Past Conferences

2019 Conference Papers:

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.

2018 Conference Papers:

Keynote 1:  Universities and Disagreeing Well
Dr Michael Spence
Vice-Chancellor and Principal
University of Sydney

We all know how to hold in respect those whose opinions we admire, or whose worldviews we share. But what does it mean to respect those with whom we are in profound dispute, those whose values and choice are antithetical to our own? In short, what does it mean to ‘disagree well’? And what is the role of the university in not merely contributing knowledge, but in promoting a higher tenor of debate in our society? 
Universities in the secular liberal tradition have a responsibility to encourage the spirit of inquiry and the freedom of thought that is our expectation and our right in Western democracies. The University community is encouraged to question respectfully, to disagree well, but also to challenge assumptions and test both themselves and the ideas that they, and others, assume to be true. It is critical that this spirit of curiosity, inquiry and debate is not stifled within an institution by the allure of adopting a collective position or view. In ‘disagreeing well’ universities, and ideally society more broadly, acquire the capacity not only to live with disagreement, but to see that well-handled debates are more likely to help us to distinguish the true from the false. We should not be afraid of asking difficult questions, or pursuing our best understanding of truth, wherever that may lead. And it is our duty to promote these values and use our knowledge for the public good.

Click here for the full presentation.

Keynote 2:  Deep Gratitude: What does it look like in Teaching, Learning and Leadership and how can it give us deep peace?

Dr Kerry Howells

Senior Lecturer, Education College of Arts, Law and Education

University of Tasmania

This presentation will postulate the need for deep gratitude in the context of education, going beyond the therapeutic or a notion of wellbeing to a more powerfully transformative sense of this giant of a term. It will discuss some case studies of challenges posed about the relevance of gratitude to difficulties faced in schools. We will explore practical strategies that can be applied to complex challenges such as being time-poor or facing the negativity or cynicism of others. We will also investigate the educational imperative of a focus on gratitude and how some of the outcomes reported in the case studies offer hope for deep peace for students, teachers and leaders.

Keynote 3:  Understanding The Social Determinants of Education Success for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students In Australian Boarding Schools

Dr Marnie O’Bryan

Honorary Research Fellow

University of Melbourne

The role of boarding schools in helping to overcome education disadvantage for First Australian young people has received increasing attention, and funding, from government, the media, and private sector investors in recent years. Notwithstanding this trend, there has been little independent research into the factors that underpin education engagement and success for First Australian students in predominantly non- Indigenous schools. Educators are not well placed to understand how Indigenous students experience ‘mainstream’ boarding school and what impact their experience has on later life outcomes for them, their families and communities. 

This presentation emerges from Dr O’Bryan’s PhD study into the lived experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Australian boarding schools. It will consider the social and cultural conditions which young people and their parents identified as respectively enabling or constraining their education endeavours, and the implications of these for Australian schools.

Click here for the full presentation.

Keynote 4:  Is Christianity A Force For Peace In The World?

Mr John Dickson

Founding Director

Centre for Christianity

There is a fast-growing belief in Western society that the world would be better off without religion – including Christianity. The church is increasingly regarded as a burden, a spoiler, and even a poisonous influence on society. John will analyse the “mixed bag” of Christian history and practice, realistically evaluating both its dark side – such as the Crusades and the Inquisitions – but also its beautiful side, such as its contributions to human rights, the origins of charity, and the beginnings of education, universities and hospitals. Listeners will see that when the church does terrible things, it is departing from its master, Christ. But when it is doing beautiful things, it is doing exactly what Jesus said to do.

Keynote 5:  Forming Students Who Can Love And Disagree

Ms Natasha Moore

Research Fellow

Centre for Public Christianity

Tolerance is a core concern for millennials. Yet student culture around the world, in tandem with its passion for justice and equality, displays a growing intolerance of disagreement. What responsibility do educators have to convey to students the beauty an importance of freedom of speech? What resources does Christian faith bring to bear on the problem of disagreeing well? And how can we cultivate habits of peace and loving disagreement in others if we’re stuck in our own echo chambers?

2017 Conference Papers:

Keynote 1: – Joy in Leadership

A Peacekeeper’s Perspective on Joy in Leadership

Matina Jewell, Global Keynote Speaker, Author and Thought Leader 

Keynote 2: – Joy in Prayer

How Prayer Spaces in Schools are helping students to connect with God

Phil Togwell, Director, Prayer Spaces in Schools, a Minister of 24-7, UK

Keynote 2: – Joy in Prayer

How Prayer Spaces in Schools are helping students to connect with God

Phil Togwell, Director, Prayer Spaces in Schools, a Minister of 24-7, UK

Keynote 3: – Joy in Story

A Journey to Saga Iceland

Associate Professor Kari Gislason, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology

Keynote 4: – Joy in Data

Measuring the Learning We Value

Maddie Scott-Jones, Director of Communities, Education Changemakers

Keynote 5: – Joy in Service

Joy the Most Infallible Sign of the Presence of God

Br Damien Price, Coordinator Developing Nationa, Oceania Province of the Christian Brothers.