Vol. 10

The Ikon Journal

Welcome to your Ikon Journal, Volume 10 (May 2024)
The Journal will be published once every trimester into your student portal.
Please remember, this journal is for you and we would love you to share your ideas, inspiring stories, events, pictures, tips, and more.

Get in contact now with Prisca at experience@ikon.edu.au

Company News and Key Dates.

2023 – 2026 Key DatesDownload
Trimester Break, Payment due, Census (domestic), Teaching period, Assessment Week – all the dates you need to know!

2024 Schedule of FeesDownload

Welcome to our new Ikon staff.

Mark Anderson
Student Experience Advisor

Ahoy! A little about me? I like short-walks on the beach, Lady Gaga and lengthy discussions about Buffy the Vampire Slayer. However, please don’t put seafood on my plate, convince me that the world is flat and that snakes would make good pets. For all of you astrology folk, I am a Leo and if you know, you know. Unfortunately, I am a little bit of a coffee snob, but if you have any recommendations, please do share with me! If you can’t catch me on campus, you can find me at a theatre show, window shopping at things I can’t afford and doing my absolute best at the gym. I’m always down for a chat – so please don’t be shy and say “Hi”! P.S. If you need tips on where to go in Sydney, I am your guy.

Tanya Sharma
Student Experience Advisor

Hey there! I’m Tanya, your go-to student advisor. My journey has been sprinkled with moments of creativity in design, careful calculations in banking, and even a dash of whimsy in cake decorating (though it was a brief affair, it was ever so sweet). I thrive on learning and mastering new skills. Oh, and speaking of new, our family just welcomed the most adorable little Havanese into our lives—he’s our bundle of joy!

Zackary Marceau
Student Experience Advisor

Hi all a little about me, I was born in France and moved to Australia when I was 5, I love playing/watching just about all sports (except AFL) and good food, my favorite food has to be pizza. I recently traded the sunshine from Byron Bay to the LOVELY Melbourne weather just under 2 years ago. I’ve been working in Student Experience for the last 2 years and recently started at Ikon in March and am loving the community, if you see me around the Melbourne campus don’t hesitate to come have a chat.

Dr. Valeriia Sibakova
Lecturer, Early Childhood Education

Hello! I am Dr. Valeriia Sibakova, but you can call me Valerie. Starting my day without a cup of coffee is a no-go for me. I’m passionate about a variety of hobbies which include reading science fiction and fantasy, fishing, kayaking, and travelling. When I’m not exploring the great outdoors or lost in a good book, I enjoy crafting, making presents, and organising events.
Teaching is not just my profession; it’s a calling. I love engaging with students and peers and discussing new ideas or insights from the latest books I’ve read. For those who share similar interests or are looking for recommendations in these genres, I’m your go-to person.
If you happen to see me around campus and I’m not in a classroom or a meeting, I’m always up for a chat, so don’t hesitate to say “Hi” if you pass by.


There’s nothing nerdy about learning!

Are you needing extra tips on APA7 referencing?
Are you wanting to receive personalised feedback on your submissions?
Are you feeling overwhelmed and needing additional support?
If you’ve experienced one of these concerns, check out the Academic and Learning Support Hub found on Canvas.

APA7 Hot Tips
  • Save a separate document for all of your references and use this as a way to structure your own reference list.
  • View scholarly sources reference lists as a guide to build your own list and deepen your research.
  • Before submission, ensure that your font/spacing/size is consistent throughout your paper.

Did you reference correctly? 

Narrative in-text citation: Anderson and Sharma (2024) found that studying at Ikon will bring you success.

Parenthetical in-text citation: A positive association was found between studying at Ikon and happiness  (Anderson & Sharma, 2024).

Reference list entry: Anderson, G. M., & Sharma, T. (2024).


All students have access to Ikon’s Studiosity service via the ALSHUB. Additional feedback is what can separate a Credit to a Distinction or perhaps a Distinction to a High Distinction. 

Students have 5 sessions per trimester for up to 60 minutes each. 

Consolidate your draft, ask insightful questions and consider what assignments are worth submitting for review. 

If your assignment has a weighing of 50%, this service is going to boost your confidence in preparing your first draft.

Allow time to apply the feedback.

Big Yes: Allow a couple of days to apply the feedback in your work

Big No: Upload to Studiosity the night before a submission is due 

There are no silly questions, so ask!

AccessEAP Counselling Service

Are you aware of our Student Counselling Service? 

We understand that studying can put additional demands on students. Whether you’re a Domestic or International Student, transitioning into the life-cycle of a Student can be daunting and challenging. However, balancing your wellbeing and study is part of the next step of your time at Ikon. This online resource is helpful to build new learnings and promote psychological safety. 

