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Fearless Girls. Strong Women: 2018 Biennial Educators Conference

May 5, 2018 - May 8, 2018, Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace
Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia

The highly anticipated Biennial Educators Conference will be the premier gathering of girls’ school educators in Australasia. The format of the conference includes keynotes from academic, business and community leaders, session presentations and interactive discussions and debates on critical issues affecting educators and girls.

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Conference Speakers

Peggy Orenstein

US author and journalist

Madonna King

Award-winning journalist, author and commentator

Professor Erica McWilliam

Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education, QUT

Maree Crabbe

Coordinator of the violence prevention project Reality & Risk: Pornography, young people and sexuality.

Dr Terry Fitzsimmons

Director of the Centre for Research into Gender Equality in the Workplace, UQ |

Dr Nicole Archard

Principal, Loreto College Marryatville, Adelaide

Anne Lingafelter

Learning Solutions Consultant, Gallup

Professor Manjula Waniganayake

Department of Educational Studies Macquarie University, Sydney

Prof Helen Forgasz

Professor of Education, Monash University

Prof Gilah Leder

Adjunct Professor, Monash University

Dr Katherine Dix

Senior Research Fellow, Educational Monitoring and Research, ACER

Dr Rebecca English

Faculty of Education,
School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

Child and Adolescent Psychologist, SchoolTV

Event Program

5.30 pm - 7.30 pm

Opening Event | Mortlock Chamber, State Library of South Australia

Special guest: Senator the Hon Penny Wong

Cocktail party for delegates and guests

Corner of North Terrace and Kintore Ave, Adelaide — a short walk from the conference venue.

Drinks and canapes included.

Bookings essential

8.00 am

Registration Open | Adelaide Convention Centre, Riverbank Foyer

8.30 am

Conference Welcome: Conference Committee Chair Julia Shea

8.35 am

Peggy Orenstein | Author & Journalist

Girls and Sex: How young women navigate desire, danger, performance and pleasure

9.45 am

Dr Terry Fitzsimmons | MD, Australian Gender Equality Council; Centre for Research into Gender Equality in the Workplace; UQ

Driving Gender Equality In Australia and NZ : It’s Time

10.40 am

Morning tea

11.10 am

Dr Nicole Archard | Loreto College Marryatville & Prof Manjula Waniganayake | Macquarie University

Girls to Women: The Cycle of Leadership

11.50 am

Prof Erica McWilliam | QUT

First Day. First Class

12.45 pm

Lunch in Riverbank Foyer and opportunity to visit trade exhibitors

1.45 pm - 2.15 pm

Breakout sessions A

Parallel sessions

Fearless creators [STEM and problem-based learning] | Glenn Carmichael, St Michael’s Collegiate, TAS

The Developing Resilient Women Project | Kristina Morgan & Nicole Caulfield, Lourdes Hill College, QLD

The capacity of language to empower girls to become life-long and self-directed learners | Heather Davis & Jill Bradford, Wilderness School, SA

Fearless Bites | 4 six-minute speed presentation

1. Creating Strong Female Leaders | Rebecca Watts, St Mary’s AGS, WA

2. Fearless Custodians of Wellbeing | Nicole Tuck, St Michael’s Collegiate, TAS

3. Strengthening Wellbeing | Kim Watkins & Cheryl Penberthy, PLC, VIC

4. Social & Emotional Learning | Rachel McKee, Seymour College, SA

2.25 pm - 2.55 pm

Breakout session B

Parallel sessions

What kinds of geeks are girls? | Rebecca Ratcliffe & Yallana Brockwell, Wilderness School, SA

Piercing perfectionism | Rose Jost, Melbourne Girls Grammar, VIC

Raising funds for girls’ schools & alumnae relations | Jason Ketter & Pamela Sutton Legaud, AskRIGHT

The 5 stages of cultural change | Margaret Blake, Educator Impact

2.55 – 3.25 pm

Afternoon tea

3.30 pm

Madonna King | Author & Journalist

How can we help our girls? Letting them tell us

4.30 pm

Close Day 1

4.45 -5.30 pm

Alliance AGM | Members only

7.00 pm - 9.30 pm

Conference dinner options

You must register for the venue of your choice:

  • Bar-to-Bar at Udaberri and La Rumba
  • Concubine Chinese Restaurant
  • Sean’s Kitchen
7.45 am

