“The Social Justice Group has an interesting history. It arose out of a number of groups that were operating before 1995 focusing on Anti Bias issues. 1995 was the ‘International Year of Tolerance’ and a number of people within these groups were invited to get together to organise a conference addressing related early childhood issues within the ‘International Year of Tolerance’. The conference was a huge success, though more importantly, those of us who were part of the conference organising committee (Betty Hopson, Leonie Arthur, Kerryn Jones, Sandra Cheeseman, Louise Brennan, Chris Legg, Anthea Hotten) found that we really enjoyed working together. We were like minded people that had particular views around social justice issues and so we felt inspired through the organisation of the conference. At the completion of the conference we had a wrap up session where we wanted to evaluate the conference…and that’s how the group began”

SJIEC hosted screening of The Australian Dream

When: Tuesday 3 December 2019
Time: 7pm
Where: DENDY Cinema Newtown NSW
Tickets: $25

4/12/2019: “Last night this fabulous group of people came together to watch The Australian Dream. If you’ve seen it you’ll know that you’ll more than likely be reaching for a hand or a hold at some point as it’s an incredibly powerful piece for Australia to reflect on racism. Thank you for coming and experiencing this moment in time together. We are better together and stronger together and able to face and eliminate bias together” – Dr Red Ruby Scarlet

History 2019

15th Annual Conference – Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater 2019

Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater 15. Details and conference program below:

When: Saturday 27 July 2019
Time: 8.30am – 4.30pm
Where: Redfern Community Centre, Redfern, Sydney
Tickets: $65 – to purchase click here
Food: Morning tea and lunch provided

History 2018

14th Annual Conference – Throwing the Baby Out With the Bathwater 2018

On Saturday 28 July at Redfern Community Centre, Sydney we enjoyed an incredible day of inspiring speakers. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and efforts to either organising the day and/or presenting. A selection of presentations from the day:

SJIEC Conference Panel: Social justice, pedagogy and social media: Teachers talking social justice:
Alistair Gibbs – “When you’re sharing all of your selves, that’s when anti-bias works best”. Alistair on the power of vulnerability in embedding anti-bias practise in our work with children and families.
Stephen Gallen – Stephen respectfully (and with beauty) shared his revelations about children’s perspective and agency that deep reflection provides.
Kathy Gelding – Kathy passionately shared the beginnings of her exciting PhD research along with the important work she does with tertiary students surrounding contemporary Aboriginal art and perspectives.

Live Broadcast of The Early Education Show with Lisa Bryant, Liam McNicholas and Leanne Gibbs.

A/Prof Felicity McArdle: Keynote Address: Somethin’ about art and culture. Associate Professor Felicity McArdle asked us ‘What does art actually do and how does it work?’ We were reminded that artists have the power to shift the ways we see the world and how powerful and lasting art can be as a means of communication.

Trish Highfield – Annual Nick Murphie Memorial Keynote: children in immigration detention: Calculated cruelty – State sanctioned suffering. Trish’s fearless, shocking and heartbreaking sharing about children in detention shook us to our collective core. We are moved to listen, to reflect and to respond individually and together in anyway we possible can.

13th Annual Conference – Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater 2017

The 13th Annual Conference was held on Saturday 29th July, 2017 at the Redfern Community Centre, Sydney. We had a sell-out crowd and it was a fantastic day.

The program from the day can be downloaded below.

History 2015

SJIEC Annual Conference MELBOURNE!

SJIEC is excited to announce we are bringing the 12th Annual Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater conference to Melbourne in November, 2015. The Sydney version of this conference, themed Gender and the Arts, received excellent positive feedback and several Melbourne attendees suggested the conference should travel interstate! So please find below the Conference Program for download, which reflects some of the presentations in Sydney and some new content for our Melbourne colleagues.

When: Saturday 21 November 2015
Time: 8.30am – 4.00pm
Where: Australian Education Union, 112 Trenerry Cres, Abbotsford, Melbourne
Cost: $50 per person, payable on the day in cash

To register, please download the Registration Form below and email it to conference@sjiec.org

History 2015

Media Release Children’s Week 2015 – Children in detention

SJIEC is proud to support the Palestine Preschool Concert, a fundraising event organised for chidlren in the West Bank, Palestine. Hosted by comedian Steve Philp, come along for an afternoon of great music. Download the flyer below for details on musicians.

Date: Sunday 28 March 2010
Time: From 4pm
Where: The Annandale Hotel
Tickets: $30 at the door in or from www.annandale.com

History 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – Annual Conference Part 2 Melbourne, 2015

During Children’s Week, along side Community Child Care Co-operative NSW and the Ethnic Community Services Co-operative, we stood united with the Royal Children’s Hospital in advocating for child asylum seekers both on and offshore. A copy of the media release can be found and downloaded below.

Following on from this, at our annual conference today (Saturday 21 November) in Melbourne, the attendees of the conference will be finishing up the day with a group action of letter writing to our Government asking again for immediate action.