The morning started with a call to reflect, listen, be inspired, give thanks and rejoice in the Chapel, which was followed by a historical overview of Sacred Heart Conferences to give us a common understanding of our journey thus far as educators of the Sacred Heart.
Keynote Speaker Dr Ann Marie Krejcarek President (Principal) of Convent and Stuart Hall Schools of the Sacred Heart, San Francisco outlined what she is doing within this globalised learning space – both within curriculum offering and in experiential programs. Ann Marie was recently in Cuba with some students looking at cultural differences, music and dance. She has also travelled to Costa Rica serving poor and building community links.
After morning Tea we moved to the Duchesne theatrette to listen to presentations from Kiesha Palmer, Kisha was the Director of Women as Global Leaders, Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bellevue, Washington until the end of 2016. Now a consultant to Forest Ridge, Kisha runs her own consulting practice, ‘The Institute for Women’s Leadership’ and spoke with us about how she establised the program at Forest Ridge and how she now coaches adults and students in their leadership growth, facilitating courageous conversations for staff, advising on program development and collaborating on global curriculum.
Kisha's presentation was followed by Sr Suzanne Cooke RSCJ, Head of the Conference of Sacred Heart Education in the United States Canada Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Suzanne shared with us a program she is developing in the United States and Canada. It involves a training program for student leaders around building dialogue across different cultures and faith groups to bring about a greater level of understanding and peace; both were inspiring presentations.
Following lunch we returned to the Theatrette to listen and learn from our Provincial Sr Lynette Toohey RSCJ. Lynette shared with us an outline of her globalised experiences as an RSCJ and her hopes for us as Sacred Heart Educators and for our students.
All in attendance were then able to attend a number of break out sessions which were presented by many staff from the various schools on topics such as:
Exploring the Conceptual Framework of our Academic Care Program (KRB)
Fuels and Thermochemistry (SH)
Honouring our Diversity (B)
KiVa - a program developed to use positive peer pressure to stop bullying in schools (B)
Refugees and Political Theatre through Drama (SH)
Sacred Heart Immersion Program (SC)
Social Awareness (B)
Student Tutoring (B)
Forest Ridge Program (SC)
Harnessing International Knowledge and Experience at KRB
Leading Kincoppal - Rose Bay School with a Global Focus
The Holocaust through Studies of Religion and English (SH)
The conference continues tomorrow which we will share with you next week.
Our sincere thanks to all in attendance.