The conference is for teachers, Coordinators and Executive from Interested, Candidate and Authorised IB schools.  The annual conference offers a forum for discussion of IB Worldschool issues in an Australasian context.

COMING OF AGE

 
21ST ANNUAL AAIBS CONFERENCE
 
Kristin School, Auckland, New Zealand • 25-27 September 2010
 
Registrations now open!
Kristin School takes pleasure in inviting colleagues to attend this year’s AAIBS Conference, to be held 25-27 September. Located on Auckland’s North Shore, Kristin is New Zealand’s largest co-educational, K – 13 school and its most established IB school. Auckland is at its finest in the spring and the conference will provide an opportunity for colleagues to network and learn whilst also enjoying all that the City of Sails has to offer. 
This year’s conference theme, ‘Coming of Age’, will allow the opportunity to explore how current trends and pressing issues in Australasia and around the globe are making the core principles of the IB more relevant and essential than ever in the education of our young people.
The conference opens with a cocktail function on Saturday evening, September 25, preceding two full days of conference sessions. A number of IBAP PYP and DP workshops, as well as the University Recognition Forum, are scheduled at Kristin immediately after the conference.

 

Conference features 
 
• Outstanding speakers 
 
Hon. Heather Roy
Heather Roy entered Parliament as an ACT List MP in July 2002 and is currently ACT’s Deputy Leader and Party Whip. Heather is Minister of Consumer Affairs, Associate Minister of Defence and Associate Minister of Education with portfolio responsibility for independent schools. 

 

George Walker 
George Walker’s career divides into three parts: science education, comprehensive education and international education. After two headships in the UK he spent the final 15 years of his career in Geneva as director general of the International School of Geneva, then of the International Baccalaureate. During this time he was also visiting professor in the University of Bath in the UK. George has written several books including An A to Z of School Leadership. Although now ‘retired’ he is still busy writing, speaking and consulting. He is currently editing a new book for the IB about the changing face of international education.

 

Graeme Aitken
Graeme Aitken is Dean of the Faculty of Education at The University of Auckland. He has 14 years experience as a secondary school teacher and a further 12 years as a teacher educator. Graeme’s main professional and research interests are in curriculum development and design, and teaching effectiveness. While acknowledging the difficulties and challenges of teaching, Graeme is essentially an optimist who believes that the teacher can make a difference to the well-being and achievement of young people. His work as a teacher, teacher educator, researcher and now Dean is guided by this belief.

 

Siva Kumari
Dr Siva Kumari is the new chief operating officer of the IB schools division, formed to provide consistency in cost-effective, dependable and quality services to IB World Schools across the world. Siva joined the IB as Regional Director of the Asia Pacific office in April 2009 bringing substantial leadership experience and academic credentials. She will continue to serve concurrently as regional director over a transition period during 2010 as the search begins for her replacement. Siva’s last position was as Associate Provost for K-12 Initiatives at Rice University in Houston, Texas, USA. Her doctorate is in Instructional Technology and her doctoral study focused on the use of the web in higher education learning.

 

Lee Crockett
Lee Crockett is a national award winning designer, marketing consultant, entrepreneur, artist, author and international keynote speaker. He is the Director of Media for the InfoSavvy Group and the managing partner of the 21st Century Fluency Project. Lee is the chief architect of the extensive network of websites, web-based applications and presentations of which the infoSavvy group is comprised. He is co-author of Understanding the Digital Generation and the upcoming books The Digital Diet, Living on the Future Edge, and Literacy is not Enough.

 

Tony Fernando
Dr Tony Fernando is a Senior Lecturer in Psychological Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Auckland. He is a practicing psychiatrist and coordinates the education of medical students in psychiatry. He is one of the authors of www.calm.auckland.ac.nz, a self-care website that teaches positive psychology principles to young people. He has won many teaching awards including the Butland Award for Sustained Teaching Excellence at the medical school in 2007.

 

• Breakout sessions
 
With over 20 quality presentations from which delegates can select, breakout sessions will provide ‘something for everyone’. We hope you will return to your schools not only inspired and challenged but with many useful, practical ideas to share with colleagues. 
Job-alike sessions for coordinators and principals in each of the three programmes as well as information sessions specifically for candidate and interested schools are also scheduled.
 
• Social events
 
Welcome Cocktails
Date: Saturday September 25
Time: 6-8pm 
Venue: Spencer on Byron Hotel, Takapuna

 

Conference Dinner
Date: Sunday September 26
Time: 6.45pm 
Venue: Maritime Room, Maritime Museum, Viaduct Harbour
Cost: $115

 

Registration 
Please complete the registration form online to register for the conference or alternatively mail your completed form to the address provided.
Registration covers welcome cocktails and attendance at all conference sessions on September 26 and 27, as well as morning teas, lunches and transport between Kristin School and the listed accommodation on both days. Please note that accommodation arrangements are your own responsibility.
The Conference Dinner is additional to the registration fee. Dinner tickets for partners may be purchased with your registration.

 

Special rates for AAIBS members
A discounted registration fee applies to up to three delegates from each AAIBS member school. A list of current AAIBS members is available on the conference website.Please register early – a late fee applies to registrations made after 31 July.
AAIBS member special rate $480 
Non-member / standard registration $620 
Late fee $140 
Conference Dinner $115

 

Accommodation
 
We have negotiated special conference rates for accommodation at the following hotels and motels: 
The Spencer on Byron Hotel
Room rate per night (1-2 persons) $159
Breakfast per person $25
Website: www.spencerbyron.co.nz
Email: reservations@spencerbyron.co.nz
Tel: 64 9 916 6111 

 

Emerald Inn
Room rate per night (1-2 persons) from $150, family units available
Breakfast per person $10/$15 + GST
Website: www.emerald-inn.co.nz 
Email: info@emerald-inn.co.nz
Tel: 64 9 488 3500 

 

Poenamo Hotel
Room rate per night (1-2 persons) $110
Continental breakfast per person $12.50
Website: www.poenamohotel.co.nz
Email: poenamo@clear.net.nz
Tel: 64 9 914 3373 

 

Transport will be provided daily between these hotels/motels only and the conference venue and to and from the Maritime Museum for the conference dinner.
Please book your accommodation directly with the hotel or motel of your choice by email or telephone, stating that you are attending the AAIBS Conference.

 

Staying longer?
There are many activities to enjoy if you are able to take advantage of the school holidays to extend your stay in Auckland or to travel to other parts of New Zealand. The websites below detail much of what is on offer.
http://www.aucklandnz.com/index.php
http://www.newzealand.com/travel/International/
conference@kristin.school.nz | www.kristin.school.nz

Contact

Website http://www.kristin.school.nz/index.php?option=com_chronocontact&chronoformname=aabisRegistration
Person Debbie Dwyer
Email ddwyer@kristin.school.nz
Phone +64 9 415 9566
Fax +64 9 415 8495

Location

Kristin School, Auckland, New Zealand