Cairns Parent Engagement Day 
Saturday 28 May 2022  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
MacKillop Catholic College, Mount Peter
1 Mount Peter Rd, Mount Peter
Catholic School Parents Queensland - Diocese of Cairns invites all Parents, Principals and School Staff of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Cairns to a Parent Engagement Day. The day aims to inform and inspire and to strengthen parent engagement practice.

The event will be held at MacKillop Catholic College, Mount Peter
in the school hall.
We will begin at 9.00am with morning tea

Come along and listen to Guest Speakers:
Andrew Fuller, Psychologist
Chris Borrell, The Fathering Project
Dr Andrea O'Brien, Catholic Education Services Cairns
'The Reading Conversation'
Carmel Nash OAM Catholic School Parents Queensland
with schools discussing their best practice in Parent Engagement.

This is a free event and meals will be provided for all attendees

*Parents from outside Cairns can apply to have travel costs reimbursed.

9:00 AM
Morning Tea
Morning Tea provided
9:30 AM
Including Welcome to Country and Prayer
9:45 AM
Andrew Fuller - Tricky Behaviours
10:45 AM
Chris Borrell - The Fathering Project
11:15 PM
Andrew Fuller - Building Blocks for Mental Health in Children
12:15 PM
Andrew Fuller - How to help your kids be motivated to learn and do well in school
1:45 PM
Dr Andrea O'Brien - The Reading Conversation
2:45 PM
Afternoon Tea Break
3:00 PM
Carmel Nash - Talking with schools about their best practice in Parent Engagement
3:45 PM
Summing Up
4:00 PM
Andrew Fuller

Andrew has recently been described as an ”interesting mixture of Billy Connolly, Tim Winton and Frasier Crane” and as someone who “puts the heart back into psychology”. As a clinical psychologist, Andrew Fuller works with many schools and communities in Australia and internationally, specialising in the wellbeing of young people and their families. He is a Fellow of the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Learning and Educational Development at the University of Melbourne.
Chris Borrell
the fathering project

I was born in North Queensland and raised in a family of all boys with an emphasis on sport and the outdoors. This fostered a childlike passion for all things ‘rough and tumble’ with the majority of my energy going into rugby union and surfing which I still enjoy to this day. I have been married for 8 years and have a beautiful 3 year old daughter and an 18 month old son.
I come from an interesting professional background. I graduated with a Bachelor of Business Management majoring in International Business and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Queensland in 2010. I have completed my Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (PLT) Griffith University, 2011 and was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland, June 2012.
I moved into the corporate finance arena working at Macquarie Bank. During my tenure there I completed a Master of Finance at Griffith University, 2019. As a side project I also completed a Graduate Diploma in Ministry at Christian Heritage College as I enjoy preaching.
The plan was to work in the investment banking sphere for the next 10-15 years, buy my wife a farm as she is a country girl and then move into the youth and fathering space. However my life was fast forwarded when my mum tapped me on the shoulder in September 2019 and asked me a life changing question, “Chris, what do you want to be remembered for when you’re 65 years old?”. I instantly replied, “Mum, I want to be a father to the fatherless” and the rest is history!
Dr Andrea O'Brien
Catholic Education SERVICES, CAIRNS
ASSISTANT Executive Director

Andrea has over 40 years’ experience as a teacher, principal and system level leader within Catholic education across the state of Queensland. Beginning her professional life as a secondary teacher in Mt Isa, Andrea continued to serve as principal at St Margaret Mary’s College and Ryan Catholic College in Townsville, and at Clairvaux MacKillop College in Upper Mt Gravatt, in Brisbane. Experience at the system level includes work as a Project Officer at the Catholic Education Office in   Townsville, a Senior Leader with responsibility for School Improvement and Review  within Brisbane Catholic Education and currently as the Assistant Executive Director with Catholic Education Services, Cairns.
Areas of interest include women and leadership, literature, the complexities of the role of the principal and principal wellbeing and sustainability.

Carmel Nash OAM
Catholic School Parents Queensland
Executive Director

Carmel is the Executive Director of Catholic School Parents Queensland. Carmel has been involved in P & F for more than 37 years as a local school executive member across a number of roles, Diocesan Council Chair and as a member of the State Council of P & F. Carmel is a Life member of the Federation of Parents & Friends. She began her role at the P & F Federation in 2002 as Assistant Executive Officer and became the Executive Director in 2010. Carmel is a member of Catholic School Parents Australia, Deputy Chair of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission and a commissioner of the National Catholic Education Commission. Carmel is also a co-convenor of the ARACY national parent engagement network. Carmel is passionate about better engaging families in the learning of their children and in developing better relationships between teachers and parents.
The Fathering Project is a not-for-profit research-based organisation with a vision to ensure all children have an effective father or father figure in their lives. We engage your father community to support students to achieve better academically, relate better socially, cope better emotionally and enjoy better development outcomes. Research shows that when fathers are engaged in children’s education, student grades and test scores improve, attendance increases, and students are more involved in school activities.  
 Join us on Saturday 
28 May, 2022
We look forward to seeing you!

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