Term 3 2020 Webinars

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Tuesday 14 July 2020 at 11:00am (AEST)

(FREE) Navigating and Using REACH - Level 1 User Training


The Level 1 REACH webinar is designed for staff users of REACH. It is ideal for new users to the system or existing users looking to learn more about the core features, navigating the REACH system, learning ways to manage your information and best practices when using REACH.  

Webinar Theme:

  • Navigating your REACH Portal
  • Basic Features Profile
  • Leave (Exeat Leave and QuickLeave)
  • SISO (sign in - sign out for students)
  • Roll Calls (Standard and Live roll calls)
  • Pastoral Notes 
  • Duty Reports (creating and writing reports)
  • Counting Meals
  • Communications (sending notifications in REACH)

Presenter: Garry Jowett

Garry is a founding Director and the Global CEO of the REACH Boarding business. REACH is the global leader in boarding school automation with more than 350 schools across five continents using REACH to manage risk, gain efficiency and improve communications throughout their boarding operations. 




Tuesday 21 July 2020 at 1:00pm (AEST)

The Sleep Connection: Improve the Health, Resilience and Performance of your Boarding Community - Lisa Maltman


Boarding staff are in a unique position to positively influence the sleep health of 20,000+ boarders. Approximately 70% of teenagers experience insufficient sleep causing significant consequences on many areas of their lives including:

Learning and academic performance: Good quality sleep is essential for both pre and post learning. Poor sleep decreases motivation, concentration and memory consolidation.


Mental health and resilience: Poor sleep negatively impacts relationships, overall mood and can be associated with depression, anxiety, negative body image and low self-esteem.

Behaviour and decision making: Poor sleep impacts decision making capacity, has a negative effect on behaviour and increases risk of accidents.

Physical Health: Poor sleep affects children’s physical growth, brain development, immune system and plays a key role in weight gain.


  • Creating awareness of the levels of sleep deprivation in boarders.
  • Highlighting unique issues boarding students face that influence their sleep health.
  • Analysing boarders’ real feedback and what we can do to improve.
  • Empowering Boarding Staff with the knowledge, practical strategies and tools to make informed decision regarding sleep health in  their boarding house.


Presented by:  Lisa Maltman, Founder

Lisa is passionate about improving lives through healthy sleep. Working with over 100 schools, Lisa specialises in teaching teenagers to thrive in their overall physical and mental health, school performance and family lives. Lisa’s message is delivered from three key perspectives: Professional, Family and Personal Experience.




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Wednesday 22 July 2020 at 4:00pm AEST

Addiction: Gambling and Gaming Awareness: - What Do We Need to Know? Patrick Foster


Gambling and gaming are the fastest growing and potentially most devastating addictions. With 500,000 children aged between 11-15 gambling weekly, and young people aged 16 to 23 three times more likely to develop a gambling or gaming problem, problem gambling and gaming amongst young people is a growing concern. In a digital age where 96% of our children and young people are thought to own a smartphone, gambling and online gaming has never been more accessible, making it the fastest growing societal issue faced by our younger generation. With links to low attainment, truancy, poor mental health, anti-social behaviour and, in the extreme, criminal convictions or suicide, problem gambling among young people is not something we can ignore and longer.


  • Personal story of living with a pathological gambling addiction.
  • Challenging insightful and impactful facts and figures.
  • Advice and information on finding help.
  • Identifying people with addictions.
  • Raising awareness of young peoples’ vulnerabilities and how we can protect them.



Presented by:  Patrick Foster, Head of Education, EPIC

Patrick is a former professional cricketer, insurance broker and independent school teacher whose life was torn to shreds by his pathological gambling addiction. Despite his idyllic upbringing and incredible success as a youngster, Patrick’s life become monopolised by gambling from his University days onwards as he found making the transition from playing sport and into the real world a huge challenge. 


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Thursday 23 July 2020 at 11:00am (AEST)

(FREE) What is Your Website Strategy for 2021 - Finalsite


Boarding schools are facing even greater challenges due to the impact of COVID-19. Whether it's distance learning, parent communications, enrolment, or fundraising—moving forward, your school's online experiences will help define the quality, perception, and value of the education you provide your students.

Webinar Theme:

  • How to create an experience to drive enrolment and engagement. 
  • Elements of a great website - design, navigation, and great content.
  • Examples from leading schools around the world.
  • Ideas to improve your website to better address the needs and expectations of your site visitors.


