Conference Day Two: Thursday, 26th October 2017

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration and Coffee

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Opening remarks from Conference Chair

9:10 AM - 9:50 AM How Space and Technology can Support Future Focused Pedagogies and Deeply Engage Students in Developing Critical 21st Century Skills

Kathleen Donohoe, Director of Future Learning, NSW Department of Education
The retrofitting and development of classrooms within schools is taking place to support the learning and development of students. Kathleen Donohoe discusses the utilization of space and technology in classrooms and how these can help develop key learning attributes in students.

  • What is the best approach to planning for learning space and who are the stakeholders
  • What are the supports and constraints for developing your desired space, how can you overcome constraints
  • What considerations are there for transforming your space and practice

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Kathleen Donohoe

Director of Future Learning
NSW Department of Education

9:50 AM - 10:20 AM Thought Leadership Session

10:20 AM - 11:00 AM Retrofitting School Buildings to Increase Learning Space

Michael Kelleher, Principal, St. Mary’s Catholic School
St. Mary’s School in the Sydney CBD is an example of a school restricted by council regulations and spatial restrictions. The College is on a Heritage protected site and is exploring opportunities to expand its potential for increased learning spaces. It also has restrictions regarding environmental limitations. The current building configuration occurred in the late 1980s and there is potential for refurbishment but limited room for expansion. With this in mind, Michael discusses the redevelopment and retrofitting of the library, drama room and two adjacent classrooms.

  • Stakeholder management with builders, architects and construction managers
  • Challenges in retrofitting old school buildings and key learning outcomes after completion of the project
  • Optimizing the utilization of space within a restricted school area

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Michael Kelleher

Principal
St. Mary’s Catholic School

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Morning Break

This session will be our most advanced session where 3-4 industry experts will discuss a certain pressing topic in great detail and drawing on their organisation’s journeys. These sessions will be 1 hour consisting of 40 minutes of discussion. In the last 20 minutes the moderator will choose 4 questions from the audience for each of the panel members to answer.
Once the funding and planning regulation considerations have been completed the design of the school becomes paramount in order to build facilities that facilitate student learning. This panel discussion debates how limited space is best designed in order to be utilized and examples of school case studies.

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Mark Freeman

Partner
Gray Puksand
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Peter Lippman

Education Specialist & Facility Planner
 Founder of Places Created for Learning
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Scott Alterator

Lecturer in Post-Evaluations of Learning Spaces
La Trobe University

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Networking Lunch

Greg Whitby leads the system of 78 Catholic schools across Greater Western Sydney catering to over 43,000 students and employing more than 4,500 staff. With one of the system’s key strategic intents is to improve student learning. In this presentation he discusses the designing of schools for the digital age, the reshaping of learning spaces and implementing innovation in schools built around different individual school case studies.

  • Designing schools for the digital age focusing on how space is utilized for improvement in learning pedagogies.
  • Implementing innovation in schools and the potential roadblocks and ways to overcome them.
  • Reshaping learning spaces to support relevant 21st century learning and teaching

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Greg Whitby

Executive Director of Schools
Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta
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Paul Meldrum

Project Leader - Learning Spaces Design
Catholic Education Office Parramatta

2:10 PM - 2:50 PM Incorporating 21st Century Learning Design into New School Buildings

Sue Bennett, Principal, Bellevue Public School
Bellevue Public School has undergone a major renovation - with 24 new classrooms, a library, canteen and refurbishment of the administration area that will increase the number of students from 600 – 1000 over time a 66% increase. Sue Bennett talks about the incorporation of open planning spaces, utilizing flexible furniture and the changed pedagogy to teach in the newly completed four level school building.

  • Trialing different teaching models through action research projects;
  • Driving a student centred approach and developing 21st skills for learning;
  • Preparing teachers for the changing pedagogy through professional learning and changed curriculum delivery; and Exploring a 3D video of the school spatial design.

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Sue Bennett

Principal
Bellevue Public School

2:50 PM - 3:10 PM Afternoon Tea Break

3:10 PM - 3:50 PM Understanding the New Regulations in the School Environment and Planning Authority and how to Fast-track the Approval Process

Kristy Chan, Principal Policy Officer, Department of Planning and Environment
This presentation will analyse the new planning and environmental regulations that have been developed to speed up planning approvals for the development of new and existing schools. This is achieved by streamlining the approval process for major developments by bypassing the councils and going directly to the government planning body and simplifi ed approval pathways for other developments. In this workshop, Kristy Chan discusses the new regulations and how they will improve the planning regulations approval process.

  • Previous challenges addressed in the new planning and regulations
  • What procedures are required in applying for the new and existing building and council approvals
  • Working on the approval process document, what is required by the applicant and how to address questions to achieve building consent

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Kristy Chan

Principal Policy Officer
Department of Planning and Environment
This session will be our most advanced session where 3-4 industry experts will discuss a certain pressing topic in great detail and drawing on their organisation’s journeys. These sessions will be 1 hour consisting of 40 minutes of discussion. In the last 20 minutes the moderator will choose 4 questions from the audience for each of the panel members to answer.

Funding is a major problem that schools have to overcome. Population growth is increasing and land having to be bought at commercial rates this means higher costs for schools looking to build capacity. The panel discussion brings in the heads of the public, private and catholic school sectors that help determine funding arrangements and how capital is best utilized.

  • Solutions to funding problems, how to raise capital, the development of a business case study for funding from banks (public, independent and catholic).
  • Governmental and Catholic funding proposal development – how to get the highest possible chance of getting your funding in a high-demand market
  • Different funding models and what is the best option for your school.
Panelists:

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David Buley

Chief Financial Officer
Association of Independent Schools NSW
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Greg Whitby

Executive Director of Schools
Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta
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John Neish

Group Director Strategy and Planning
Department of Education NSW

4:50 PM - 4:50 PM End Of Day Two & Conference Close