Program – At a Glance

Wednesday 1 May

The conference opens on Wednesday afternoon in the Mantra Room with some special guests for the Acknowledgement of Country. Then settle in for a thought-provoking presentation from former Executive Director and CTO of Lonely Planet, now investor, advisor, adventurer and alternative futurist, Guy Balbontin. After a short break, this will be followed by Mass. Delegates will have some down time before reconvening for the Welcome Reception BBQ and Drinks.

Thursday 2 May

Enjoy a walk along the beach, swim some laps or visit the gym before visiting the breakfast buffet. Thursday sees delegates convene at 8.30am for a day of sharing, collegiality, reflection and conversation. Hear from Dr Paul Kidson as he guides us through contemporary aspects of our complex professional lives. Drawing on his involvement with the Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey and his experience in Educational Leadership, Paul will cover topics such as the impact of AI, the importance of community and the power of deciding!

Many of us have been impacted by climate related events in recent years. Our schools and communities are at the front line of the changes occurring right now. Pope Francis reminds us that ‘what is being asked of us is nothing other than a certain responsibility for the legacy we will leave behind‘ and through her work as Director of the global $4.7M Monitoring and Evaluating Climate, Communication, and Education Project, Professor Marcia McKenzie will demonstrate ways that we can create sustainable schools for the future, enable hope, build resilience, and foster action in young people and our communities. 

Following a delicious Morning Tea it will be time to choose from a series of facilitated, interactive workshops aimed at deep learning and run by highly-qualified practitioners. Kristen Sharpe, experienced Catholic leader, educator and past principal of Stuartholme School will offer a great session targeted specifically for new leaders.  Ross McSwan, Barrister at Law and face of School Disputes, will provide clarity and a laser focus on how to manage those tricky members in your community. And we are just finalising one or two more! These smaller group sessions will allow you to select a topic of interest and dive in a little deeper. 

We round out the day of learning with an interactive, hopefully outdoor (if the weather permits it!), high performance team activity that will be guaranteed to get you thinking, have some fun, and boost your well-being. You end the day with some valuable personal time before the gala Conference Dinner and Pre-dinner drinks commencing at 6.30pm.

Friday 3 May

On Friday, following a leisurely breakfast, we commence the final day with Shelley Wild, CEO of People HQ and founder of the Learning Collective. Shelley will work with the group to unpack how we might respond to the demands of organisational change, form and nurture great teams and adapt to a multi-generational workforce with varied demands and expectations. 

The conference closes with an inspiring keynote from the youngest person in the world to conquer ultra-marathons on seven continents! Queenslander, accomplished sportswomen, mental health ambassador and all round motivational guru, Jacqui Bell, will challenge and provoke us to think about what it really means to show up, commit and strive for higher potential. She will enable a deeper awareness around the power of choice available to us all. 

Join fellow delegates for lunch before departing for home … or staying on for an extra night or two to enjoy the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

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