For over a decade, Max Eisl has consulted with schools around the world on technologies including student information, online learning and communications platforms. He is a frequent speaker sharing his expertise and vision on digital communications to help international schools succeed in their unique markets. He holds a BS in Chemistry/Comprehensive Science/Secondary Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership. Before working at Finalsite Max worked in schools for 14 years as a teacher and a principal.

Finalsite is the preferred website, communications, and marketing platform of 

5,000+ schools and universities in 84 countries around the world. Based in Glastonbury, Connecticut with offices in the U.K., Germany, and Hong Kong, Finalsite's website, marketing and communications platform and consulting services transform how schools engage with community members, recruit students and staff, and fundraise; while managing the complex requirements around data privacy, accessibility, hosting and security. For more information, visit www.finalsite.com.

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Tuesday 28 July 2020 at 11:00am (AEST)

Creating a High Performance Study Environment in Your Boarding House - Hayden McEvoy

Webinar Theme:

  • Setting Boarders up with the right environment to learn well in a boarding school.
  • Creating a high performance routine for your boarders to achieve their best.
  • Advice and information on learning techniques.
  • Developing the resilience/grit to succeed when others give up.
  • A one-page plan on how you will achieve your goal grades in each subject this term.


Presenter: Hayden McEvoy, Founder

A Team Tuition Pty Ltd was created as a movement in education, rather than a tutoring organisation. The company has grown from Hayden teaching students how to become high performers in 2010 to an army of 177 high performance tutors transforming 1000’s of students lives across Australia. A Team Tuition’s 2020-2025 strategic plan is to expand Australia wide across 20 key cities to provide all students the opportunity to succeed within school.

Utilising a formula for student success based on highly established educational research Hayden has been able to work with his team to develop a tutoring and coaching program that boasts its ability to transform 87% of its students into “A” and “B” grade achieving students. This program, “The Creating A-Students Program” focuses on developing students in the following core areas:

  • Helping them achieve the grades that work for them.
  • Teaching them how they learn and the strategies required to achieve “A” grades at school.
  • Helping mentor them to become students with character and mindset destined for success in life.
  • Providing them with expert advice in the areas of primary and secondary school subjects and assessments.
  • Helping them determine and map out their career pathways.

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Thursday 30 July 2020 at 11:00am (AEST)

Impact of COVID-19 on Boarding Families and School Fees - Jack Stevens, Edstart


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the economy and the education sector.

This session will give you insights on:

  • The economic impact of COVID-19 on the family budget and capacity to pay for school fees and boarding costs.
  • How schools can best support families during this challenging time.
  • Financial outlook for families and schools over the next 12 months as we slowly transition back to “normality”.


  • How does the pandemic impact the boarding environment?
  • Where do schools need to shift their focus to prepare for challenging times?
  • How can staff better understand the financial pressures of boarding families?

Presented by:  Jack Stevens, CEO

Jack Stevens is the CEO and Founder of Edstart, Australia’s leading education finance provider. Jack is a Chartered Accountant and has a background in corporate finance and strategy consulting. He has extensive knowledge of the education sector, with his company working with hundreds of schools and education institutions across the country helping thousands of Australians manage their education expenses.




 Monday 3 August 2020 at 11:00am (AEST)

All you need to know about Expat Families in 2020 & beyond! Student Concierge Services & Globally Grounded

Webinar Theme:

The uncertainty of the global landscape has created significant challenges for expat families, their children and those who educate and care for them. Searching for stability in an unstable world has drawn many expat students back ‘home’ and left many more searching for enrolment places in Australian boarding schools. This webinar will provide an overview of how schools can better understand and support their expat families from the Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) through to graduation.

  • Insight into expat families and the challenges they face now and beyond
  • What is a Third Culture Kid (TCK) and why do you need to know? 
  • The shifting sand of expat financial packages and how it impacts schools
  • Tailoring your enrolment process for expat students and families
  • Practical strategies for supporting your expat students and families


Presenters: Danielle Pringle & Jane Barron

Danielle Pringle (Student Concierge Services) and Jane Barron (Globally Grounded) have long been champions of the wellbeing and welfare of overseas students in Australian schools. Their life experiences as part of expat communities have equipped them to work alongside expat families, providing wellbeing and practical support for expat students, parents and those who educate them, as they live and learn abroad. 


