The AIS Governance Symposium 2021 renews attention to the complex wellbeing needs of students, staff and parents within our schools. Increasingly, independent schools are the locus of community and this shift is placing new demands on Boards and Heads in terms of how they support and manage these complexities. Following the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, these demands have become more acute and unexpected.
Professor Ian Hickie AM from the Brain and Mind Centre at The University of Sydney, will provide the first key note on the critical topic of adolescent brain development and wellbeing, emphasising that most human brain development is postnatal, underlining the crucial impact of the school environment on development and wellbeing.
Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM, former Commissioner on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will canvass the impact of that inquiry four years on.
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 suggest directions in how these new dimensions of wellbeing can be identified and appropriately managed in times when old certainties can no longer be relied on.
Please see the detailed COVID-19 safety principles and protocols put in place by the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour.