2017 Annual Conference

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
13 - 15 June

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NSWSPC Calendar

Mon Jun 12, 2017
Executive Meeting 1 pm
Tue Jun 13, 2017
SPC Annual Conference
Wed Jun 14, 2017
SPC Annual Conference
Thu Jun 15, 2017
SPC Annual Conference
Fri Jun 30, 2017
End Term 2
Mon Jul 17, 2017
School Development Day
Tue Jul 18, 2017
Term 3 starts
Mon Jul 24, 2017
Executive Meeting
Mon Aug 07, 2017
Retired Principals' lunch 10am-2 pm
Wed Aug 23, 2017
Executive Meeting
Thu Aug 24, 2017
State Assembly
Fri Aug 25, 2017
Professional Learning Day

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Regional and R/G meetings are in the Members area calendar.

Academy Fellowship

2015 Academy Photography Fellowship

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Awarded to Stacey Quince - Principal
Campbelltown Performing Arts High School

The Academy Photography Fellowship provides funding to the amount of $4000 annually to be used for the purpose of educational research.

The aim of Stacey's research is to seek to address the following questions:

  • To what extent do learning spaces support quality pedagogical practices?
  • How can NSW DEC Secondary Schools draw on current research and examples to maximise the use of space for improved learning experiences for students?
  • What processes can be employed in NSW DEC Secondary Schools to build the capacity of teachers to utilise learning spaces more effectively?
  • How can NSW DEC Secondary Schools evaluate the impact of flexible learning spaces on teacher practice and student engagement?

She writes ...

Research in the area of learning environments is a rapidly developing field, with educators and academics alike recognising the importance that space plays in the role of learning (Dumont and Istance, 2010; Blackmore, 2011; Heppell, 2013). Whilst the need to shift the "old paradigm" though new and emerging pedagogies to more effectively meet the needs C21st learners is well documented, there is a need to reconceptualise the role that space plays in this shift and, more fundamentally, provide school leaders with strategies and tools to be able to transform space and how it is used. This requires a process that can both build the capacity of teachers to implement new pedagogies, as well as enable leadership teams to transform existing learning environments to maximise the impact of these new pedagogies.

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2014 Academy Photography Fellowship

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Awarded to June Hingston - Principal
(ex Callaghan College, Newcastle, NSW.)

The Academy Photography Fellowship provides funding to the amount of $4000 annually to be used for the purpose of educational research.

The aims of June's research are to:

  1. Examine the relationship between factors that affect principal leadership practice in the implementation of SBM policy reform.
  2. Explore the impact of the implementation of state SBM reform on the enactment of principal leadership.
  3. Investigate the effects of the implementation of school-based management reform on the workload and role of the principal, in terms of role overload, role conflict and role ambiguity.
  4. Improve school leadership practice through the development of research-informed professional development programs and instruments, and the development of a database of principal best practice (Innovation Projects).
  5. Contribute to the theory knowledge and practice on SBM, system reform, factors that influence principal leadership and the enactment of principal leadership.
  6. Inform policy on the effects of the implementation of SBM reforms on principal leadership practice.

She writes ...

Principals hold very significant positions in the education process and are essential for successful schooling. They are the main source of leadership in their schools and they are second only to classroom teachers as an influence on student learning (Hallinger & Heck, 1998; Harris, 2009; Leithwood, Day, Sammons, Harris, & Hopkins, 2006).

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2013 Academy Photography Fellowship

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Awarded to Craig Petersen - Principal
Denison College of Secondary Education, Bathurst, NSW.

The Academy Photography Fellowship provides funding to the amount of $4000 annually to be used for the purpose of educational research.

Craig’s research is focussed on what works to improve student results in rural schools and how this will, in many cases, also apply to disadvantaged schools regardless of their setting.

He writes ...

It is widely recognised that entrenched social and economic disadvantage can be major barriers to learning for children, but for the more than 1,300 schools with approximately 334,000 students in rural and regional areas there is the additional factor of geographic isolation. Students who are isolated must be included in the equitable provision of educational services. Another element in providing inclusive education is to consider Aboriginal students and the need for culturally appropriate teaching and resources.

The rural sector in NSW has been experiencing accelerated change because of trends in rural industries such as agriculture, mining and resource development affecting population and employment levels. This can cause some rural cities to grow while nearby small towns and isolated communities decline.

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2012 Academy Photography Fellowship

Awarded to Peter Macbeth - Bangamalanha Principal
Aboriginal Education – Western Region, NSW

Bangamalanha is the name of Western NSW Regional Aboriginal Education centre. It is a Wiradjuri word that means a special place of sharing.

The Academy Photography Fellowship provides funding to the amount of $4000 annually to be used for the purpose of educational research.

Peters’ research is focussed on Aboriginal Education and the work schools are doing to change classroom practice to support the education of all Aboriginal students.

He writes ...

During the last three years a priority has been directed towards the implementation of the Aboriginal Pedagogies Course or the 8 Ways of Learning in Western Region NSW. This course has been based on the work of Dr Tyson Yunkaporta and many others and is a framework to support the engagement of Aboriginal students in their learning. This is a pedagogy framework that allows teachers to include Aboriginal perspectives by using Aboriginal learning techniques. In this way, focus can remain on core curriculum content while embedding Aboriginal perspectives in every lesson.

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2011 Academy Photography Fellowship

Awarded to Chris Presland - Principal
St Clair High School, St Clair, NSW.

The Academy Photography Fellowship provides funding to the amount of $4000 annually to be used for the purpose of educational research.

Chris' research is on the Consultant Principal (a future position?).

He writes ...

It is widely accepted that the Principal of a Public School in NSW is a unique position. It is pivotal in the success or failure of any initiative, policy or procedure. The Principalship is the one and only place in the NSW DEC at which all of the system’s functions come together.

In essence, everyone wants access to and influence over, the Principal.

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2010 Academy Photography Fellowship

Awarded to Steve Pickering - College Principal
Northern Beaches Secondary College, Freshwater, NSW.

The Academy Photography Fellowship provides funding to the amount of $4000 annually to be used for the purpose of educational research.

Steve's research is on Closing the Learning Gap

He writes ...

The nature and purpose of the research is to review international best practice in closing the learning gap for underachieving students by attending an international conference and interviewing leaders in best practice schools. My research findings will be adapted to the Australian context and disseminated to other principals through a written report and conference presentations.

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