NSW/ACT State Conference

NSW/ACT State Conference

Welcome to the 2022 NSW/ACT State Conference event page. This year will provide an opportunity for all school staff to collaborate, learn and network.

Group registration only, please contact your school administrator

2022 Overall Event Theme

The theme for this year’s conference is leadership but this is not, crucially, a traditional event for leaders as defined by title or role. Why? Well, leadership itself is a relationship and as Walter C. Wright reminds us, ‘a relationship in which one person seeks to influence the thoughts, behaviours, beliefs or values of another person’. In schools, like so many other service sector organisations, we are all leaders – whatever our job. We rarely lead things, or particularities, but rather we enter into a vital relationship with people, who guide and shape various aspects of organisational culture and life. (Learn more about this year's theme by watching the 4-minute trailer, below)

So this is a conference for all staff. Thematically stranded, we will explore the leadership of:

  • pedagogy - understanding and improving the interaction between practitioner and student and their relationship to the concrete learning space
  • the pastoral - the development of the whole child across their entire school experience
  • people and culture - how a school best enables and empowers its staff to connect, collaborate and flourish
  • place - the architecture and aesthetics of the built environment – from grounds and maintenance to design and project management

We will unpack and explore the elements that contribute to organisational and classroom culture. That culture should be managed by design, rather than by default.

So whether you are a classroom practitioner, chaplain, facilities manager or school support staff – we have something in this program for you. 


Event Information: What's on offer?

The The NSW/ACT State Conference will be held across three venues this year and will be an opportunity for all our school staff across the state to gather for celebration, collaboration, learning, and networking. The focus in 2022 will be leadership and will cater for different aspects of school life and practice.

Available Conference Venues

  • Greater Sydney Venue, Penrith Christian School (1 Simeon Rd, Orchard Hills) Tuesday 19th July
  • THACCCSA Venue, MidCoast Christian College (423 Kolodong Rd, Taree) Tuesday 19 July
  • Northern Venue, Nambucca Valley Christian Community School (35 Centenary Parade, Nambucca Heads) Monday 18 July

There will be a choice of stream at each venue that will focus on different aspects of school life and practice:

  • the leadership of pedagogy
  • the leadership of the pastoral life of the school (specifically focussed on the wellbeing of young people and the adults who care for them), and
  • the leadership of people and culture
  • the leadership of place

After lunch there will also be an opportunity to break out into Communities of Practice for further discussion and networking. Information on this will be provided at the event.

Event Information: Where do I fit?

We have targeted the content at the following groups (see below). Please note this not meant to be prescriptive but indicative. For example, you might well work in the area of school compliance or strategic HR but have a burning passion for building and construction management. Just because you are a teacher, you don’t have to attend the pedagogy strand – we just assume most will. Likewise, you might work amongst the grounds’ team but really want to explore the area of people and culture. That choice is down to you. This outline, below, is meant to help that process:


This stream is ideally suited to those in the following areas:

  • Teaching staff, curriculum support staff
  • Faculty leaders/subject coordinators
  • Heads of Teaching and Learning


This stream is ideally suited to those in the following areas:

  • Chaplains
  • Wellbeing coordinators
  • Learning diversity coordinators (special needs specialists)


This stream is ideally suited to those in the following areas:

  • Business Managers
  • Administration staff
  • Facilities Managers
  • Maintenance and grounds' personnel


This stream is ideally suited to those in the following areas:

  • Principals and Deputy Principals
  • HR Managers
  • Community Managers
  • Administration Staff
  • Board members
  • Business Managers

Still not sure where you fit? We recommend speaking with your Principal or Head of Department. We would love to find a stream that's just right for you!

More information about what is on offer at each stream can be viewed in the "Event Detail" sections, below.

Event Detail: Pedagogy Stream

The Pedagogy (Teaching and Learning) stream will focus on classroom delivery and ideally be suited to curriculum leaders, teachers, heads of department and educational assistants. Check out the overview video below for more information on this stream.

Event Detail: Pastoral Stream

The Pastoral stream will focus on student and adult wellbeing and would be ideally suited to school leaders, student wellbeing staff, student services staff, chaplains and staff wellbeing personnel. Check out the overview video below for more information on this stream.

Event Detail: People Stream

The People and Culture stream will focus on those involved in a schools’ human resources, finance and administration and would be ideally suited to school leaders, administrative staff, finance staff, front office staff and other school support personnel. For more information about the People Stream, check out this quick overview video:

Event Detail: Place Stream

The Place stream will have a focus on school and classroom design, architecture and facilities and would be ideally suited to school leaders, business managers, facilities staff, grounds and gardening staff and other school support personnel. For more information about the Place Stream, check out this quick overview video:

How to Register

Registration for this event will be done via a group registration process through your school administrator. You will be placed in one of the most suitable streams, below, by your school administrator and based upon your current role. Please ensure you contact your school administrator if you would like to be placed in a specific stream. Once your school has registered, individual staff will be sent a 'complete your registration' email from our CSA events team a little closer to the event.

Available streams for NSW/ACT State Conference at each venue:

  1. Pedagogy Stream
  2. Place Stream
  3. Pastoral Stream
  4. People and Culture Stream

For more information on which stream is relevant to you, see "Event Detail" sections, above.


