Programme outline

Tuesday 12 June

Time Session
4.00 - 7.00pm  Registration desk open

Wednesday 13 June

Time Session
7.30am - 6.00pm   Registration desk open
8.30am  Exhibition open
9.00am   Morning tea
10.00am  Opening ceremony & announcements
11.15am   Keynote: A corporate take on Catholic leadership
Dame Therese Walsh DNZM
12.00pm  Laureate awards ceremony
12.20pm  Sir Br Pat Lynch book launch
12.30pm   Lunch
12.30 - 3.30pm   Bus tour: Follow the Footsteps of Suzanne Aubert
1.45pm   Concurrent seminars A

 1  God-Conscious Decision Making
 2  Mana Whenua, Mana Tangata
 3  Encouraging Critical Thinking, Forming Imagination
 4  Encountering Christ in the Here and Now
 5  Imaginative Remembering - an Authentic Response to the 'Tradition' of the Church
 6  From threat to opportunity: How Catholic Education Leaders can Tame the News Media to their Advantage
 7  Interactive Social Justice Activities for the Classroom
 8  Expect the Unexpected
 9  Drilling Beneath the Culture of Niceness to Bring About the Kingdom of God; Striving for Excellence with the Learner at the Centre
 10  The Catholic Character Elaborations, their Use in Developing Job Descriptions and Reflective Appraisals in Schools
 11  Spirituality for Teachers in Their Role as Lay Ecclesial Ministers
 12  Creating Centres of the New Evangelisation
3.00pm  Afternoon tea
3.45pm  Keynote: The Joy of Christian Foolishness: Responding to Christ's Call to Discipleship in the Age of Pope Francis
 Daniel Horan, OFM
5.00 - 6.30pm  Welcome function - canapé event

 

Bus tour synopsis

12.30 - 3.30pm

Bus tour: Follow the Footsteps of Suzanne Aubert

Deidre Hanlon, Visitor Experience Manager, Home of Compassion

Follow the footsteps of Suzanne Aubert, Meri Hohepa, the woman who will become New Zealand's first saint, with an afternoon trip to sites of significance and pilgrimage. Discover these historic and sacred places for yourself and find out what is on offer for students through the Compassion Schools Programme.

We will stop in Buckle Street and visit Suzanne's recently restored Historic Creche. A short walk around the corner, the Compassion Soup Kitchen in Tory Street is not far from its original location. The response of the Soup Kitchen to hunger and social isolation has been constant since 1901.

Our final stop takes us to Our Lady's Home of Compassion in Island Bay - home to the Resting Place of Suzanne Aubert and the mother house of the Sisters of Compassion. Experience the refreshed and new public spaces and facilities opened in October 2017. Take a guided tour with Sisters and staff and take time to pause awhile and experience the wairua of this sacred place. Afternoon tea will be provided. There will be a short presentation on the Sisters of Compassion and the Compassion Schools programme at the Home of Compassion. Registration required, 48 spaces only.  This tour may also be available on Friday 15th, 12:30 - 3:30pm, if interest is sufficient.


 

Seminar synopses

1.45 - 2.45PM

God-Conscious Decision Making

Professor Br David Hall FMS, La Salle Academy, Australian Catholic University

Discernment is both an intuitive and intentional activity. In our rapidly changing times where the past has never been less instructive and the future never less certain, we need to adopt a way of decision making that is grounded yet more expansive and creative. 

In this workshop David will consider a practical way of leading in the Catholic school that brings to fruition the aspirations he proposes in his keynote address. David will present a methodology for decision making that could be adopted by individuals and groups – a methodology that seeks to bring us into union with the hopes and dreams God has for us.


Mana Whenua, Mana Tāngata

Deacon Danny Karatea-Goddard, Turanga Moāri - Vicar for Māori, Wellington Archdiocese and Mons. Gerard Burns, Vicar General, Wellington Archdiocese

A session focusing on our school communities' connections, the Māori community, and relationships to the land and environment. This session will explore Mana Atua, Mana Whenua and Mana Tangata, and core Māori values such as whakapapa, manaakitanga and whakawhanaungatanga. Who am I and where do I stand? Where is my Turangawaewae? What are our school communities' relationship to all this.

Encouraging Critical Thinking, Forming Imagination

Fr. Gerard Aynsley, Parish Priest, Dunedin

I propose in this seminar that critical thinking and an engaged imagination are essential to a mature faith. Having established a place for critical and imaginative thinking we will explore how these capacities can be formed in our students.


