Tackling contemporary issues in education across different sectors was one of the key discussion points when the Heads of Edmund Rice Education Junior Schools across Australia met in Hobart, for their annual conference in March.
Delegates from 17 schools were treated to presentations from those at the forefront of education policy, training and implementation in the island state.
Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia were represented at the conference.
Andrew Pinelli, Head of Junior School at St Virgil’s College, spoke about how the conference was unique in providing a national perspective to attendees.
“Unlike many other gatherings of this type, local issues do not dominate discussion due to the lack of relevance because of jurisdictional differences. Therefore, the topics, presenters and discussions focus on bigger issues and those that have a more national flavour,” said Mr Pinelli.
“Delegates received an interesting, yet challenging, programme across many domains of the education sphere. We were fortunate to secure a number of eminent local speakers who informed the delegates of some local, Tasmanian, issues but then looked at how similar issues may be being played out in their state or territory,” Mr Pinelli continued.
A number of high-profile speakers presented at the conference, including Dr Wayne Tinsey (Executive Director of Edmund Rice Education Australia) who spoke about the challenges of being authentic Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice tradition, and Mr Edward Gauden (CEO of Food Bank Hobart).
A Q&A session followed the presentations, allowing delegates the chance to discuss the key messages, and how these can be applied in different states of Australia.