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National Leadership Development Course takes off

23 Adventist school leaders descended on Sydney for the first leg of the 2022 ASA National Leadership Development Course on August 15. Sydney’s leg commenced with a visit to Wahroonga Adventist School led by Principal Julia Heise. Participants were treated to a delicious afternoon tea put on by teacher Rhianna Drinkall and her Year 10 class.

The group then headed to the South Pacific Division offices where Dr David McClintock, South Pacific Division Education Director, gave the participants an overview of Adventist Education in the South Pacific and discussed some of the opportunities and challenges.

On August 16 and 17, participants spent time in leadership development training at the AIS Leadership Centre in the Sydney CBD. Pastor Richie Reid and Cassie Wallace led out in the worships. Following morning worship, content covered included: The Authentic Leader, Brain-based Coaching, Leading with your Strengths, and Neuroleadership.

One of the presentations was taken by Dr Leoni Degenhardt AM, who has been the Emeritus Dean of the Leadership Centre of the Association of Independent Schools New South Wales since 2017. This was Dr Leoni’s last ever presentation for the AIS and Adventist Schools Australia recognised her contributions to the ASA over the years with a special plaque.

Some feedback from the 3 days:

“An amazing program, with a perfect balance of learning and socialisation or networking. I feel appreciated, valued and included.“

“Networking with the group and sharing our experiences as leaders in our schools. The learning was relevant and enjoyable.”

“I enjoyed all aspects of the conference. I valued the professional and practical presentations. In addition to that, networking with other leaders in our system is always a significant side benefit.”

“I really enjoyed the presentations – but also greatly appreciated the school visits and the opportunity to network and discuss the innovations that other Adventist schools are undergoing in their own states.”

Participants will head to Melbourne (AUC Offices) in November for the second leg of the course. This will include a visit to Nunawading Adventist School.