This service is accessible 24 hours a day where there are options to speak immediately or book a session via the prompts provided on Canvas. 

These sessions are free and confidential. 

Accessing this service is through some easy steps.

Visit Canvas, click onto Help & Resources, find the Wellbeing Support Hub and there you will find additional information on how to Access this support. 

Ikon values your welfare, safety and needs.

Please reach out to experience@ikon.edu.au for any further concerns. 

Advice from your Placement Advisor

Studying is hard. I can relate because I am a student too. You have to attend class, (try to) keep on top of readings, and complete assessments for 3 months at a time, 3 times a year. All of this scheduled around work commitments, quality time with family or friends, and dare I say – time for self-care. Thinking about what is going to happen in 6 months’ time, let alone next week, may not be front of mind. You probably aren’t even sure what subjects you are going to be doing. However… you do know that placement is something you will have to undertake at some point.

 So now the thought of placement is daunting. You don’t know much about it nor where to start. The easy thing to do is to put it off, worry about it later, and hope for the best when the time comes. Hope is beautiful but hope alone won’t find you a placement.

 Looking for placement is akin to looking for a job. There is a whole process involved: preparing documents, researching organisations, enquiring, applying, and interviewing. Fortunately, this is something that the Placement Team is here to support you with.

 Think of it as if You are in the driving seat – the one attending interviews, leaving a positive impression, and negotiating arrangements. The person that a host organisation will take onboard. The Placement Team and your Clinical Teacher are simply passengers. We help with directions to your destination, letting you know what to expect ahead, and finding ways out of sticky situations.

 Placement is a massive undertaking but we do want to help make it as easy as we can. Let’s get a head start and work together – leaving early means less traffic.

 If you haven’t already, read through the Placement Hub on Canvas.

 Danny Nguyen
School of Counselling Placement Advisor

Industry News and Trends

PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia)

See PACFAS’s eNewsletter

Lived experience workshop leads the way

PACFA is thrilled to announce the upcoming “Lived Experience Leadership Series,” a three-day series of workshops is designed to deepen our understanding and practice in the areas of Indigenous Healing Practices, Diversity in Gender, Body, Kinship, & Sexuality (GBKS), and Lived Experience in Mental Health on 26-28 June, 2024.

Find out more.

The Movements of Grief traced in PACJA’s ‘Practice Reflections’

PACFA-registered counsellors Mandy Cox and Sonia Fenwick draw upon therapeutic reflection, clinical observation, and the grief literature to introduce three elements of movement in grief: transience, transition, and transformation. Understanding these elements will assist therapists to support clients navigate the landscape of loss.

Read the article here.


ACECQA (Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority)

Read ACECQA’s eNewsletter

Allergy Awareness

Is your service allergy aware?

With new enrolments to your service, have you noticed any new or unusual allergies? Allergies are common in Australia – it is estimated that around one in ten children aged 18 months to 3 years has a medically confirmed food allergy, and other children may have allergies to insect stings and medications. While most children have allergies to the common allergy causing foods (cow’s milk/dairy, soy, egg, wheat, fish, shellfish, peanut, tree nuts and sesame), it is possible to be allergic to any food, including fruits and vegetables.

Read the article here.

Digital technology in educational program and practice

Most educators use digital technology in some form to document and share children’s learning and development, and to communicate with families and other stakeholders. The widespread use of digital technology in documentation offers educators many opportunities and potential efficiencies, but may also raise questions about the impact of device use on meaningful interactions, children’s rights and concerns about children’s and young people’s safety.

Read the full article here.



Stay on the lookout for tips, discounts, and other goodies waiting to be discovered on your local campus student board. It’s like a treasure map for student perks!

Student Tips and Discounts

Check out this really cool app! The Best Restaurants with Deals in Australia – EatClub


What's for dinner!

We have your next meal planned! Try this beautiful Beetroot Risotto with Mushrooms and Truffle Pecorino recipe.

Stressed or Desserts!

There’s always room for dessert! Try these soft Swedish Cardamom Buns! Tis asy knotted pastry is beyond delicious and easy to make. 

Green Thumb

Green thumb: 6 Essential winter gardening tips in Australia by Sai Nursery 


Upcoming Events

Winter Market 2024

Embrace the cozy vibes of winter at our Winter Market! Picture this: a bustling marketplace brimming with arts, crafts, plants, artisan goods, fresh produce, books, clothing (both new and second hand), and so much more! It’s not just a market; it’s a celebration of our diverse talents and passions. Plus, warm up with complimentary hot chocolate—don’t forget to top it off with a marshmallow or indulge in a cheeky cookie! Interested in showcasing your own creations? Register for a stall to sell or exchange goods. It’s all happening right here on campus, so mark your calendars and join us for two days of pure joy and community spirit!

