Conference 2019

Keynote 1

John Zeckendorf


John has a very long and varied resume. With his financial background he has worked as an accountant, founded his own company, works currently with the organisation Power to Change, a Christian organisation that connects people to Jesus and each other. John has been on the Board of Pathways Tasmania for the past four years where the homeless and those battling addiction are supported back to health and dignity. His work has taken him around the world and if you talk to him and ask the right question he may tell you stories of his work for a Prince and the mountains he has climbed. He may even speak of his experience as a parent of students who attend Anglican Schools. All of these achievements, although life shaping, compare little to the things he is most grateful for; his faith in the Lord Jesus and his family.

During the conference John shared how he came to faith, his mountaineering experiences, including being the first Tasmanian to reach the summit of Mt Everest, and the relationship of awe and wonder in growing faith.

Click here for the full presentation of God does what we can’t.

Keynote 2

Paula Gooder

Canon Chancellor at St Paul’s Cathedral, London

Dr Paula Gooder is a writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies. Her research areas focus on the writings of Paul the Apostle, with a particular focus on 2 Corinthians and on Paul’s understanding of the Body. Her passion is to ignite people’s enthusiasm for reading the Bible today, by presenting the best of biblical scholarship in an accessible and interesting way.

Paula spoke on Reverent Awe: Tracing Awe and Wonder Through the Biblical Tradition. Awe and wonder both when encountering God and when reflecting on the world that God made are key ideas throughout the whole Bible, and yet they are not ideas we talk about much today.  This is partially because, in the Bible, they are used alongside fear, terror, danger and mystery and we no longer like to use such words to describe God.  The presentation explored awe and wonder in the Bible and reflected on what these ideas might mean to us today. Click here for the full presentation.

Keynote 3

Rufus Black

Vice Chancellor, University of Tasmania

Rufus Black is the Vice Chancellor and President at the University of Tasmania. Previously, he was Master of Melbourne University’s Ormond College and an Enterprise Professor in the Department of Management and Marketing and a Principal Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. Rufus’ private sector experience includes nine years as a partner at McKinsey and Company, serving clients in Australia and Asia, and as a Director for national law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Rufus’ educational and social sector experience includes being the President of Museums Victoria, the Deputy Chancellor of Victoria University, the founding Chair of the Teach for Australia Board, a Director of the New York based Teach for All and a Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. He has worked extensively for government at Federal and State levels. He was a Board Member of Innovation Science Australia, conducted the Black Review into the Department of Defence and the Prime Minister’s Independent Review of the Australian Intelligence Community and was the Strategic Advisor to the Secretary of Education in Victoria. Rufus holds degrees in law, politics, economics, ethics and theology from the University of Melbourne and Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Rufus spoke to the Conference on Place-Based Education.

Keynote 4

The Reverend Dr Daniel Heischman

Executive Director, National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES), USA

A noted speaker, workshop leader, and author, Dr Heischman is an instructor in Doctor of Ministry studies at Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia. His most recent publication is the book, Good Influence: Teaching the Wisdom of Adulthood, which focuses on the role that adults—be they parents or educators—play in the development of young people.

The 2006 recipient of NAES’ John D. Verdery Award for outstanding service to Episcopal schools and the association, Dr Heischman has also served on the boards of an Association of Independent Schools, the Religious Education Association, the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, and a number of independent and Episcopal schools. He is currently President of the Board of the Council for American Private Education, an association of private school organisations of which NAES is a founding member. Dr Heischman’s extensive academic studies include a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973 before attending Jesus College, University of Cambridge where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology and a Master of Arts degree. He earned a master of sacred theology degree from Yale Divinity School in 1976 and in 1987 he was awarded a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He was also awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, in 2011 in recognition of his many years of distinguished service to Episcopal schools and universities.

Dr Heischman spoke to the Conference on his topic, Articulating What is Distinctive About Anglican Schools: A Paper on the Anglican Identity Summit and its Aftermath. He shared the outcomes of an ASA Forum held in Melbourne in May 2018 where a Forum of bishops, principals, school governors and chaplains focused on what is distinctive about Anglican schools. A paper authored by Dr Heischman is one of the key outcomes of discussions and provided a focus for this session. Click here for the full presentation.

