MARCH 2017 NEWSLETTER 
 
Dear Colleagues

Have you registered yet for the 2017 DAN PD Workshops, 'Inspiring Questions: Teaching Philosophy and Religion'?  (see below for more details).

Bookings for workshops in Melbourne (20/4) and Brisbane (21/4) close on 6 April (before Easter!)

You can book online through Trybooking (or email the DAN EO if you require a manual registration). 

Items highlighted in this newsletter include:

- The new Christian Contemplation Curriculum Website - a joint project between the NZ Anglican and Presbyterian Church Schools’ Offices.

- A number of other interesting PD opportunities later in the year.

Warmly,

Belinda Hill, DAN EO
 
ONLINE BOOKINGS: You can register and complete payment with a Credit Card by clicking the Icon below.  
 Your ticket functions as a Tax Invoice.

 
If you school requires a manual registration, please email the DAN EO.
 
 
CHRISTIAN CONTEMPLATION CURRICULUM WEBSITE LIVE 

There are many resources available to schools from within the Mindfulness stream which have either a Buddhist or secular framework. This website has been developed in response to schools wanting to access resources and curriculum from within their own rich and deep Christian contemplative tradition.

A joint project between the New Zealand Anglican and Presbyterian Church Schools’ Offices (led by Rev Yvonne Smith), the website contains a wonderful collection of resources including:
  • An overview of the history and range of contemplative practices across Christian traditions
  • A theology underlying contemplative practice
  • An exploration of the similarities and differences between secular mindfulness practice and Christian contemplatice practices
  • Some examples of current Christian contemplative practice in schools and ways of building these into the daily rhythms of the classroom and/or school,
  • Resources for a thematic approach across educational levels
  • Topic themed units
  • Chapel resources
 
Possible 'pathways' for using the site with various year groups are being developed now.  Your feedback and suggestions would be welcomed.
 
 
WOMBAT CONFERENCES WITH PETER VARDY, MAY 2017 (various venues)
 
* Senior Student Conferences:  A Grand Design - Science, Ethics, Religion in Dialogue.
Download Flyer including dates and venues.
 
* Teacher Conferences:  Teaching about Islam Today
Download Flyer including dates and venues.

 
 
 
 ACADEMY CONFERENCES WITH JULIE ARLISS, May 2017 (various venues)
 
* Gifted and Talented Student Conferences - Oxbridge Thinking for Bright Minds 
Download Flyer including dates and venues.
 
 
AWAKENING THE SACRED THROUGH LITERATURE AND THE ARTS CONFERENCE 7-8 July 2017
Australian Catholic University, Strathfield
 
This is the 5th in a series of conferences presented by The Sacred in Literature and the Arts (SLA) community that brings together people from diverse disciplines and interests to discuss the interplay between the arts and the sacred.  
 
The 2017 Conference asks how literature and the arts can help awaken an experience of the sacred.  There will be a special focus on the meditative traditions and practices of East and West and the ways in which these are often nurtured and supported by literature and the arts.
 
Invited presenters include Laurence Freeman OSB, Shaykh Muhammad Mendes, Sasha Grishin, Rachael Koln, Maeve Heaney, David Tacey, Michael Griffith and artists Michael Galovic and Chelsea Adkins and the ACU Choir.
 
 
 
 
 2 DAY TEACHER INTENSIVE: SYDNEY JEWISH MUSEUM - 13-14 JULY
 
This PD Intensive has been developed to support teachers' knowledge about Judaism.  It is being offered by experienced educators at the Sydney Jewish Museum in collaboration with Brisbane Catholic Education, Catholic Diocese of Cairns and the ASC, Southern Queensland.
 
Day 1 will focus on understanding Jewish culture (primary and SOR curriculum) and Day 2 will focus on Religion/State relations and Good and Evil (secondary curriculum).
 
Cost is $100/person.  Download a flyer or contact Stephen Harrison for any enquiries.
 
 
 
PRAYER SPACES IN SCHOOLS with PHIL TOGWELL - AUGUST 2017 (various venues)

Phil Togwell (leader of Prayer Spaces in Schools and the Anglican Diocese of Durham's Prayer Project) will lead a series of PD workshops introducing Prayer Spaces in Australia, organised by the ASC, Queensland.
 
Taking a broadly Christian perspective as a starting point, Prayer Spaces provide students with opportunities to develop skills of personal reflection and to explore prayer in an open, inclusive and safe way.  
 
 
 

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