Organised by Catholic Secondary Principals Australia, the conference brought together more than 150 principals and senior leaders from Catholic schools in Australia and New Zealand who together focused on best practice in education.
Conference convenor Dr Paul Rijken, who is principal at Cardijn College, said the conference theme was targeted at “addressing what schools can do in order for students to thrive, to be capable learners and live in a time where we can influence and have impact as leaders”.
“The third decade of this 21st century will bring profound challenges to our schools in terms of the outcomes from the Plenary Council, our role as leaders in our Church, the rise of technology and impact of artificial intelligence, curriculum design, general capabilities as well as health and wellbeing,” he said.
More than 30 delegates – many from Catholic schools in South Australia – offered workshops during the conference program, which ran from July 14-16.
One of the highlights was the presentations given by four alumni from Catholic schools in Adelaide. They spoke of the powerful influence Catholic Education had on their lives while at school and also beyond.
The conference Mass on Sunday July 14 was held at St Patrick’s Church, Grote St, and was celebrated by Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ, with Fr Anthoni Adimai concelebrating.