Fellow Anglican educators, Chaplains, Chairs and Governors and friends of Anglican schools, I am delighted to invite you to the next Anglican Schools Australia (ASA) conference, to be held in Perth in August 2014, entitled Mining the Soul.
In what is a very relevant and apt theme for a conference located in the mining capital of Australia, we hope that you will journey across the Nullarbor, or join your West Australian colleagues, to take part in a conference that will explore ways in which we can help our students mine their souls.
Conference Chair, President Elect of ASA and Headmaster of Christ Church Grammar School, Garth Wynne, along with his talented and energetic Organising Committee, has assembled an exciting and stimulating array of speakers and activities. Based at the beautiful Pan Pacific Hotel, surrounded by stunning vistas of the Swan River, the conference will look to ‘dig’ into practices and processes that will encourage staff and students of Anglican Schools to develop faith and enhance their commitment to God.
The conference is the highlight of the ASA calendar each year, providing an opportunity for delegates to meet in fellowship as we celebrate both the unity and diversity of our 160 Anglican schools. The Perth conference will deviate slightly from the usual program, finishing on the Saturday night with the Conference dinner, thus allowing delegates an opportunity to take in the sights or alternatively travel home on the Sunday.
The ASA Conference is for all people in Anglican Schools. In 2014 we hope to welcome Principals, Chaplains, senior academic or pastoral members of staff and classroom teachers as well as entice larger numbers of School Governors and senior Clergy to the conference.
While it is always great to rekindle friendships with regular participants of the conference, I hope a number of first time attendees will be attracted to Perth and the outstanding program that the Organising Committee has developed. I look forward to seeing you in Perth in August 2014.
President ASA and Principal, Radford College
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to Perth for the Anglican Schools Australia conference for 2014. There is no doubt that this is a great state to visit and enjoy, no matter what time of the year. Although August can at times be a little chilly, this only serves to make the blue sky more vibrant – a signature element of the west coast experience.
There is no more important a task for our Anglican schools than to help students come to know their souls. The journey of life (given its complexity and uncertainty) demands of every individual a reliance on their core - the soul that is the foundation of their inner being. In the same way that we can unearth our most fundamental physical elements in the land, we also find our own strength, integrity and certainty in our souls. This conference will dig into the practices and processes that operate within our schools and the wider community that gives substance to these fundamental truths. To mine the soul is to find the essence of what it is to be human and this is the core of what will be shared amongst us all at Mining the Soul.
Conference Chair and Headmaster, Christ Church Grammar School
The Most Reverend Roger Herft AM
Archbishop of Perth and Metropolitan of the Province of Western Australia
Archbishop Roger Herft was born and educated in Sri Lanka. He was Bishop of Waikato from 1986, the youngest Bishop in the Anglican Communion at the time; served as Bishop of Newcastle from 1992-2005 and as Archbishop of Perth and Metropolitan of Western Australia since June 2005.
Roger Herft’s episcopate is known for his commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous people, his stance against racism and government policy on the Iraq war and refugees, and interfaith relations. He is deeply committed to the inclusion of women at every level of Church life.
On Australia Day 2013 Archbishop Roger was made a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to the Anglican Church of Australia through leadership roles in ecumenical and interfaith relations and advocacy for social justice.