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Praying for you …

It’s term 4, teachers are under the pump, reports are being written, you are interviewing potential new staff, plans for next year are well under way, the budget has been finalised and the timetable expert in your school tells you that there is no way the timetable is going to work for 2015 (but you know they will find a way as they always do!) Yep, term 4. No matter how much schools plan ahead, there is no escaping the steady, sometimes frantic pace of term 4. Please know that we are praying for you during this time. Why don’t you grab a cuppa and catch up on the CEN eNews.

Michelle (National Coordinator)

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Are you doing school differently?

The next edition of the Christian Teachers Journal is featuring alternative approached to schooling and learning; “Doing school differently”. There are many schools in the CEN community that, in the interest of the students, have developed creative and alternate approaches to learning and schooling. We need your contributions telling and inspiring others about what you have done and are doing. Is there a staff member that …

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The Cause of Christian Education (new edition)

We are pleased to announce the publication of the 4th edition of Richard Edlin’s book, The Cause of Christian Education. Much has happened since the 3rd edition was published in 1999. Biblical principles remain the same, but contextual issues change, technology advances, and cultural priorities alter. Dr. Edlin has extensively revised and expanded this edition of the book to …

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How are you?

… no really … how are you? Are you and your school on course? Or, are your drifting and being dictated to by your circumstances? We can help. Schools are dynamic organisations. Schools drift. Cultures shift. Priorities change. Every year new families join, and others leave. New board and staff bring fresh ideas. Long term members depart. Increasing levels of compliance, and more hoops to jump through, put pressure on resources. We can help …

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Resources for teachers (ITEC15)

The ITEC15 Planning Committee will be preparing resources that you can use with your staff in the lead up to ITEC15. These materials will provide reflection around the theme and will be based on videos from some of the main speakers. Material will be distributed in December ready for use at the start of the 2015.

Have you registered  for ITEC15 yet?

Are you doing a group registration for your school?

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The National Institute Consortium

The CEN National Board wish to express their sincere thanks to those schools that are members of the National Institute for Christian Education Consortium. These members and have contributed to the training of teachers and into research into in Christian education in Australia. Your support is vital and appreciated.

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Nominations for board directors

Our board meets together regularly and will be sharing in a video conference this week.  Please pray for the CEN National Board as they continue to set the direction for our organisation.  The board is looking for nominations for new directors.  There may be someone you would like to nominate.  Please stay tuned for nomination procedures.  Please keep in mind that the AGM and National Conference is coming up in May.

2015 AGM and National Conference

Please keep in mind that the CEN AGM and National Conference is coming up in May 2015. We are waiting on the date of the Policy Forum to be locked in so we can also lock in the date for our AGM. It’s now time to be planning who will be going to be joining us at the AGM and National Conference. Those who have come, particularly parents, suggest that it is a wonderful time of growth in understanding and passion for Christian education as well and for skill development in serving their school.

Wonderful NAPLAN cover letter

You may have seen this in the AACS eNews that we sent out recently. However, many of you didn’t and its worth a quick read. An Age article on 12 Sept tells the story of parents at Altona Primary School receiving their children’s NAPLAN results with the following note attached …

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A personal story …

We received the following personal reflection from Margaret at Namoi Valley Christian School and thought that others might find it encouraging …

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PLEASE subscribe us to your newsletter

We would love to receive your school newsletter! Please add newsletters@cen.edu.au to your distribution list. We would love to be getting a newsletter from all CEN schools that email their newsletter out to parents. Maybe you could forward this to the relevant list keeper person right now. Thankyou.

Overseas study tour

Planning is under way for a CEN overseas study tour for September/October in 2015. The focus of this will be schools and school associations in Canada and the United States. To express interest in this (no commitment) please email Michelle Dempsey or Ken Dickens.

New principal appointments

We are pleased to welcome some new Principals into our schools. Noel Eagling has been appointed as Principal at Leighland Christian School, Tasmania. We also welcome Cameron Nunn to the position as Principal of Nepean Christian School.

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Recent bequest

Recently, CEN received a bequest from the estate of Mr Van Der Kooij, formally of Holland. We are very grateful for this donation. The money will be channelled into the CEN project that is working on a documented Christian response to the Australian Curriculum.

Order next year’s Welcome Brochures

Thank you to all those folk who have suggested their appreciation for the Welcome Brochures (and for the exciting stories of the opportunities that have arisen from their use). Have you made your order for the the start of next year? Have you got enough to give to all new families who start; all new staff members? Do you use them in your information pack? At open days and school tours? Have you considered placing them in local church foyers and community places like doctors surgeries etc. NOTE: There is a place on the brochure for you to place a sticker with your school details on it. We have even prepared a template for you to print these on standard sticker templates.

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