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Discussing School Refusers | Re-engaging the Disengaged

March 16

Join Dave Stevens as he discusses the topic of Re-engaging the Disengaged Student (with a focus on school refusers) with special guest speakers: Bek Bezant (Alta-1 College) and Adolfo Zepeda (Perth Children’s Court).
There will be a live Q&A with our guest speakers. You are encouraged to come ready with questions to ask / stories you wish to share.

Date: Tuesday 16 March 2021

There will be two live conversation sessions to allow both the Western and Eastern States to engage in live conversation.
You are welcome to attend either session that suits you, regardless of which timezone you reside in.

Session 1: 4:00pm – 5:00pm AEDT / 1:00pm – 2:00pm AWST
Click here to register for Session 1

Session 2: 7:00pm – 8:00pm AEDT / 4:00pm – 5:00pm AWST
Click here to register for Session 2


Cost: Free

Click here to register for Session 1 (4PM AEDT)
Click here to register for Session 2 (4PM AWST)




Bek Bezant is a CaRE school educator and has a passion for working with the disengaged and at-risk cohort. Throughout her seven years of teaching, she has worked in three highschools, two CaRE schools and a private mainstream Christian highschool. Most of the students Bek has worked with come from difficult or dysfunctional backgrounds and have had disrupted education. She has developed skills to re-engage disengaged and school-avoiding young people. Bek has found through building healthy rapport with each student individually, and establishing an environment where students felt safe, they began to open up and share some of their emotional difficulties. It was after these adversities were properly addressed, that students began to re-engage in education. Bek created and implemented whole-school Health, Physical Education and Outdoor Education curriculum at her first CaRE school in 2015, and in 2018 was appointed Head of Behaviour Management. Bek deeply empathises with the needs of disengaged youth. As well as offering them the Good News that Jesus gives of love, acceptance, identity and purpose, Bek loves seeing students set up for success through meeting the social, emotional and educational needs of students.


Principal Consultant | Education Liaison Officer
Perth Children’s Court

Zepps commitment, passion, energy has lead him to work with disengaged and marginalised youth for over 16 years, in a variety of settings and roles including WA Police, Department of Communities, Child protection and Family Support and the Department of Education.
Most recently, Zepps worked as a Behaviour and Attendance Consultant supporting and re-engaging students in education and educational programs who have been affected by behavioural, social or psychologic barriers that lead to chronic disengagement.



DAVE STEVENS | WA Executive Officer, Christian Schools Australia

National Portfolio: Alternative Education – Modes and Models of Schooling

Dave’s knowledge across a broad range of specialist areas, educational sectors and contexts, is evidenced in his ability to develop alternative programs that meet the needs of the students and teachers whilst addressing the requirements of legislation.
Dave is passionate about empowering schools to engage disengaged students, and looks forward to being your host.

Click here to register for Session 1 (4PM AEDT)
Click here to register for Session 2 (4PM AWST)


March 16
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via Zoom Meeting


Christian Schools Australia
1300 321 272