Pre-conference Sessions

Delegates are able to register for one of two pre-conference sessions running on Sunday 10 April. The Financial Literacy Workshop is available for all delegates, with a special discounted rate available for AHISA General and Aspirant Members. The Governance 101 Masterclass is offered exclusively to AHISA Aspirant Members and is free of charge to attend.

Financial Literacy Workshop 

$400.00 per person (AHISA General and AHISA Aspirant Members)
$600.00 per person (All other delegates)

This full day program is designed to introduce participants to the knowledge required to oversee financial responsibility of an independent school. John Somerset (Somerset Education) will lead participants through financial papers and the ‘need to know’ imperatives for school management. AHISA National Chair, Rev Chris Ivey will share his experience of that theory in practice, discuss the relationship between a Head and Business Manager (or equivalent) and be available for general questions.  Certification is approved for the accrual of 4 hours of mandatory NESA professional learning credits. Participants from states other than NSW may seek to use this certificate to meet requirements within their own jurisdictions.

 8:00am  Registration opens 
 8:30am  Welcome and introduction
   Beth Blackwood, CEO, AHISA
 9:00am  Session 1: Understanding financial responsibilities and accounting 
   John Somerset, Somerset Education
 10:30am  Morning Tea 
 11:00am  Session 2: Applying accounting and analysis techniques in your school 
   John Somerset, Somerset Education
 12:30pm  Lunch
 1:30pm  Session 3: Theory versus practice in financial management of a school 
   Chris Ivey, Principal, St Andrew's Anglican College and AHISA National Chair
 3:30pm  Afternoon tea
 4:00pm  Session 4: Current and future risk assessment and practical policies
   John Somerset, Somerset Education
 5:00pm  Workshop concludes

Governance 101 Masterclass

Free of charge for AHISA Aspirant Members

Aspirant members are invited to register for this highly interactive Governance masterclass free of charge. Facilitated by Elizabeth Jameson (Former Chair, Brisbane Girls Grammar and Executive Chair, Board Matters), this half day workshop is ideal for Aspirant Members looking for professional development in the area of governance, enabling a move into the role of Principal. 

 12:30pm Registration opens 
 12:55pm  The Why, What and How of School Boards 
  Drawing on contemporary practice, we discuss the fundamental legal and governance expectations of school boards and the legal duties of board members to explore why school
boards do and act as they do, what they do and how they do it. This will incorporate activity-based case study scenario discussions.
 2:25pm Afternoon tea
 2:45pm Essential Principal toolkit
  A brief overview of the financial and other reporting skills required for working within a board and the key tools that support the relationship, in relation to delegation of authority and clarity of roles.
 3:45pm The Board and the Principal: a critical relationship
  In this interactive panel session, we dig more deeply into how this critical relationship works, drawing on real life case studies of good and bad Board/Principal relationships and incorporating short Q&A from existing school Chairs and Principals. 
 5:00pm Masterclass concludes