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Academic Curriculum

From the Deputy Head of College – Teaching & Learning, Elizabeth Watson

EREA Liberating Teaching and Learning Conference-Creating Alternative Futures

Last week over 200 educators from across EREA nationally and our associate schools in South African gathered in Sydney. I was very fortunate to participate in this three-day event alongside Ms Suzanne Walsh, Ms Gabrielle Smith and Mr Patrick Brennan. 

The conference involved a variety of workshops and presentations focusing on contemporary and future issues impacting on teaching and learning. There were Regional sessions to explore Futures Thinking and build capacity to create alternative and preferred futures with Professor Sohail Inayatullah. 

There were many opportunities for networking between Deputy Principals, Leaders of Learning and Identity and Mission Leaders to work collaboratively on a shared vision. We heard about the great work of the Edmund Rice Foundation Australia and their commitment to Liberating Education globally and the worldwide movement of promoting Girls education.

There was a strong focus on student voices and students across NSW EREA schools were invited to participate in the discussion. Ben Elder and Jim Waterhouse represented Waverley College on the first day and their insightful and wise contributions not only served them and the College proud but were a catalyst for continued conversation throughout the conference.