will be back in January 2022. In between that time, the following support services are available:
- Lifeline – 13 11 14
- Suicide CallBack Service – 1300 659 467
- Emergency – 000
The most important thing about the holiday break is to ensure that you are happy and healthy in both mind and body. Staying connected to family, friends and your community always helps to maintain these crucial everyday needs.Keep an eye out for our community resources that will go out shortly if they haven’t already, we want all of our students here at ALG to feel as supported as possible over the break.As always, stay safe and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!!
STUDENT LOYALTY DISCOUNT
Are you finishing your studies in Term 4, 2021? Want to continue your studies in a new course with ALG?
You’re in luck! We still have our loyalty discount available!
EXTEND YOUR STUDIES AND SAVE!
If you apply for a new ALG course in Term 1, 2022 you will be eligible for a one-time $500 discount on your first term tuition fee. Yes, you read it correctly, $500 off your first term!
We already know your next question, ‘How do I apply?’
We’ve got you covered. Use the ‘Extend Your Studies’ form on our website or click below and use the code STICKAROUND500 in the promo code field.
Midnight on Thursday 20 January 2022 (T1 2022 applicants)
Available to any students completing an ALG course Term 4, 2021 and wish to apply for another ALG course/package in Term 1 2022.
WHAT'S ON IN SYDNEY
Affordable grocery shopping is available for everyone!
We know things have been challenging this year and with Christmas coming up, we would like to share some affordable and environmentally friendly options available for everyone in Sydney, including us international students!Addi Road Food PantryHas affordable, fresh food for those facing food insecurity available in two locations:
- Camperdown (31 Pyrmont Bridge Street) open Tue-Fri 12:00pm to 4:00pm
- Marrickville (Addison Road) open Mon-Fri 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Food Fairness IllawarraLists all the free meal services available in the Wollongong area for anyone facing food insecurity.Click here for more information!
WHAT'S ON IN PERTH
CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT MARKETS
The Christmas Twilight Markets are the culmination of a week-long series of events as part of the annual Beaufort Street Christmas Festival. The Beaufort Street strip will come to life between Sunday 12 December and Saturday 18 December with an array of Christmas themed activities, movie nights, pop-ups and the Beaufort Street Christmas Pageant.The festival – run by the Beaufort Street Network and St Alban’s Church – aims to bring festive cheer to the precinct and promote local businesses.The main event of the festival is on Saturday 18th December with the annual Beaufort Street Christmas Parade and Twilight Markets. Commencing at 5.30pm from the Mary Street Piazza, local community groups will dress up and walk down Beaufort Street, finishing at St Alban’s Church where a Christmas-themed twilight market will be waiting.WHEN: December 12th to December 18th 2021WHERE: St Alban’s Anglican Church, 423 Beaufort St, Highgate WACOST: FREE ENTRYLEAVE THE LIGHTS ON @ The Fremantle Arts CentreFremantle Arts Centre’s new nocturnal arts series Leave the Lights On kicks will see us leave the lights on for you till late on Thursday nights, giving revellers the chance to dance, drink and delve into art like never before with surprising encounters, dancefloor bangers, lavish cocktails and mind-bending performances.Each experience is carefully curated so come along and let us surprise and delight you. We’re leaving the lights on so you can let your hair down!Gather around the fire pit in the heart of winter for our first edition as we reflect on our humanity, our mortality and the impact we have on our natural world, inspired by Jacobus Capone and Stanislava Pinchuk’s current exhibitions.Dr Cass Lynch, author, poet, artist and academic offers reflection on space and time from her unique Nyoongar perspective, sounds from composer and sound designer Rachael Dease echo through the galleries and conversation between artist Jacobus Capone and Margaret Moore offers insight into the exhibition Jacobus Capone: Beating Heart.Free entry, all welcome.When: 6pm to 10pm Thursday, January 20th, 2022Where: Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle (Inner Courtyard)Cost: FREE ENTRY
WHAT'S ON IN MELBOURNE
The end of term is near, and Christmas is fast approaching! Now that the weather is warming up it is the perfect time to get out and enjoy what our beautiful city has to offer!