Registration Open | Adelaide Convention Centre, Riverbank Foyer


Dr Michael Carr-Gregg | SchoolTV

The Impact of Technology on Young Women in 2018

8.30 am

Maree Crabbe | Risk and Reality

It’s time we talked: Pornography, young people and sexuality today

9.30 am

Anne Lingafelter | Gallup Research

What the data tells us: Gender lessons from Gallup Polls

10.30 am

Morning tea

11.00 am

Pornography in schools: Let’s get practical

Q&A panel discussion with Maree Crabbe, Risk and Reality | Marcelle Nader-Turner, St Hilda’s Collegiate School, NZ | Kate Major, Firbank Girls’ Grammar, VIC | Georgina Banks, ChangeABLE

12.00 pm

Dr Rebecca English | QUT

Holding patterns: How overbearing parenting affects girls’ schooling

12.45 pm

Lunch in Riverbank Foyer with opportunity to visit trade exhibitors

1.30 pm - 2.00 pm

Breakout session C

Parallel sessions

Entrepreneurship: Future fortunes for senior students | Ruth Massie, Seymour College, SA

Mirror, mirror on the wall | Jody Forbes, Brisbane Girls Grammar School, QLD

Fearlessness and empowerment | Rebecca Ewing, Santa Maria, WA

2.05 pm - 2.35 pm

Breakout session D

Parallel sessions

Challenge, choice and knowledge of self in Year 9 | Ellen Moffatt & Grace Kinch, Korowa Anglican Girls School, VIC

The power of student voice | Year 12 students Samantha Lau, Raagini  Mehra, Shabrea Teo& Nicole To, The Mac. Roberston Girls High School, VIC

Building a successful graduate | Judy Maw & Jackie Barron, St Hilda’s Collegiate School, NZ

2.35 pm

Afternoon tea

3.05 pm

Prof Helen Forgasz & Prof Gilah Leder | Monash University

Single-sex schooling, STEM, and career paths: Contemporary issues


3.45 pm

Dr Katherine Dix | ACER

Single-Sex Schooling and Girls’ Achievement in Australia

4.30-4.45 pm

Concluding remarks and conference close

6.00 -7.30 pm

Alumnae Event | St Aloysius College

For interstate and overseas schools.

This reception offers a ready-made, cost-effective regional alumnae event with the added benefit of networking with alumnae, from other girls’ schools, also living in Adelaide.

For more details (e) [email protected]

8.30 am - 12.30 pm

Post-conference school visits | return to North Terrace Adelaide

Option 1: Tour St Mary's and St Aloysius

St Mary’s College and St Aloysius College are located in the city of Adelaide, and between them educate over 2000 students from Reception (5 years old) to Year 12. Both schools pride themselves on educating young women who actively engage in creating a more just world. Through social justice, student leadership, service learning and immersion programs, students become aware of the challenges facing our society, both locally and globally, and develop confidence in tackling these challenges in meaningful ways.

The tour will profile some of these programs and will involve interaction with key staff and students in each school.

Option 2: Tour St Peter's Girls, Loreto College and Mary MacKillop College

St Peter’s Girls’ School

In 2017 the School built a new Middle School and Library. The ‘wish list’ included natural light, transparency so that our teaching and learning would be visible, flexibility, a design that would bring the ‘outside in’. Our Head of Middle School will show you through the new facility and talk about the learning framework which underpins the design.

Mary MacKillop

Tour our Year 12 common room and study area. The Deputy Principal, Helen Steele will give a short presentation on developing student leadership.


Our tour will focus on incorporating outdoor learning experiences into the curriculum to develop children’s learning in Junior School and Early Years settings.


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Adelaide Convention Centre
North Terrace
Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia


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Conference rates have been secured at the following hotels:

Mercure Grosvenor Hotel, Adelaide: to book use Company ID (client code): SCP454487 and Access Code: AD317AU781 Book now enter ‘Adelaide’ as the location followed by the dates for the conference to access the discounted rate at time of booking.

InterContinental Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide: Use the link: https://aws.passkey.com/go/AGSA to access conference rates.

The InterContinental is offering a special rate until the end of March 2018 of $185.00 being fully prepaid, non-refundable.To book this, guests will need to contact the hotel directly on (08) 8238 2400 and quote the reference ‘AGS’ alternatively for a flexible rate, which does not require any prepayment book using the link above.

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