Aspiring Leaders Seminar

Whether you are considering a senior leadership role or principalship in the independent, state or state-integrated sectors, this seminar will have something for you. A key feature of the day is the opportunity to hear about lessons learned from new and experienced Principals.

Cancellation Policy:  All cancellations will incur a $50 administration fee.  Cancellations within 14 days will receive a partial refund only. 

6/23/2023 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
New Zealand Standard Time
Rydges Latimer Hotel 30 Latimer Square Christchurch Central Christchurch, 8011 NEW ZEALAND

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Friday, 23 June 2023

6/23/2023 8:30 AM
Guy Pascoe, Chief Executive, Independent Schools of New Zealand - Introducing the Questions Wall and the Reflective Scorecard.
9:00 AM
6/23/2023 9:00 AM
Patrick Rooney, Associate Director, Sheffield.   Agility is an essential leadership competency in today's complex and fast-changing world. Agile leaders excel in their ability to effectively lead change, build teams, and navigate organisational challenges. In this session, we will draw on Sheffield’s experience, from early childhood to secondary education, across the educational sector to unpack the critical components of an agile leadership mindset. We will also look at how leaders can create a culture of agility in their organisations.
9:15 AM
6/23/2023 9:15 AM
Diana Patchett, Principal, St Margaret's College.  Our country and our world have been subject to significant disruption lately. What do we need in our leadership kete to navigate these times?  ‘Leadership 101’ suggests that a careful, considered, coordinated response is in order, yet there may well be no time for that. In this session, we will reflect on some ‘real life’ examples of disruption and identify the elements of leadership that can assist in responding to disruption.
10:00 AM
6/23/2023 10:00 AM
Dave Scott, Headmaster, Medbury School.  The first 100 days in a new leadership transition are critical, as they set the foundation for the leader's, the team's and the school's success going forward. In this session, you will hear first-hand how I have approached my first 100 days in the role of Headmaster at Medbury and in particular how I have utilised the BRAVE approach of seeking first to understand; behaviours, relationships, attitudes, values and the environment.
10:30 AM
6/23/2023 10:30 AM
11:00 AM
6/23/2023 11:00 AM
Sandra Hastie, Principal, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School. Principal Reflections: Staff Well-being Ehara taku toa I te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini - Our strength is as a collective, not as an individual. We are the most powerful factor in each other’s environment. To foster and enhance collective resilience within our workplace community, how can we establish an atmosphere that enables us to acknowledge the crucial role of collective responsibility in guaranteeing both personal and mutual well-being and success?
11:30 AM
6/23/2023 11:30 AM
Christine Leighton, Rector, St Andrew’s College.  Positive change has impacted our schools with expectations of diversity, equity and inclusion. However, there are many challenges as a result. It is important leaders understand the impact of their decisions, from a resourcing and sustainable perspective. As leaders, what do we need to consider as we manage demands for change in physical facilities, work conditions, staffing, flexibility in uniform, religious / cultural mores, enrolments, etc.  The key to success is in personal development and planning!
12:00 PM
6/23/2023 12:00 PM
Richard Kirk, Principal, Scots College Junior School. The ideas of innovation and collaboration for performance are widely discussed in educational institutions. Understanding how these two elements intersect and influence staff performance is a crucial aspect for school leaders to consider. This workshop aims to explore the importance of these ideas and how relationships, time allocation, alignment with strategy, and professional development contribute to the success of these key ideas.
1:30 PM
6/23/2023 1:30 PM
Ben Skeen, Headmaster, St Paul’s Collegiate School.  How do you communicate your school’s educational philosophy? How do you promote your school’s point of difference? How do you externally celebrate the successes of your kura in an authentic way? How do you create a culture of walking billboards? Who knows, but it is worth talking about!  Participate in a conversation exploring the complexity of ‘showing without being on-show’.
2:00 PM
6/23/2023 2:00 PM
Jayne-Ann Young, Principal, Queen Margaret College.  Principal reflections on disruptive technology involve understanding emerging technologies, evaluating their potential impact, and strategically integrating them into the school's vision and practices.
2:30 PM
6/23/2023 2:30 PM
Simon Atkinson, Professional Learning and Development Manager, Independent Schools of New Zealand. Some people might not have a family coat of arms, but everyone knows they are a visual representation of that clan’s strengths, it is something that explains the family. Applying that same idea to your leadership, you will draw a crest that represents the values, beliefs, and ideas you aspire to as a great leader. Templates will be provided.
3:00 PM
6/23/2023 3:00 PM
Guy Pascoe, Chief Executive, Independent Schools of New Zealand. A facilitated session that gives delegates the opportunity to reflect on lessons learnt.
3:30 PM
6/23/2023 3:30 PM
Followed by Afternoon Tea
4:00 PM
6/23/2023 4:00 PM