Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, NSW
Paul is the Head of Learning Innovations with Catholic Education Office Parramatta. He is an Australian educator with an enthusiasm for learning innovation and a passion for designing new schools and redesigning existing schools into learning spaces that are responsive to the pedagogical requirements of today’s 21st century learners.
In his role, Paul is responsible for thinking and articulating what learning looks like by today’s standards. Specifically, he works to embed the underlying principles that drive the learning agenda into the design of curriculums, pedagogies, physical architectures and enterprise ICT networks and learning technologies. In essence, re-conceptualising the outdated, industrial schooling model to meet the requirements of today’s learner in a globally, connected society.
Paul is fluent across the whole spectrum and brings to his role a background in P-12 education, having worked as a teacher, school leader and and systems leader for near 30 years, to support schools in their transformation journey.
Jayne Harrison is Principal and Founder of JDH Architects, a Sydney based architectural firm, synonymous with the creation of innovative contemporary learning environments.
With over two decades of experience and 150+ projects educational projects under her belt, Jayne is renowned as one of Australia leading authorities on Educational Planning and Design.
She is also recognised expert speaker and facilitator in the fields of Creative Thinking and Social System Design, and is also the founder JDHeD, a unique design thinking consultancy and forum idea sharing for designers and educators.
Brighton Secondary College
Richard Minack began teaching in Melbourne in the late 1980’s. He spent three years living and working in the UK during which time he gained considerable experience teaching in a wide variety of schools. His particular passion is around teaching to create learning. He has worked at Brighton Secondary College since 2004, where he has held roles as Leading Teacher, Assistant Principal, and now, Principal. He has been closely involved in three building programs in his time at Brighton, and through these projects, considers himself fortunate to have travelled widely to visit schools, both in Australia and Europe. He is currently leading a team that is collaborating with architects Hayball, to design new year 7 and learning communities and administration hub at Brighton.
Bethany Lutheran Primary School
Rebecca Fong is Deputy Principal at Bethany Lutheran Primary School, in Ipswich QLD. With over 15 years of experience, in both private and public schools, with widely varying demographic communities, Rebecca is driven each day to build relationships and connections with the school community. Before moving into Education, Rebecca spent 3 years working in Hotel management, after completing her Bachelor of Business degree at the University of Queensland. Rebecca then completed her postgraduate Primary Education degree at QUT. At Bethany, Rebecca is responsible for the Business Development and Marketing of the school, as well as supporting the development of the Agile Pedagogical Framework. At the recent Australian Education Awards, the school was nominated across three categories and received a HIGHLY COMMENDED award for Innovation in Learning Environment Design. In 2017, the school was also a recipient of the Innovative School award, by the Educator Magazine. Bethany was selected as one of the top 40 schools throughout Australia, leading the way in providing forward-thinking education to prepare students for an ever-changing future. Rebecca enjoys reading, travelling and outdoor adventuring.
Liam has an extensive professional background is in education, with various positions in the Catholic and Independent schools in Victoria as well as 7 years teaching in International Schools in Singapore. Prior to working at Kingswood College Liam worked at the Australian International School (AIS) in Singapore as Deputy Principal and during this time spent two years on secondment as Principal of the Stamford American International School in Singapore. His most recent position prior to working in Singapore was as the Director of Learning Technologies at St Leonard’s College, Melbourne Victoria. These four schools are all International Baccalaureate schools and Liam has experience across all three IBO programs. In Singapore, he oversaw the introduction of PYP, MYP and DP from Consultation to Verification and finally Evaluation. He is an MYP workshop leader and a MYP Visiting Team member. He has completed verification visits in Australia, Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia. He has also conducted workshops in Pedagogical Leadership.
Dubbo School of Distance Education
Mrs Debbie Murray is the current Principal of Dubbo School of Distance Education. She has been teaching in distance education for 24 years and has developed her career at the school and within a variety of supporting educational networks. Her background in teaching is Geography, Visual Arts and ICT. Debbie is a committed and passionate educational leader and a strong advocate for more than 1200 students under her care, spanning almost two thirds of NSW and some overseas locations. Through her forward planning and ability to think outside the box, Debbie has created strong networks in which all members of the distance education learning community are continually developing and refining their skills. Some teachers would describe Debbie as an educational change agent who is dedicated to transforming the school culture into the 21st Century through innovation, creativity, collaboration and critical reflection, modelled and implemented by staff in supporting students to become productive learners and potentially effective global citizens.
