Assistant Principals/Deputy Principals Conference

Nov 30, 2015

In August the Assistant Principals and Deputy Principals from the Good Samaritan Education colleges met for our annual conference. This year the host colleges of Rosebank and St Scholastica’s brought us to Coogee in Sydney, to consider issues of leadership.

Partnering this focus on leadership was the Good Samaritan value of stability, which was explored with the guidance of Sr Meg Kahler and Monica Dutton. During the conference we worked with Estelle Lewis from Australian Independent Schools NSW to develop a strong working knowledge of the Professional Teaching Standards, and with Moira Najdecki and Brad Cooney on the impact of the standards on our work in our GSE schools. This was particularly timely work that allowed us to return to our Colleges with greater confidence in contributing to the discussions and important structural work needed around Professional Standards.

We were delighted to include Sr Catherine Slattery as a conference participant, and it was lovely to have both Kate Rayment from St Scholastica’s College and Tom Galea from Rosebank as guests at our conference dinner.

During the evening we celebrated Mary Ryland’s contribution to this community, acknowledging her foundation work and ongoing commitment to the Deputy and Assistant Principals of GSE Colleges, to her College of Stella Maris in Manly, and to the education of young people in NSW. It was a special part of the conference to share memories and stories of work with Mary, and it was clear that her legacy of commitment and passion for this group will continue to inspire our work.

St Schols

St Scholastica’s College

Rosebank

Rosebank College

On our final day we were blessed with the opportunity to visit both Rosebank and St Scholastica’s College. At Rosebank we joined in the college celebration of the Social Justice mass, and toured the wonderful development of the site. Having then travelled to St Scholastica’s College we shared our own experiences and projects from our colleges in the areas of Mission, pastoral work and curriculum work and shared a lovely final meal together in the Boarding School. This day presented important time to cement connections specific to our daily efforts.

Ultimately, the value in coming together as a group, stepping outside the walls of our offices, our colleges and having the time to share and listen and learn from each other was a powerful opportunity.

Jenny Petschler
Assistant Principal, Pastoral – St Scholastica’s College