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BOLD is a Bendigo-based, parent driven group. BOLD supports and provides information to those struggling with the demands of a literacy based world, as well as to their families.  We are focussed on community development within a rural setting. We have professional support and links with local and state organisations.

BOLD hosts mornings teas, facilitates information evenings, workshops and professional development.  We have also provided resources to the Goldfields Library.  

BOLD wants to focus on each individual’s strengths and positive qualities.  We encourage a deeper understanding about individual learning styles and encourage the teaching strategies which benefit all learners, especially those who learn differently. 

Please read the stories of Kate DeAraugo and her mother, Sue DeAraugo, which focus on the strengths rather the the challenges associated with a learning difference.

BOLD has an auspice arrangement with St Luke's Anglicare.


Teaching Reading

 Multi-Sensory Structured Learning /Orton Gillingham Foundations for Teaching Reading - 4 day Course - $700

Nathalie Parry, who last year conducted the very successful viewing and discussion of Outside the Square is keen for teachers to know about this 4 day course which is being offered at a greatly reduced price.  Please pass this information onto your child's school.

Three national inquiries into the teaching of reading have concluded that synthetic phonics is the most effective method of reading instruction yet may have not heard of the term, and it is not the way reading is taught in most Australian schools.

In 2005, Australia’s National Inquiry into Teaching Reading recommended that young children should be provided with systematic, explicit and direct phonics instruction, and that teachers be equipped to provide this.

Synthetic phonics starts by introducing a few sounds and letters in short words, and systematically adds and practises more sounds, spellings and syllable types, until children can read well enough to read independently.

The Orton Gillingham Approach is a highly structured, and multi-sensory approach to teaching reading. This approach uses sight, hearing, touch and movement to help students connect language with letters and words.

Foundations of Multi-Sensory Structured Language Education is an introductory course to Orton Gillingham education and training.

The Learning Differences Convention is able to part fund 70 teachers on a Foundation Course on 5th-8th June 2017. The cost of the course is normally $2,500 however the Learning Difference Convention is able to offer the course for $700.

This course is provided for Speech Pathologists, Teachers, Learning Support and Teachers' Aides

The training is provided by Corey Zylstra, M.Ed. who is a certified OG Master Trainer in Canada (CATT, OG) and an Honorary Fellow (AOGPE in the US). Her training is accredited by OG International and is in the process of being accredited by IDA.

For more information and to BOOK NOW

Please click on the read more to follow the link to the website address below.

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Successful Film and Discussion

 Wow the viewing of Outside the Square and the discussion led by Nathalie Parry was very engaging and led to greater insight into the experiences of those with dyslexia and the explicit teaching of reading.  Many resources were also shared.  If you want to purchase your own copy of the 3 Australian DVD's - Outside the Square please go to


Walk for Dyslexia

 Walk for Dyslexia

Thank you to everyone who came today to raise awareness about Dyslexia and to meet other families and share your stories about your dyslexia journey.  A big thank you to our 3 guest speakers Maree Edwards, State Member of Bendigo West; Marla a Year 12 student and Sara from Vision Australia.

Saturday 15 October

Light it Red in Bendigo

Thanks to everyone who came out tonight and to Ani and Meredith for organising the Central Deborah Poppet head and the Naunton Family building to be lit in red for dyslexia.


 Dyslexia Empowerment Week Activities and Events in Bendigo

Saturday 15th October - Light it Red for Dyslexia - The Central Deborah Poppet Head and the Naunton building at Girton Grammar School (corner of Creek and Vine St) will both be lit in red as a lead in to Dyslexia Empowerment Week.

Rethink Dyslexia posters 1 and are available here.  Please display them around the community with any of the posters that have links below, including Write a Red Letter.

Events in Bendigo poster.

Sunday 16th October - Walk for Dyslexia.  Meet at Strathdale Park Playground at 1.15 for a 1.30 start.  Wear purple.

Please click here for Walk for Dylsexia poster.

Thursday 20 October.  Free viewing of Outside the Square.  At the Catholic Education Centre, 120 Hargreaves St Bendigo.  Starting at 6.30 pm sharp.  Please register by emailing as we are providing a light supper.

Please click here for a poster and here for more information about the films.

Sunday 16 - Saturday 22nd October.  Dyslexia resources as well as Rethink Dyslexia posters will be on display  at the Goldfields Library in Hargreaves St Bendigo

Have you entered the Write a Red Letter? If not, please see the story below.

If you want to know about other Dyslexia Empowerment Week events visit



                              Write a Red Letter

 As a part of raising awareness of Dyslexia there are many activities occurring to mark the 2016 Dyslexia Empowerment Week 16 – 22nd October.

In preparation for this week there is currently 

Make it a Red Letter Day Competition

which is open until the 22nd October.

To enter this competition is open residents of Australia, and is aimed at

individuals diagnosed, assessed or believe to have dyslexia or having a close association with dyslexia.

Entrants can enter 1 of 3 categories: -

·        5 – 8 years

·        9 – 12 years

·        13 – 18 years

There are many prizes for each category.

All entries must be submitted by email to before 22nd October and must be sent to the intended recipient as well as being entered into the competition.

All entries will be judged by award winning Australian Author and Dyslexia Ambassador, Jackie French.


Winners announced on 31 October.


Please click here for a poster promoting the Red Letter Competition and here for a list of the prizes

You will find a link to the Red Letter website here.  Please read the rules of the competition.

Spelling PD

 SMART Spelling PD for Primary Teachers

A sensible, systematic approach to spelling for primary teachers presented by Michelle Hutchison.

SMART Spelling, developed by Michelle Hutchison, is a very popular approach to explicitly teaching spelling that is established in many Victorian Schools.  It clearly outlines a Prep - 6 scope and sequence for teaching spelling.  This one-day course will explore how to teach sound-letter links, syllables, the 44 different sounds and their most common spelling patterns.

Participants will learn:

  • The most effective 4 spelling rules
  • A range of spelling activities
  • The 7 plural rules
  • Weekly routine for teaching spelling
  • How to differentiate spelling words easily

Cost $288 which includes a copy of the SMART Spelling Manual (valued at $88)

Michelle is an experienced, practical and inspirational presenter with effective approaches in literacy and dyslexia.

Wednesday 5th October at The Foundry from 9.30 - 3.30.

Please click here for link to booking site

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