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8th August 2015

New Chief Executive Officer

The national board of Christian Education National announced this week the formal start of Michelle Dempsey as Chief Executive Officer. Michelle is passionate about Christian education and brings to her role a wealth of experience in CEN. Michelle’s previous positions have included primary and secondary teaching, head of campus, deputy principal, principal, and state executive officer (Victoria). She is currently the national co-ordinator of CEN, assisting Ken Dickens as CEO. Michelle has directly supported, advised, and encouraged many of our school boards and our principals. She has also chaired the International Transforming Education Conference (ITEC15) committee for this year’s event in Melbourne.

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Tragic Accident at Gawa Christian School

Please be in prayer for the Gawa community at this time. In a shocking and tragic accident, a 12 year old student died during a sports activity on the afternoon of Thursday 6 August. I ask you to join with us in prayer for our brothers and sisters in Gawa. It is our prayer that …

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Sad News for Kuyper Christian School

Our brothers and sisters at Kuyper Christian school would value your prayers. Colleen Keen, the Bus Driver died in a aircraft accident recently. Colleen has been a deeply loved and wonderful servant of the school community both as a parent, current bus driver, unofficial photographer, graphic designer as well as serving many other voluntary roles within…

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Michelle Reflects on ITEC15

It’s hard to believe that ITEC15 is behind us and I have to admit to a mixed feeling of delight and loss. The conference went so well and the conference organising committee has been humbled and blessed by the responses of those that attended. A typical comment when I have spoken to people might be something like “there was not one dud presenter” or “I am a bit of a conference junkie and it is the best conference I have ever…

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ITEC15 DVD Resource

All attendees of ITEC15 have been sent a link to a portal where they can watch and listen to all keynote and strand presentations again–with the slides. This is free and will be open for 12 months. However, if you would like to have more permanent, high resolution video and audio then we are producing a packaged resource available to buy.

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New Staffing in CEN National Office

Craig Humphris recently finished his time serving Christian schools as the senior financial officer for CEN. We are excited to announce that Alan McCartin will now be serving in this role. Alan is a qualified accountant with a lot of experience working with Christian schools. Alan currently supports two other Christian schools with their finances. We also recently thanked…

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Position Vacant – CEN State Executive Officer, Victoria

Expressions of interest and applications are sought for the position of a State Executive Officer to serve Christian Education National Schools in Victoria. This position is .6 or 3 days per week. The successful candidate will be responsible for …

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Position Vacant – CEN Finance Assistant

The CEN National Office (Mulgoa, NSW) is seeking a financial assistant for 2 days a week for data management with MYOB. Candidates need to be committed Christians in good standing within an evangelical congregation. CVs and expressions of interest should be sent to Michelle Dempsey by 14 August 2015.  

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Expression of Interest for Registrar Position

God has blessed Ingrid Jeffries (Registrar for the National Institute for Christian Education) and her husband Matt, with a new addition to their family. This means that the Institute is looking for …

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Parent Information Night: Digit@l Parenting

Recently, Chris Parker spoke at a parent information night at Strathalbyn Christian School in Geraldton, WA. Chris spoke about the issues to consider when parenting digit@lly connected children. It was well received by the 50 or so parents attending. The advertised information for the night was…

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New Principal Appointments

It’s with excitement that we announce the following recent appointments to principal positions in the following schools: Emmaus Christian School – Erik Hofsink, Annandale Christian College – Dan Clarke, Launceston Christian School  – Adrian Bosker.  

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National Board Chairs Conference

Attention board chairs and deputy board chairs. Please set aside Thursday 15th October – Saturday 17th October 2015 for the National Board Chairs Conference in MELBOURNE. The theme of the conference is “Godly Governance – Leading Vision Driven Schools” and will feature John Sikkema as the …

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Governance Training

Can we remind you that CEN has been approved as an accredited provider of board training under the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards in NSW. What does this mean? Well, in NSW, each board member is now required to participate in accredited board training for 4 hours per year as part of compliance for schools. We don’t think that Victoria will be too far behind in this expectation. It is our aim by next year to have online board training modules for all boards to make use of through our website. Stay tuned for more details!

Developing Leaders Conference

The Developing Leaders Conference has been a significant event on the CEN calendar over the past 14 years. This year is no exception! I encourage you to begin identifying teachers you might like to send. You may even want to attend yourself. Many Principals have attended the conference in the past and have found it …

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Tourism NT Supports Education in the Top End

We would like to bring to your attention two wonderful openings for teachers and schools being offered by Tourism NT: 1. FREE Teacher Familiarisation Tour in the Top End of the Northern Territory, and 2. 2. NT Learning Adventures – $1000 to help bring your students to the NT

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