Date: Sunday, 15th October 2017
Venue: Boulevard Foyer, Boulevard Level, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Cost: Inclusive for all registered conference delegates. Guest tickets can be purchased during the registration process.
Hear from Bevan Brennan, the Assistant Director-General, State Schools – Operations within the State Schools Division of the Department of Education and Training. He has four decades of experience across a range of executive roles including Chair of the University of the Sunshine Coast Academic Advisory Board, Lead Auditor of a statewide team undertaking a range of education audits throughout Queensland and acting Regional Director of the North Coast Region. He has also held Principal and Executive Principal positions including Chancellor State College; Coorparoo Secondary College; and Sunshine Beach State High School.
Currently, Mr Brennan has an extensive portfolio focused on supporting the safety and well being of students as well as student protection, disengaged youth, and parent and community engagement. He is also responsible for attainment strategies with a view to expanding opportunities for all students to reach their potential.
Mr Brennan is committed to a culture of achievement and high expectations in all state schools and espouses a growth mindset, listing feedback as a crucial requirement for
progress towards individual goals and targets.
Then we welcome Dr Katrina Lines the Executive Director of Services with Act for Kids, a not-for-profit organisation providing prevention, early intervention and therapeutic programs to children who have been abused, or are at risk of abuse and neglect. Katrina is a psychologist with more than 15 years’ experience working with children and young people. She has a PhD in children’s cognitive, social and emotional development. Her role includes developing, implementing and evaluating prevention and intervention programs for abuse and neglect.
Act for Kids is an Australian charity providing free therapy and support services to children and families who have experienced, or are at risk of child abuse and neglect. We have helped thousands of children and families for over 28 years. Act for Kids operates 22 centres with a team of over 300 staff from Adelaide all the way up to the Cape York Peninsula. Our services have expanded to include integrated therapy, support for vulnerable families, special workshops to empower kids and safe houses in remote Aboriginal communities.
You will also have the opportunity to view a number of pieces from the award winning artist Jandamarra Cadd.
From enduring a challenging childhood to becoming an Archibald Prize Finalist, Jandamarra Cadd – a Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Warung descendent, is an inspirational man with many stories to tell. With his vibrant and expressive portraitures, Jandamarra’s art is emotive and insightful – and is a powerful medium to bridge the story telling divide between Aboriginal and mainstream Australia.
Painting has been a way of life that has enabled him to express his creativity and story telling and in many of his paintings of the human condition, he seeks to be a peaceful voice for unity. Jandamarra uses a variety of styles and mediums; with his unique blend of traditional aboriginal art techniques along with his own signature contemporary portraiture.
To read more about Jandamarra please visit his official website.
And don’t miss the amazing performance by Rochedale State School Choir!
Under the direction of Mr Joel Eames & Mrs Andrea Eames, the Rochedale State School Senior Choir will perform a selection of items supported by the melody of a grand piano. The choir consists of talented young students in years 4 to 6 at the school, and currently has approximately 60 members.
Albany Creek is a secondary school 15 kilometres north of Brisbane and the Senior Strings Ensemble consists of students from Years 9 to 12 and is conducted by George Stylianou. Many members of this ensemble also performed in the school orchestra and have toured to Singapore, Malaysia and more recently, Cairns on the Instrumental Music Tour. This ensemble has performed at Parliament House, for our local community, and the Brisbane Bands Festival this year.