Encountering Christ in the Here and Now

Lyn Smith, Head of RE TCI / Projects, Auckland, NCRS

In 2014, the NZ Bishops said, "The encounter with Christ gives rise to a desire to know more about him and his teaching." (#14) We will explore what encountering Christ means in the light of Lumen Fidei and how this can be useful in Catholic schools.


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Imaginative Remembering - an Authentic Response to the 'Tradition' of the Church

Fr. Stephen Berecz, HOD RS, Sacred Heart College, Auckland

Biblical concepts such as Imagination, Remembering and Canon, and how they can be used to direct and inspire communities of learning to be guided by the creative Tradition of the Church.


From threat to opportunity: How Catholic Education Leaders can Tame the News Media to their Advantage

Pete Burdon, Founder and Head Trainer, Media Training NZ (School Leader Specialist)

The seminar will have two focuses. Firstly, how to prepare for negative media attention and how to deal with it when it comes. This includes media interview skills, crisis communication planning and how this has been transformed in the Digital Age.

The second focus will be on how to use the news media as a massive untapped opportunity to grow school reputations, rather than threatening them.


Interactive Social Justice Activities for the Classroom

Michael Stewart, Education Coordinator with Gemma Sinnott, Social Justice Education Advisor, Caritas Aotearoa NZ

Participate in a range of interactive activities designed for groups of students to promote and raise awareness of social justice issues.


Expect the Unexpected

Koleta Konise, Chaplain for Pacific Students, Massey University, Wellington

As a lifelong support educator and support person for Pacific Islands students from preschool to tertiary study, I can bring you stories from my rich experience.  I will cover aspects such as what you need to know of the cultures and backgrounds of P.I. students, accepting and respecting them as they are, getting to know parents and working alongside them, and ways of teaching that "work" for P.I. students.  Join me for a glimpse of my world.


Drilling Beneath the Culture of Niceness to Bring About the Kingdom of God; Striving for Excellence with the Learner at the Centre

Saira Boyle, Principal, St Mary's School, Ellerslie with Hellene Varoy, Claire Hart, Rachael Hill and Gail Christie

A learner-centred approach and authentic Catholic curriculum is the foundation to bringing about the Kingdom of God in any Catholic school. This is a story of courageous leadership and disruption in which we will share our practical ideas, challenges and successes!


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The Catholic Character Elaborations, their Use in Developing Job Descriptions and Reflective Appraisals in Schools

Francis Wafer, Catholic Schools Education Service, Wellington Archdiocese, with Rosalie Connors, Palmerston North Diocese

The seminar will look at how the new Catholic Character elaborations can be used by schools as a practical tool for schools in developing job descriptions and appraisals.


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Spirituality for Teachers in Their Role as Lay Ecclesial Ministers

Cynthia Piper, Lecturer and Site Coordinator, The Catholic Institute, with Paul Shannon, Religious Education Advisor for the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton and Lecturer for the Catholic Institute of Aotearoa.

In the past there were two dimensions to Catholic schools; the founding order's charism, and an ecclesial identity arising from Church governance. These dimensions still exist but they have been less influential since integration. Teachers are supported by the school's charism and spirituality. Their work is incarnational, paschal, ecumenical, ecclesial, corporate and a ministry of the Church.


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Creating Centres of the New Evangelisation


Huw Warmenhoven, Youth Coordinator, Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia


This practical seminar will explore a dynamic new model of staff and student formation. Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia has a vision to inspire and equip Catholic Schools to become centres of the New Evangelisation. Hear about our successes and the inspiring work coming out of our schools. Come along to learn how you can transform your school and Diocese.

Thursday 14 June

Time Session
7.30am - 5.00pm   Registration desk open
8.00 - 8.30am   Meditation (optional)
8.30am  Morning prayers & announcements
8.50am  Concurrent seminars B

 1  Fear: The Enemy of Christian Discipleship in an Unjust World
 2  Building a Civilisation of Love
 3  Meeting the Needs Within Our Community
 4  Why did so many people attend Suzanne Aubert's funeral in 1926?
 5  The Mass - Wonder or Wander? Fed or Fed Up
 6  A New RE Curriculum!
 7  Online Year 4 RE Assessment Project
 8  Abstract Pictorial Art in Religious Education
 9  Meditation with Children
 10  Whakapapa Matters: IVF and the Changing Landscape of Families
 12  Creating a Compassionate Fund in your School
10.00am  Associate Minister address - Hon Jenny Salesa
10.30am  Morning tea
11.15am  CEO address - Paul Ferris QSM
12.00pm  "Change the World" video resource launch
12.15pm   Tertiary teaching awards ceremony
12.30pm  Lunch
1.30pm  Keynote: Catholic Schools and the Possibility of God
 Professor Br David Hall FMS
2.45pm    Afternoon tea
3.15pm  Mass
4.15pm   Concurrent seminars C

