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Welcome – January newsletter

Dear Colleagues in AACS,

Welcome to 2019! We hope you had a refreshing Christmas break. We certainly appreciated a quieter period and a chance to pause and reflect before 2019 got underway.

This month’s newsletter gives some brief updates on developments in education and religious freedom since our last newsletter when Parliament rose in December.

It also contains a draft letter on religious freedom that you can make use of as school returns. It may help you equip teachers, parents and others in your school community to understand the current issues relating to religious freedom.

By the time you receive this, Annette’s time as Executive Officer for AACS will have come to an end. Please pray for her as she takes on a new role working for a Federal Member of Parliament. Please pray for the recruitment process as we search for a replacement for Annette too.

Grace and peace to you all,

Erik and Annette


Responses to Religious Freedom Report

There have been a range of responses to the Ruddock Review since it was released in …

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Schools and the Discrimination Act

The next step for the debate about faith-based schools and the Se x Discrimination Act is another Senate Inquiry …

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Quality of Trainee Teachers

The Opposition has adopted a new policy that seeks to ban students who fall below the …

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Christian Schools Policy Forum

Registrations are open for the Christian Schools National Policy Forum. Dr Justine Toh will be delivering the address at the Gala Dinner this year.

2019 Christian Schools National Policy Forum – Monday 20 – Tuesday 21 May, 2019
Gala Dinner – Monday 20 May 2019
2019 Christian Schools Symposium – Wednesday 22 May

Click here to register. 

STEM Scholarships for Students

The Minister for Education has taken a focus on rural students in the past …

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Indigenous Literacy

The Flexible Literacy for Remote Primary Schools Program pilot has received an additional $2.8 million in funding so that it can operate for another year. The program focuses on intensive literacy work with over 2,000 Indigenous students in Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Click here to read the Media Release about the funding


Campaigns Affecting Christian Schools

At the end of 2018, it was reported that a new campaign organisation has been established …

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Gender Definition

There has been no further progress on the Tasmanian Bill which …

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Reflections from Annette

It has been an enriching, challenging and deeply encouraging nine months for me …

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