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Educators gather for national conference


Nine representatives from Catholic Education SA (CESA) joined more than 1400 delegates from around Australia for the 2022 National Catholic Education Conference held in Melbourne last month.

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‘The future is listening’ was the theme for the event held from September 4-7 which attracted participants including educators, clergy and religious, students, parents and academics. Others attended the conference online.

National Catholic Education Commission executive director Jacinta Collins said it was the first time in six years that a national gathering had been held.

“We’re very excited to have had the opportunity to come together after the pandemic delayed our conference by two years,” Ms Collins said.

More than 60 keynote addresses, panels and sessions covered a range of topics over the three-day program, including Catholic identity and mission, leadership and governance, learning and teaching, student wellbeing and parent engagement.

CESA representatives were invited to chair or present at the event, shining a national light on some of the strategic and innovative work from offices and schools that is making a difference in the lives of young people in SA. They were Nichii Mardon, director, Catholic Education Diocese of Port Pirie; Kerri Dent, acting principal, St Mary MacKillop School, Wallaroo; Uby Faddoul, strategy coordinator, CESA; Neil McGoran, director, CESA; John Mula, deputy director, CESA; David Mezinec, principal, Tenison Woods College, Mount Gambier; Ros Oates, principal, St Joseph’s School, Murray Bridge; Melanie O’Leary, education advisor, middle years, CESA; and Marcia Burgess, senior education advisor, religious education curriculum, CESA.

Dr Neil McGoran during a panel session.

Students perform during the national conference.


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