Monday, December 5th, 2016 

I am pleased to inform you that our dedicated and enthusiastic committee has been re-elected for another year. The ATOM NSW Committee elected on November 11th, 2016 is as follows:

President: Mat Clausen
Vice President: Miranda Jefferson
Secretary: Jamie Gerlach

Accounts/Treasurer: Amy Murphy

Professional Learning Officers:Tamara Sweetman, Margot Bowen

Communications Officer:Rita Morabito

Director of Industry Links: Julian Kennard

Committee Member(s):Billy Kanafani, Justin McInnes, John Montgomery

As we come to the end of another year, it is with great pride that we announce that the Stage 5 Course: Creative Communication, written by the ATOM NSW Committee, has been endorsed by BOSTES for implementation in 2017. The committee feels that this is a great achievement and I want to thank everyone who was part of the writing team for their ideas, persistence and generosity of time.

The Creative Communication Course is built on the concepts and principles of the Media Arts Course but has deliberately opened doorways to ensure that current research into creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking in classrooms is the foundation of pedagogy for the implementation of this course. Units of work that encourage student autonomy and choice, that ask driving questions, that demand real collaboration and that provide students with the agency to be creators of innovative digital communication is what this course aims to achieve. As schools will have the flexibility to design units of work to suit their own school context, the course is deliberately designed to be futures focussed and is not bound by curriculum design restrictions that might limit how digital communication might be interpreted or created.

The course comprises eight modules, two ofthese, Ideas, Stories and Structures and Codes, Conventions and Symbols, are core modules. These two modules ask students to engage with critical thinking about how meaning is constructed and disseminated in various contexts. The other modules, Light as Image, Sound, Action, Body, Time Space Environment and Work Health and Safety allow students to explore and manipulate the tools of different modes of communication and develop the skills and knowledge required to empower them as story tellers.

A number of schools will pilot this program in 2017 including Loreto Kirribilli, James Ruse, St John XXIII Catholic Learning Community and Turramurra High. Other schools are looking to introduce this course in 2018. A big thank you to Principle of James Ruse, Megan Connor, who sponsored the Creative Communication Course and who has allowed other schools to be part of this submission. If you are interested in knowing more about this course please click the link here.

Mathew Clausen President ATOM NSW 

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