Click here to register a stall for our winter market.

Where: On-campus
When: Tuesday 11th & Wednesday 12th June
From 10:30am until 3:30pm

Wellbeing Week

Take a breather and focus on your wellbeing during World Wellbeing Week! Join us for a week-long celebration of holistic health, including fresh brewed herbal teas, juicy fruits, meditation sessions, yoga classes, self-care workshops, and more at your local campus. Wellbeing has never been so important to our lives and livelihoods, so seize this opportunity to prioritize your physical, mental, and emotional health. Want to contribute to the cause? Express your interest in supporting World Wellbeing Week by sharing your expertise in areas like yoga, meditation, sound healing, and self-care. Together, let’s make wellness a priority!

Click here if you’re interested in running a workshop or activity during wellbeing week.

When: Monday 24th – Sunday 30th June
Where: On-Campus


Join Ikon Institute in proudly supporting NAIDOC Week! This year, we’re calling out to the Ikon Community for involvement in celebrating Indigenous culture and heritage. Whether you’re a guest speaker, an artist eager to run workshops, or a talented singer, we want to hear from you! Share your ideas and talents by emailing us at events@ikon.edu.au. Let’s come together to honor and recognize the rich contributions of Indigenous Australians during NAIDOC Week.

Where: On-campus
When: Sunday 7th – Sunday 14th July

Red Nose Day

Ikon is actively participating in 2024 Red Nose Day!

Get ready to make a difference on Red Nose Day! Join us on campus for a heartwarming food stall charity event to support the cause of saving little lives. Bring along your favorite dish to share and make a gold coin donation to show your support. Last year, we raised an impressive $546.00—let’s aim even higher this year! For any inquiries, feel free to reach out to us at events@ikon.edu.au. Together, let’s spread joy and hope as we come together to make a difference.

Where: On-Campus
When: Friday 9th August

What’s happening around you


Illuminate Adelaide

Welcoming people from all walks of life to experience a program of free and ticketed events by local, national and international artists, Illuminate Adelaide is about staying up, heading out, and coming together. It’s about looking forward, breaking ground, and making memories. It’s about turning those long winter nights into an opportunity: to wake imaginations and let curiosity run wild.

When: 26th  June – 03rd  August 2024

Click here to find out more about Illuminate!

Adelaide Botanic Garden

Adelaide Botanic Garden is an oasis in the cosmopolitan heart of the city, featuring beautifully-landscaped gardens, majestic avenues and stunning architecture. Spanning 50 hectares, the historic garden (opened in 1857) features some of Australia’s finest plant collections.

Click here to find out more about the Adelaide Botanic Garden!



Le Festival

Brisbane’s biggest celebration of all things French is returning in 2024, and even better, they’re heading back to where it all began in South Bank Parklands. After popping up in a few different locations in recent years, Le Festival will once again be taking over South Bank with three days of market stalls, masterclasses, entertainment and of course, plenty of French food and drink.

When: 5th July – 7th July 2024
Where: South Bank Parklands

Find out more about Le Festival!

Dopamine Land

Dopamine Land is a multisensory experience that combines media, technology and play in one place. It’s an interactive museum that channels the limitless imagination of your inner child into reality. This is a great day out with the kids, late evenings are adult friendly, letting everyone reveal their inner child throughout all the colorful installations. Take a break from your everyday life, have some fun and boost your happy emotions!

When: 28th May – 21st July
Where: Level Q, Uptown, 91 Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000

Find out more about Dopamine Land!



A festival of new art, music and performance, in the heart of Naarm/Melbourne.

Emerging from Melbourne’s roots, RISING is an annual festival that spills out onto the city streets, car parks, churches, town square and beloved venues. It’s a break from business as usual. A chance to connect as a city and with the ambitious artists who bring bold ideas that speak to this time and place.

RISING returns when winter begins.

When: 1st June – 16th June

Click here to find out more about RISING!


The Story of the Moving Image (ACMI)

From the first projections and optical illusions to the birth of film and beyond, moving images have the power to spark imagination, share stories and shape history. Discover how inventors, innovators and artists at the turn of the 20th century wielded light, split time and captured motion, heralding a technological revolution that continues today.

Featuring ancient shadow puppets, Victorian-era magic lanterns, original cameras, iconic costumes, movie sets, sketches, clips and contemporary art, The Story of the Moving Image traverses time, countries and cultures in a mesmerising exploration of an art form that changed the world and illuminated our collective humanity.

