oe Haig, our Director of ICT/Integrator, is heading down to Melbourne next week to speak at the Futureschools Conference. He’ll be speaking about facilitating the integration of Technology into teaching and learning as well as leveraging Technology to foster creativity in children.
In June and July he’s been invited to present at the Global Digital and Blended Learning Transformation from Early Childhood to K-12 Summit in Sydney and Melbourne. At that time, he’ll be speaking about Robotics and how and why it is a great way to teach children the principles of Computer Science. One of the reasons robots work so well as a teaching tool is because of the way they tap into children’s intrinsic motivation – children see robots in action and want to improve their performance, tweaking their code so they will perform better next time.
Nate Armsberry, our Studies of Religion teacher was also invited to present at the recent NSW/ACT Principals’ Retreat in Sydney. Dr Brian Harris, the Principal of Vose Seminary was the keynote speaker and presented sessions titled, “And Who is My Neighbour?”, “After Christendom” and “On The Shoulders of Giants”. The sessions were about lessons from the early church for 21st Century Christians and loving, challenging and living winsomely. Our own Nate Armsberry in response, presented his paper, “Finding Wisdom in a Brave New World”. He spoke about our vision to see Belmont Christian College become a safe space for every young person, whatever their journey. We discussed the challenges and fears that can undermine a loving response, and we talked about helpful strategies to ensure that our approach reflects the character and priorities of God. As a Christian College our hope is that every single young person will discover the life that is found in knowing Jesus personally. This cultural moment is profound, and schools have a vital role to play in creating safe and supportive environments for young people and their families. Nate has also been invited to present this Christian School Response at the National Policy Forum in Canberra.
Please pray for both Joe and Nate as they represent the College at these significant events.