Dates: 7 & 8 September 2017
Location: National Wine Centre of Australia, Adelaide, Australia

Interested in incorporating intercultural learning on a whole-school level? We invite you to join the CIS Australia Conference in Adelaide to discuss ‘Interculturality: Weaving the tapestry for a culturally rich and connected world’. Learn about the latest research, resources and proven practices in the field of international education.

Attendees can select from a variety of workshops and presentations that explore topics common to CIS member schools in Australasia. Keynote speakers include world-renowned education experts, school leaders and students.

What you can expect from the two-day regional conference:

  • Inspiring keynote and plenary sessions
  • Interactive sessions based on the latest research and practice
  • Practical takeaways for school leaders and educators
  • Opportunities to network with CIS member schools from Australasia


Day One


08.15 Conference Registration & coffee/tea
08.50 Norwood Morialta High School Drum Corps
09.00 - 09.15 Welcome to Conference, Anne Millard, Executive Director Partnerships, Schools and Preschools, Department for Education and Child Development
09.15 - 10.00 Culturally Responsive Pedagogies and the National Curriculum: Can they be reconciled?, Prof Lester-Irabinna Rigney, University of South Australia
10.00 - 10.15 Table discussion
10.15 - 11.00 Cross cultural challenges and achieving equity in modern times, Rev Tim Costello
11.00 - 11.15 Table discussion
11.15 - 11.45 Morning Tea
11.45 - 12.45


  • A Hands-on Approach to Developing Inter-Cultural Understanding and Respect, Mercedes College students & Lachlan Jones
  • Young Australians Plan for the Planet, Ian Chambers supported by Norwood Morialta High School students & Daman Kour & Tina Niscioli
  • “Citizenship for Humanity” – Strengthening Human Rights within Intercultural Education, Vincenzo Andreacchio supported by Brighton Secondary School students
12.45 - 13.45 Lunch
13.45 - 14.45 Future scenarios & key considerations to learning in a connected world, Dr Kristin Alford, Director of MOD at UniSA
14.45 - 15.45 CIS Presentation, Helena Sobulis and Ray Davis (CIS)
15.45 - 16.00 Norwood Morialta High School Drum Corps
18.00 Drinks & Dinner, Wine Centre
Dinner Speaker and performance: Vincenzo Andreacchio 

Day Two


08.15 Coffee/tea
08.30 Norwood Morialta High School Drum Corps
08.45 - 09.15 Minister for Education, Hon Susan Close MP, Minister for Education and Child Development, SA
09.15 - 10.00 We are what we are, not simply what is comprehensible – The Presentation, Manal Younus, SA Finalist for Young Australian of the Year
10.00 - 10.15 Table discussion
10.15 - 11.00 Developing Leadership Capabilities for Global Education Contexts, Dr Gerard Calnin
11.00 - 11.15 Table discussion
11.15 - 11.45 Morning Tea
11.45 - 12.45


  • The Braiding Project: A methodology for foster intercultural understanding and harmony, Woodville High School students & Meredith Edwards Jan Ahrens Cathy, Bushby Laila, El Assaad & Rebecca Sykes
  • Unpacking and critiquing Leadership Intelligences for Global Education, Dr Gerard Calnin
  • We are what we are, not simply what is comprehensible – The Workshop, Manal Younus
12.45 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 14.15 Language / Culture/ Place, Presenter: Karina Lester, University of South Australia
14.15 - 14.45 Chapter Meetings
14.45 - 15.00 Discussion: Issues & strategies arising from Chapter meetings, Ray Davis and Helena Sobulis (CIS)
15.00 - 15.15 Closing: Actions & Future events, Jacqui van Ruiten, Chair; CIS SA Chapter
15.15 - 15.30 Norwood Morialta High School Drum Corps