The Story of the Moving Image is open 364 days a year, is completely free and offers deep interactive and immersive experiences to visitors of all ages.

Click here to find out more about The Story of the Moving Image!


Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney has revealed its full program of light, music, food and ideas for 2024. This year, Vivid Sydney will run for 23 nights, with the theme of “humanity” running through the artworks, parties, feasts, pop-ups and more.

When: 24th May – 15th June
Where: Barangaroo, Circular Quay and the Rocks, Darling Harbour, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Sydney CBD and Surrounds, Sydney Opera House and more!

Click here to find out more about Vivid!


Yoga Under The Bridge

Get fit and flexible every Sunday morning with FREE Yoga under the Bridge!

The focus on breathing, the concentration required to find balance in certain poses, the flow of the movements – it’s all an active meditation that can help clear the mind, quieten anxieties and strengthen your body.

When: 9:30am every Sunday (subject to weather conditions)
Where: Find us at the corner of Lower Fort St and George St at Dawes Point Park, right under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Click here to find out more!


City of Sydney Online Book Club: Spy Fiction

Join our monthly Online Book Club, hosted by our City of Sydney librarians.  

Book Club participants are encouraged to read from the list or find other related titles in the online catalogue. Then join in the discussion and hear about what others have been reading too.  

Book Club is held on the last Thursday of the month via Zoom. Before the event, you’ll need to install the free Zoom software on your own laptop, computer or device and read a book relating to reading topic for that month.  

When: Thursday 27th June, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Click here for more information about Sydney’s Online Book Club!


Dream Power: Let youer dreams solve your problems!

Need guidance? Sleep on it!

Are you ready to tap into the power of your dreams to solve your problems? Then you’ve come to the right place! This Dream Power seminar provides valuable life guidance and deep personal insights that will transform the way you think and live.

By unlocking the secrets of dreams, including how to remember them, and how to decipher their powerful messages, you can go through life with greater clarity and confidence. So, whether you remember your dreams or not, this powerful online event will change the way you think about sleep.

Understanding the benefits of dreams helps you to remember your dreams.

When: Sunday 28th July, 10:00am – 12:00pm AEST

Click here to secure your spot!

Clubs and Groups

Ikon International Students Club

Are you interested in starting or joining an International Students Club? Click here to submit your expression of interest!

Queer Club

The Queer Club is not an exclusive club, and EVERYONE is welcome.
Join us on the Melbourne Campus for events and get togethers! We also have online resources and discussion forums where you can get to know other people in our Ikon Queer Community.

If you are interested in joining, contact Andy at andyfernie@icloud.com or 0438 338 853 or Prisca at events@ikon.edu.au

Upcoming Event: Explore Flinders Lane at Night

Explorer’s Club (Hiking & Camping Club)

The Hiking and Camping Club is based in Melbourne, where students and staff can get together to explore nature and take a break from the city!

Hikes are organised every trimester and we are open to taking ideas from fellow nature lovers.

If you are interested in joining, contact Prisca (0431 518 977) or at events@ikon.edu.au.

Permaculture Club

Are you interested in personal growth and learning, while also contributing to your community and the environment?

If so, we invite you to join our community of people working towards critical thinking as problem-solving and a commitment to sustainable gardening practices.

Run via Zoom, the Permaculture Club meet monthly to dialogue & discuss sources, swap tips, workshop collective dreams and get to know fellow thinkers (no prerequisite required just a passion to learn and grow). This will be a collaborative endeavor and will take shape by the efforts of the collective.

If you’re interested, please reach out to Gabby at gab.j.aston@gmail.com or Tanya at events@ikon.edu.au



Congratulations to the Class of 2023! May we wish you the best in all of your future endeavors! A huge thank you to all of our wonderful staff contributions and efforts to ensure that students could graduate in style. We wanted to share a big hug to Prisca Dijou for organising these fabulous events. We would be lost without her skills and her passion for events and culture.

Early Childhood Education


These artworks are a culmination of this trimester’s learning and teaching in Art. The students have studied the elements of visual and media art and how to teach these in practice with children. Each week they have had the opportunity to explore these elements (such as line, shape, colour, pattern, space) and practice creating artworks. It has been very rewarding as a teacher to see the growth in their knowledge and skills over the trimester and to see them recognise themselves as artists and know they now feel confident to teach these concepts to children.
Natalie Walker
Lecturer, School of Education

Recommended viewing and reading.


