Referees and Testimonials
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Hi Cam,

Thanks again for our incursion last week the kids loved it and have all said it’s the best incursion they have ever had!!

Danielle Harvey
Level 4 Teacher
Antonio Park Primary School
harvey.danielle.d@edumail.vic.gov.au


As a middle school group (15 year olds) we have participated in Green Hat Workshop PLANKS building over the past 4 years. Our students have really enjoyed the activity that Cameron has offered our students. Many were reluctant initially but with Cameron's patient demonstration and working alongside students success was achieved. For our students that was a huge bonus. Cameron catered for our more capable students and made modifications to enable our high needs students to participate. It is an activity that our group of students look forward to each year.

Patricia Glenane
Ballarat Specialist School
pglenane@gmail.com


Hi Cam,
Just wanted to pass on our thanks for a wonderful incursion last Thursday. We all had a fantastic time, students were so engaged and excited by the possibilities the planks provided them. It was great to see every student participating in their own way and learning from each other. I had only positive feedback from staff and students and we will certainly have you back again next year. Our school is very focused on our 7 C's (Collaboration, curiousity, critical thinking, citizenship, character, communication & creativity) all things which your incursions help to foster. 
The whole process has been very straightforward and professional. Congratulations on your provision of such a great incursion.

Thanks again,

Deb Nugent
08114806@woorannaparkps.vic.edu.au
Wooranna Primary School,
Dandenong

Dear Cameron,

Just would like to say how wonderful your workshop was. The children absolutely loved the PLANKS Workshop and are still talking about it.

Irene Bramstedt
ibramstedt@stmnewbor.catholic.edu.au
St Mary's Primary School
Newborough


Dear Cam and Andrew,

Many, many thanks for spending last Thursday with us and sharing your wonderful PLANKS. Our school has been buzzing since your visit.
One of our school values is cooperation and it was evident to the nth degree while our students explored what PLANKS can offer. I saw students working together who would never usually interact and the celebration of what was achieved was there for all to enjoy and witness.
It was our largest Family Maths Night for years and the parents took construction to another level with their children.
Thank you for being so accommodating to our needs and so easy to work with.

Lalor East Primary School thanks you for coming and bringing hands on Maths and Science to us in such a fun, open way.

Heather Campbell
campbell.heather.m@edumail.vic.gov.au
Lalor East Primary School
Numeracy Coordinator
9465 4350


Green Hat Workshop have run four PLANKS workshops for me this year. Workshops for Staff Professional Development, for our Senior School (years 5 and 6), our Middle School (years 3 and 4) and for a leadership day specifically designed for the young leaders of three Primary Schools.
Cam has the ability to interact and communicate with staff and children in an authentic and friendly manner. His explanation of PLANKS was succinct and motivating – we were all hard pressed to get people to stop construction. The challenges he set inspired animated discussions and frenzied building. He was at the ready to extend children throughout each session.
We have since bought four sets of PLANKS and both teachers and children want more! I have no hesitation in recommending Green Hat Workshop and PLANKS if what you are looking for is a creative, intellectual challenge that can readily incorporate team work.

Gayle Townsend
Heatherhill Primary School


PLANKS Workshops have been extremely popular at Heide and bring together a beautiful mix of interactive creativity and play which engages whole families for hours.

Rebecca Renshaw
Education Officer,
Heide Gallery of Modern Art

PLANKS are one of our most popular and much loved activities at Fun4Kids. A real winner with everyone. Families just kept coming back again and again.

Rebecca Elmes
Warnambool, Fun4Kids Festival

Green Hat Workshop's PLANKS Workshop inspired our gifted and talented program. It was great to see students from grade 5 right up to year 11 working cooperatively, solving problems and communicating with each other.

Mal Cater
Principal,
Mentone Grammar

Hi Cam,
This was so easy to do because what you did for us was great.

Our school recently booked a Green Hat Planks Workshop. Every class from Prep to Grade 6 experienced some of the most creative and valuable learning in an environment that was motivating and so much fun.
Children were encouraged to be imaginative and there were no limits to what they wanted to do or how to do it.
Cam has an amazing manner with the children that has them being prepared to keep experimenting and not getting flustered when their constructions collapse. More importantly, he doesn't tell them what to do, or what to make. By just giving little hints here and there and building on their own acquired knowledge he allows the children to construct so much of their own learning. PLANKS allow the children to work independently and are also a fantastic tool for developing collaborative skills. We had groups with as many as 75 children in the one workshop, and each child was totally engaged throughout. 

We thoroughly recommend Green Hat workshop and had the most enjoyable, fun filled day with Cam.

Bernard Kerrins
Numeracy Coordinator
St Peter's Primary School
Bendigo North

“Every year at Overport Primary School we run a whole school activity as part of our ‘Wellbeing -
Getting to know you week’. PLANKS is by far the best program in my seven years at the school, that has taken place during this week. The PLANKS workshops were as engaging for preps as they were for year six. I have little doubt there is a more engaging activity for an entire school population that builds on so many valuable skills.

Tess Higgins
Overport Primary School

My kids did last Christmas and we didn't see them for hours! I then bought some for my Prep class and it's always one of the first things they go for. I love the beautiful simple form of the planks and the way they create so many open ended opportunities for creative expression. My kids always say " Look what I made, I was using my green hat thinking." Thanks so much for a wonderful product!

Simonne Marsden, Sep, 2012 (Teacher and parent)


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