Keynote 5

Claire Madden

Founder and Director, Social Researcher, Hello Clarity

Claire Madden is a leading voice internationally on Generation Z. As an author, social researcher, keynote speaker and media commentator, Claire is in demand internationally as an expert in interpreting social trends, demographics and implications of generational change. Claire is the author of Hello Gen Z: Engaging the Generation of Post-Millennials. Claire is highly regarded for her dynamic and engaging presentations where she translates robust, research-based content into strategic applications for educators, managers and business leaders. Claire is commissioned by some of the nation’s largest companies and leading brands to interpret the changing landscape and communicate the implications for business and society. As a media commentator, Claire is regularly interviewed on prominent television programs including The Drum, The Project, The Today Show, SkyNews, Sunrise and The Morning Show, as well as on the radio and in print media. Claire is on the board of a financial services company and is also a PhD candidate, studying the impact of Gen Z and work.

Claire presented to the Conference on The Wellbeing of Gen Z. For today’s Gen Z students (born 1995-2009), the first language they often learn to be fluent in is that of technology.  The use of smart devices and the internet is ubiquitous for Gen Zs today, and it is not only the number of devices and how frequently they interact with digital technologies, but also how technology has shaped their thinking, facilitated communication, redefined community, become core to their learning and become almost like a companion to them, which is extraordinary.  Those on the front line of working with this emerging generation, such as chaplains, educators and parents, are grappling with the impacts of this technology and societal shifts on the wellbeing of these young people. In this session, Claire provided insight into the factors influencing the wellbeing of Gen Z, and how chaplains and educators can be positioned to respond.

Keynote 6

Duncan Armstrong

Olympian, Sports Presenter and Public Speaker

Duncan approaches everything with the same zestful attitude that saw him become a household name at 20 years of age with his upset win in the 200 freestyle at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. It is this same attitude, coupled with his enthusiasm and desire to help others that enables Duncan to inspire people of all ages and professions to strive to achieve their own personal and corporate goals. Coached by the unstoppable Laurie Lawrence, Duncan’s success in the pool led him to become Young Australian of the Year and honoured with the order of Australia medal. Since retiring from international swimming Duncan has enjoyed several careers and currently works for long-term partner Telstra.

Duncan spoke to the Conference on Unlocking Your Potential.

“We are all created with enormous potential to learn, perform and achieve success. Unlocking this potential can be a lifelong pursuit. In my time as an elite athlete, corporate coach, television presenter, husband and father, I have come across all kinds of champions who have inspired me with their lifestyle choices and accomplishments. I take these lessons and present a challenge to my audiences in one particular area: Are you living to your potential?  If not, why not? I will share stories and insights about sport and life to help you assess where you’re at right now and how can you chase success. Success is an exciting process if you have the right plan and the right attitude.”

2019 Conference in Graphics

Paul Joy has provided a fabulous graphic summary of the presentations from the 2019 Conference.

Click here to view the graphics.

7x7x7 Sessions

 Some of the presentations from the 7x7x7 Session on Day 2 of the Conference have been made available.

Click on the links below for the full presentations.

Eleanor O’Donnell, Hale School WA

Ryan Holt, Caulfield Grammar School VIC

Fiona Isaccs, Kambala School NSW

Chris Mulherin, ISCAST

Alison Binet, Barker College NSW

ASA Student Celebration

Following the success of the inaugural ASA Student Celebration, launched at the 2019 Conference in Hobart, ASA looks forward to including this opportunity again at the 2020 Conference in Melbourne. The Student Celebration is aimed at including students in our annual Conference by inviting schools to select a community service or service learning project and make a two-minute student video to showcase this. One video from each State will be screened throughout the ASA Conference, and the selected school from the Conference home state, will be given a short time slot to show their video clip and speak about their service project. We look forward to showing the videos at the 2020 conference and sharing some of the great service projects undertaken at Anglican schools.

Entry forms and information will be available in early 2020.