MELBOURNE, Wednesday 11 April 2018
Please join us at the Brotherhood of St Laurence Sambell Oration Dinner.
Leading educator Chris Sarra will deliver this year’s Sambell Oration. Named after former Brotherhood Executive Director Geoffrey Sambell, this keynote event is a forum for ideas that advance a fairer Australia.
Education and skills open the door to a good life in Australia. But a sizeable gap persists in school participation and attainment between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. What strategies will spread opportunity and improve outcomes? In a compelling address, Chris Sarra argues low expectations and deficit thinking have for too long framed Indigenous education. Drawing on personal and professional experience, he outlines a philosophy to deliver a stronger, smarter future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. And his approach might help unlock the potential of other Australian children.
When: Wednesday 11 April 2018
Where: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne
Time: Pre-dinner drinks from 6.30pm, dinner at 7.00pm
RSVP: Thursday 29 March
If you would like to purchase tickets, please visit our website and select from the ticket options as below.
$1200: Table of 10
$110: Individual (Not-for-profits)
$25: Concession (Health Care Card / Pension Card / Student)
Chris Sarra is a professor of education at the University of Canberra. He became the first Aboriginal principal at Cherbourg State School, Queensland, in the late 1990s, making significant changes to how Indigenous students experienced education.
Growing up in Bundaberg, the youngest of 10 children, Professor Sarra faced similar challenges to his students. The strengths-based approach he developed at Cherbourg led to the formation of the Stronger Smarter Institute, which he chairs. The institute works with schools and community leaders around Australia. Professor Sarra also co-chairs the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council.
His qualifications include a PhD in psychology from Murdoch University. His thesis, ‘Strong and smart – towards a pedagogy for emancipation: education for first peoples’, was developed into a book and published in 2011.
We are delighted that once again this year the Brotherhood’s corporate partner, ANZ, has generously agreed to sponsor the 2018 Sambell Oration.
To obtain further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 9483 1369.
Please RSVP by Thursday 29 March 2018.
Produced by the librarians at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Melbourne, Australia