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From the Executive Officer

Bob Johnston has retired and Martin Hanscamp has taken over as Executive Officer for AACS. Martin introduces himself to the AACS community. It’s the early days of commencing my new role as the Executive Officer of AACS and I’m delighted to be advocating for Christian schools and supporting their growth. I’m feeling a tad overwhelmed but also excited about the challenges ahead. Many within the CEN movement would know me well as I’ve been around the movement for over three decades. However half of the AACS membership has other affiliations and I wouldn’t be so well known in those circles. So here goes for a quick …

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Bob, the Advocate … he can fix it.

We are so thankful to God for his servant Bob Johnston. After 9 years of service Bob is hanging up his boots and retiring gracefully, and undertaking some occasional consultancy work. We’ve just changed the title from builder, but the idea is the same. AACS and the broader Christian education movement are going to miss this wonderful ‘mover and shaker’ as Bob takes the next big step in his life. Many of you would be aware that after many decades of wonderful service to the cause of Christian education, and specifically nine years as the Executive Officer of AACS, Bob Johnston is retiring from …

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New Contact Details

For all future correspondence and contact with AACS could you please update your appropriate databases with the following…

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New Book: “Taking God to School”

A new book, “Taking God to School”, written by Marion Maddox, has been released last week. Maddox makes many criticisms of Christian Schools and the ‘intrusion’ of God into what the author laments as the loss of “once proud free, compulsory and secular education”. No doubt this book will cause some…

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AACS writes submissions

The Australian Curriculum, Funding, Charities and Not for Profits Commission, Cyber Safety and proposed changes to NSW Anti-Discrimination legislation – all invite response …

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Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

AACS has already written to Minister Kevin Andrews expressing our disappointment with the expressed intention to axe the ACNC. AACS’s experience with the ACNC has been positive and a most…

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School funding update

After making ‘quite a meal of it’ at the end of last year, the Federal Government has returned to providing assurances that they will honour funding commitments made during the election campaign for the present electoral term. However, as is so often the case, ‘the problem is in the detail’ and schools are…

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Review of the Australian Curriculum

The new Education Minister has announced a review of the National Curriculum criticising over-crowding and some ‘left wing bias’ elements. It’s a limited review as submissions are due by Feb 28th. Over the summer break the announcement of the establishment of a review of the National Curriculum by Minister Pyne (January 10th) will probably receive a mixed…

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Why funding independent schools is a smart idea

From Kevin Donnelly in the Brisbane Times, Feb 4, 2014. “As noted in the just released Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services 2014, while governments invest on average $15,768 per government school student in terms …

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