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National Symposium: Religious Education, Secularisation and Australian Catholic Schools

27 July 2017 – 28 July 2017 | Professional Development and Short Courses

BBI is hosting a national Symposium that explores the relationship between secularisation and religious education in Catholic schools.

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Religious education is a critical aspect of Catholic identity and as such needs to be both attuned and responsive to our social context. Pope Francis has spoken about this time as a change of era. In light of this, the symposium is aimed at exploring the implication of changes in the wider culture for religious education in Australian Catholic schools.

Date: Thursday 27 to Friday 28 July, 2017
Time: 9.00am – 4.45pm on Day 1; 9.00am – 4.00pm 
Venue: Waterview at Bicentennial Park
Address: Bicentennial Drive, Sydney Olympic Park (view map & directions)
Program: Click here to view the Symposium Program
Testimonials: Click here to view Symposium Testimonials
  • $650 p/p early bird (save $70 p/p if paid by Friday 30 June); or
  • $625 p/p group discount for 5 or more participants (save $95 p/p if paid by Friday 30 June);
  • $720 p/p (includes the two-day symposium, lunch, morning and afternoon tea each day)

Catering: Fee includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea over two days.

Click here to view the Event Cancellation Policy


Keynote Speakers
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Workshop A
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Workshop B
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What you will learn

As a participant you will gain many insights from the lectures and workshops delivered during this Symposium, including:

  • an overview of key issues facing Religious Educators in the future;
  • an outline of the impact of secularisation on the wider culture;
  • an appreciation of approaches aimed at improving the quality of classroom Religious Education;
  • greater awareness of the capacity of Religious Eduction in Australian Catholic Schools to be both propositional and relevant; and
  • an opportunity to network with other professionals and much more.

Book Launch

Religious Education in Australian Catholic Schools, edited by Professor Richard Rymarz and Dr Angelo Belmonte will be launched on Day 2, Friday 28 July. All symposium participants are invited.


For program enquiries, please contact:
Mr Greg Baynie - National Coordinator – Professional Development and Short Courses
T: 02 9847 0586 or E: gbaynie@bbi.catholic.edu.au

For registration enquiries, please contact:
Ms Belinda Srour – Professional Development Events Coordinator
T: 02 9847 0590 or E: bsrour@bbi.catholic.edu.au

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