Thursday 8 August 2019 – The Anglican Schools Australia Conference is in Hobart this year. Over the next two days 260 delegates from around Australia, 83 of whom are School Chaplains, will gather to celebrate the wonder and enthusiasm that children bring to the school environment.

Dr Rob McEwan, Headmaster of The Hutchins School, is Conference Chair.

“The theme of the Conference is Awe & Wonder and what better place to celebrate children’s curiosity, imagination and wonder and to marvel in the beauty of God’s creation than in the beautiful harbour side city of Hobart,” Dr McEwan said.

“We have a wonderful Conference Program with leading national and international speakers and the immense collective knowledge and experience within the communion of Anglican educators and leaders from across the country.”

A new Student Celebration initiative has been launched this year. Schools were invited to select a community service or service-learning project, make a two-minute video clip. One video from each State will be screened throughout the conference, and a school from the Conference home state, will show their video clip and speak about their service project.

A special Eucharist service will be held at St David’s Cathedral on Friday 9th at 4:15pm. The Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, The Most Revd Dr Philip Freier, will be celebrating the Eucharist and The Bishop of Tasmania, The Right Revd Dr Richard Condie, will be preaching. A combined school choir with students from The Hutchins School, St Michael’s Collegiate and Launceston Grammar will be singing.

“Developing partnerships with our Anglican schools and a shared understanding of Anglican education is part of our Diocesan Vision,” said Bishop Condie. “I’m excited to see the conference program and look forward to exploring the learnings further with our schools.”

Speakers include: John Zeckendorf (first Tasmanian to reach the summit of Mt Everest), Dr Paula Gooder (a writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies in UK), Professor Rufus Black (Vice Chancellor UTAS), Claire Madden (author of Hello Gen Z: Engaging the Generation of Post-Millennials), Duncan Armstrong (Olympian, Sports Presenter and Public Speaker), The Revd Dr Daniel Heischman (noted speaker, workshop leader and author of Good Influence: Teaching the Wisdom of Adulthood. He is an instructor in Doctor of Ministry studies in USA)

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