Tuesday 4 August 2020 at 1:00pm (AEST)

Lessons from Building a New Boarding House - Guildford Grammar School

Webinar Summary:

An insight into the strategic process of building a brand new boarding house:

  • Planning and key stages of building a new boarding house
  • What role the Head of Boarding plays in this process
  • Sourcing ideas and the right furniture
  • Key factors for boarding staff, boarders and parents
  • Which stakeholders do you need to consult
  • Specific boarding questions that need to be considered and asked
  • Before and after images
  • On reflection, what would we have done differently



Presenter: Matthew Weston, Head of Boarding

Matt has been the Head of Boarding at Guildford Grammar School for the past 5 years. He oversees the strategic and operational functions of a co-educational boarding program with over 100 students from regional, state and international backgrounds. He has also been a Boarding Year Coordinator at Guildford Grammar School for 8 years. Prior to this Matt designed, implemented and lead the innovative LINKS course for at-risk students at Ballajura Community College. Matt has a BA in History, Grad. Dip Ed (Secondary) and a Masters in Educational Leadership.

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Friday 7 August 2020 at 11:00am (AEST)

(FREE) New Features Session - Reach Boarding School Software

Webinar Summary

Profiles a range of new and upgraded features released in 2020 across various modules.

  • Kiosk screen updates
  • Covid Surveys
  • Contact Tracing Instant reports
  • Consent Forms
  • Report Cards
  • House Cards
  • QR Codes and NFC tags for contactless SISO
  • Remote Auth for Kiosk monitoring
  • Bulk Contacts viewing
  • Adding Documents
  • Sidebar separation of data type
  • Rollcall location changes
  • Live rollcalls
  • Pastoral Overview Screen
  • REACH Now
  • Rats and Mice – A range of useful bits and pieces that you may not notice until you need them.


Presenter: Garry Jowett

Garry is a founding Director and the Global CEO of the REACH Boarding business. REACH is the global leader in boarding school automation with more than 350 schools across five continents using REACH to manage risk, gain efficiency and improve communications throughout their boarding operations. 

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Monday 10 August 2020 at 11:00am (AEST)

Virtual Boarding House Tour, Wesley College, Melbourne

Overview of Learning in Residence, Wesley College Melbourne

Wesley College is a leading independent, coeducational, open entry, IB World School, and one of the largest schools in Australia. Established more than 150 years ago, the College has enriched the lives of thousands of students and their communities through its outstanding liberal, broad-based curriculum. 

The boarding program at Wesley, called Learning in Residence, is situated onsite at the Glen Waverley Campus and is open to Years 10 to 12 students. In 2021, it will be open to Year 9 students and older. 

Introduced just four years ago, the boarding program builds on more than a century of success in residential learning at Wesley with a contemporary program designed for the students of today. 

Each student is recognised as an individual, and assisted to develop across the six domains of learning through favourable student-to-staff ratios, an innovative boarding curriculum and contemporary modern living facilities in domestic-style houses of eight, access to the College’s state-of-the-art sporting facilities and teaching staff.

The boarding experience at Wesley is an extension of the True Education offered at Wesley, and the wraparound approach at Learning in Residence is designed to meet each student’s individual needs as a boarder and learner, and their goals as a young person. 


Presenter: Sean Cox, Head of Learning in Residence

Sean was appointed Head of Learning in Residence in 2018. Prior to this, Sean was Director of Boarding and First XV head Coach at John Paul College in QLD. With a decade of experience in co-educational and single sex boarding programs, Sean has a deep understanding and advocacy of the benefits boarding provides. In 2019 Wesley College was the recipient of the Excellence in Indigenous Boarding award (jointly presented by ABSA & IEBA) and in 2020 has been named finalists for boarding school of the year by the Australian Education Awards. Sean has completed a Master of Education and teaches Physical Education in the Senior School. Sean is joined on campus by his wife Diana and daughter Emilia, who also enjoy being apart of the Wesley College community.



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Wednesday 12 August 2020 at 11:00am and 1:00pm (AEST)

(FREE) Session 1: How To Start Conversations With Boarders About Their Career - for Boarding Staff

(FREE) Session 2: How Boarding Parents Can Help Children With Their Career - for Parents

Webinar Description:

You might think that a ‘career’ is something that you can think about later, but when students adopt this attitude they are often missing out on the opportunities that are right in front of them. Too, often our ideas about certain careers or pathways aren’t accurate. Many students say that a specific course wasn’t what they imagined when they signed up. In fact, 1 in 5 students will drop out of their course in their first year of study. So, we are here to help you lead more informed career and pathway conversations with your child via a more critical lens. 

Topics for discussion: 

  • Common career misconceptions and the realities.
  • Understanding how to evaluate courses and careers more effectively.
  • What is ATAR and how to use it effectively, a guide for parents. 
  • What does data tell us? 
    • The future of work, which industries are in oversupply and where is the demand (5 - 10 year landscape). 
    • How is the rural and regional employment landscape different to metro Australia.


