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National Office review

The CEN National Board recently initiated a review of the national office. One of the catalysts for this exercise was the predicted budget shortfall this year that wasn’t likely to improve in 2014. An operating surplus of at least $50 000 has been the goal of Board and executive. The review has recommended that a significant restructure take place and as a result the positions of Academic Dean and Executive Assistant/PA to the CEO have been made redundant. Geoff will be staying on until the end of the year and Arle’s last day will be Tuesday 3 September 2013. Arle has worked for CEN in various roles for the past 18 years and her contribution will…

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Next year’s AGM (2014)

Following generally favourable feedback the Board has decided to retain Canberra as the venue for the 2014 AGM. The levy arrangements may need modification and members will be informed of details in due course.

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Teacher education consortium

CEN sees the continuing professional learning of teachers in teaching Christianly as crucial in the nurturing of Christian education in our schools. Some schools have contributed generously to this venture and this is greatly appreciated. However, the National Institute Consortium still hasn’t achieved it’s budgeted level. Associations that were not able to commit are…

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Christian Educators’ Professional Association

The Board is encouraged that CEPA is growing (now around 600 members). Directors are grateful to the associations that have encouraged and facilitated membership. It continues to see this body as a key strategy for our teachers to grow in their capacity to…

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Meeting teacher professional standards

Membership, and participation, in the Christian Educators’ Professional Association may meet the requirements of a number of the National Professional Standards for Teachers produced by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)…

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Principal vacancies

There are a number of vacancies in the role of principal around the country. The appointment of Principal is possibly one of the most important decisions Boards will make. We have been encouraged by the associations that have requested our…

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Student work for Nurture

Your school has an opportunity to showcase student work in the last edition of Nurture this year. Poems. Photos of projects. Creative writing. Artwork. An account of a learning adventure. Anything that can be represented in print (be creative). I am reminded of Eric Liddell’s quote, “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.” Our students can bring glory to God when they faithfully respond to His gifting and they ‘run’ fast in certain spheres of learning. This edition will be an opportunity to bring further glory to God by showcasing…

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The Planning Committee for the 2015 International Transforming Education Conference has begun work on this event to be held in Melbourne 13-16 July. The theme is ‘Reading Word and World’ and addresses the need for Christian educators to be…

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State Executive Officers

The Board has recently acknowledged the crucial job carried out by our state representatives. Even though there are different arrangements in each state, the group of SEOs, under the leadership of Simon Matthews (TAS), work not only for the…

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NEW resource

“God’s Story” is a teaching resource for people serious about communicating the message, the patterns, the coherence and the power of God’s Word. This resource is in the form of a long wall chart and user’s guide and is ideally suited for use in staff training, for Bible study curriculum and discussions in the unifying Word of God. It is suitable for older children, teenagers, young adults, church and university study groups, Bible Studies, introducing new Christians to the Bible, training Christian workers/teachers and many other contexts…

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Board members

The Board is considering the appointment of new members to the National Board. The Illawarra Association has suggested Geoff Brisby and the Board is grateful for this initiative.

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Points for prayer

Prayer for all of the above matters would be appreciated. The matters below concerning members of our family especially need your prayers…

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