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Recent Annual General Meeting (update)

Representatives of the CEN community came together for a National Conference and AGM last week-end in Canberra. It was a shorter program with less emphasis on business and more opportunities to grow in our understanding of Christian education. Delegates were able to attend three workshops and listen to two inspiring addresses. A feature for me was the opportunity to praise God together in singing. In this we were led by a team from Emmaus on one day and Michael Bunyan and his family on the following day. Michael is the Head of Music at Southern Highlands Christian school and he has provided his arrangement of Bless the Lord which can be downloaded here.

The Conference Dinner was a great occasion that was organised by Michelle Dempsey and Sue Goudswaard. We heard lots of encouraging stories about what God is doing around Australia in our school communities. Of special note were two stories. The first was the co-operative effort of CEN Victoria, South Coast and Chairo communities to work out a positive ongoing arrangement for Christian education at Leongatha. The second was the account of the Ed Trans Conference on indigenous education. Here we were informed about a number of indigenous communities desperate to have a Christian community controlled school.

The other feature of the dinner was a farewell to Sue Mitchel and Jack Mechielsen. For Jack a number of delegates wore T-shirts emblazoned with ‘Farewell Uncle Jack’ and we heard a rendition of a version of the Aunty Jack song (for those old enough to remember) sung by the original cast members (courtesy of Bill Rusin).

Update: discussion between CEN and CSA

At the recent AGM, the following motion was presented – “That the CEN Board should continue discussions with the CSA Board and work towards a closer working relationship, such as in the form of an alliance, where resources are shared.”

Click here to view the CEN Board’s response to the motion and an update of the current status of discussions.

Building and growing your association

Ken Dickens presented insightful reflections at the recent AGM on not only the need to focus on building our associations but insights into the generational issues that need to be considered. Ken also made practical suggestions for boards to consider in their strategic planning.

Click here for the slides

AGM Workshop Resources

Thanks again must go to Bill Rusin, Fiona Partridge, Kathleen Flentje and Narelle Sketcher for their contributions to the practical workshops held on the Saturday afternoon of the AGM. Fiona, Kathleen and Bill have  made their slide presentations on the available:

The Australian Curriculum: The response for Christian Schools, being on the front foot
Dr Fiona Partridge and Kathleen Flentje
Click here for slides

Marketing Essentials
Bill Rusin
Click here for slides

Bless the Lord Arrangement
Michael Bunyan from Southern Highlands Christian School has also made his arrangement of Bless the Lord available.
Click here for arrangement

Introducing the CEN National Board

Anne Baker, NSW
Dr Gerry Beimers, VIC (Company Secretary)
Yvonne Bradley, VIC (Vice President)
Hugh Bryant-Parsons, VIC
John de Jong, TAS (President)
Susan Goudswaard, VIC
David Grey, TAS (Treasurer)
Bill Rusin, NSW

Martin Hanscamp joins CEN team

The National Board has been in discussions with Martin Hanscamp regarding him having a key role in the national office in 2014  with a view to advocacy and allowing for organisational succession.

Board Chairs

Please make sure that you forward this newsletter to your fellow directors in case we have not managed to get their individual contact details in our database. Thankyou.

Evaluation of AGM

For those who attended the AGM, please find following a short online evaluation where you can help us to serve you better in the future through our AGM and National Conference planning.

Click here for survey