The AIS Governance Symposium 2022 attends to the complex wellbeing needs of schools and their communities. Independent schools are increasingly the locus of community: this shift is placing new demands on boards and heads as they support and manage these complexities. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, these demands have become more acute and less predictable.
Professor Ian Hickie AM, from the Brain and Mind Centre at The University of Sydney, offers a key post-pandemic message for schools, emphasing the critical impact of the school and its effect on brain development and student wellbeing.
Professor Jennie Hudson, Research Director at the Black Dog Institute, will describe scientific insights and identify validated interventions into the treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.
Julie Inman Grant, Australian eSafety Commissioner, leads the world’s first government regulatory agency committed to online safety. Chair of the Child Digital Alliance and member of the Global Coalition for Digital Safety, Julie’s keynote will amplify the e-safety issues in play in schools, and the strategies needed to keep students safe.
Professor Donna Cross, from the Telethon Kids Institute and the University of Western Australia, an international expert on wellbeing, will discuss a range of successful initiatives schools have adopted to promote the wellbeing of the principal.
A panel session will then draw together the key wellbeing issues facing our schools, and crucially, the wellbeing of the principal, whose deft leadership of the school and the senior executive, is critical in times when old certainties can no longer be relied upon.
Please see the detailed COVID-19 safety principles and protocols put in place by the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour.