We pride ourselves on our strong relationship with the wider community. Our constant interaction with the public enriches our students learning experience and encourages them to put their newfound knowledge and skills into action.
Our School of Education has strong partnerships with schools and early childhood centres that support an extensive program of teaching, research and community engagement. The Fogarty Learning Centre, part funded by the Fogarty Foundation, supports a rich research program in the areas of teaching of language and literacy, numeracy, science and classroom management. They participate in maths coaching clinics for primary school students as well as parent workshops designed to help parents support their children's development at home. Most importantly our teaching students work with staff in schools to explore how the latest teaching methods work to improve children's learning.
We are privileged to provide our students the opportunity to engage with industry professionals across a range of disciplines and professions. Through our various affiliations and partnerships we are able to connect our teaching and research programs to our local and global communities.
The School's professional placement program provides students with tailored work experience within government, non-government and corporate organisations in Australia and around the world. Our engagement with community also includes partnerships with a number of local schools, inviting them to attend our Media Intensive hands-on training day. Towards the end of each year, the School invites the community and members of the public to the graduation shows for the creative majors whilst our Spectrum Project Space has a regular public exhibition program and encourages students and staff to contribute to Perth’s vibrant art scene.
WAAPA has a year-round program of performances encompassing theatre, musicals, opera, jazz, classical and contemporary music concerts, ballet, contemporary dance, free concerts and special events. Over 20,000 people attend WAAPA performances every year. The general public are invited to attend all shows that also attract ECU staff, students, family, friends and arts consumers. This busy performance schedule is a major attraction for students from all over Australia, wanting to hone their skills through live performance in WAAPA's purpose built venues, or off campus in venues across WA, Australia and even overseas. Performing in professional venues to paying audiences provides the best 'hands-on' simulated training for all WAAPA students, performers, production and design technicians.
In addition to our University service through ECU Committees, Kurongkurl Katitjin recognises the need to engage beyond ECU. Our involvement is of direct benefit to both ECU and Kurongkurl Katitjin, building the profile and reputation of both, especially in the Nyoongar community; as well as ensuring Indigenous input and views to the decisions of key groups. A key feature of the Centre's engagement is through the production of an electronic newsletter entitled 'Our Place'. Produced six times per year, each edition coincides with one of the six Nyoongar seasons and highlights key activities of the Centre and the University, as well as other significant events and information relating to Indigenous education and research.
Through meaningful relationships and partnerships, we ensure that our work achieves our responsibilities to our students, our colleagues, the ECU community and the broader community, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.