Noosa is the home of pristine beaches, natural wonders and world-class restaurants. It is also the venue for the 18th Biennial Anglican Schools Conference (ASCENT).

The theme for the conference is ‘Life in Abundance’. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly”. (John 10:10) The theme reminds us of the many unique and often puzzling challenges our communities face both locally and globally. Schools are unique places and it is imperative that we work collectively to nurture and develop the potential of the young people in our communities.

During the conference, we have a number of local, national and international speakers who will share their thoughts and expertise on a variety of topics relating to Life in Abundance. We have also invited our schools to participate in a Wellbeing Showcase where nine speakers from nine different schools will speak for seven minutes on a unique feature of their staff or student wellbeing program. The Chaplains’ Day will be held on Thursday 3rd May. This is a valuable day for the Chaplains to network and reflect on the work they do in the schools that they serve.

The Conference commences at 8.30am on Friday 4th May at Peppers Resort Noosa. This is a perfect venue for delegates to gather, to provoke discussion and strengthen our common objective as educators in Anglican Schools. In such stunning surroundings of the pristine bushland and beaches of Noosa it will be easy for delegates to experience Life in Abundance.

I look forward to welcoming you to Noosa.

Robern Hinchliffe
Conference Chair and Deputy Principal, Pastoral Care
St John’s Anglican College