Global Connections XX


Melbourne, Australia

Wesley College Melbourne is proud to be hosting the 2019 Global Connections Seminar!

On behalf of the Global Connections network, we’re delighted to be able to invite you to participate in the 2019 Global Connections Seminar, the 20thin the series!

The 2019 seminar will immerse participants in a full week of learning experiences to explore and engage with the theme:

“Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Innovation – transformational practice in an age of disruption”

Through a combination of keynote speeches, presentations, workshops and panel discussions featuring some of the world’s leading educational thinkers and practitioners – including many from within the Global Connections network – Seminar XX will place on display and invite delegates into the diverse stories of innovation in Victoria’s educational landscape using Wesley College Melbourne as the fulcrum around which activities revolve. Seminar XX will take delegates into diverse school, industry, community and cultural settings to give them as full a taste as possible of the intellectual, cultural and spiritual richness that is Melbourne, Victoria and Australia. This is a place far better experienced directly and personally than heard, spoken or read about so please join us from 24 – 31 March, 2019 to share in and add your own voice to its stories!

An additional highlight of Seminar XX is the rare post-Seminar opportunity for you to visit the Yiramalay-Wesley Studio Schoollocated in the heart of the stunningly beautiful Fitzroy Valley of North West Australia – easily the jewel in Wesley College Melbourne’s crown of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, Yiramalay is a must-see for any educator truly interested in what schools can do to forge cross-cultural learning and to replace a fragmented national psyche with wholeness.

Keep visiting this page to receive updates on keynote speakers and other seminar details as they become available.

The Global Connections Seminar XX will take place from March 24th – March 30th, in Melbourne, Australia and will be hosted by Wesley College.



ARRIVAL DAY: Saturday 23rd March 2019

Participants arrive during the day at Melbourne Airport.

Regular airport transfers to hotel provided (60-minute trip)

Participants check in at the Welcome Desk at the hotel – Welcome bags provided on arrival to include useful information, tourist guides, snack, water/juice etc.

Melbourne city sight-seeing bus tour available during the day until 6pm for participants who are interested in.

Informal/casual dinner at hotel from 6pm onwards.


DAY 1 – Sunday 24th March 2019

Airport pick-ups continue for remaining delegates

Morning walk or yoga session before buffet breakfast at hotel

Global Connections XX Opening Ceremony

Delegate introductions and ice-breakers

Keynote speech and sharing session 1

Visit to Royal Botanic Gardens and Shrine of Remembrance

Welcome Party – Rose Garden, Wesley College, St Kilda Road


DAY 2 – Monday 25th March 2019

Morning walk or yoga session before buffet breakfast at hotel

Visits to Wesley campuses (St Kilda Road, Glen Waverley and Elsternwick campus). Delegates divided into 3 groups; each group assigned to a Wesley campus. Visits include a range of interactions with campus leadership, staff, and students – manifestations of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship

Visit to Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and museum

Dinner at Kooyong Tennis Club (presentation on role of sport in the Wesley education model).


DAY 3 – Tuesday 26th March 2019

Morning walk or yoga before buffet breakfast at hotel

Visit to selected Yarra Valley wineriesTravel to Yarra Valley to visit Chum Creek, Wesley College outdoor education site and Healesville Sanctuary

Keynote presentation and Sharing session 2creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability education

Travel back to Melbourne

Dinner with a taste of Wesley Arts


DAY 4 – Wednesday 27th March 2019

Morning walk or yoga session before buffet breakfast at hotel

Innovative Melbourne – Visits to local schools; Wesley’s industry partners and Melbourne’s centres of innovation (e.g. the Australian Synchrotron – see photo 7). Delegates to choose from options.

Keynote presentation and Sharing session 3: Creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and Doing in Australian indigenous education – a Wesley showpiece

Dinner on Melbourne Circle Tram


DAY 5 – Thursday 28th March 2019

Morning walk or yoga session before buffet breakfast at hotel

Travel to Wesley @ Clunes, a purpose-built campus for Year 9 students to have a bespoke eight-week residential learning experience. Clunes is an old town in Victoria, 146 km northwest of Melbourne. Visit to Clunes includes interactions with Wesley @ Clunes staff and students.

Visit Clunes Primary School (state school)

Sightseeing in Daylesford and visit to Art Gallery of Ballarat

Lamplight tour dinner

Keynote presentation and Sharing session 4

Overnight stay in Ballarat


DAY 6 – Friday 29th March 2019

Breakfast at hotel

Travel to the Great Ocean Road and visit the “Twelve Apostles”, Lorne and Apollo bay.

Travel back to Melbourne after lunch

Keynote presentation and Sharing session 5

Gala Dinner


DAY 7 – LAST DAY – Saturday 30th March 2019

Closing Statements and resolutions

Shopping etc.

Departures during the day – transportation arranged to Melbourne airport according to flight schedules.


DAY 8 – DEPARTURE – Sunday 31th March 2019

Departures during the day – transportation arranged to Melbourne airport according to flight schedules.


ATTENTION: Pre GC Seminar XX Opportunity (optional)

Visit to Australia’s Fitzroy Valley Community and the Yiramalay Wesley Studio School – delegates will be able to indicate and pursue interest through the seminar registration process. This session will occur before the full seminar. Stay tuned for more information.


Registration Fee and Important Dates

Conference Registration Fee: USD $2,100

Financial Assistance Contribution: USD $500

The total cost for the seminar, for full fee-paying delegates, will be US$2,600. As is our custom, US$500 of this total amount will be set aside as financial assistance to allow those to attend who represent schools that are less well-resourced than some.

Registration Deadline: Friday, December 14 2018