Catholic Education South Australia
22 Nov 2016
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Aspiring Leaders in Catholic Education

Throughout 2016 a group of 32 aspiring leaders from Catholic Schools in South Australia gathered to explore their discernment and capacities for formal leadership. The yearly program was grounded in theological foundations led by Father Michael Trainor who outlined the core of Catholic leadership was a strong relationship with God. He provided the aspiring leaders with rich learning around the leadership of Jesus and empowered the group to explore their own affirming calls as educators. Father Michael Trainor’s insights into the historical context of households within the Gospels and relevance for leaders to draw from this knowledge for their own Catholic educational settings were deeply beneficial.

Within the eight sessions, the group was privileged to hear from various leaders including Principal Consultants, Principals and Deputy Principals who shared their vast understandings on various perspectives and experiences for educational leadership.

The course was concluded with members of the aspiring leadership groups sharing presentations in connection with the areas they had investigated. This was a beneficial process for everyone to share learning, collaborate and to form new ideas in their own vision for leadership. On behalf of the group of aspiring leaders Adam Slater, Deputy Principal at Holy Family School thanked Phil Holmes who led the whole group in what Adam described “as an amazing leadership journey”.


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