CoRE Learning Foundation – March Quarterly Report 2020


There has been much to celebrate in our first 2020 quarter and our team recognises more than ever that there is no better time than the present to acknowledge our vision, of “imaging a better future where lifelong learning is unleashed in the classroom”. That classroom for now, for all in Western Australia, is through remote learning at home. A totally foreign landscape, but a landscape of opportunity and one to challenge and reward our students through the guidance of our CoRE educators. We can’t wait to see what they produce.

We are now operating in three Western Australian regions, we have introduced primary CoRE and most importantly we have responded effectively to the current global health pandemic and developed the CoRE Beyond 2020 Learning Model.

This newly adapted version, ensures that our diverse population of students and their schools, from the Goldfields, the Pilbara and the metropolitan area can all continue to move forward with their education into the current remote learning space. We have been able to facilitate this transition because the CoRE Learning Model is inclusive, robust and contemporary. Its integrated STEAM Learning strategies can support an independent operation for all our CoRE Schools.

For the coming months, our CoRE team is strongly committed to the delivery and support of the CoRE Beyond 2020 Learning Model. To support our youth of today for tomorrow’s world, we will continue to foster positive relationships with our schools, monitor their CoRE implementation and use their evidence and feedback to continue to evolve the CoRE Learning Model.

Click here to read the full March Quarterly Report 2020

Roy Woodall Medal

The Australian Geoscience Council takes much pleasure in announcing the launch of the Roy Woodall Medal. The Roy Woodall Medal seeks to recognise scientific excellence in both mineral exploration and the documentation of world-class mineral deposits.

This award honours the extensive contribution to scientific excellence in Mineral Geoscience that Roy Woodall AO has made over his lifetime. Roy Woodall’s high scientific standards, innovative approach to exploration and use of the latest geoscientific techniques have left a enormous and lasting legacy of improved scientific methodologies and exploration successes. The WMC team under Roy’s leadership made many world class discoveries in Australia, several of which opened up entire new mineral provinces. The most notable of these include the Darling Range Bauxite Province, the Kambalda Nickel District, the Olympic Dam Copper-Gold-Uranium deposit and the St Ives Gold Camp. More importantly than even these discoveries, Roy’s dedication to the training and mentorship of other geoscientists has advanced the capabilities of Australia’s mining and exploration industries and the development of our nation.

This intention of this award is to recognise those individuals that seek to emulate Roy’s contribution to the mineral industry by applying the best science to the endeavours of mineral exploration and the documentation of world-class mineral deposits. The goal of this is to encourage the ethos of scientific excellence that Roy was such a strong advocate for.

The Australian Geoscience Council is now calling for nominations for the inaugural award of the Roy Woodall Medal. Nominations will be required to provide a succinct overview of the achievements and successes of their nominee. Nominations should also provide evidence of how the nominee stands out above other geoscientists as a rightful recipient of this award.
The nominations should include three referees, separate to the nominators, prepared to support the nomination for this award.

It is currently envisaged that the inaugural recipient of the Australian Geoscience Council’s Roy Woodall Award will be announced at Diggers and Dealers 2020.

Application forms can be completed via the online form on the AGC website

For more information contact:
Kim Frankcombe AGC Secretary
Leanne Gunther AGC Admin Officer

AIG Mentoring Programs To Go Ahead

Well … since our last Mentoring update, the world has changed a lot.  In line with government advice, most AIG events and indeed their hosting venues have been suspended or closed.

However, the AIG Mentoring Programs in 2020 will continue, albeit in a different format.  Over the past three years the AIG has established a successful Distance Mentoring Program with participants located in various parts of the world.  We are now rolling out a similar program for the State based programs but we also seek your input on how these programs may be tailored for you in the current situation of working from home/social distancing.
If you have ideas and suggestions please send your feedback to

Our concept is that within the State programs, the one to one mentoring programs will be retained however must be adapted to comply with the current restrictions on interpersonal contact.

Although we are likely to lose some or all of our face to face events this year as a result of the restrictions, we plan to replace these with a series of many to one and many to many career sessions where mentees can log into a webinar and ask questions of a single mentor or panel of mentors about particular career experiences and the technical specialty of those mentors. These sessions are proposed to be offered at the National level in order to diversify the session topics and access to experienced geo-professionals for all mentees.

Through these programs we hope that mentees and mentors continue to benefit from the AIG Mentoring process, while also providing opportunity to gain a broader perspective on the range of industries available to geoscientists.

The career sessions will augment our established webinars with Patrick McAndless which are already scheduled as follows:
Webinar 1 – “Discover Your Brand” Wednesday July 29, 12pm AEST
Webinar 2 – “Marketing Your Brand” Wednesday August 5, 12pm AEST

We have also reacted to the situation by making the following immediate changes to the AIG Mentoring Programs for 2020:

  • Registrations will be extended for an additional month to 30 April 2020
  • No fees will be charged for the 2020 programs and fees already paid will be refunded

Further changes to the format and structure of the programs will be advised in the coming weeks.
You can still Register Now at

In the meantime, please stay healthy, as wealthy as possible, and wise – by practicing self-quarantining and safe social interactions.

Mini : The Good & the Bad of the UNCOVER Project

UNCOVER was a cooperative project setup between academia and industry to combat the declining rate of mineral discoveries in Australia. One of the things to come out of it was NExUS, the National Undercover Exploration School we talked about in Episode 33.

But overall, UNCOVER has probably struggled to meet some of the main goals it set out to achieve

This MINI episode is a side chat we had with NExUS founder Richard Lilly that isn’t part of the main Episode 33.

Until next time…let’s keep exploring…


Exploration Radio Episode 33

Houston, we have a problem.

Well, we have two problems.

New discoveries are becoming increasingly rare – they are becoming technically more challenging.

And our practical skills as explorers are declining – what made us successful in the past is not what will likely make us successful in the future.

So what can we do about this? And what can Walt Disney teach us about solving these problems?

80 years ago, Walt Disney recognised a skills shortage in his staff at Disney Studios. Born out of this was a school that taught the essential skills to be an animator. The success of Disney since tells us that initiatives such as these cannot just change a student or a single business.  They can change a whole industry.

In this episode, we hear from Richard Lilly founder of NExUS – the National Undercover Exploration School in Australia. Richard recognised the same thing as Walt, an impending skills shortage in geoscientists needed for the future. Born out of this recognition was NExUS, where passionate undergraduates learn the practical aspects of mineral exploration.

Until next time, let’s keep exploring…

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