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ASA Forum

More than 50 representatives from ASA Schools and the Anglican Church gathered in Melbourne this month to attend a forum on Anglican Identity in our schools. The forum examined the question, 'What is an Anglican school?' under the guidance of facilitator, The Reverend Dr Daniel Heischman, Executive Director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools (USA). Representatives included Archbishops, Bishops, School Principals, Chairs of School Councils and School Chaplains.


The forum focussed on six principal components of Anglican identity in schools: faith, reason, ritual and worship, service, diversity, and character. The culmination of the discussion and feedback will be recorded in a paper produced by Dr Heischman and will serve to enhance the promotion of the unique value of Anglican schools.



School Appointments



Mrs Raquel Charet, Georges River Grammar, NSW

Mrs Neesha Flint, Geraldton Grammar School, WA

Mrs Terrie Jones, St Michael's Grammar School, Vic

Mr Ashleigh Martin, Caulfield Grammar School, Vic

Mr Darren McPartland, St Peter's Anglican College, Broulee, NSW

Mr Gary Racey, St George's Anglican Grammar School, WA

Mr David Smith, Calrossy Anglican College, NSW

Mrs Carmel Spry, Moama Anglican Grammar, NSW



Mr David Adams, Hillbrook Anglican School, Qld

Mrs Cathy Carden, Cathedral College Wangaratta, Vic

The Reverend Jonathan Cornish, St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls, WA

The Reverend Julie Craig-Leaves, West Moreton Anglican College, Qld

The Reverend Helen Dwyer, Overnewton Anglican Community College, Vic

Mr Andrew Dane, Nowra Anglican College, NSW

The Reverend James Hale, Beaconhills College, Vic

The Reverend Gary McClellan, St Andrew's Anglican College, Qld

The Reverend Steve Terrell, Beaconhills College, Vic

The Reverend Gareth Tyndall, The Riverina Anglican College, NSW

The Reverend Erika Williams, The Springfield Anglican College, Qld





Mr Trevor Barman, Blue Mountains Grammar School, NSW

Mrs Robyn Bell, Cannon Hill Anglican College, Qld (effective December 2018)

Mr Simon Gipson, St Michael's Grammar School, Vic

Mrs Leisa Harper, Fraser Coast Anglican College, Qld

The Reverend Andrew Syme, Caulfield Grammar School, Vic



The Reverend Jonathan Cornish, Canterbury College, Qld,

Mr Andrew Dane, Blue Mountains Grammar School, NSW


The 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours


The Right Reverend Kay Goldsworthy

The Right Reverend Kay Goldsworthy was appointed an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to religion through the Anglican Church of Australia, as a pioneer and role model for women, to church administration, and to pastoral care and equality. Kay is a former school chaplain at Perth College from 1988-1995.

The Officer of the Order of Australia is awarded for distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or humanity at large.


Mrs Karen Spiller

Mrs Spiller was awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division for service to women, and to education. Mrs Spiller is the Principal of St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School and the current Chair of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia.


Ms Elizabeth Carr

Elizabeth Carr was appointed a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Ausatralia for significant service to the community through voluntary contributions to the health, aged care, education and social services sectors. Ms Carr is the current Chair of the Board of Governors at St Mary's Anglican Girls School and has been a Director of the Board since 2011. She is also a previous Director of the Board of Governors for Kambala School.


Mrs Adele Hyland

Adele Hyland was appointed a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to the performing arts as a choreographer and dance educator, and to developing dance as a sport. Mrs Hyland was a secondary school teacher at Tara Anglican School from 2000 to 2008.


Articles and Presentations

Here's how Australia's schools are funded — and we promise not to mention Gonski

Catherine Hanrahan, ABC, 30 May 2017

School funding has been a hot topic since the Federal Government announced plans to change how much money it gives to schools around the country. But do you understand how our schools get their money? Here are some jargon-free facts to clarify how it works. (And seriously, we promise we won't mention Gonski.)


Prestigious Fulbright scholarship awarded to former Mackay student Marryum Kahloon

Sophie Meixner, ABC Tropical North, 7 March 2017


'Don't treat us as an easy target': private schools issue warning over funding

Matthew Knott, The Age, 27 September 2016


'Bogeyman' of school funding

Jared Owens, The Australian, 28 September 2016


Teachers Top The Class

Teachers voted top of the class in the Ethics Index published by the Governance Institute of Australia on Wednesday 20 July.

More than 1000 people participated in the survey. The survey found that on the whole Australians think our society is 'somewhat

ethical'. Sectors providing social services such as education, health and charities had positive ethical ratings whereas banking and

finance, politicians, the 'corporate sector', the media and real estse agents scored poorly.


Ethics survey: Banking, media and big business on the nose, The Age, 20 July 2016


New teaching model gets better results from students

The Guardian (Australian Edition), July 11, 2016

Two high-achieving educators are transforming the way maths is taught in schools with a revolutionary online learning module that

matches lessons with pupil understanding at every stage. For Justin Matthys and Richard Wilson Maths Pathway is just the beginning.

They aim to use their idea in other subjects as well.


Love in the age of Snapchat

Rick Morton, Social Affairs Editor, The Weekend Australian, The Inquirer, February 27-28, 2016, page 19.


Opening Keynote Address, Times Higher Education (THE) World Academic Summit, The University of Melbourne

Senator The Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training


Click here to read Senator Birmingham's address.


New standards raise the bar on university experience

Senator The Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training

Media Release, 13 October 2015

Click here to read Senator Birmingham's media release.


Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association Conference, Dr Ann Shorten Memorial Address

The Hon Kate Ellis MP, Shadow Minister for Education; Shadow Minister for Early Childhood; Member for Adelaide

Tuesday 29 September 2015

Click here to read Kate Ellis's address.


School refunds fees over abuse

Hedley Thomas, National Chief Correspondent



The Leader of the Opposition links penalty rates with private schooling

Tony Wright