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For the Whole of Their Life.

Staff Conference 2023: Possibilities

Welcome to Staff Conference 2023

Day 1: Tuesday 18 July
9:00-9:05Video — Possibilties
9:20-9:30Official Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country
9:30-9:35Video — Cessnock
9:35-10:10Session 1 — Graeme Irwin
10:10-10:20Book Reading — Graeme Irwin, Pam O'Dea
10:20-10:25Video — Teaching School
10:25-11:00Session 2 — Vanessa Cheng
11:00-11:30Morning Tea

Video — Dynamic Learning

11:40-12:40Session 3 — McCrindle: Geoff Brailey
12:45-12:50Video — St Philip's Christian College Newcastle
1:40-3:20Non Teaching Collaboration Sessions

Session 1 (1:40-2:20): Tim Caughey— Community Relations

Session 2 (2:30-3:20): Asher Morrison — Wellbeing

1:40-3:20Teaching Collaboration Sessions

Conclusion — Activate Centre

Day 2: Wednesday 19 July
9:15-9:20Video — Port Stephens
9:20-9:50HSC Study Camp Cross

Staff Survey

10:25-10:30Video — Narnia Early Learning


Morning Tea
11:00-12:30Staff Collaboration Sessions
1:30-1:35Video — Saints Academy
1:40-2:30Session 3: Ruth Powell
2:30-2:35Video — Gosford
2:35-3:00Presentation to Young Parents


Video — Young Parents College
Keynote Speakers
Geoff Brailey (McCrindle)

Geoff Brailey is a social researcher, strategic advisor and Director of Solutions at the internationally recognised McCrindle. As an experienced researcher, Geoff understands how evidence-based insights can inform strategy and help organisations to thrive amidst change.

From his experience in solving business problems using research, Geoff has assisted organisations to identify new target markets and improve engagement levels with staff, donors and customers. Geoff regularly develops strategic recommendations that guide CEOs, business leaders, managers and teachers to communicate the trends and shape the culture.

Geoff integrates research statistics with visualised storytelling in his highly engaging presentations. He has presented to organisations across the education, aged care, real estate, government and NFP sectors. As a gifted communicator and passionate researcher, Geoff brings positivity, curiosity and strategic insights from the latest trends impacting Australia and provides practical ways to respond to the trends at an organisational and individual level.

Dr Ruth Powell

Dr Ruth Powell is Director of NCLS Research, a research centre that focuses on church vitality and community spirituality and wellbeing. Ruth commenced working with NCLS Research in 1991 and became Director in 2007. She also holds a position as Associate Professor and Research Fellow, Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre, Charles Sturt University, as well as Honorary Professor at Alphacrucis College.

Ruth’s role involves managing research projects on both church and community life, as well as developing resources for local churches, denominational leaders and other community agencies. Her own primary research interests lie in assisting churches to reflect on their interaction with the wider Australian community. As well as church health, and tracking changes in church life over time, she has studied age differences and cultural diversity in churches, effective leadership, religiosity and spirituality in the wider community.

As well as a range of academic articles, occasional papers and commissioned reports, Ruth has co-authored NCLS Research publications on church life such as Winds of Change, Shaping a Future, Taking Stock, Build My Church, Mission under the Microscope and Enriching Church Life. Her doctoral thesis focussed on age differences among church attenders.

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