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2019 Religious Education Symposium: Moving from Theory to Practice: Religious Education in the Classroom

Theory and practice is a constant challenge for Religious Educators.

The focus of BBI-TAITE's third National Religious Education Symposium will highlight Religious Education in the classroom. The theme will be animated by the rich wisdom of three key-note presenters and a wide range of engaging, interactive workshops, structured reflection as well as the opportunity for informal networking. 

Keynote Speakers

RE 03

Rev Dr Andrew Pinsent

Research Director
Ian Ramsey Centre for Science
and Religion, University of Oxford

Making a god of science: Implications for Religious Education
RE 04

Dr Sandra Cullen

Director of the ICRE (Irish Centre for
Religious Education), 
Dublin City University

Religious Education in the classroom: Let's talk about God


RE 05

Associate Professor Brendan Hyde

Academic Dean,
BBI-The Australian Institute of Theological Education

Religious Education in the classroom: The child, theology and the early years. 


Master of Ceremony

RE 01

Mrs Amber Calleja

Religious Education Coordinator:
Mission and Spiritual Formation, 
MacKillop College, Bathurst


Celebration of the Eucharist

RE 02

Bishop Brian Mascord

Dioceses of Wollongong


RE_2019_ProgramSymposium Workshops:

Workshop A
Workshop B
Workshop C
Workshop D



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Date: Thursday 12 to Friday 13 September 2019
Time: 9:00-5:00pm on Day 1; 9:00-4:00pm on Day 2
Venue:  International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC)
Address: 14 Darling Drive, Sydney, NSW 2000 (view venue details)
Program: Click here to view the Symposium Program
  • $675 p/p (+ GST) Early Bird (offer ends 30 June)
  • $650 p/p (+ GST) group discount for 5+ or more participants 
  • $745 p/p (+ GST) full price

Catering: Fee includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea over two days.
Cancellation:  Click here to view the Event Cancellation Policy
    Register for the Symposium (Online GST incl.)     

Symposium Dinner

There will be a dinner available on Thursday evening (12 September) at the ICC including a three-course dinner and beverage package. This is a unique networking opportunity, further details to come!



Network dinner

    Register for the Symposium Network Dinner(Online GST incl.)     

Who should attend

The symposium is designed for staff working in a variety of roles across the Catholic Education sector including:

  • Principals
  • Assistant Principals (Religious Education)
  • Teachers
  • Mission & Identity Leaders
  • Heads of Religious Education

Interactive Workshops

The symposium will feature a diverse range of over 16 concurrent, interactive workshops across six streams:

  • Spirituality
  • RE in Primary Schools
  • RE and Pedagogy
  • Special Topics in RE
  • Science and Religion
  • RE in High School

symposium workshop

NESA Accredited

The 2019 National Religious Education Symposium has been NESA accredited for all wishing to take this event up as a Professional Development.

Completing 2019 Moving from Theory to Practice will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 1.2.2, 2.1.2, and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Academic Credit

The Religious Education Symposium can be taken for credit as an academic unit REDU802. The unit will be delivered as a Spring Intensive which commences from Thursday 12 September to 27th October, 2019. 

REDU802 Price: $2,392 (unit fee + 50% off full price symposium fee).



PARKROYAL, Darling Harbour (Approx 8 min walk)

Superior Room

Rate: $295per night (Includes Breakfast) limited space

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Novotel, Darling Harbour (Approx 11 min walk)

Reservations to receive 10% discount off the best available unrestricted rate of the day.

T: +61 2 9288 7180

E: h1181-re@accor.com  



ibis, Darling Harbour (Approx 10 min walk)

Reservations to receive 10% discount off the best available unrestricted rate of the day.

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E: h1757@accor.com



Sofitel, Darling Harbour (Right next door to ICC)

Ph: 02 8388 8888

No discount rate, please refer to website


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For registration enquiries, please contact:

Ms Belinda Srour – Marketing & Events Manager
T: 02 9847 0030 or E: bsrour@bbi.catholic.edu.au

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