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2019 National Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium

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Early Bird Registrations Extended until Monday 4 March (midnight CST)
To close the education gap for Indigenous boarding students we must all do 'Whatever it takes!'

If you missed the 2018 National Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium don’t miss the 2019 event. This is an essential event for everyone who has responsibility for Indigenous students.

Indigenous boarding continues be in the spotlight as questions are raised about the capacity of boarding to meet the needs of Indigenous students and close the education gap. Regardless, for most rural and remote Indigenous secondary students, a boarding education is the only viable opportunity for academic achievement, personal growth and future opportunities with the skills to walk in both worlds.  

If the Indigenous education gap is to be closed through boarding there is an urgent imperative that boarding schools and residences do Whatever it takes! to meet the needs of Indigenous students. 

So what must boarding schools and residences do to help Indigenous students get on-board, engage in learning and stay connected throughout their schooling?

Whatever it takes! is a rallying call for everyone involved with Indigenous education and boarding to be at  the 2019 Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium in Brisbane on 11-14 March to step up and make boarding education a positive life experience for every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student studying away.

Do Whatever it Takes to be in Brisbane for the 2019 National Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • School Principals and leaders
  • Senior School Staff with responsibility for Indigenous students
  • Heads of Boarding and Boarding managers
  • Remote community leaders and families whose children study away
  • Managers of relevant government agencies
  • Managers of Not for profit organisations with responsibility for Indigenous student welfare
  • Providers of scholarships for Indigenous boarding students
SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM
Mon 11 March
4.00pm - 7.00pm     Registration
7.00pm - 9.00pm          Welcome Function and special announcement
 
Tues 12 March
8.30am Opening and Keynote Address
9.30am

On-boarding - what does it take to get an Indigenous student from the bush to prepare for and commence boarding?

(Speakers, Q&A and Workshop)
Richard Stewart, State Program Manager, Transition Support Services, QLD
Anthony Bennett, Manager, Wiltja Secondary College, SA
Peter Linnehan, Principal Coach, Deparmentt of Education, QLD
Brenton Toy, Director, Transition Support Unit, NT
NPY Women's Council, NT

1.30pm

Engaging - what does it take for a boarder to feel connected with their boarding experience and value their education?

(Speakers, Q&A and Workshop)
Leigh Allener, Head of Residential Campus, Western Cape College, QLD
Anthony Begg, Indigenous Students Coordinator, Kinross Wolaroi School, NSW
Dr Tessa Beneviste, Senior Research Officer, CQU, QLD
Gayle De La Cruz, Project Manager, North Qld Toyota Cowboys
Derek Hunter, Indigenous Liaison Officer, Aquinas College, WA

6.30pm

Indigenous Boarding Awards Dinner
Bernie Dean MC

Wed 13 March

 

7.45 to 8.30am Symposium Exclusive
Evaluation of Investment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Boarding Services and Indigenous Boarding Financial Health Survey Results. Overview and Q&A. 
 
8.30am Keynote
Andrew Giles MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Schools, Member for Scullin, VIC
9.30am

Staying Connected - what does it take to keep a boarder returning each term, year after year, until they complete their education?

(Speakers, Q&A and Workshop)
Andrew Beck, Indigenous Program Coordinator, Guildford Grammar School, WA
Renee Coffey, Deputy CEO, AIEF
Ronnie Forrest, Program Coordinator - Future Footprints, Assoc of Independent Schools of WA
Lorraine King, SA
Stuart Ward, Principal, Tiwi College, NT

1.30pm

You can't say that!

(Speakers, Open mic)

3.00pm  Closing statement and Call to Action
 
Thur 14 March
8.30am - 1.00pm

What's Working in Indigenous Boarding
Findings of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Boarding Reference Group - Student Support Working Group

(Optional workshop)

 

 

Ticket inclusions

Symposium

  • Cocktail Welcome Function
  • Indigenous Boarding Awards Dinner - 3 course meal, drinks and entertainment
  • Lunch and tea break refreshments Tuesday and Wednesday
  • 2 day symposium

Optional Workshop - What's Working in Indigenous Boarding

  • Refreshments and light lunch
  • 1/2 day workshop

REGISTRATION & EARLY BIRD TICKETS

Full ticket pricing details are displayed below. Early Bird tickets are available until midnight 4 March 2019. When booking Early bird prices will be displayed automatically until they end.

To book for the Symposium and the Optional Workshop you first need to complete details for the Symosium and when done you will see the option to book more tickets. Click to add the Workshop. 

PRICE GUIDE

Early Bird
to 28 February

4 March

Full

From 5 March

Group of 3 +

Boarding Australia / ABSA members

$1,295

$1,395

$3,300 / 3 people
(+ $1,100/extra)

Non-Members

$1,495

$1,595

$3,900/ 3 people (+ $1,300/extra)

Workshop - Boarding Australia / ABSA members

$295

$395

$690/3 people

(+$230/extra)

Workshop – Non-Members

$395

$495

$990/3 people

(+$330/extra)

 

ACCOMMODATION DEALS
Boarding Australia have negotiated special accommodation rates for Symposium Delegates.

 

Rydges South Bank and Mantra South Bank are both conveniently located adjacent to the symposium venue.

 

The links below will open a new window/tab and take you to a unique booking page with prices and room options.
 

Mantra Accommodation Deal

 

Rydges Accommodation Deal
Email reservations Reservations_rydgessouthbank@evt.com and mention 'Boarding Australia Symposium' and Code 1903BOARDI_001 in your email.

 

Location

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cnr Merivale & Glenelg Streets, South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland 4101

Contact Details

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To book for the Symposium and the Optional Workshop you first need to complete details for the Symosium and when done you will see the option to book more tickets. Click to add the Workshop. 
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