Anglican EdComm and St Andrew’s Cathedral School presented an inaugural seminar ‘Finding Balance and Meeting the Challenges’ on May 2, and the topics offered were shaped by advice from current education students at various universities.
The purpose of the evening was to prepare and support pre-service teachers as they apply and interview for teaching positions, and consider how they will integrate their faith and work for the growth of the gospel.
After a welcome and prayer, Dr John Collier, Head of St Andrew’s Cathedral School, spoke on what it means to be a Christian educator, followed by a panel of four experienced teachers, representing various school sectors. They shared how their Christian faith impacts their teaching practice and relationships, and how it informs what they do in the classroom. We were privileged to have Priyanka Bromhead (Plumpton High School), Emily Adcock (St Andrew’s Cathedral School), Nathan Bessant (Northern Beaches Christian School) and Doug Broadbent (Shore School) speak about how Christian faith impacts their teaching practice. They were able to show those present how the gospel informs what they do in the classroom, as well as how to keep a healthy balance between work, family, friends, hobbies and church commitments, while modelling the Christian life with colleagues.
Participants were offered the opportunity to participate in two of three break-out sessions:
- The application and interview process: tailoring a cover letter and managing oneself in an interview (Kirsten Macauley, Philip Bryson and Jessica Knudson, St Andrew’s Cathedral School)
- Starting/supporting an existing CRU/ISCF group (Peter Crawford and Daniel Perrott, CRU)
- Self-care – using spiritual resources to avoid burnout (Rebecca Egan, Roseville College).
The evening ended with informal discussions over dinner.
Following very positive feedback from participants we will present a similar event later in the year. Anglican EdComm values the opportunity to work with schools, colleges, universities and Christian groups to provide professional learning, and to support the work of Christian educators from pre-service through to end-of-career.
Gail Staples, Education Officer