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OZCAS19 Summary

The 11th International Conference for Adolescent Success

It's time to take action and ensure our students are Future Ready.

School Visits

We would like to convey a huge thank you to all the schools who arranged school visits.  The time they took to make sure that delegates saw their school and their willingness to de-privatise their practice is greatly appreciated.  


Mt Alvernia College 

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Springfield Central State High

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Ormiston College 

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Good Samaritan Catholic College 

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Brisbane Grammar School

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Master Classes

A big thank you also to our amazing Master Class presenters.  Their expertise and experience in education is much appreciated.

 Luke McKenna  Paul Browning  Rod Field  Peter Ellerton  Katherine Main  Andrew Lines

Wellbeing Practices 

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 Why Trust the Leader?

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 Innovation in experiential learning

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Critical Thinking Pedagogies

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 The future of young adolescents

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Preparing Future Ready students 

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Keynote Speakers:

Peter Hutton

Peter challenged us to think outside our own mindsets and challenge the status quo.  

The Future of Education

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Prof Donna Pendergast

Donna presented research from the Foundation for Young Australians, The New Work Order  which explained how disruption to the world of work has significant implications for young Australians. 

Future Ready Focus - developing an understanding of the new work mindset

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Prof J Douglas Willms

Prof Willms introduced us to the concept of Educational Prosperity and Eudaimonia.

Educational Prosperity: A Life Course Approach to Education Assessment and Reform

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Andrew Fuller

Andrew asked us to imagine a school where every student gets smarter.  

"Identifying Learning Strengths"

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Re-igniting Motivation paper

Future Expert Panel

Left to right

David Wilcox - Adolescent Success Secretary

Matthew Arthur - Dept of Environment and Science

Edda Hamar - Founder of Undress Runways

Keith Rowel - Innovator, designer and software engineer

Yanery Ventura - Recent graduate 

Deb Evans - Adolescent Success President

The two questions asked of our panel were:

1. "What does the future look like from your point of view"

2. "What do we need to be teaching young people now in order for them to be future ready?"

The overwhelming response from all panelists was a focus on:

* Entrepreneurial skills

* Financial literacy, related to real life situations ie: how to lease an apartment, how to do a tax return

* Social and emotional literacy 

* Problem solving skills

Matthew sent us this follow up article which is an interesting read about the future of work.

Contact Keith if you'd like him to consult with your school on how to innovate.

Check out Edda Hamar on her website if you want to see how a true entrepreneur operates!

Congratulations to our 2019 Award Winners

Future Ready Students Program Award

Winner: Xavier College, SA

Runner up: St Andrews Anglican College, QLD

Middle Years Educator of the Year Award

Winner: Paige Cathcart, Riverside Christian College, QLD

Runner up: Marty Ogle, Catholic Education, TAS

Middle Years Leader of the Year Award

First equal: Kia Sheidow, Seymour College, SA

First equal: Scott Dirix, Sailsbury East High School,  SA

Welcome to the new Management Committee 2019-2021

At the AGM on Saturday we welcomed in our new Management Committee who will take us through to 2021.  This volunteer committee put their heart and soul into the governance of the Association and we thank them in advance for the great work they do.  If you'd like to be considered for the committee get ready to nominate yourself in 2021!


 Deb Evans - President

Mt Alvernia College, QLD

 Adam Somes - Vice President

Kingswood College, VIC

 David Wilcox - Secretary

Highlands College, QLD


 Emily Ross - Treasurer


 Anne Coffey - Journal Editor

University of Notre Dame, WA

 Kia Sheidow - Communications

Seymour College, SA


 Robyn McCarthy - QLD

Riverside Christian College, QLD

 Howard MacPherson - SA

Pembroke School, SA

 Liz Craig - ACT

Burgmann Anglican School, ACT


 Charlotte Forwood - VIC

Camberwell Girls Grammar School, VIC

 Simon Dray - TAS

Scotch Oakburn College, TAS

 Judith Nicolson - NT



 Jennifer Knowles - QLD Dept Ed

Indooroopilly State High School, QLD

 Rachel Koulyras - NSW

Regents Park Christian School, NSW


Adolescent Success Inc. (formerly MYSA Middle Years of Schooling Association) 

Adolescent Success,  P.O. Box 2175 Toowong 4066, QLD, Australia

Can't get enough of us?

In 2020 we come to you!  If you loved the conference in Brisbane, register below for a Regional Conference next year, we'd love to see you there.


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