Term 4 Leadership Forum focus on wellbeing

BCE Executive Director Dr Sally Towns with Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. 

Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) principals and system leaders have hit the ground running this Term 4, joining together at this week’s Leadership Forum (10 October). 

The forum is held twice a year, helping bring BCE school leaders together to promote the building of professional relationships, capability, community, and to collaborate around strategic priorities. 
Head of Education Strategy, Policy and Innovation Marisa Dann, said the Term 4 forum was a huge success, continuing this year’s theme ‘Courageous Hearts.’ 
“The Leadership Forum is a twice-yearly professional development opportunity for BCE school principals to get together and discuss important issues facing our students,” she said.  
“I always look forward to meeting more of our school leaders at Leadership Forum and discuss our strategic priorities as a community of schools.  
“One of the goals of this Leadership Forum was for our school leaders to explore what is needed for individual, school and system wellbeing.”  
Among the guest industry experts speaking on the day was Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, one of Australia’s highest profile psychologists and a specialist in parenting, children, adolescents and mental health, who spoke about building wellbeing in a post-pandemic context.  
The other speaker was Dr Phil Cummins, an educator and Managing Director at the Centre for Innovation, Research, Creativity and Leadership in Education. Dr Cummins shared with leaders how schooling educates for character, competency and wellness in young people.  
“Our speakers helped inspire our principals to accomplish our goal of individual, school and system wellbeing across the board,” added Marisa. 
BCE Executive Director Dr Sally Towns said the Leadership Forum is so important to ensure that “as a system of schools, we are working together.” 
“Having everybody in the room is really important, to ensure we are all pulling in the same direction,” Dr Towns said. 

“This forum helps ensure we are supporting our schools in their most important work and helps prioritise the work that we need to do to offer our best services and support to our schools.” 

About Dr Michael Carr-Gregg  

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia’s highest profile psychologists, author, broadcaster and specialist in parenting, children, adolescents, and mental health. In 1985 he founded the world’s first national teenage cancer patients support group, Canteen. He is also a founding member of the National Coalition Against Bullying. Dr Carr-Gregg also works for SchoolTV after believing there was a need for a digital wellbeing resource to be used a preventative measure to address issues being faced by parents and their children. You can read more here: Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

 About Dr Phil Cummins FRSA, FIML

Dr Phil Cummins is the Founder and Managing Partner of a School For Tomorrow and Founder, and Director of Voyage.  He describes himself as an educator by trade and conviction.  For over three decades, he’s been teaching, thinking, writing, speaking, and leading in schools and tertiary institutions all over the world.  Dr Cummins formed a view that an education is for character, competency, and wellness.   

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