NHC818 Healthy Communication: Teacher’s Voice

Fees: $500.00 – $450.00 *

Course Code: NHC818
Presenter: Nicole Ostini
Course Dates: 2019 course dates (Friday/Saturdays) to be determined.
Venue: Sydney Rudolf Steiner House, 307 Sussex St Sydney
Individuals: $540 for 2 days workshop
Whole Faculty School Enrolments: $450 per teacher – negotiable, please contact the college.

* Includes a non refundable enrolment fee of $77.


An intensive voice health program working with all aspects of voice health for the classroom teacher. A face-to-face workshop with two full-day intensives and a period of peer observations in between. Completing this course will contribute 10hrs of NESA Registered PD addressing 3.5.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Course Outline

Day One involves updating teachers on Voice Health knowledge. Teachers will explore their own voice tendencies and occupational voice risks. Exercises will be introduced and applied within group work and in pairs including warming up the voice, voice placement, correct use of the breath stream, voice projection, voice flexibility and classroom management- verbal and non-verbal. The Session will finish with resources for continued support and classroom observations.

After a period of at least two weeks, where teachers will apply their new voice skills and peer observations, participants will reconvene for Day Two, which involves group feedback and discussion. Teachers will then have individual voice sessions to update their individual voice health needs. Participants will receive individual voice health programs and ongoing resources and support. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes – this is a movement based class.

Occupational voice health is a documented concern for teachers resulting in reduced confidence and missed days from work. Research recommends ongoing voice awareness and care for preventative care and maintenance. This workshop approaches voice work through movement to help teachers become aware of their voice habits and find practical solutions to optimise voice health. Whether your students struggle to hear you, or a day in class leaves you hoarse; whether you just want to be in control of your voice or speak more engagingly, our Voice Health workshops will meet your professional learning needs.

Nicole Ostini

Nicole Ostini has worked within the educational sector for the past 17 years in a variety of contexts including speech and drama teacher, professional development, film and television lecturer, vocational, corporate and youth at risk. After finishing the orientation year at Parsifal College, Nicole completed the four-year training at “The School of the Living Word” with Dawn Langman, studying Rudolf Steiner Speech Formation and Michael Chekhov acting technique. Since then she has taught Speech and Drama to students at Parsifal College and both students and teachers at Glenaeon and Chrysalis Steiner Schools. She also took her skill set into the corporate world, training CEOs, Managers and team leaders at KPMG and MLC in presentation skills.

Nicole has significant experience working in the Indigenous sector including Batchelor Institute in the NT, Goolarri Media in WA and many isolated communities across the Top End. The arts have played a key role in Nicole’s content and delivery style including theatre, film and visual arts within the mainstream, Steiner education, and Indigenous contexts. This underpins her passion for inclusive education and the right to individualised and holistic educational programs. She founded TeacherPlus, a Professional Development teacher training business in 2017.

Teachers please note:

The teacher is responsible for ensuring the PD completed has been recorded in your online account with NESA.

You will need your 6 digit Accreditation Number – your login number found on your membership card.

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