Christmas Square is back again at Federation Square featuring a 16-metre light-up Christmas tree and swings, located right beside Santa’s Workshop where you can get a free photo with Santa himself (from a COVID Safe distance).
If you are keen to get out and stretch your legs, check out the Christmas Decorations around the city. There are 39 different attractions to be found such as the Gingerbread Village in Emporium (Level 4) and the Myer Christmas Window which is back for its 66th year! Dates vary for some of these displays so be sure to check out the information first!
SAY GOODBYE TO 2021!
New Year’s Eve Celebration Points
It is finally time to wrap up the year and enjoy New Year’s Eve celebrations across Melbourne. Whether you are celebrating with your partner, family, friends, or even on your own, make sure to join the crowd at these following spots. Celebrations will include free music, entertainment, and of course… fireworks!Main locations include:Yarra River, Yarra Park (next to MCG), Footscray Park, Docklands, Flagstaff Gardens, Kings Domain, Treasury Gardens, and many more.*Metropolitan trains, buses, and trams will be free from 6pm on NYE.*Starting times include 9pm and onwards.NYE Day CruiseFor those looking for a fancy and different way to celebrate NYE, you can kick off your celebrations in style on a rooftop bar boat party! This will feature a DJ, dance floor, gorgeous city views, finger food, and drinks, as well as door prizes to be won.*Tickets must be booked in advance in order not to miss out*Ticket price around $160 per personPick up and drop off location: 131 Harbor Esplanade, Docklands
WHAT'S ON IN BRISBANE
HO HO HO!
Check out these 2021 Christmas events in Brisbane!
From the 6th of December to Christmas Eve, don’t miss daily pop-up performances and roving entertainment throughout the Queen Street Mall from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm daily, plus 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm during late-night trade. Queen Street Mall is only a minute walk from our campus!There are also Christmas markets spread around the city and nearby suburbs:
- Fish Lane Christmas Markets (9am–1pm, Sunday 19 December t Fish Lane, South Brisbane)
- QAGOMA Store Christmas Design Market (9am–4pm, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December at GOMA, South Brisbane)
- A Very Valley Market Christmas (9am–2pm, Saturday 20 November, various places in Fortitude Valley: Brunswick Street Mall, Bakery Lane, Winn Lane, California Lane and IMA)
- Gasworks Christmas Market (5pm–9pm, Friday 10 December at Gasworks, Newstead)
For more Christmas event information, click here to visit Brisbane City Council’s website.
NEW COURSE PACKAGE
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE
The new Training Package for Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) was released in July 2021 by the regulatory body ASQA. The training package sets the rules for how your course must be delivered.This updated training package means all providers who are offering the course must teach out students in the current version of the course where possible. Where students cannot complete the current course, they must transition into the new version of the course, aligned to the updated training package.Please note that this applies to all providers in Australia, not just ALG.As you may be aware, the current version of the ALG ECEC courses consist of a:• 3 term CHC30113 Certificate III in ECEC, and• 5 term CHC50113 Diploma of ECEC course.The Regulator (ASQA) has given all providers an 18-month period to transition students from the current to the new version of the course. All students must either complete the current version of the course they are enrolled in, or transition into the new version of the course by Term 1, 2023.The last term the current version of the course will be delivered is in Term 4, 2022.The new ECEC courses will be delivered in a:• 4 term CHC30121 Certificate III in ECEC, and• 4 term CHC50121 Diploma of ECEC program.As per the new Training Package rules, the Certificate III will form a prerequisite to be allowed to start the Diploma course.Please refer to the communication sent on November 11th 2021 to find out how this may impact your course structure if you are currently studying Early Childhood Education and Care with ALG.If you have any questions regarding this update, please contact your friendly Student Experience team via email or over the phone and we will be happy to assist you where we can 😊
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