 1  Cheer up. You look like you're sucking a lemon! 
 2  It Takes a Village
 3  I Am Made in the Image and Likeness of God
 4  A Framework for Pastoral Care in Catholic Secondary Schools
 5  Evaluating Catholic Special Character: How Effective Are We in Forming Christ in Others?
 6  Activating the Call to Care for Our Common Home
 7  The Forgotten Principle of the Social Encyclicals: Synthesis in Catholic Education
 8  Flipped Learning in Religious Education
 9  St Edith Stein: Educator, Religious, Saint of the Church - an Introduction to Her Life
 10  Developing a School Retreat Curriculum Years 7 - 13
 11  AGM for Catholic Primary Principals
5.30 - 7.30pm Matariki celebration - canapé event

Seminar synopses

8.50am-9.50am

Fear: The Enemy of Christian Discipleship in an Unjust World
Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM, Visiting Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
Nearly every one of Jesus's post-Resurrection appearances includes the exhortation for his disciples to "Be Not Afraid!" And yet, we live in a world in which fear is a constant threat to Christian discipleship, to our becoming instruments of God's peace, love and justice in the world.

This workshop looks at how to respond to a culture that promotes fear of the 
"other," especially those who are different in race, gender, religion, nationality, or language of birth. Drawing on the Gospels, as well as wisdom figures including Pope Francis, Thomas Merton, Oscar Romero, and others, we will examine how to keep our eyes on Christ, and embrace trust in God and discipleship amid a culture of fear and violence.

Building a Civilisation of Love
Professor Br David Hall FMS, La Salle Academy, Australian Catholic University
Our current Holy Father Pope Francis has captivated the minds and hearts of millions of people across the globe. Within the Church many are concerned about whether his vision for a more pastoral approach and emphases – a Church of mercy – has been sufficiently embedded in the departments of the Vatican to make any lasting difference. In the Congregation for Catholic Education, it would seem so. The most recent document from this dicastery of the Holy See, Educating to Fraternal Humanism: Building a Civilisation of Love, is a challenging and inspiring document that confirms our commitment to a holistic education and proposes how we might achieve this in the context of our rather complicated and conflicted world.

In this workshop, David will offer his gleanings from this document and the way in which it builds on the richness of previous documents of the Congregation.

3 Meeting the Needs Within Our Community
Chris Theobald, Principal with Gina Lefaoseu, Deputy Principal, Holy Family School, Porirua
Holy Family School has a special community made up of 22% Maori, 70% Pasifika and 7% Burmese students. Our mix of over 20 cultures is embraced by the school as we work together to overcome the challenges faced by non European families when dealing with the New Zealand Education system (as well as society itself).

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Why did so many people attend Suzanne Aubert's funeral in 1926?
Sr. Susan Cosgrove, Sr. Josephine Gorman and Deirdre Hanlon, Visitor Experience Manager, Home of Compassion
A journey through historical photographs in relation to Suzanne Aubert's Life, noting why a person is in the photo, what she/he offered Suzanne and what she offered them.  

Explaining why Suzanne  Aubert continues to inspire students (primary & secondary) today.  Relevance to Christ's call; to love, to be, to do.

Suzanne Aubert as a social reformer: making her spirituality and good works 
known.

The Mass - Wonder or Wander? Fed or Fed Up
Tony Hanning, Director, Catholic Education, Dunedin Diocese
From the perspective of the layperson in the pew: Exploring the uniqueness of the Mass in light of Christ's call to love, to be, to do. Examine the nature and character of the Mass as a living and concrete encounter with Jesus - our Lord and our God.

A New RE Curriculum!
Colin MacLeod, The Catholic Institute, Director of NCRS and Anne Kennedy, NCRS
Why do we need a new Curriculum? What might it look like? How might you be involved? We are just beginning this 5-year journey. Come and hear what NCRS is thinking at this stage and take the opportunity to offer your own thoughts and wisdom.