Anzac Park Public School
Unity Taylor-Hill is currently the principal of Anzac Park Public School which opened in 2016. Her vision for the school is for future-focused learning. ‘I want to build a really strong, cohesive, positive school community that focuses on providing educational opportunities that children need to succeed in the 21st century. Classrooms will focus on critical and creative thinking, embedding technology that provides opportunities for children to collaborate both
locally and globally, and developing strong communication skills’ she said. Mrs Taylor-Hill was a top performing education graduate who began her teaching career at South Coogee Public School. Within three years she was promoted to relieving assistant principal, and two years later confirmed in the role while she completed a Masters of Education, focusing on teaching and curriculum. She later moved to North Sydney Demonstration School as assistant principal, leading its gifted and talented program, before being appointed principal at Killara Public School. At Killara, she oversaw significant growth of the school and placed a strong emphasis on teacher professional learning and development to improve student performance.
Anzac Park Public School
Samuel is the co-leader of the ‘Reimagining for Success’ team, and a classroom-teacher currently working on Year 2. In 2018, the ‘Reimagining for Success’ team developed a 3-Year plan to create a framework that identifies best teaching practice for 21st Century Learning. They are modelling this framework from the Quality Teaching Framework, however they are creating the framework from scratch to cater for schools that have recently been built or have undergone extensive upgrades to build an understanding of best-practice in 21st Century Learning environments. Throughout 2018, Samuel developed a passion for future-focused learning spaces and the implementation of teaching pedagogies for 21st Century learning.
University of Melbourne
Clare Newton is an Associate Professor in Learning Environments at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. As an architect and Doctor of Education her research is always interdisciplinary. Clare has received four Australian Research Council Linkage Projects on learning environments and led the first two. The first called Smart Green Schools received the Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award for engagement. The second, called Future Proofing Schools led to the establishment of PrefabAUS, Australia’s first peak body for prefabrication. Clare is a founding member of the Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN). She is Chair of the Hallmark Ageing Research Initiative (HARI) at the University of Melbourne
Bethany Lutheran Primary School
Joshua Pacek has been teaching for more than 8 years in primary schools across Queensland. At present, he is the Innovation and Learning Designer Consultant at Bethany Lutheran Primary School, having also held the role of eLearning Coordinator for a number of years. As the Innovation and Learning Design Leader, he works with teachers on developing their learning spaces and dynamic curriculum delivery. Joshua has a love of learning and is passionate about innovation within education, currently completing his Masters of Education (Innovation and Change) through Torrens University. He strongly believes in nurturing the individuality of every student and catering for every need is evident in our strong support of all learning. When Joshua is not sharing his passions with others or trialling the latest technology, you may find him playing (or watching) sport, reading a book or sitting down enjoying the world around him.
St Mel’s Catholic Primary School
Steve Borthwick has been a principal in Sydney for many years in complex, culturally diverse communities. He is passionate about taking ambiguity out of learning, which led him to develop Organic Learning with his colleague Chad Ferris. The Organic Learning framework requires a rethink on how to utilise spaces so that they encourage all learners to take risks in their thinking and learning within a growth promoting environment.
St Mel’s Catholic Primary School
Chad Ferris is Leader, Professional Growth & Culture at Sydney Catholic Schools. When in the role of Assistant Principal, Chad was the Literacy/Numeracy Coach and used data to build staff capacity in delivering effective literacy and numeracy practices. With Steve he co-developed Organic Learning, with a particular focus on making connections and aligning school wide practices in order to motivate a self-determined community of learners.
Dr Emma Burgess is Head of Teaching and Learning at SCECGS Redlands, Cremorne. Prior to her appointment in 2017, she was Head of Senior School at St Michael’s Collegiate School, Hobart Tasmania and Deputy Principal at Guilford Young College, Hobart Tasmania. Emma is deeply committed to the provision of an exemplary, world class education for students. Her doctoral research reflected this, focusing on the challenge faced by Australian secondary school leaders in ensuring an exceptional education through quality teaching and learning for students. She has a wide range of teaching experience across early childhood, primary and secondary school contexts and has taught music, religion and philosophy.