Opening Keynote Speaker: Danielle Strickland

Danielle Strickland is currently based in Toronto, Canada. Her aggressive compassion has served people firsthand in countries all over the world. From establishing Justice Departments for The Salvation Army to launching Global anti-trafficking initiatives, to creating new movements to mobilize people towards transformational living. Danielle trains, advocates, and inspires people to live differently. Danielle is the author of 5 books with her most recent being "The Ultimate Exodus: Finding Freedom From What Enslaves You" and "The Zombie Gospel: The Walking Dead and What it means to be Human." She is host of DJStrickland Podcast, Co-founder of Infinitum, Amplify Peace and Brave Global. Danielle is a mom of 3, wife to @stephencourt and has been affectionately called the "ambassador of fun".

Pedagogy Stream Keynote Speaker: Mary Myatt

Mary is an education adviser, writer and speaker. She trained as an RE teacher and is a former government school adviser and school inspector. Drawing on her work with students, teachers and leaders she writes and speaks about learning, leadership and the curriculum. She has worked in small schools, for large trusts, national and international organisations. Her education philosophy is underpinned by several principles: that all children deserve rich demanding work, that high quality talk underpins learning, that human beings are curious and that they find deep work very satisfying. Mary has written extensively about leadership, school improvement and the curriculum: ‘High Challenge, Low Threat’, ‘Hopeful Schools’ and ‘The Curriculum: Gallimaufry to Coherence’ , ‘Back on Track’, Huh: Curriculum Conversations between subject and senior leaders and Primary Huh. She has also established Myatt & Co an online platform with films for teacher, including teaching assistants and leaders including governors. Mary has been on the board of three schools, and a trustee for a Multi Academy Trust. She cofounded the RE Quality Mark, is chair of the board for the Centre for Education and Youth and a member of the curriculum advisory group for Oak National Academy. Find Mary on Twitter: @MaryMyatt

Pastoral Stream Keynote 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.

Pastoral Stream Keynote Speaker: Amanda Viviers

Amanda Viviers can often be found with a pen in her hand, food spilt down her blouse and a fresh story in her heart. Author, Speaker and Radio Presenter, Amanda has published ten books and can be found in her beach shack writing her next three. She is the Narrative Lead at Compassion Australia. The co-founder of Kinwomen, a radio program designed to help women thrive. The co-founder of Change Your Story events which creates retreats that help people rewrite their story. Wife of Charl and mum of Maximus and Liberty, she lives a creative life, longing to see people live inspired.

People Stream Keynote Speaker: Daniel Flynn

Determined and resourceful, Daniel Flynn is the co-founder and managing director of one of Australia’s most successful startups, Thankyou. He co-founded Thankyou at the age of 19, and today 12 years later, Thankyou’s products are stocked by major retailers in Australia, with every product contributing to helping end global poverty. To date, Thankyou has raised over $17 million to impact the lives of people across 22 countries. Daniel is also the author of best-selling book Chapter One, a story that generated $1.4 million in sales in its first month using an unorthodox ‘pay-what-you-want’ model. He is known for his disruptive marketing and has received widespread media coverage for some truly unconventional and highly successful campaigns that led to Thankyou products being stocked by some of Australia’s biggest retailers. Daniel’s achievements as an entrepreneur have also been widely celebrated. In 2014, he was named an honoree in JCI’s Ten Outstanding Young People of the World, and in 2015 Daniel won EY Entrepreneur of the Year (for the Southern Region). In 2016 Daniel was named in the Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 for Social Entrepreneurship. Daniel is known for his ability to tell stories to engage and motivate audiences to realise that they too can make their own ideas a reality.

Place Stream Keynote Speaker: Sam Haberle

Sam is an architect with over 14 years experience in tourism, hospitality, educational, health, residential, and development projects, covering all aspects of design, documentation and construction of such projects. His experience includes working with local and state government, consultancy and the private development sector. He has worked on a large range of projects from small renovations, through to $10M educational facilities and $100M tourism projects, and more recently the tallest building in Tasmania – the Collins Street Hotel. Sam has significant experience in delivering strategic outcomes with particular attention to urban form, site design, master planning, precinct planning and development feasibility. Notable Clients include: Fragrance Group, Tasmanian Catholic Education Office, 431 Hobart Pty Ltd, La Vie Collective, Forico, Change Overnight, Our Cradle, Tal GP.

Place Stream Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Buist

With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Jono is the most experienced member of the S. Group architectural team. Across numerous projects he regularly undertakes the role of Lead Architect and Construction Manager. Throughout his career he has worked on a broad range of building typologies including tourism, residential, educational, institutional, medical and high rise buildings. These projects are for both government and private equity clients, giving him experience with the specifics of these contracts and ability to carefully contextualise a wide range of views and perspectives. He has a keen interest in the master planning and design of educational facilities and has helped guide S Group to be one of the state's leading change agents in school design. Notable Clients include: Services Australia, Tasmanian Catholic Education Office, Tourism Tasmania, Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, The Public Trustee, Fragrance Group, Launceston Christian School.

Qualify for CPD Hours

This event will attract CPD hours and a certificate of professional learning will be available, on your dashboard following the event, for self-accreditation purposes. The following AITSL professional teacher and leadership standards will be addressed:

» 6.1 - Identify and plan professional learning needs
» 6.3 - Engage with colleagues and improve practice
» 7.4 - Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities

Leadership Standards:
» Leading teaching and learning
» Developing self and others
» Engaging and working with the community

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be made in writing to the Event Organiser. Where registration is charged for an event, no refunds will be issued after 7 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.

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.




Monday, 18 July 2022 to
Tuesday, 19 July 2022
9am - 3pm
$80 +GST per person
Various Venues
5 CPD Hours
Members only event

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