State Conference Season
The State / Territory Conferences in July were a huge success. Thanks so much to those that put in so much effort for them to happen. Here is a full report on what happened in each State and Territory.
It was a tie between Western Australia and Victoria kicking off the conference season. WA called their conference the CEN Christian Worldview Symposium. They gathered at Rehoboth Christian College for two days and featured Martin Hanscamp (AACS Executive Director), Alice Mustin (CEN), and Neil Pierson (Covenant Christian School) in their line up of speakers. Taking a different approach by having ongoing rotating workshops, the conference was a great hit! Victoria took off with the theme Stronger Together and the buzz in the auditorium was palpable. Ryan Messmore (Christian Heritage College), Kathy Pereira (CEN) and Joel McKerrow (performance poet) were all well received by the VIC crowd. Day 2 of the Victorian conference saw schools break into regional conferences at Melton Christian College and Chairo Christian School. These were also enjoyed by many.
The annual Over the Top conference in Darwin embraced the theme It is Well with my Soul. This provided a perfect backdrop to the work of Dr Murray Capill (Reformed Theological College) and the various workshops and snapshots of school life across the NT (my favourite snapshot was the time of worship shared by the ladies of Gäwa Christian School). I also had the privilege of presenting to our Darwin colleagues, and I have to say that sharing in an open air venue with blue skies and the lovely breeze of massive outdoor fans….didn’t really feel like work!
The theme of Inspired and Equipped was the launch pad for the NSW conference held at Nepean Christian School. Again, the vibe was positive and exciting. Alongside plenary talks, devotions, and many workshops, the NSW conference also featured a conference dinner which included Daniel Flynn from Thankyou as the inspiring speaker. The conference also took the opportunity to thank Kathy Pereira for her work as the NSW State Executive Officer.
The South Australian and Tassie conferences finished up the conference season with SA meeting at Horizon Christian School, in their big gym. Do you know how cold it is in SA in winter, but how the sun just shines all day long!? Chris Parker (CEN) lead with plenary sessions and the larger part of the two days saw teachers participating in two of our Certificate of Christian Education courses, Design (based on Transformation by Design) and Deliver (Good pedagogy). Alice Mustin (CEN), Karen Baker (Bayside Christian College) and Ken Dickens (retired gem), led these courses.The Tasmanian Conference met at a hotel in Hobart over two days, and invited Corwin Australia to lead workshops and sessions in Visible Thinking. This was coupled with worship, devotions, and a focus on what schools are doing around biblical curriculum in each of the schools.
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