2019 APPA National Conference (Adelaide)

Congratulations to Dave Edwards and the organising committee for the very successful Conference  Leading the Way: connection, collaboration, community held in Adelaide (Sept 3rd-6th).

From the beginning with the APPA Forum addressing reconciliation through Narragunnawali (Reconciliation Australia) there was an atmosphere of high-level conceptual discussion and collaboration mixed with practical actions.

Perhaps the highlight was the interweaving of planned and incidental connection around our first nation people. This was further highlighted by the presence of our friends from New Zealand and the Maori connection led by NZPF President Whetu Cormick.

The welcome to country by Aunty Georgina Williams was moving and powerful. The student choral performances (Marryatville Primary and Pembroke College; Walkerville Primary; St Monica’s and St Andrew’s School) were beautiful.

Minister Dan Tehan opened the conference with an emphasis of the themes and spoke warmly of the role of APPA and our position in the collaborative effort to take primary education forward in Australia.

The sense of togetherness in learning never left the conference with His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le, AC, Governor of South Australia adding his personal story as a refugee to our themes. And not to forget the excellent, pertinent range of speakers and workshop presenters.

We can all book now for 2020 in Melbourne and the Trans Tasman to be held from 15-18 September.