Bridge Building Podcast Episode 57: Datta Podcast: Conference Presenter Series – Deirdre Dennys & Andrew Nicholls


Over the next several weeks it is my pleasure to speak with many of the presenters at this year’s conference and today, we will chat with 2 of these speakers. First is Deirdre Dennys who is leading the workshop Designing spaces for diversity, inclusion and participation: The Corner Cafe Project. Then we spend some time with Andrew Nicholls discussing the two presentation he will be leading on the second day.  Design Drawing and then WHS in Design and technology learning spaces. What a great experience it was chatting to these sensational teachers.  Deirdre positively glowed when she spoke about her year nine class. Yes I did say that, her year nine class. And Andrew also an architect gets right into the skill of drawing, it is palpable the passion he shows for his craft. We also talked about his presentation on Workplace Health and Safety and it has had me thinking since.  You see I did give him a bit of a hard time about the topic which in truth says that I should be the person who most needs to be sitting in that room his, and I will be. I’ll be back next week with more of the sensational presenters that will be speaking this year at the Brisbane convention centre from the 13th to the 14th of June. 


And remember the 2024 Teacher Excellence Awards are looking for nominations right now so look to your left and look to your right. Because you may be sitting right next to someone who deserves to be applauded. There are two awards the Design and Technology teacher of the year and the contribution to design and technology education award for that person who is not a teacher but still does great things for our teaching area.



About the Bridge Building Podcast

“This is the place where we dissect and then discover the many ways ITD teachers all over this country are using their passion to create passionate students. We talk of measuring and manipulating a multitude of materials of design and divergent thought, of creation with our minds and with our hands. And most of all, we talk of growing great young people because of course that is what we do.”

So what does that mean other than I like to show off my alliteration skills? Since coming back to teaching a few years ago the thing that strikes me most, and frankly scared me most is how lonely this job is. How little we know about what is happening in our subject area. The classroom next door, a class in the next school, let alone the next town are a mystery to me. I know there are teachers out there doing incredible things and this (the podcast) is a way for me to find out and be inspired. I would like to invite you along to listen and learn, to be inspired by some of the sensational teachers I speak to on the “Bridge Building Podcast – from technology to the trades”


About the Podcast Host

Stephen Anderson is a Design Technology, Trade Training and accidental Science teacher at a small high school 2 hours North West of Brisbane.


Over To You

If you know someone who is doing something spectacular or just great fun in design and tech or in trade training, I would love to know about them.

Contact me through my email


Music by:

Viola Pink

My favourite busker from the Nanango markets.