QLD Principals' Retreat

QLD Principals' Retreat

All CSA QLD Principals and Deputy Principals are invited to attend this annual gathering of Queensland CSA school leaders for fellowship, community and professional learning. We have selected a relaxing and well-appointed venue such that colleagues might feel removed from their day-day pressures; we want you to leave refreshed and professionally stimulated.

The focus for the 2022 retreat will be on the recently released CSA Leadership Framework and will feature sessions facilitated by Andrew Taylor, Darren Iselin and Rob Loe. We will have a close look at the framework, including an exploration of the accompanying Developmental Rubric and the online Leadership Development Tool. We will explore how you can use the framework back at your school in areas such as performance and development reviews, professional learning for current and aspirant leaders, leadership selection, leadership induction and succession planning, and coaching and mentoring.

Event Information

This event is ideally suited for Principals and Deputy Principals from CSA member schools in Queensland. 

A detailed program will be available soon, however below is an overview of the event.

Day 1

  • 8am Arrival tea & coffee
  • 9am Meeting commences
  • 4pm Meeting concludes
  • 6pm Dinner at TopGolf (more information below)

Day 2

  • 9am Tea & coffee
  • 9:30am Meeting commences
  • 3pm Retreat concludes
Evening Dinner at TopGolf

The evening dinner on Thursday night will be held at TopGolf, where we will hit micro-chipped golf balls into giant targets on the outfield from our very own bays, scoring points as we go. I’m sure we will see the competitive side of a few leaders come to the fore!

Event Registration (and optional extras)

Your event registration will include the following:

  • morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on each day
  • dinner on day 1, including non-alcoholic beverages (other drinks at own expense)
  • entry to Top Golf and participation in evening activities (day 1)
  • registration and meeting costs

For those wishing to bring their spouse, there is an option (at registration) to include a guest to participate in the dinner and evening activities at a cost of $70.

Please note, registration costs do not include accommodation. See below for more information.


Please note that accommodation should be arranged by you with the venue, QT Gold Coast and accounts settled individually. Outlined below are the special accommodation rates available to attendees (per room, per night):

  • Mountain River View: $224 with breakfast for 1; or $249 for 2
  • Ocean View: $254 with breakfast for 1; or $279 for 2
  • QT King Suite: $354 with breakfast for 1; or $379 for 2

These special rates are not available for online bookings. To make a reservation, please contact hotel reservations directly on Ph: 07 5584 1200 or via email: [email protected] and ensure you let them know you are part of the event.

Alternatively, there are a number of other accommodations nearby to choose from.


Your Host: Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor currently serves as the Executive Officer for CSA member schools in Queensland and has over 30 years' experience in a range of leadership roles in education. He has spent the last 15 years focusing on building capacity in teachers and school leaders. Andrew leads the national portfolio for School Improvement and is an experienced school improvement consultant focusing on building strong foundations that underpin all school activities.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Rob Loe

Rob has been serving as the Executive Officer, VIC/TAS since May 2020. He has a background in teaching, school leadership and research. Rob believes passionately that a Christian school’s ethos cannot be divorced from the outcomes it seeks for its students (which must be more than academic). That ethos should make a deeply positive impact on the day-to-day lived reality of corridors and classrooms. It is the most powerful form of witness from a school. Rob has a national portfolio role that reflects his significant experience and research interests: Organisational Culture and Community Development.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Darren Iselin

Darren has extensive leadership experience within Christian education in both Australian and international contexts and has served in a wide range of CEO/executive and senior leadership roles within both K-12 schooling and higher education sectors. He is currently Director of Research and Innovation with Christian Schools Australia (CSA) and also is the Coordinator for the Cardus Education Survey Australia Project. Darren has completed extensive formal study, including doctoral studies through the University of Queensland where his PhD explored “How Principals are cultivating Sustainable School Cultures Within Christian Schools During Changing Times”. Darren’s thesis was awarded the Grassie-Basset prize for best thesis in Educational Administration from The University of Queensland and also won the Research in Educational Leadership Management Award from the Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL).

Qualify for CPD Hours

This event will attract CPD hours according to the following AITSL Professional Standards:

  • Principal Standard Practice: Developing Self & Others

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be made in writing to the Event Organiser. Unfortunately, no refunds will be issued after 30 days out from the event. Any cancellations made after this date will be charged the full registration fee. 'No Shows' to the event will be charged the full registration fee. 

The event program is subject to change and we may not be able to provide prior notice.

Please note that registration fees do not include insurance to cover loss of any fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the event or through cancellation of the event itself.

A full refund will be issued if the event is cancelled by the organiser (CSA) due to COVID-19 restrictions or any other reasons out of the organisers control.

COVID-safe Information

We are committed to the health and safety of our member community and are following government guidelines regarding the spread of COVID-19.

Contact Tracing: Please ensure you have the relevant contact tracing app for your State to check-in at the venue.

Vaccination Notice: All attendees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Government directive.

Learn more about how we are keeping you safe at CSA events.


Thursday, 03 March 2022 to
Friday, 04 March 2022
8am - 3pm AEST
$300 +GST
QT Gold Coast
7 Staghorn Ave
Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
10 CPD Hours
Members only event
RSVP by 21-February-2022