About Us

The vision for the Banyule Nillumbik Tech School is an innovation hub that sparks creativity and imagination through technology, local community and global connections

The Banyule Nillumbik Tech Schools is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to create the Education State, preparing Victoria’s young people with quality skills that industry needs and the knowledge to build careers and create jobs. The Government invested $128 million to establish 10 Tech Schools across the state in 2017 and 2018, with further funding to support ongoing operation.

Located at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Greensborough Campus, the Banyule Nillumbik Tech School connects education, industry and community with Science, Arts, Maths, Technology and Engineering, to drive innovation in Melbourne’s North.

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From mid-2018, over 14,000 students from 18 participating secondary schools across Banyule and Nillumbik will have access to the Tech School throughout the year. Innovative educational programs developed in collaboration with industry, community and education, will nurture design thinking processes and support development of key capabilities for life long learning.With authentic inquiry based problem solving at the core, students will partner with industry and community to undertake compact or extended inquiries around a theme which will transform twice a year, incorporating hands-on learning, mentoring, exhibitions, events and master classes.

The co-construction of Tech School Programs is of the key elements of professional development for teachers, positioning the Tech School as a learning incubator and enabling learning approaches and programs to be implemented in partner school settings. In addition, the Tech School acts as a connector for the community, facilitating conferences and global guest speakers.

Melbourne Polytechnic is committed to the future of the North of Melbourne in providing high quality contemporary learning experiences that create pathways to the careers of the future. The Banyule Nillumbik Tech School is a key part of this enabling this goal for all young people in our area.

The Team

Marc Blanks

Executive Director

Talk to Marc at
marcblanks@melbourne
polytechnic.edu.au

Skylie Massingham

Director

Talk to Skylie at
skyliemassingham@melbourne
polytechnic.edu.au

Howard Kelly

Banyule-Nillumbik Tech School Committee Chair

Talk to Howard at howardkelly@melbourne
polytechnic.edu.au

Governance and Design

Organisational Chart

Tech School Committee Members

The Tech School Committee is one of the key governance functions of the Banyule Nillumbik Tech School. It is formed with key representatives from industry, secondary education, tertiary and higher education, local government and community.

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The committee provides the valuable role of guiding the strategic development of the Banyule Nillumbik Tech school and brings valuable expertise, connection and experience to ensure that the Tech School is developed locally and responsive to local needs.

Allison Bennet

Principal Diamond Valley College

Marc Blanks

Executive Director Banyule Nillumbik & Whittlesea Tech Schools

Adrian Culley

Director Services and Planning at Nillumbik Shire Council

Nancye Harrison

Executive Officer Local Learning Employment Network

Howard Kelly

(Committee Chair) Executive Advisor Melbourne Polytechnic

Andy Kuppe

Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning Parade College

Skylie Massingham

(Committee Executive Officer) Director Banyule Nillumbik Tech School

John McDonald

Manager La Trobe University

Vincent Sicari

Principal Eltham High School

Michael Geary

CEO Banyule Community Health

Chris Thompson

Regional Area Executive Director Department of Education & Training

David Williamson

CEO Melbourne Innovation Centre

Program Development Sub-Committee Members

The Program Development Sub-Committee has the key focus of developing the Tech School Programs. This group guides the principles of the learning experience, ensuring that these engagements are authentic, future industry connected and correlate to curriculum outcomes.

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Soula Bennett

Director Quantum Victoria & President of the Science Teachers’ Association of Victoria

Marc Blanks

(Committee Chair) Executive Director Banyule-Nillumbik & Whittlesea Tech Schools

Emma Broadbent

Regional Manager ANZ & Pacific Islands CISCO

Skylie Massingham

(Committee Executive Officer) Director Banyule Nillumbik Tech School

Tony McKay

Head of Technology Parade College

Rosemary Roberts

Education Improvement Leader Department of Education & Training

Joanna Barbousas

Head of Department of Education and Outdoor & Environmental Education La Trobe University

Vivian Vo

Program Manager Melbourne Innovation Centre

The Industry Advisory Sub-Committee

The Industry Advisory Sub- Committee is focussed on developing meaningful learning experiences that develop the capabilities students require to engage in contemporary career pathways. This committee provides valuable networks and advice to enable deep industry engagement based on the selected inquiry focus.

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Marc Blanks

Executive Director Banyule Nillumbik & Whittlesea Tech Schools

Nancye Harrison

Executive Officer Local Learning Employment Network

Tony Lander

(Committee Chair) Director Industry and Government Partnerships Melbourne Polytechnic

Skylie Massingham

(Committee Executive Officer) Director Banyule Nillumbik Tech School

Pennie Moffat

Principal Austin Hospital School

Silvana Sena

Senior Education Improvement Leader Department of Education & Training

Joseph Tobacco

Manager Property and Economic Development Banyule City Council

The Web Development Team

The development of the Banyule Nillumbik Tech School website presented an opportunity to showcase the talents of young people solving a real problem for industry. The  challenge for the Tech School team was the need to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders.  The solution, an edgy web interface that connects the physical features of the building design to a virtual space and carefully captures the overall aesthetics and essence of the Tech School.

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Working with Melbourne Polytechnic’s school of Information Technology, two talented students were selected to work with the Executive Director and Project Manager to develop a website. Scott Baytte was appointed as Lead Consultant, supported by Senior Developer Andreana Panagiotidis.

This project highlights the importance of hands on learning opportunities for young people, to work directly with industry while attaining qualifications. These talented students were not only talented, but passionate and as a result, were offered roles with Melbourne Polytechnic in areas of IT and Marketing.

The website is an inspirational resource for secondary students and the community as they engage with the Tech School.

Scott Battye

Lead Consultant

Andreana Panagiotidis

Senior Developer