After a rain-interrupted event in Hobart 2018, this year saw the MJR faithful flock to the Jasper Hotel in Melbourne for a vibrant two-day MJR Conference filled with much enthusiasm, sharing and discussion. While known for its ‘four seasons in one day’ climate, Melbourne decided to show off and stick with one season, providing pleasant weather conditions. Delegates enjoyed the comfortable surrounds of the Jasper on Day One, then were transported on Day 2 to either St Therese’s School in Essendon or St Kevin’s College in Toorak for a morning of MJR lesson modelling with school students. As always, it was great to see the MJR message delivered with a diverse array of teaching styles and ideas from our presenters: many thanks to Peter ‘Mitch’ Mitchell and Michele Hayes at St Therese’s, and Marty Ogle and Gemma Thomson at St Kevin’s. Upon return to the Jasper for lunch, delegates were split into discussion groups to answer a range of questions as presented by our Conference MC, Marty Ogle.
Delegates had travelled from all corners of Australia, which enabled a true ‘Australian’ snapshot of MJR in action. Presenters provided an array of topic discussions, with a focus on using MJR in the classroom, extending the MJR message beyond the classroom, and support avenues for teachers and RECs. With Sandy Nagy presiding over the book display, delegates were keen to explore the teaching materials available, keeping the Garratt team busy during meal breaks.
It seemed all too soon before we were saying goodbye to old friends and new. As with any conference, a lot of effort, time and angst went into bringing it to fruition. Many thanks to all those involved in making this the best MJR Conference to date, with special thanks to Marty Ogle who was our official Conference MC.