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2019 Big Day Out a Success

Posted 24th January 2019
By Hannah Wellham

On Wednesday 23rdof January, all of the staff from across the St Philip’s Christian College Group came together for our annual Big Day Out.

Big Day Out is an opportunity to gather together in one location to hear the vision for 2019 from our Executive Principal, Mr Graeme Irwin and be immersed in some valuable professional development. It also provides the opportunity to connect with teachers from across the St Philip’s Group to build connections and encourage advantageous professional relationships.

Graeme shared with our staff the 2019 theme of Wisdom and the importance of being guided by wisdom in all things be it smaller day-to-day choices and larger scale decisions.

James 1:5

‘Do any of you lack wisdom? Ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to everyone. So he will give you wisdom.’

The student worship and performances we were blessed by were outstanding, what an incredible group of students from our Port Stephens school.

This year we were thrilled to welcome Michael McQueen as our keynote speaker. Michael, who has spoken to over 500, 000 people from 5 continents since joining the international conference circuit in 2004, presented to us his for Teaching for Tomorrow findings and launched his new book of the same name. Michael was a highly engaging speaker and his knowledge and insight into future trends and how to close the capability gap was inspiring. It was a timely encouragement of ensuring that we as an organisation are continuing to be innovative in every area of education if we are going to be able to successfully equip our students for an ever-changing world.

Staff from every school left with many probing questions to contemplate both individually, and corporately in teams and across faculties.

The day was powerful, being together as an almost 600-strong group all unified in vision and mission was indeed a striking statement. It is an ideal way to start the year and a fabulous platform from which to go into the year educating our students with wisdom and knowledge.

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