Symposium explores Catholic school leadership

Participants in the the Morley Review Leadership Symposium (ACU)

Developing the future leadership of Catholic schools and celebrating 200 years of the Catholic school sector in Australia were the focus of a major event held in Sydney recently. Source: Australian Catholic University.

The Morley Review Leadership Symposium was named in memory of the school principal of Australia’s first formal Catholic school.

Led by Australian Catholic University’s La Salle Academy, the event celebrated the achievements of Catholic education and explored the future of school leadership throughout the nation.

Vice-Chancellor and President at ACU Professor Zlatko Skrbis attended, saying, “ACU and Catholic education authorities have a long history of working together to support and enhance Catholic schools.”

“Our desire is to continue to strengthen our cooperative efforts to ensure strong and effective leadership into the future.”

Attendees developed workable strategies to ensure a supply of faith and mission-based Catholic education leaders for the future.

Dean of ACU’s La Salle Academy Professor Br David Hall FMS added: “The large number of participants was testament to the interest in the future of leadership in Catholic education and the day proved to be highly beneficial for everyone in attendance.

The symposium was attended by diocesan directors of education, as well as directors of education from religious institutes and public juridic persons.

A discussion paper helped guide decision-making and a final recommendations report will be published.

PHOTO: (L-R) Christina Trimble, executive director of schools, Catholic Education Bathurst; Professor Br David Hall, dean, ACU’s La Salle Academy; Dr Sally Downs, director, Catholic Schools Lismore; Chris Smyth, director of schools, Catholic Education Office Armidale; and Pam Betts, executive director, Brisbane Catholic Education Office.

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