On Friday 30 October 2020, the Faith in the Future Virtual Symposium was held with over 1,100 registered educators and staff from Catholic education in Australia.

The program featured two keynote speakers:

Dr Carol Campbell - Associate Professor of Leadership and Educational Change at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto who addressed on School Improvement in a COVID World.

Prof John Haldane - Professor of Philosophy of Education, Australian Catholic University who explored Faith in the Future: the Challenges and Opportunities for Catholic Education.

The Minister for Education Dan Tehan MP and Shadow Minister for Education and Training Tanya Plibersek MP spoke at the symposium and participated in the Bicentennial Games - a fun and informative segment on the 200-year history of Catholic education led by quizmaster and national director Marist Schools Australia Dr Frank Malloy. Other participants in the games included Troy Hayter, Principal of Clontarf Aboriginal College (WA); Loretta Wholley, Principal of Merici College Canberra (ACT) and President of the Catholic Secondary Principals Association; Phoebe Surman, Year 12 student Gleeson College, Golden Grove (SA) and Chloe Coomb, Year 11 student Cathedral College Rockhampton (QLD).

A panel discussion, moderated by Australian journalist and broadcaster, Geraldine Doogue AO, focused on school improvement, student wellbeing, faith formation and parent engagement. Panelists included Glenn Fahey, Centre for Independent Studies; Carmel Nash OAM, Catholic School Parents Australia; Matthew Brennan, Principal of St Augustine’s College, Cairns; Sam Wright, Vice Principal – Students of Padua College, Mornington Peninsula; and Carmelina Eussen, Principal Casimir Catholic College, Marrickville.


Watch Sessions

Welcome and Introduction  


Keynote Speaker - Dr Carol Campbell  
Download Dr Carol Campbell's Powerpoint presentation (PDF)


Vote of Thanks - NCEC Chair Nicholas Moore


Keynote Speaker - Professor John Haldane


Bicentennial Games


Panel Discussion


Concluding Remarks - Jacinta Collins

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