Knowing, Going and Showing the Way – 2016 EREA Deputy Principals’ Conference in Adelaide

The 2016 EREA Deputy Principals’ conference was hosted by the three South Australian EREA schools over three days, from Wednesday 15 to Friday 17 June, in Adelaide. The conference was well attended with Deputy Principals from EREA schools, Associates and New Zealand partner schools engaging in a variety of sessions exploring the Deputy Principal role in an Edmund Rice school.

The conference commenced with delegates given the opportunity to visit the schools - St Paul’s College, Rostrevor College and CBC Wakefield Street - before the ritual welcome and formal opening by Dr Wayne Tinsey.

Formation was a central aspect of the conference and Br Damien Price cfc focused delegates on their role as Faith Leaders and how that can be nurtured. Dr Paul Kilvert delivered the final keynote, ‘Keeping Education as the Driver’, which was also well received. 

The conference was built around a series of workshops and forums which explored Liberating Education, community leadership for inclusion, the global perspective afforded by our involvement with EREBB, inclusion and the challenge of affordability. 

Anthony Ryan from the Edmund Rice Foundation was the guest speaker at dinner and encouraged delegates to be ‘agents of change’. 

The conference was remarkable for the collegial atmosphere and cohesive sense of vision evident among participants. Delegates were blessed to be led through guided reflections at key times during the conference, facilitated by Identity leaders and students from the three Adelaide schools.

Special thanks go to Mel Scherwitzel, Frank Ranaldo and Shaun Clarke for their commitment and creativity in putting together such a professionally enriching program and for organising a truly memorable conference.