QLD Principals & Leaders Retreat

QLD Principals & Leaders Retreat

Jehovah Rohi  |  A journey through Psalm 23

Our 2023 Principal & Leaders Retreat will be a great time of fellowship and personal growth. Take advantage of early bird pricing and plan to bring one or more from your team.

We encourage all CSA QLD Principals to attend this retreat to network, learn from each other, fellowship and grow personally in your Christian walk and leadership. We also encourage each Principal to bring at least one of their Executive team with them. This year, we will be focusing on leadership and Christian formation, hearing from 3 speakers as we journey through the 23rd Psalm.

Event Information

This event is ideally suited to Principals, Deputy Principals, Heads of School and College Executive Teams.

The program will begin at 9am on Thursday, March 9, and the retreat will formally conclude on the Friday after lunch. We do have the conference room available to us until 5pm on the Friday for those who would like to ‘chill’, fellowship or make later travel arrangements.

We are offering special early bird pricing for this event to encourage you to book early. Registration includes conference costs, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on both days and dinner on the Thursday. Pricing is indicated below and does not include accommodation:

  • Early bird (until 31 Dec): $390 incl. GST
  • General registration (from 1 Jan): $430 incl. GST

Registrations close on Friday, 24 February. Please note that accommodation availability will decrease as the time gets closer to the event, so taking advantage of the early bird registration is encouraged. To book your accommodation, please see the 'accommodation' section, below.

Program Outline

A broad outline of our program is outlined below. Over the two days, we will spend five sessions with our guest speakers journeying through Psalm 23.


  • Session 1: Michael Hands – Psalm 23 1-2
  • Session 2: Mark Ryan – Psalm 23: 3
  • Session 3: Robbie Hair – Psalm 23: 4


  • Session 4: Mark Ryan – Psalm 23: 5
  • Session 5: Robbie Hair – Psalm 23:6
  • Session 6: Reflection and 2023 Planning 


Please note that accommodation is not included in the registration price. You will need to arrange this yourself. We have secured a special accommodation rate, if you wish to stay at the SeaWorld Resort. There are, however, numerous accommodation choices within a short drive of the SeaWorld Resort.

To book your accommodation, please use code, SWR15OFF, via the SeaWorld Resort website to book accommodation and/or other packages. Instructions for booking your accommodation are outlined below:

  • head to SeaWorld Resort website
  • enter your dates to stay and click “check availability”
  • you will see a “promotional code” box. Enter the code, above, into this box and click “check availability.
  • your accommodation options will then be displayed for you to select.

Please note that accommodation availability will decrease as time gets closer to the event, so taking advantage of the early bird registration is encouraged.


Pastor Michael Hands

Michael is a disciple, husband, father, leader, passionate nerd and the Lead Minister of Newlife Family of Churches. Michael is passionate about Jesus and being a part of renewal in and through the Uniting Church through dependency on the gospel of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. Michael's first degree was a dual degree in Arts and Education majoring in History and Religion through the University of Queensland. He went on to teach at All Saints Anglican School before stepping into ministry at Newlife. Married to Sarah, they share the delight of parenting Archer (2), Banner (1) and a loveable boxer named Maximus.

Robbie Hair

Robyn began her working life as an intensive care nurse and midwife, however was able to fulfil her long term dream of becoming an educator when her three sons were all at school. Beginning in Darwin, her teaching and learning journey has included a variety of contexts - primary years, secondary, remote indigenous and even an adventure with senior legal studies! She has a passion for and love of building team culture with a strong commitment to connecting the picture of faith stories and effective pedagogy. Currently working as the Deputy Principal: Teaching, Learning and Culture at Calvary Christian College in Townsville, Robyn loves her job, her team and her God. Becoming a Christian in her late teens she has journeyed a number of storms in life, including losing both her parents, but knows that God is her rock and shelter. Using her faith to bring life to curriculum and pedagogy is her daily challenge and delight. Robyn and her husband Murray are active members of their local Baptist church serving in a number of roles including women’s ministry, eldership and making coffee in the café!

Mark Ryan

Mark Ryan has been part of the CSA team since 2019 in the role of Executive Officer, SA. Mark has previous experience in leadership roles at Temple Christian College and has degrees in both education and theology. He has also held pastoral roles in a number of churches. Mark serves as a Director on the Board of Compass and with such an excellent grasp of biblical literacy, worldview and its application to culture, learning and vocation, is well-placed to lead CSA's national portfolio of, Christian Formation.

Qualify for CPD Hours

A certificate of Professional Learning will be issued following the event and accessible via your member dashboard. The event will address the following AITSL leadership standard:

»  Developing Self & Others

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be made in writing to the Event Organiser. 

No refunds will be issued after 14 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.

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Thursday, 09 March 2023 to
Friday, 10 March 2023
Early Bird: $390
SeaWorld Resort
Seaworld Drive
Main Beach 4217
7.5 CPD Hours
Members only event

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