Online Year 4 RE Assessment Project
Mike Nolan, Manager and Cushla O'Connor, RE Advisor Catholic Education Office, Christchurch Diocese
Our research project seeks to provide an additional, objective, statistically valid and reliable data set that adds to teacher conversations about the effectiveness of RE teaching within schools, across schools and on cohorts of students over time.

Abstract Pictorial Art in Religious Education
Dr. Christopher Longhurst, The Catholic Institute
In what ways can abstract imagery serve religious education? We will explore the usefulness of non-representational art, so-called "secular" abstract paintings, for contemporary religious education. I argue that due to religious pluralism and Aotearoa New Zealand's religiously diverse classrooms, nonfigurative "secular" art may be a great place to start educating both children and adult students about theological concepts.

Meditation with Children
Fr. Peter Murphy, New Zealand Community for Christian Meditation
An introduction to Christian meditation with emphasis on its simplicity and how easy it is for children to pick it up. A description of how to introduce it to children plus testimony of how it has been working in two schools, from a DRS and a Principal.

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Whakapapa Matters: IVF and the Changing Landscape of Families
Dr. John Kleinsman and Dr. Sue Buckley, Nathaniel Centre - the New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre
Imagine eight parents turning up for one child's 'parent-teacher' interview … yes, it's possible. In 2017 feedback was sought on rescinding New Zealand's biological link policy which requires children conceived via IVF to have at least one biological link to an intending parent. Using case-studies and drawing on Catholic teaching, this presentation discusses recent developments in IVF for thinking about 'family/whanau'.

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Creating a Compassionate Fund in your School
Bernadette Stockman, Principal, St Mary's College, Auckland
In 2014, a Compassionate Fund was set up at St Mary's College, Auckland to provide financial assistance to families facing adversity. It has operated successfully since then, providing help for over 40 families a year. This seminar will explain how this became a reality and how it is future proofed.


4.15 - 5.15pm

Cheer up. You look like you're sucking a lemon!
David Wells, Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Plymouth, England
Pope Francis repeatedly turns our attention to the virtue of joy. God did not intend us to advertise our stress and anxiety
yet our faces often communicate these things more than we intend. In this seminar we will focus on the virtue of joy, why we need 
it, what it can do to transform us and our schools, and what it can do to help people flourish. Despite the title, this seminar won't 
give you more to do, but it may change the way you do what you doing! 

2 It Takes a Village
Sr. Siân Owen, RSJ, Leader RE Team, Auckland Diocese
Increasingly the Catholic school is where children and young people complete (and sometimes begin) the Sacraments of Initiation. How can this be best facilitated as an action of the entire Church community, with "no greater burden than necessary" on schools and seekers.

3 I Am Made in the Image and Likeness of God
Lyn Smith, Head of RE TCI / Projects, Auckland, NCRS
We are wonderfully made (Psalm 139) - an exploration of how this helps us to understand who we are as sexual beings made in the image and likeness of God.

4 A Framework for Pastoral Care in Catholic Secondary Schools
David Sullivan, Secondary Religious Education Consultant, Wellington Archdiocese
A look into a framework of key pillars that work together to create a pastoral care system that lives Christ's care and compassion and helps in a positive way to strengthen the teaching and learning. This arises from my Masters level research that examined the latest research alongside quantitative data from two Catholic Secondary schools. It will include time to discuss pastoral care in attendees' schools, and how the research might apply in the individual's context.  It will have relevance to both secondary and primary leaders.

5 Evaluating Catholic Special Character: How Effective Are We in Forming Christ in Others?
Rosalie Connors, Palmerston North Diocese with Francis Wafer, Catholic Schools Education Service, Wellington Archdiocese
How effective is the school in handing on the faith and forming a new generation of Catholics? The Catholic school needs formal, robust and rigorous evaluation processes in place to answer this question. These processes provide a constructive critique of Catholic Character, celebrating and sustaining what is working well, while striving to improve what is not. Such processes recognise a willingness to embrace challenge and change and lead to the development of new aspirational goals focused on forming Christ in others.

6 Activating the Call to Care for Our Common Home
Catherine Gibbs, Lecturer, The Catholic Institute
Using Catholic Theological Underpinnings and the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, we will consider four ways of activating our Christian call to care for our common home. Through contemplation, conversion, conversation and dialogue, and care we can inform and transform the learning opportunities in our school communities.

