The CSYMA National Teacher Formation Conference was conducted on the 27 and 28 October at St Edmund’s College in Canberra. The National Conference was run in partnership with ACU and brought together teachers and leaders involved in Catholic Schools from around Australia and internationally. Focusing on the faith formation of teachers and leaders in Catholic schools, the Conference explored a vast array of contemporary faith formation and evangelisation initiatives from within CSYMA and the broader Australian Church.
Beginning with St Edmund’s students who shared how their faith was formed through their school, and what that meant to their life now, followed by thought-provoking keynotes from prominent leaders in Catholic Education, including John McGrath (NCEC), Dr Jill Daly-Gowdie (Brisbane Catholic Education), Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumen (Miriam Rose Foundation), Br David Hall (ACU la Salle Academy) and Archbishop Christopher Prowse.
The Conference was a great opportunity to ask ‘where to next for my school, Catholic Education Office or Catholic Community?’ And ‘how can I share and encourage genuine faith in the students I teach in this season of the New Evangelisation?’. With some new friendships, resources and ideas, teachers and leaders returned to their communities equipped to share what they had learnt and with a toolbox for the formation of students in Catholic Schools.
This National Conference is run once every two years, and is a valuable opportunity for leaders in Catholic Schools. We look forward to sharing more on the National Conference throughout the rest of this year and beyond.Leave a reply →