Mastering Applications and Acing Interviews

Mastering Applications and Acing Interviews

Join us for our second FLAME gathering for 2023 where we will look at: 

Creating successful job applications and improving interview performance
  • Hear stories of practical strategies other women have successfully used
  • Learn how to apply when you don't meet ALL of the criteria, and 
  • Consider ways to promote yourself when that isn't your natural inclination

If you haven’t accessed CSA’s amazing suite of leadership development materials, then jump onto the CSA website and find the CSA Leadership HubAccess to the CSA Leadership suite is available to all staff in CSA member schools – ask your school administrator for your login details.

The FLAME network meets nationally on Zoom and locally at a State level to continue to inspire, support and challenge Christian women in leadership in Christian education. We are blessed to have so many talented and competent female leaders in Christian education, but we are still only tapping the surface of this potential. The purpose of FLAME is to inspire and encourage women to understand that students and teachers need them to step up by realising their strengths and capacities and responding to the call. 

Event Information

This event will be held online using Zoom technology.

A recording of the event will be provided, together with other applicable resources, following the event.


Fiona Hutton

Fiona is an experienced executive search professional and keynote speaker with extensive leadership networks and deep insight into the current and future landscape of education. She is actively involved in developing leadership capacity specifically at middle, senior and executive levels through bespoke PD programs, individual career conversations, 360degree reviews and constructive feedback from search processes. Fiona is passionate about encouraging and building the confidence in women to be able to step up into senior leadership roles. As CEO of Hutton Consulting Australia, Fiona is proud to be partnering with a range of independent, Catholic and Government organisations, celebrating well over 300 successful leadership appointments in the Education sector throughout Australia. In 2021, Fiona was recognised by the Australian Business Journal as one of the top 20 influential educational leaders in Australia to watch.

Dr Graeme Cross

Graeme currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Swan Cristian Education Association (SCEA), which is a network of seven schools located in the Perth metropolitan area. Immediately prior to taking up this role, he served as the Academic Dean at Vose Seminary and Executive Officer (WA) with Christian Schools Australia. He has also worked as a leadership consultant, lecturer/tutor with Edith Cowan University (ECU) and Morling College, and has served as a senior school leader in both public and non-government schools, including 13 years as a principal. Graeme has an active interest in research. His PhD studies explored the social and civic implications of religious schooling in an Australian context and received the 2014 ECU Research Award.

Your Host: Jill Healey

Jill Healey is a passionate contributor to leadership development at Christian Schools Australia, serving as the FLAME and Fuse Facilitator. Jill currently serves on two Christian school boards, is a Board member for Endeavour Ministries, as well as an active member of the Victorian Independent Schools BGA Board. Jill is a champion of Christian women in leadership and specialist education provision in Christian schools. She believes in the power of God to transform lives and bring hope to young people through Christian education.

Co Host: Jess Kapitola

Jess Kapitola has a long history of working with varied organisations that strive to protect the vulnerable and highlight education. She is a dedicated organiser and her passion is for building and strengthening relationships and promoting sustainability in all things. As well as running her own business, with her background in Psychology, Social Work, events and communications she now works for CSA in Western Australia, serving the member schools there, managing CSA's social media and supporting the FLAME program.

Qualify for CPD Hours

This event attracts CPD hours according to the following AITSL professional teacher and leadership standards:

6.1 - Identify and plan professional learning needs
6.3 - Engage with colleagues and improve leadership practice

Christian Distinctive focus Area 6A - Engage in professional learning which aids the development of a philosophy of Christian Education based in Biblical Principals.

7.4 - Engage with professional leadership networks and broader communities
» Leading teaching and learning
» Developing self and others 
» Engaging and working with leadership teams and the community

Christian Distinctive focus area 7A - Knowledge about and engagement with the school, its Christian ethos and vision
Christian Distinctive focus area 7B - Contributes to the development of distinctive Christian Practice in the school, profession and wider community

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel your registration at any time by editing the registration on your dashboard. Please note, no refunds will be issued after 3 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 without prior notice.


Last year, the national online FLAME program introduced and unpacked the CSA Leadership Framework.  In 2023 we will continue to use the CSA Leadership Rubric to challenge and inspire women to become the best leaders they can be in the positions they currently have; to prepare for opportunities God may be leading them to in the future. 

The challenge is to serve well where you are now!

Not everyone aspires to be the Principal, but Christian schools will thrive with more women in executive leadership positions, on school Boards and on Selection Committees.

In Term 4, 2022, several stories of highly competent women who applied unsuccessfully for Principal positions in quite a few CSA Christian schools were heard. In each case, these women were ‘runners up’ and a male was appointed to the position. Did the school miss out on a highly competent, emotionally intelligent, inspirational, visionary, committed and strategic leader?

To all Board members, CEO’s and Selection Committees - Are you missing out on great leadership talent because of narrow expectations of what makes a great Principal?  The mental load of Female leaders in education may be higher than that of a male and there will be times when family and other responsibilities take priority, but if you make an appointment based on perceived expectations, then the students, staff and school community may be missing the best opportunity to thrive.

The role of a school principal as it has evolved is becoming unsustainable for anyone.  How can Christian schools be creative and bring about organisational changes that benefit the whole school community – Co-Principalship?  Now there’s a novel idea!

Let’s not just talk about more female leaders in education, let’s take practical steps to overcome this imbalance for the benefit of our schools and communities.

“Flame is more than networking and building relationships, it’s about developing capacity of female leaders and aspiring female leaders to lead with confidence and humility to be all that God has created them to be.” – Jill Healey, National FLAME Network Facilitator, Christian Schools Australia.


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Thursday, 11 May 2023
1:30pm - 3:00pm AEST
$24 Members | $34 Non-Members +GST
via Zoom
1.5 CPD hours
Public event

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