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From the CEO

So, what’s next?

I don’t know what your personality is like, but mine tends to be a bit of a ‘what’s next?’ type. I look forward to the next opportunity, the next challenge, and even (don’t cringe), the next meeting. You can imagine that I wrestle quite a bit with the discipline of quiet, reflective time with God and I can be a bit of a whirlwind for my peers. I have my strengths and I have my weaknesses (which strangely often look quite similar). As much as I am keen to bring you the ‘what’s next’ in the CEN space, I am also mindful that we will be reflective, listen to our members (yes, you) and grow together. Our organisation has experienced a lot of change over the last few years and even though you might be sick of the mantra of ‘Stronger Together’ I’m afraid you’ll be hearing it for some time yet as we are determined to ensure that each of our member associations and schools feel a part of the greater network of CEN.

We are in interesting times as Christian schools and it is so important that we constantly review what we are doing to ensure that we are relevant to the changing world around us. I have picked up the book “Disappearing Church” by Mark Sayers, as recommended by Ken Dickens at the National Conference and see in this book the great opportunity we have to be the “Head, Heart, Hands” of God in the education environment. We do things differently because it matters. We want our kids to have purpose in this world and we have so much to offer as an alternative perspective to what is being offered by our increasingly secularised society. Let’s not be afraid, let’s commit to being stronger together. Now there’s an idea!

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