It is a pleasure to invite you to the Anglican Schools Australia (ASA) annual conference for 2016. Set on the beautiful surrounds of the River Torrens in Adelaide, the conference venue will provide the perfect backdrop for the theme 'Rivers in the Desert'.
ASA provides a unique network for principals, chaplains, board members and staff and the Adelaide Conference will again provide us with opportunities to know how powerful and beneficial this network can be.
As Anglican schools, we educate and care for children, staff and families of all faiths and none. There is great diversity within and between our schools and we see this reflected across ASA's membership. It is this great diversity that allows us to have fruitful and powerful discussions to enable us to find our common points of connection and therefore our great strength as a network of Anglican schools.
Because of the special nature that comes from a conference that combines the spiritual leaders of our schools together in one space, our annual conferences provide a unique opportunity for the feeding of our souls along with the affirmatiion of what it means to be an Anglican school in Australia today.
Along with the regular programs for chaplains and school leaders, let me commend to you the special day for emerging leaders at the very start of the program. Providing opportunities to learn about the special nature of Anglican schools in a broader setting will be invaluable for those on our staff who are to be the leaders of our schools in the future.
I commend the work of Christopher Prance and his organising committee who have been excited and inspired by a theme that they know will provide those in attendance with food for our souls as well as practical things for us to take back into our own school settings.
I look forward to sharing with all of you at the Conference in Adelaide in August.
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to Adelaide for the Anglican Schools Australia Conference 2016. Out theme 'Rivers in the Desert' has its foundation in Isaiah 43 Verse 19.
I am about to do a new thing;
Now it springs forth,
Do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
In the driest state on one of the driest continents on earth, South Australia knows well that the desert is a place of scarcity. God's promise of rivers in the desert invites us to reflect upon our sources and resources of hope. Just as water is a resource that brings transformative life in the desert places, so hope brings transformation at many levels in our lives.
As persons involved with Anglican schools, we have the privilege and responsibility to fashion communities of hope in partnership with parents, students and staff. Our Conference theme will intertwine spirituality, leadership, education, service and environment, and we can assure you that the topics will connect under the guidance of our Conference prophet, Bishop Garry Weatherill.
The Conference begins on Thursday 11 August with the Chaplains' Day at St Paul's Retreat (The Monastery), led by Bishop Garry Weatherill. Chaplains' Day includes an opportunity to discuss the Chaplaincy Shadowing Program. All participants are invited to join for dinner at the conclusion of the day in The Monastery.
For Emerging Leaders on Thursday 11 August there will also be a unique opportunity as you can visit Anglican schools in Adelaide prior to gathering at St Peter's College for conversations about Headship in Anglican schools. This day will conclude with dinner for participants, where you will be joined by current, experienced Heads of Anglican schools.
The Conference itself commences on Friday 12 August with the Opening Ceremony at 9.00am in the Adelaide Convention Centre overlooking the River Torrens, the Adelaide Oval and our very own St Peter's Cathedral.
The Conference program and registration brochure were mailed to all members in March 2016.
Click here to download a copy of the Conference Brochure. Registration forms are available under the tab, Registration.
The ASA Management Committee is once again offering a limited number of fully sponsored Conference Registrations. Funding covers registration costs for people who have been unable to attend an ASA Conference but not associated costs for accommodation and travel. The aim is to assist school principals, deputies, chaplains, religious educators and boarding and pastoral leaders from Australian member schools attend the conference.
Click here to download an Application for Sponsorship form. The deadline for receipt of applications is Tuesday 31 May 2016.
I look forward to welcoming you to Adelaide.