7 The Forgotten Principle of the Social Encyclicals: Synthesis in Catholic Education
Dan Stollenwerk, HOD, Theology and Philosophy, St Peter's College, Auckland
Looks at how Catholic education already includes this pearl of great price - and how it could do better.

8 Flipped Learning in Religious Education
Jeremy Cumming, DRS/HoF Garin College, Nelson
Research and classroom practice on how to use Flipped Learning in a Religious Education Classroom. We will focus on how students can develop their faith, how we can develop their families' understanding and engagement in faith and why this is an important shift in the education sector.

9 St Edith Stein: Educator, Religious, Saint of the Church - an Introduction to Her Life
Fr. John Adams, Diocesan Priest, Vicar for Education, Christchurch Diocese
Learn about the life of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein). Her story is a  powerful example of triumph over adversity, conversion, and a deep desire to know the truth. Be inspired by this teacher and courageous woman of faith.

10 Developing a School Retreat Curriculum Years 7 - 13
Pascale Joines, Retreats and Liturgies Co-ordinator, Francis Douglas Memorial College, New Plymouth
The development of a cohesive, linked retreat curriculum for yrs 7 - 13, using the school curriculum and the school charism.

11 AGM for Catholic Primary Principals
Sue Jury, President NZCPPA

 


Friday 15 June

Time Session
8.00am - 1.00pm   Registration desk open
8.00 - 8.30am  Meditation (optional)
8.30am  Morning prayers & announcements
8.45am  NCRS launch
8.50am  Concurrent seminars D

 1  Greatest Truths from the smallest Gestures – Catholic Schools as Evangelising Communities
 2  A Franciscan Spiritual Guide for Social Media Engagement
 3  Hokianga - Where it all Began
 4  Dealing With Conflict: Hammers or Harmony?
 5  A Beginner's Guide to Running a Caritas Challenge Event
 6  Parents - First Educators in Faith
 7  Religious Studies Teachers' Association of Aotearoa NZ
 8  RE Digital Resources Development Research/Professional Learning Project
 9  What Does it Mean to 'Be' Human?
10  Change the World: Evangelism in the 21st Century
11  Maths-Whizz: Award-winning online programme - helping every child reach their potential!
10.00am  Morning tea
10.45am  Keynote: "Shoulder my yoke and learn from me" – Catholic Education and the Art of Accompaniment
 David Wells
 Kindly sponsored by The Catholic Institute
12.00 - 12.30pm   Concluding ceremony
12.30 - 3.30pm   Bus tour: Follow the Footsteps of Suzanne Aubert

Seminar synopses

8.50 - 9.50am

1 Greatest Truths from the smallest Gestures – Catholic Schools as Evangelising Communities
David Wells, Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Plymouth, England

Many of our schools were built to educate Catholic children from Catholic families living in a Catholic community. Things have changed. How does a school respond to the call of Pope Francis to become places of missionary zeal when the context is changing so rapidly? In a world where people are more connected but less together, more comfortable but less at peace, what can a school do to bring the  message of the Gospel to the unconvinced and the weary. The seminar will demonstrate why Catholic schools have never been so vital in the mission of the Church and in the lives of the people we encounter. 

A Franciscan Spiritual Guide for Social Media Engagement
Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM, Visiting Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
A 2015 Pew Research Centre comprehensive study showed that in the past decade there has been a "tenfold jump" in the number of all adults who use social media regularly. Meanwhile, in the young adult world, 24% of those in the post-millennial generation report going online "almost constantly" and 92% of these young people report going online "at least daily".

In this digital age, where are Catholic educators to turn for guidance for themselves and their students? This workshop presents the wisdom of the Franciscan tradition as a resource for engaging social media. Drawing on its Gospel mission, renunciation of unjust power structures, and celebrating the centrality of the Incarnation, Franciscan spirituality has a surprising number of insights for modern women and men negotiating the
"digital continent".

Hokianga - Where it all Began
Monica Johnson, Principal with Stateira D'Souza, DRS, Marist College, Auckland
A spiritual journey into our past.  Participants will trace our Aotearoa Catholic heritage and open their hearts and minds to the life and work of Bishop Pompallier and the tangata whenua of Hokianga where it all began.  It will be an opportunity to reflect on being true witnesses of the name they and we proudly bear - Christian - disciples of Christ. 