Becoming Supernatural: How Common People are Doing the Uncommon

The author of the New York Times bestseller You Are the Placebo, as well as Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself and Evolve Your Brain, draws on research conducted at his advanced workshops since 2012 to explore how common people are doing the uncommon to transform themselves and their lives.


The Power of Vulnerability: Brené Brown TED

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

Click here to watch.


Post It (Short Film)

Elroy wants to be left alone, but Clara is too curious about what he carries inside his cardboard box.

Click here to watch.

Ikon Community Interview

Hi there, I’m Shaneel, your Student Rep for 2024.

On the academic front, I have successfully completed my postgraduate diploma in economics and bachelor’s degree in management, public administration, and economics from the University of the South Pacific. Currently, I am pursuing my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. I aspire to work with children to have a beneficial influence on their lives, foster connections with both children and families, and open myself to acquire knowledge and develop personally.

I enjoy working with children because they’re so full of curiosity and imagination, and being around that kind of energy is incredibly inspiring. Plus, I imagine there’s a real sense of satisfaction in helping shape young minds and watching them learn and grow.

I can speak three languages, and I love boxing, hiking, and traveling. I enjoy exploring new ideas, learning about a wide range of topics, expanding my knowledge base, and finding new ways to apply them.

I possess experience in the markets of Fiji, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and South Korea. I am currently embarking on a new set of experiences in the childcare sector that I am eager to explore and push myself.

I must say that this journey in the education sector so far has been really fulfilling

I look forward to seeing you around on Campus. Please don’t be shy to say ‘Hi’ and have a chat.

Shaneel Nair

Student Representative, Sydney

In the know.

Insights and Perspectives from Dr. Geoff Berry

I’m writing this having just got home from another Ikon Ecopsychotherapy retreat and once again it was an amazing experience. With my trusty ally Charlotte Brown, who passed this subject years ago and then went out to practice ecotherapy in the world, we guided 23 students to integrate nature into their practice. I can’t think of a better, more nourishing and relevant way to evolve what you do as an Ikon student.

Whether you come as an art therapist or a counsellor, drawing upon the healing powers of nature can quickly become an effective way to ease clients into a more trusting therapeutic alliance with you. This is because almost everyone has some kind of deep memory of being at home in nature, which comes back online when they are invited to gently open to the great outdoors. And, funnily enough, you don’t have to go bush to draw upon this power – we also guide students to draw upon the power of nature even while they are in the clinic room, or in urban areas.

The trick is to learn how to trust in your own connection to the earth, feel nurtured by this, and then learn how to offer the same service to others. Some of these skills and techniques are things you can do right now – slow down and become mindful of your breath while sitting under a tree, practice with a peer outdoors rather than inside, and always give thanks for this wonderful opportunity to be alive and aware on this beautiful planet we call home.

Mental Health and Wellbeing.

3 Tips to Boost your Mental Health
  1. Experiment with a new recipe, write a poem, paint or try a Pinterest project. Creative expression and overall well-being are linked.
  2. Boost brainpower by treating yourself to a couple pieces of dark chocolate every few daysThe flavonoids, caffeine, and theobromine in chocolate are thought to work together to improve alertness and mental skills.
  3. Dance around while you do your housework.Not only will you get chores done, but dancing reduces levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), and increases endorphins (the body’s “feel-good” chemicals).


Food Lovers

Ikon Essences Cookbook

Our community cookbook has arrived! Thanks to all the amazing members of our Ikon community who generously shared their cherished family recipes. We’re thrilled to keep growing this cookbook and can’t wait to dive into these delicious dishes. The festive season is fast approaching, our cookbook is the perfect gift idea for your loved ones

Ikon Essences Cookbook – by the Ikon Community


Do you know about the gut brain axis: What it is and how to improve it?

There is a two-way communication system between the gut and brain called the gut-brain connection, or axis. It involves a complex network of nerves and biochemicals. Experts now recognize that the gut is sensitive to emotion, responding when a person feels anxious, sad, or excited.

Click here to learn more



Ikon Journal Photos

Pet Zone

Meet Leon, the cheeky pup who’s got treat negotiation down to a fine art with his puppy eyes and irresistible charm. With a wardrobe that would make Lady Gaga jealous, he’s always dressed to impress. When he’s not begging for a string of cheese, you can find him in the yard – chasing anything that moves without his discretion.

Awe and Wonder

Herbarium of Summer Memories 2
by Maja Strgar Kurecic

Each plant in these photos carries a memory of the summer spent on the Adriatic. I collected them every day on the way back from the beach. Although they are dry and seem lifeless, they carry within them the seeds of new life. I photographed them submerged in water.

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

― Vivian Greene