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Last week Joanne Gilmore (Director of Teaching and Learning – Primary) and Rhiannon O’Hara (Learning Enrichment Coordinator – Secondary) attended the Adolescent Success conference on the Gold Coast. Schools from around the country participated in a two-day Professional Development conference on teaching in the middle years with a focus on the idea ‘Humans Matter’.

Adolescent Success is a not-for-profit organisation for teachers, schools, businesses and other educators who work with young adolescents, particularly those in middle years education. Guests had the opportunity to hear from keynote speakers including Dr Donna Pendergast – Dean and Head of the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University and Ewan McIntosh, and founder of consulting firm NoTosh who seek to work with schools, universities and companies to help them ‘rethink the environment in which they learn’.

Joanne and Rhiannon were also selected as presenters at the conference and had the opportunity to present their own concurrent seminar on the implementation of Year 7 into secondary school at St Michael’s College. Their workshop focused on SA’s implementation overall and the key learnings for our College over this period of time.

Conclusively, Joanne and Rhiannon heard from a range of presenters working in schools right across the country and have returned with fresh ideas and inspiration. We congratulate and thank Joanne and Rhiannon for sharing their work with other professionals and for representing the College.

Ms Amanda Price, Deputy Principal Staff and Strategy