Presenter: Sam Devlin, The Careers Department

Sam has worked in the careers space for 5 years. Before this, she worked in behavioural data analytics. In her role at The Careers Department she enjoys breaking down the future of work data for students to help them make more informed choices, and is passionate about better bridging the gap between high school and life after. The Careers Department works with 480 schools around Australia in a face to face and digital capacity. 




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Thursday 13 August 2020 at 11:00am (AEST)

Taking the Proactive Approach to Boarder Wellbeing - Komodo Monitr

Webinar Topics:

  • An intro to Komodo: our story
  • The importance of a proactive approach to wellbeing
  • What is wellbeing monitoring?
  • Wellbeing at King's College
  • - Komodo in the boarding environment



Jack Wood - Co-founder, Komodo - Jack co-founded Komodo in early 2018. Since then, Komodo has been utilised by thousands of students, improving health and wellbeing in high schools. Komodo began specifically tackling boarder wellbeing in 2019, and aims to positively impact the lives of all boarders worldwide.



David Pyman - Wilderness School, SA - David currently works at Wilderness School in Adelaide, South Australia, and has a plethora of experience in the boarding environment. David has long been a pioneer and advocate for wellbeing monitoring. He has produced and delivered leading content on how to proactively care for, and improve boarder wellbeing. 



Daniel Rattray - King's College, NZ - Daniel is the Greenbank Housemaster at King's College in Auckland, New Zealand. He was one of the first to pilot Komodo back in 2019, as it aligned with the proactive approach to boarder wellbeing that Daniel and King's College have established and driven so well. 




Tuesday 25 August at 11:00am (AEST)

Understanding Indigenous Boarding - Advancing Transition Processes, Cultural Safety and Addressing Challenges - NT Transition Support Unit


 Indigenous students transitioning to boarding schools is complex. Students come from different remote and rural communities with varied cultural backgrounds, diverse academic readiness and individual wellbeing needs. This session will describe how students, families and boarding schools work with different challenges as well as highlighting particular successes. An Indigenous boarding school leader will describe ‘what works’ on the ground, a transition support unit director will articulate how to ‘smooth the way’ for all involved and also you will hear of research highlighting best practice - including student cultural safety and improving the family-school relationship. Ideas and feedback are encouraged.

Webinar Summary

An introduction to the NT Transition Support Unit: Nathan Baunach

  • The Worawa Story: Lois Peeler
  • What is best practice and how to grow the family- school relationship: Andrew Lloyd
  • Q and A: Any participants are free to ask questions or send a pre-recorded question beforehand
  • What are the key ‘take- aways’ from this session? What is the next step? : Nathan Baunach, Lois Peeler, Andrew Lloyd


Presenters: Andrew Lloyd, Auntie Lois Peeler & Nathan Baunach 








Thursday 27 August 2020 at 11:00am (AEST)

Doing Co-Ed Boarding Differently - Immanuel College


There is many ways to operate within a residential community as there are stars in the sky – and they are all so very different. An interesting model has evolved here at Immanuel College that has taken us well beyond the traditional and conservative model in place since the beginning of the school’s history. Some people had a good idea and a sense of where we could go and they put an imaginative plan into action. That is the model we have today and it seems to work well in our context. 


  • The Immanuel boarding journey
  • The change from boys’ and girls’ boarding to full co-ed boarding
  • How it works today – the checks and balances involved
  • Where its heading today


Presenter: Bernie Dean, Director of Boarding, Immanuel College






Tuesday 1 September 2020 at 10:30am (AEST)

What's Your Next Move? Practicing Professionalism without the Pressure

Webinar Theme:

Using brief videos as springboards for discussion, this interactive session will draw upon your experience and expertise to respond skillfully and supportively to unusual student scenarios. All boarding staff must think on their feet, but some events are so rare that we never get practice…until now. Join psychologist Dr. Chris Thurber for a fun workshop that is designed to help us all fumble and learn together.

Presenter: Dr Christopher Thurber

Chris serves as counsellor and instructor at Philips Exeter Academy. He is a board-certified clinical psychologist, educator, author and father. in 2019, Chris created Prep4School, which helps new boarders make successful adjustments. Find out more by visiting Prep4School.com or write to: chris@drchristhurber.com




Wednesday 2 September 2020 at 11:00am (AEST)

Boarding School Risks and Your Supervisory Staff - CompliSpace


Risk is a staff room topic that either generates angst or engages staff in meaningful discussions about how to better care for their students. Even though it can be argued that risks are similar in all boarding schools, jurisdictional legislative and regulatory requirements for boarding schools can affect the level of risk for each school. In this webinar, Craig D’cruz will argue that greatest boarding risk is the risk that we have failed to adequately train and inculcate our boarding supervisors in our child safe culture. This webinar is suitable for all Boarding Executive Staff and Supervisory Staff. 

