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‘The Future is Listening’ at NCEC

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The Future is Listening’ was the focus of this year’s National Catholic Education Conference, reflecting the important role that schools have in educating their students. The Conference was held from the 4 - 7 September 2022 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. More than 1400 delegates from various archdioceses and educational offices were invited to participate in this year’s event, in person and online. This was the first time in over six years the Conference has been held and Tasmanian educators could attend the Conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

CET Staff and Principals attended the Conference which aims to bring together schools with their stakeholders to promote examples of best practice and plan future directions to continue to progress Catholic school communities across Australia. 

Executive Director, Dr Gerard Gaskin presented a session to attendees on how Catholic schools can teach the gospel in the secular environment that exists today. Dr Gaskin was presenting as part of a large group of likeminded educational experts who are aiming to discuss the important issues that require attention to help take Catholic education forward.  

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Dr Gaskin explained the importance of CET staff attending events like this, “It is particularly important that our staff have the ability to access contemporary ideas in Catholic education and remain connected to the mission across the entirety of Australia.” CET Directors and Regional Principal Leaders were invited to attend the conference, as they learned from some of the leading experts and trailblazers in Catholic education throughout the country. 

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Speaking as a presenter at one of the 60+ sessions at the Conference, CET Education Officer Marty Ogle presented on sharing and living the good news in life. This is a core value of the CET Program Making Jesus Real, which is taught in schools throughout Tasmania and at a National level. 

As part of the NCEC, the STEM MAD Nationals were held concurrently. Tasmania had six teams who travelled to Melbourne to attend the event in anticipation of hopefully winning one of the National Awards for their entries into the competition. Sacred Heart College had two teams enter the STEM MAD Nationals and managed to win two National Awards for their ground-breaking STEM projects. This was a fantastic opportunity for some of Tasmania’s brightest young STEM minds to travel interstate and experience a National Competition. 

? NCEC/The School Photographer

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