About This Conference

Who should attend this Conference?

Teachers who are aspiring to or considering senior leadership should attend this conference. It is expected that participants will currently hold middle management positions in schools including HODs, Year Co-ordinators and Heads of House. This conference will focus on assisting these leaders to consider their next promotional step to Deputy Principal or Dean of Studies/Students level.

 

 

Please note: Registrations must be received no later than 3 February, 2017. However, to avoid disappointment,
it is advisable to register early. Registration will be limited to a small number of participants only.

All participants are expected to commit fully to all sessions in the conference over the two days. Once registration
is finalised, participants will receive a survey on aspects of leadership and some suggested readings.

What is the cost?

The all inclusive conference cost is $594 (including GST).

Where is the conference being held?

The conference in 2017 will be hosted at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School, Corinda, Brisbane, with the conference Dinner on Saturday night at the Gambaro Hotel Brisbane.

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Rationale: Why attend a conference like this?

Research into factors that impact on the leadership aspirations of women in teaching suggests that women are reluctant to put themselves forward for leadership positions unless identified and sponsored by others and encouraged to take part in leadership preparation programmes.

This conference aims to provide relevant training and preparatory experiences in leadership and to demystify the application and interview
process for female aspirant leaders.

As Principals and other senior leaders are often the most effective mentors and facilitators of leadership learning, this conference draws upon the experiences of practising leaders in schools. Its interactive workshop sessions focus on sharing experienced-based wisdom about effective leadership practice and, through stories, encourage reflection on leadership learning and preparation.

This conference programme is specifically designed to support women aspirant leaders and is aimed at women who wish to make the next step from Head of Department or Co-ordinator to Assistant Principal, Dean or Deputy Principal.

Conference Program

Saturday 11 March 2017

8.00am

 

Registration and Coffee

 

8.30am

SESSION ONE : LEADERSHIP 101

Look, you can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you?

- Peasant to King Arthur-Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Relevant leadership theory determined by the participants’ responses to a pre-conference survey (sent on registration) will be the focus of this session. Specifically, characteristics of effective leadership and the implications for female
leaders will be addressed.

Presenters:

Mrs Karen Spiller

Principal, St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and

Ms Ros Curtis

Principal, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School

 

 

10.30 -11.00am

Morning Tea

 

 

11.00am

SESSION TWO : THE LEADERSHIP JOURNEY

My grandfather once told me there were two kinds of people; those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to be in the first group. There is much less competition.

- Indira Gandhi

2a. Senior Leadership in Schools - Are you ready?

Principals will provide you with their views about what they
look for in the application for a senior leadership position.
They will offer insights into how to ensure success in
the interview process.

Panel members:

Mrs Catherine O'Kane

Principal, All Hallows School

Rev Chris Ivey

Principal, St Andrew's Anglican College

 

2b. Characteristics of my - Leadership Journey.

A panel of current Senior Leaders will provide a personal account of the nature of their leadership journey, sharing their wisdom and providing insight into the issues concerned with moving from middle management into senior management

Panel members:

Ms Karen Gorrie

Deputy Principal, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School

Ms Cate Begbie

Dean of Students and Academic Welfare (7-9), St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School

 

 

12.45 - 1.30pm

Lunch

 

 

1.30pm

SESSION THREE: MANAGING YOUR OWN CAREER

It’s not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised; the mosquito is swatted.

- Marie O'Conner

A number of propositions about career ownership and management will be offered to participants in this session. Activities and attitudes which will assist in career management will be addressed.

Presenter:

Ms Janine Walker

Immediate Past Director of the Office of HRM and Adjunct Professor of
Management - Griffith University Business School.

 

 

3.00pm

Short Break

 

 

3.15 - 4.30pm

SESSION FOUR : DRESSING FOR WHERE YOU WANT TO BE - LOOKING THE PART

Clothes can suggest, persuade, connote, insinuate, or indeed lie, and apply subtle pressure while their wearer is speaking frankly and straightforwardly of other matters.

- Anne Hollander

Dressing for success may appear to be a frivolous topic, but dressing now for the role you aspire to be in is like donning a costume - helping you to fulfil the requirements of the role and meet an expectation for the position. Dressing for the part often makes people feel more confident and, if it is true that perception is reality, like it or not, more credible.