Webinar Theme:

  • Boarding Schools and Child Protection Risks
  • Identifying Significant Boarding Risks through the Boarding Standard
  • Revisiting Duty of Care and Boarding Staff Accountability
  • Why your Supervision Roster Needs to Meet the Capabilities of your Staff


Presenter: Craig D'Cruz

With nearly 40 years of educational experience, Craig D’cruz is the National Education Lead at CompliSpace. Craig provides direction on education matters including new products, program/module content and training. He also regularly contributes to School Governance and briefing papers. Previously Craig held the roles of Industrial Officer at the Association of Independent Schools of WA, he was the Principal of a K-12 non-government school, Deputy Principal of a systemic non-government school and he has had teaching, boarding house and leadership experience in both the independent and Catholic school sectors. Craig currently sits on the board of a large non-government school and is a regular presenter on behalf of CompliSpace and other educational bodies on issues relating to school governance, school culture and school leadership.





Tuesday 8 September 2020 at 11:00am (AEST)

Virtual Boarding House Tour - PLC Sydney

The Boarding House is in the heart of the College, situated in the centre of the Senior School grounds. Since the school’s inception in 1888, boarding has been an integral part of the College community. Of the 39 founding students of PLC Sydney, 21 were boarders. This rich tradition of boarding continues today, with the Boarding House home to 64 girls from a broad range of cultural backgrounds.
Year 7 to 12 girls from the, country and overseas, city, board with us on a full-time or weekly basis. Year 12 boarders live in single rooms while all other girls reside in shared rooms.

The College’s location in Sydney’s inner west enables boarders to easily access the city during weekend activities.
The Boarding House is a safe and happy environment that provides students with challenges and opportunities for growth.


Presenter: Pauline Turner, Director of Boarding



Thursday 10 September 2020 at 11:00am (AEST)

Dealing with Change in the Boarding Environment

Joining a new team is exciting, even more so when your ideas are warmly embraced. However, this is not always the case. The test of your leadership then relies heavily on how effective can you encourage, support and direct change within a boarding environment that is resistant. After working in five leading Queensland boarding schools, there are a few things I have learned when dealing with change in a new and existing boarding team setting.



Presenter: Jaye Beutel, Head of Boarding, Townsville Grammar School

Currently the Head of Boarding at Townsville Grammar School. Queensland ABSA State Chair and national Boarder Member. Boarding experience at The Southport School, John Paul College, Whitsunday Anglican School and The Rockhampton Grammar School.


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Monday 14 September 2020 at 11:00am (AEST)

Managing the Latest Online Trends in Boarding - Cyber Safety & Social Media

Webinar Summary

From Fortnite to Tik Tok, if you’re struggling to keep up with the latest online trends and manage boarders screen-time, this session is for you.

School boarding staff are in a unique position when it comes to managing the online safety of students. Striking a balance between keeping boarders safe and giving them the space to unwind, socialise, and express themselves online, is no easy task. 

We are pleased to be offering a workshop delivered by ySafe, Australia’s award-winning cyber safety experts. This workshop has been specifically designed for boarding staff to learn more about managing children’s technology use and safety online. This session provides insights into the most popular social media and gaming platforms, an overview of trending behaviours and online safety risks, and finishes with practical strategies to promote communication and enhance the online safety of students in your care. 



Presenter: Taryn Wren, Executive Director, ySafe

Taryn is a Secondary ICT teacher and the Executive Director ySafe, Australia's leading provider of cyber safety education. Certified under the Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner, ySafe's award-winning team of Clinical Psychologists, Educators, and Law Enforcement have provided cyber safety education to more than 350,000 students, 200,000 parents, and 25,000 school staff Australia wide.


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Wednesday 16 September 2020 at 11:00am (AEST)

Planning your Rec Calendar for Fun, Inclusion and Variety

Webinar Summary

Offering a recreational boarding program to students is so important for a vast array of different reasons. Patrick Tully has created a brilliant program at Marist College Ashgrove and will be sharing the key tips and tricks in successfully setting this up.

  • Importance of Rec in a Boarding School
  • Key Components of creating a term plan
  • What and who to consider when deciding your rec activities
  • Successful events and learning from the 'lame' ones
  • Keeping things fresh and interesting

Presenters: Patrick Tully, Boarding Recreational Officer, Marist College Ashgrove