From Ken Dickens (CEO)
During April I had the privilege to be involved in two state Conferences in Victoria and South Australia. The Victorian conference that that had over 600 delegates was held for three days at Donvale Christian College. As a keynote presenter I worked with Justine Toh from the Centre for Public Christianity and Mark Roques from the West Yorkshire School of Christian Studies. It was very encouraging to hear these two presenters, from vastly different contexts, in fresh ways exhorting our teachers to affirm creation and culture while discerning the idolatrous forces that cause distortion. Justine focused on understanding our cultural context in the light of the Gospel and Mark demonstrated a pedagogy of story-telling to expose the false gospels of our day.
As well as the keynotes participants could choose from a range of workshops on ‘model lessons’ from their peers or National Institute postgraduate courses taught by a cohort of adjunct leaders (mainly from Victoria with two ‘ring ins’ from WA and SA). It was great to see over 60 teachers engaging in postgraduate study as part of their conference. The whole conference was a wonderful time of fellowship, encouragement, and inspiration.
The South Australian conference was held in two different venues¬-Horizon Christian School on one day and Torrens Valley Christian School on the other. It was great to have ‘country’ and ‘town’ experience and it made it easier for the more remote schools to join in. The keynote presenters were Mike Goheen and his daughter and son in law–Erin Goheen Glanville and Mark Glanville. Mike is a theologian/philosopher, Erin is a cultural studies and literature academic, and Mark is a pastor/theologian. Between the three of them they provided a very rich understanding of how Christian education can inspire students towards a ‘contrast community’ marked by gospel generosity and thankfulness with humble discernment.
Congratulations to Michelle and Wendy and the teams they worked with to produce such rich and inspiring conferences. I look forward to working with the other states and when we meet together in Canberra later this month.
Expressions of Interest: Managing Editor of Journals
After many years of faithful service as editor of the Christian Teachers Journal and Nurture, Suzanne Mitchell has announced she is leaving.
These publications have been significant in furthering an understanding of Christian education in Australia and internationally. We now, with God’s help, seek to find the right person to carry on the important work that Suzanne has done. The editor works with separate editorial committees for each publication and reports to the Executive Officer, Communications. The position is part-time and located at the National Office of CEN in Mulgoa, NSW (on the site of Nepean Christian School).
For further information or to express interest in the position, please contact:
Ken Dickens (CEO)
National Conference and AGM
The 2013 Annual General Meeting and National Conference on 25-26 May in Canberra is the official decision making vehicle for member associations of Christian Education National. It’s a once-in-a-year opportunity to come together to celebrate God’s goodness to us as a movement and to encourage each other in our tasks.
Perhaps more so than in previous years, this year’s program will be more relaxed with relevant and interesting presentations and workshops being offered.
If you have not yet registered but are interested in attending, please book online today (register here) or call the office on 02 4773 5800 and ask to speak to Arlé. Registrations will close on Friday 17 May.
For some time now CEN has maintained an Ideas Exchange for the sharing of policy documents between schools. Many times now we have fielded requests from a school wanting to write or update a policy document in a certain area of school life. When we point our members towards the Ideas Exchange they are often able to find a policy document that they can use as a template (and usually some other good ideas while they are there).
Click here to visit and search the Ideas Exchange.
Keeping the Ideas Exchange Current
If you have policy document that you have written and feel that they would be helpful to other then please email them to us so that we can place them in the Ideas Exchange for member schools to access as templates.
But What about Curriculum
Wouldn’t it be good to have something similar for curriculum for teachers? Well, we do! The Resources section(and their forums) in CEPA Central is a dynamic and collaborative place where ideas and resources are being shared all the time. Have you visited? Have you shared?
School Funding and Federal Election
Almost daily we are being updated on the machinations and deliberations about school funding and the Gonski proposals at the state and federal level. Updates, Policy Positions and a Support Pack for the up coming Federal Election can be found on the website for the Australian Association of Christian Schools where the monthly newsletter can be viewed.
Parents in Partnership
Christian education is grounded in and around a partnership with parents. Join with others in sharing and nurturing the vision of Christian education. Learn how together we can make a difference in our schools.
A Christian Education National Conference
9-10 August 2013
Friday 8pm – Saturday 4.30pm
Clare Country Club
White Hut Road
0418 857 411
Colin Buchanan at your school
Colin is in the process of planning his Australian concert tours for 2014.
Colin tours in many different areas. If your school is interested in hosting one of Colin’s exciting and unique Christian family shows and being part of a tour then you can contact Colin’s ‘people’ at email.
A number of our schools have found these to be wonderful community development activities.