Although this confidence may appear to be coming from an external source, that is, your appearance or clothing, it is really about drawing on your own confidence in your abilities and presenting those strengths and skills to the world.

Presenter:

Elizabeth Clarke

Fashion Sylist

 

 

7.00 - 7.30pm

CONFERENCE DINNER : BALANCING LIFE AND WORK

Venue: Gambaro Hotel, Brisbane. 33 Caxton Street

Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without strategy.

- Gen. H Norman Schwarzkoff

Guest Speaker:

Mrs Leisa Harper

Principal, Fraser Coast Anglican College

Sunday 12 March 2017

8.30am

SESSION ONE : MAKING THE LEAP

Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.

- Vincent Lombardi

The purpose of this session is to set the scene for taking
the next step. Possible strategies and the challenge
ahead will be discussed. An outline of the day will follow
where the group will be divided into two for participation
in concurrent sessions. In these sessions, all participants
will critically analyse their curriculum vitae, participate in
a mock interview and learn about the issues for transition
into leadership.

Presenters:

Mrs Karen Spiller

Principal, St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and

Ms Ros Curtis

Principal, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School

 

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

9.00am

SESSION TWO A : ISSUES FOR TRANSITION

A leader takes people where they want to go.
A great leader takes people where they don’t
necessarily want to go, but ought to be.’

- Rosalyn Carter

The focus of this session is on the issues of

• Governance, Financial Management

• Risk Management and Compliance

• Staff Management

• Industrial Relations Issues

• Marketing and Competitive Difference

Having knowledge and experience in these areas is
an important preparatory step for a senior leadership
position. In this session, participants will be provided with
an overview of these topics as well as some advice about
how to learn more about them.

Facilitators:

Mrs Karen Spiller

Principal, St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and

Ms Ros Curtis

Principal, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School

 

 

9.00 am

SESSION TWO A : AN ACTION PLAN FOR
THE FUTURE : WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?

Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.

- Rosalyn Carter

Participants will be provided with the opportunity to consider their own experiences so far and how well they have prepared to meet their leadership aspirations. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to review actual role descriptions and key criteria for applications against their own Curriculum Vitae and to participate in mock interviews. As a result of the activities in this session, participants will be able to develop an Action Plan to assist them in fulfilling their leadership aspirations and to develop a plan for plugging the gaps in their curriculum vitae.

Facilitators:

Ms Samantha Bolton

Dean of Academics, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School

Ms Nicole Devlin

Dean of Studies, St Margaret's Anglican Girls School

Mrs Angela Drysdale

Head of Primary, St Margaret's Anglican Girls School

Mrs Trudi Edwards

Assistant Head of Primary, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School

Ms Karen Gorrie

Deputy Principal, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School

Mrs Karen Madden

Dean of Innovation and Engagement, St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School

Ms Wendy Lauman

Deputy Principal, St Hilda’s Anglican Girls’ School

Mrs Louise McGuire

Head of Junior School, St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School

Mrs Toni Riordan

Deputy Principal, St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School

Ms Nikki Townsend

Dean of Students, St Margaret's Anglican Girls School

Ms Janine Walker

Past Director of the Office of HRM and Adjunct Professor of
Management - Griffith University Business School and past
School Council Chair - All Hallows’ School and current School Council Member - St Margaret's Anglican Girls School

Mrs Kim Wickham

Dean of Studies, St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School

 

 

11.00 am

MORNING TEA

 

 

11.30 am

SESSION TWO B : AN ACTION PLAN FOR THE FUTURE

 

 

11.30 am

SESSION TWO B : ISSUES FOR TRANSITION

 

 

1.30 pm

SESSION THREE : WHERE TO NOW?

Leadership is not magnetic personality - that can just as well be a
glib tongue. It is not ‘making friends and influencing people’ -
that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights,
the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard,
the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.

- Peter Drucker

Participants will engage in a reflection process on their
professional and personal goals which will assist in the
pursuit of their leadership aspirations.

Facilitator:

Mrs Karen Spiller

Principal, St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School

 

 

2.00 pm

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