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Latest News 21 June 2011 9.00 a.m. - Ash cloud update

The APPA 2011 conference will still be going ahead as planned.  The organisers and the Organising Committee are aware of the potential flight disruptions caused by the latest Ash Cloud currently effecting travel around the country. 

For delegates and exhibitors travelling interstate, we ask that you please review your flights with the airlines as we remain hopeful many of you will still be able to make it to Adelaide as planned.  In the event your flight is cancelled, please inform the conference secretariat (appa2011@sapmea.asn.au) for further correspondence


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Welcome from the APPA President

Dear Delegate,

Welcome to the Australian Primary Principals Association’s premier professional activity for 2011. This conference, ‘A Brilliant Blend… Cultivating Primary Leadership’ is ripe with possibilities.

Government, Catholic and Independent school principals have never had a more opportune moment than today to use the strength of three sectors, combined in APPA, to further the cause of Primary Education. This “blend” of sectors into a single-minded advocacy for primary schools and the children in them will be a feature of this Conference.

At the same time International and National trends in education policy formulation demand more “cultivated” primary school leadership. We must grow our capacity to influence not only inside our schools, but also in the wider community and we must never lose sight of the child while focusing on student learning outcomes. This Conference will indicate a way for us to “blend” these seemingly opposing forces.

The Conference Committee must be congratulated on the excellent presenters and program they have provided for us. I am looking forward to every session. Thank you for registering for “A Brilliant Blend… Cultivating Primary Leadership”. I can think of no better place than Adelaide to explore this topic and I can think of no better people than Government, Catholic and Independent principals with whom to explore it.

I look forward to catching up with old friends and making many new ones over the next few days.

All the best for a great Conference

Norm Hart, APPA President

Welcome from the APPA Conference Planning Committee

The Annual APPA Conference continues to be the highlight of the Association calendar; this year will be no different with the conference in Adelaide combining a unique blend of educational input, challenge and debate, time for reflection and opportunities to interact with primary leaders from around Australia and across the world. The conference theme ‘A Brilliant Blend… Cultivating Primary Leadership’ succinctly describes the aim of the conference.

The year’s conference will provide an opportunity to hear from a range of exceptional National and International educators, including Valerie Hannon from the Innovation Unit in the UK, Erica McWilliam from the Queensland University of Technology, Tony Sharley from Flow On Business in South Australia, Richard Eckersley, the founding Director of Australia 21 Ltd, Chris Sarra from the ‘Stronger Smarter Institute’, Margery Evans from ACARA, Jeremy Hurley from Principals Australia, Deslea Konza Director of Fogarty Learning Centre, Jill Pancoast from ‘The Breakthrough Coach’ Graeme Wright from Curtin University WA, John Halsey from Flinders University in SA, Greg Gebhardt, from ‘Netalert’, Rufus Black from the University of Melbourne, David Adams-Jones and Brett Rangiira from the Catholic system in Queensland.

This year’s conference is the culmination of several years of planning by a group of committed leaders in the South Australian Public, Catholic and Independent systems. I would like to acknowledge their commitment to ensuring this year’s conference is a success and thank them for their many hours of work. Their aim has been to organise a conference that maximizes the opportunities for attendees, to focus on primary leadership and be challenged and stimulated in a strongly supportive social environment. The program indicates they have achieved their aim with an enviable blend of international and locally recognised presenters.

In addition, the conference is intended to provide a forum to raise issues that will influence the political landscape in the future. I appreciate the attendance of the Federal Minister for Education, the Honourable Peter Garrett MP and the Federal Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, the Honourable Mark Butler MP. This is a fabulous opportunity for leaders to meet with them informally and to discuss the conference and the complexities of the role of leaders in schools. On your behalf I would like to thank the sponsors for their support of this year’s conference. Many are loyal long term supporters. They are very much a part of the conference and we encourge you to visit their displays and spend some time with them.

I trust you will enjoy the conference and find it intellectually stimulating, challenging and socially fulfilling.

Steve Portlock, Chair, APPA Conference Planning Committee