Dealing With Conflict: Hammers or Harmony?
Brenda Mauger with Eileen Henderson, Ahead Associates
If not handled well, conflict can lead to the breakdown of relationships and resulting damage for a community. This seminar will help you navigate your way through those challenging situations and behaviours that catch you by surprise. How do you take advantage of the window of opportunity between identifying or being confronted with conflict and disciplinary action, to achieve the best outcome for all?

A Beginner's Guide to Running a Caritas Challenge Event
Michael Stewart, Education Coordinator with Gemma Sinnott, Social Justice Education Advisor, Caritas Aotearoa NZ
Find out more about what the Caritas Challenge is and how you can run an event at your school in the future. Discover more about resources and hear how other schools have made it work.

Parents - First Educators in Faith
Chris Duthie-Jung, Leader Family & Young Church Vicariate, Wellington Archdiocese 
Faith formation begins for most in the family. If it is to be effective, parents need to be equipped with the faith tools and confidence to make their homes true centres of lived faith. This seminar will focus on recent efforts in the Archdiocese of Wellington to work with Catholic schools in nurturing the faith of parents of young children.

Religious Studies Teachers' Association of Aotearoa NZ
Colin MacLeod with Philomena Clare, and others from the Executive, and John Chote, HOD RE/DRS, Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt
An opportunity to hear about and discuss the work of the committee thus far, such as work towards NZQA Scholarship in RS, raising the profile of the association and planning for future foci. John Chote will also discuss his research on the uptake of RS Standards.

RE Digital Resources Development Research/Professional Learning Project
Cushla O'Connor, RE Advisor; Rory Paterson, RE Advisor; and Mike Nolan, Manager, Catholic Education Office, Christchurch Diocese with Whitney Hansen, E-Learning Coordinator, St Francis of Assisi School, Christchurch; and Andrea Craig, HoF Religious Studies, Villa Maria College
Our diocesan-wide research project aims to work with students and teachers and to assist busy classroom teachers in the creation of theologically and educationally sound digital RE resources and learning tasks for their students.

9 What Does it Mean to 'Be' Human?
Dr Christopher Longhurst, Lecturer, The Catholic Institute 
Explores foundational and relational concepts of 'Being' human from a biblical-teleological perspective as revealed in Michelangelo's Creation of Adam [Sistine Chapel, Vatican City].

10 Change the World: Evangelism in the 21st Century
Brendan Malone, Head of Education and Media, Focus on the Family New Zealand with Danny Kettola, Director, Be Your Best Self
A fresh, engaging and motivating seminar that explores what effective and loving Catholic evangelisation looks like in the 21st century and why this has become so vitally important. The seminar is based on the words of Pope Francis: "Change individuals' lives so they can change the world".

11 Maths-Whizz: Award-winning online programme - helping every child reach their potential!

Ross Perkinson, iLearn Interactive Ltd

Recently having used Maths-Whizz in the classroom, Ross will overview this powerful subscription-based resource that automatically sets programmes to target every child's next steps, celebrating progress and fostering a growth mindset in students, while providing Primary and Intermediate school teachers with valuable NZC achievement data. Studies across NZ schools show students who have used Maths-Whizz effectively show accelerated achievement in their NZ

standardised

assessments.


12.30 - 3.30PM 

Bus tour: Follow the Footsteps of Suzanne Aubert

Deidre Hanlon, Visitor Experience Manager, Home of Compassion     

Follow the footsteps of Suzanne Aubert, Meri Hohepa, the woman who will become New Zealand's first saint, with an afternoon trip to sites of significance and pilgrimage. Discover these historic and sacred places for yourself and find out what is on offer for students through the Compassion Schools Programme. Lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

We will stop in Buckle Street and visit Suzanne's recently restored Historic Creche. A short walk around the corner, the Compassion Soup Kitchen in Tory Street is not far from its original location. The response of the Soup Kitchen to hunger and social isolation has been constant since 1901.

Our final stop takes us to Our Lady's Home of Compassion in Island Bay - home to the Resting Place of Suzanne Aubert and the motherhouse of the Sisters of Compassion. Experience the refreshed and new public spaces and facilities opened in October 2017. Take a guided tour with Sisters and staff and take time to pause awhile and experience the wairua of this sacred place. There will be a short presentation on the Sisters of Compassion and the Compassion Schools programme at the Home of Compassion. Registration required, 48 spaces only.  This tour is available on Wednesday 13th, 12:30 - 3:30pm. An airport drop off may also be possible at the end of the tour before the bus returns to Queens Wharf.


 

WITH THANKS TO OUR KEY PARTNERS

 

      
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