Nurture Conference was held in Adelaide this year with delegates from 17 schools, representing mostly parents, association members, and board members, as well as teachers and principals. Delegates came from WA, NT, NSW, SA, VIC, TAS, as well as from New Zealand! It was very encouraging to see many delegates sent by their school associations.
Although we have hosted Parent Partnership Conferences in the past, this was the first Nurture Conference, and as with Nurture Magazine, we had a few main aims for the conference:
- inspiration towards Christian education,
- nurturing parent partnership,
- exploring general good practice in Christian parenting.
The program was jam–packed and this allowed a wonderful time of challenges and insights for those that attended. Patricia Weerakoon was the main speaker and she certainly didn’t hold back. This 70 year old woman is a sexologist and brought about a wonderful ‘unpacking’ of the teenage, pubescent brain, as well as giving parents a biblical grounding around their responsibility to guide their kids. In addition to Patricia’s talks, we set the scene with a devotion from Titus, Chris Parker from the National Institute provided a solid Christian worldview framework for the parents, Paul Reid from Donvale Christian College did an informative talk on Technology, Michelle Dempsey spoke about nurturing and developing faith in our children, and Sharon Witt from Mount Evelyn Christian School and publisher of Teen Talk books enlightened us on building resilient kids.
It was especially wonderful seeing the delegates come together over meals and share in each other’s experiences, challenges and joys both from the school, and in parenting. Feedback from the conference indicates that the program was well received, with comments like “Great line up! The content was very relevant, and appreciated”, and with many others asking for a longer conference next time.
If you know of someone in your school who attended the conference, and you haven’t yet had the chance, I encourage you to have a chat with them and hear more.
Thank you to Wendy Joyce, who worked hard to make sure the Conference came together.
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