Kristan Height is the Learning Leader of Science and Technologies at Whitefriars College in Melbourne and has extensive practical and academic experience in the Faculties of Science and Technologies. Within his eight years as Learning Leader, he has implemented several technology-based subjects into the curriculum, including compulsory STEM based subjects at the Junior levels. He was also a significant contributor to the proposal, planning and coordination of the recently completed $12million Science and Technology Centre at Whitefriars College. He has recently completed a Masters of Educational Leadership that focused on problem-based learning within a student centred classroom. His passion for innovative teaching and learning drives his practice.
St Francis Catholic College
Simon Abernethy is a dynamic and innovative educational leader, creating a new paradigm of co-operation between secondary and primary trained teachers. Simon has over 25 years of experience working in high school and primary school settings. He is currently the foundation Principal of St Francis Catholic College, a recently formed P-12 school in Edmondson Park in Sydney’s booming growth corridor. Simon leads a highly collaborative team who are creating a new educational narrative of seamless learning along a continuum from pre-school to Year 12. He encourages his staff out of their comfort zone to further develop their pedagogical skills. This has forged new levels of respect and cooperation between teachers and has had a very positive effect on student learning and engagement.
Michael Banney is a founding director of m3architecture with 30 years’ practice experience, with a focus on ideas and their delivery, particularly in educational environments.
m3architecture is known for achieving highly differentiated and idiosyncratic outcomes, the result of a client-centric obsession that underpins all of their work.
Their projects have attracted critical acclaim with a substantial number of national awards, publications, exhibitions and invited addresses.
Michael’s interest within the practice lies in the formation, communication and nurturing of ideas specific to culture, resulting in both a Masters and PhD in Architecture.
He has been the Project Director responsible for a range of exemplar educational projects in the secondary and tertiary sectors.
Corpus Christi Catholic College
Andrew is the Leader of Learning and Teaching at Corpus Christi Catholic High School, Oak Flats NSW. Andrew is committed to leading 21st century practices at his school and has a deep commitment to quality and innovative learning experiences for both staff and students. Andrew has over 16 years of experience working in secondary high schools in New South Wales. He currently leads a highly committed collaborative team who are embracing flip pedagogies and agile learning spaces to maximise quality learning experiences. These technologies and learning environments help prepare students to receive, process and engage in critical ways to better understand the world around them. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts (Technology). He also has a Master in Education (Educational Leadership) and Master in Theology (Religious Education).
Highfields State Secondary College
Matt is an indigenous teacher who is passionate about STEM and IDT. He was a Mechatronics Engineer before teaching and uses his love of Engineering to teach and assist schools in the take up of 21st century STEM and teaching practices.
James Daley has worked in aluminium windows for almost seventeen years and has been with AWS for four years. James started his career as an unhappy accountant before happily joining the window industry in sunny Bundaberg. While in regional Queensland he progressed to being 2IC of a window manufacturing branch and later relocated to NSW as branch supervisor and later moved to Sydney. In Sydney James specialised in specification and project management of high-rise replacement windows. Wanting to work for a more progressive company James joined AWS as an architectural specification rep. He has developed a passion for compliance and a respect for the architecture profession. James is a believer in life-long education having studied Accounting and Linguistics and he is currently working through a Building & Construction degree.
John the Baptist Catholic Primary School
Tony Lo Cascio has been engaged in education in Catholic and government schools both in Australia and the United Kingdom for over 38 years. He has 25 years experience as a principal leading 3 schools and has been seconded to Catholic Education office as an educational consultant and family educator throughout that time. Tony holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. In 2001 he was appointed as foundation principal of Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School at Carnes Hill in the South West of Sydney to transform a 10 Acre farm into a bustling school of over 600 students engaging with architects, researchers, educational experts and the local community. He has travelled to Vancouver, Ontario, London, Edinburgh and Israel learning about education systems, learning spaces and pedagogy. Since 2013, Tony has been the principal of John the Baptist Catholic Primary School at Bonnyrigg Heights, the largest Catholic Primary School in the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney. Tony has also planned and presented programs for aspiring leaders for the past three years based on building the capacity of leaders to improve student learning.
What can you expect on the site tour?
- A walk around tour to see how space is used
- One on one discussions with the people who led the transformation
- Practical insights and recommendations to help you on your journey
Schools we will be visiting
- St Ignatius’ College, Riverview
- Anzac Park Public School, Cammeray
- St Mel’s Catholic Primary School, Campsie