Prof Anne Graham AO, Professor of Childhood Studies and Founding Director of the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University presents her keynote address given at the 2023 Australian Catholic Education Symposium held last month.
Anne’s keynote address entitled: Are we listening? How can Catholic schools respond to student views for wellbeing, faith formation and learning, detailed her research which emphasised the critical importance of hearing children’s views and ensuring our students are truly recognised and known to their teachers.
This was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Catholic Education Western Australia executive director Dr Debra Sayce, with McCarthy Catholic College Tamworth principal, Rod Whelan and Diocese of Lismore Catholic Schools assistant director Mission, Gary Reen. The panel discussed how we can apply this research in the school and diocesan context with an invitation to us to focus on the significance of not only on what we do, but also why we do it.