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Join us for the 2024 K-12 Curriculum Reform Conference

Catholic Schools NSW invites school teachers, leaders, and educators from across the State to join us at the 2024 K-12 Curriculum Reform Conference.

Building upon the success of last year’s event, this year’s theme, “Animating the Curriculum for Human Flourishing,” will explore the transformative will go beyond the mandated curriculum to explore what it means to offer a distinctly Catholic approach to developing the whole person: intellectually, spiritually, ethically, physically, creatively.

Key Focus Areas:

The Reformed Syllabuses and Implementation: Explore the practical implications of the updated syllabuses and their effective integration in classrooms.

Catholic Curriculum: Reflect on the rich heritage of Catholic Intellectual Thought and its role in shaping holistic education.

Human Flourishing and Education: Discuss how education contributes to the flourishing of individuals and communities.

Opportunities for Senior Secondary Curriculum: Explore how we can enhance senior secondary education to support post-school pathways so that all students can flourish.

Academic care and wellbeing: Discuss how to build students’ engagement in learning and confidence in the face of challenge.

High Potential Students: Consider the unique needs of high potential and gifted students within the reformed curriculum.

Vocational Education: Explore vocational pathways and strategies to encourage student participation and success.

Featured Speaker: Fr. Johnny Go SJ, EdD, Founding Dean of the Gokongwei Brothers School of Education and Learning Design at the Ateneo de Manila University, will open the conference. Fr Go’s keynote address Reimagining Catholic Education for Human Flourishing, will challenge and provoke participants to consider the purpose of Catholic schools in light of the curriculum reform and rapid social and technological change. With extensive experience in professional development for educators worldwide, Fr. Go brings a wealth of insights to our discussions.

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue, share best practices, and shape the future of education. 

Date & Time

Monday 30th September 2024
Conference: 8:00AM – 5:00PM
Networking + Cocktail Hour: 5:00PM – 6:30PM

Tuesday 1st October 2024
Conference: 8:00AM – 5:00PM


Hilton Sydney
488 George St, Sydney NSW 2000


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Fr Johnny Go

Fr. Johnny Go SJ

Founding Dean, Gokongwei Brothers School of Education and Learning Design of the Ateneo de Manila University

Fr. Johnny Go SJ, EdD is the Founding Dean of the newly established Gokongwei Brothers School of Education and Learning Design of the Ateneo de Manila University. He received his Doctors of Education from the UCL Institute of Education (University of London) and the Singapore National Institute of Education at the Nanyang Technological University.

From 2001 to 2013, Fr. Go also served as the President of Xavier School, a K-12 Jesuit school in Manila, as well as Executive Director of Jesuit Communications Foundation from 1997 to 2001.

Fr. Go teaches Education at the School of Education and Learning Design, as well as Philosophy at the School of Humanities, and Science, Technology, and Society at the College of Science of the University of the Philippines. He has years of experience conducting professional development courses for teachers and educational leaders in various parts of the world.

Fr. Go is a Jesuit priest and a published author of books in education and spirituality. His doctoral thesis at UCL, Religious Education from a Critical Realist Perspective: Sensus Fidei and Critical Thinking, was published by Routledge in 2018. His book on Ignatian Pedagogy, Learning by Refraction: A Practitioner’s Guide to 21st-Century Ignatian Pedagogy has been translated into six languages, with three more editions coming up.

Jenny Gore

Jenny Gore

Laureate Professor of Education, University of Newcastle

Professor Gore was the University of Newcastle’s first female Laureate Professor and first Laureate in Humanities and Social Sciences. Jenny has been Director of the Teachers and Teaching Research Centre since its inauguration in 2013 and has been widely published and cited. Her research is driven by the notion that all young people should experience high quality teaching. Her current major project is examining the impact of Quality Teaching Rounds on teacher and student outcomes.

Jenny’s current work revolves around the Quality Teaching Model, which enables teachers to draw on their own strengths, working with peers to improve practice.

The model is already used in more than 2,300 government, 300 Catholic and 30 independent schools throughout Australia. It has been shown to make lessons more intellectually engaging and challenging. Improving the learning environment and increasing the significance of what is learnt.

Simon Breakspear

Dr Simon Breakspear

Director, Breakspear Learning

Following the success of Simon’s keynotes in the 2023 Curriculum Reform Conference, Simon will be welcomed back to facilitate a leadership masterclass. This masterclass will support school and system leaders K-12 to maintain the momentum required for quality curriculum implementation.Simon Breakspear is a researcher, advisor and speaker on education policy, practice and change. Simon develops frameworks, tools and programs that make evidence-based ideas easy to understand and apply. Over the last decade he has worked with over 100,000 educators across ten countries. Simon is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, and an advisor to the NSW Department of Education School Leadership Institute. He earned his PhD in Education from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar.

Accommodation Discount

The Conference venue, the Hilton, is offering 10% off stays for all attendees of the Catholic Schools NSW 2024 Curriculum Conference. To activate your discount use the link below to book online or over the phone using the Group Code below.

Group Code: G10DYN
Hilton Sydney: +1300 445 866
Cancellation Policy: 1 day prior to arrival

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