The Confucius Institute at UWA held the 2nd WA-Zhejiang Principals’ Forum at the University Club of Western Australia on 16th Sept, collaborated with the Association of Independent Schools of WA (AISWA) and Xiacheng District Education Bureau of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. The 8-member principals delegation from Zhejiang and about 30 WA school principals and leaders attended the forum on “Challenges to Teaching in the Digital Age”, including Perth Modern School, Shenton College, Mt Lawley High School, Morley High School, Penrhos College, Great Southern Grammar School, Christchurch Grammar School, Geraldton Grammar School, Hale School, Lance Holt School, St Marks Anglican Community School, Santa Maria College, Australian Christian College Darling Downs, St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School, Australian Islamic College, Oberthur Primary School, Ellenbrook Christian College, etc. At the opening ceremony, Prof Kent Anderson, UWA deputy Vice-Chancellor, Mrs Sun Anlin, Chinese Deputy Consul-General in Perth, Mr Huang, Director of Hangzhou Xiacheng Education Bureau, and Mr Ron Gorman, Deputy Director of AISWA, delivered opening speeches, speaking high of the forum as a platform for school principals of the two sister-state/province to share their insights and experience in leading school improvement in the 21st century. The forum started a year ago when Confucius Institute and AISWA organized the principals study tour to Hangzhou, when AISWA and the Xiacheng Education Bureau signed an agreement of cooperation. At the forum, 10 principals or school (technology) leaders made speeches on the topic of coping with the challenges of IT to teaching and learning in schools: Mr Michael Morgan of Shenton College, Mr Su Jianqiang of Jingcheng Experimental School, Mr Stuart Marquardt of Great Southern Grammar School, Ms Cao Fangping of Dacheng Yuejiawan Experimental School, Mr Cameron Herbert of St Mark’s Community College, Mr Wang Shengzhi of Dacheng Experimental School, Mrs Trish Somers and Mr Nathan Ducker of Penrhos College, Mr Peter Crosbie of AISWA, and Mr Michael Valentine of Hale School. They shared the good strategies and practices in making good use of IT in schools and exchanged ideas to facilitate teaching and learning with technology and discussed practicable ways to reduce the side effect of inappropriate use of technology. “The forum was very successful with regard to sharing thoughts and challenges related to teaching in the digital age.” said Mr Ron Gorman, AISWA Deputy Director.
Dr Song, CI Director chairs the forum Mrs Sun, Deputy Consul-General, speaks at the forum
Mr Huang, Director of Xiacheng Education Bureau Mr Gorman, Deputy Director of AISWA
Mr Michael Morgan Mr Su Jianqiang
Mr Cameron Herbert Mr Wang Shengzhi
Mr Nathan Ducker and Mrs Trish Somers Mr Peter Crosbie
Mr Michael Valentine The panel for Qs & As