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From the CEO

So, what’s next? I don’t know what your personality is like, but mine tends to be a bit of a ‘what’s next?’ type. I look forward to the next opportunity, the next challenge, and even (don’t cringe), the next meeting. You can imagine that I wrestle quite a bit with the discipline of quiet, reflective time with God and I can be a bit of a whirlwind for my peers. I have my strengths and I have my weaknesses (which strangely often look quite similar). As much as I am keen to bring you the ‘what’s next’ in the CEN space, I am also mindful that we will be reflective, listen to our members (yes, you) and grow together. Our organisation has experienced a lot of change over the last few years and even though you might be sick of the mantra of ‘Stronger Together’ I’m afraid you’ll be hearing...

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Ken Dickens Resigning

It was announced at the end of April, that Ken Dickens had notified the board of his intention to resign as principal of the National Institute for Christian Education at the end of this year. This is a significant change to CEN and the National Institute after Ken’s 16 years of leadership and vision; both being instrumental to the shaping and growing of our organisation. Ken’s passion to lead teachers, young and old, towards deeper thinking and a transformed perspective is something we deeply treasure and respect. Although we are thrilled that Ken will continue to enlighten us and challenge us through his affiliation with the Institute, we are challenged by the change this new day …

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Ken Newsletter

Recent AGM and National Conference

The recent CEN National Conference and AGM held in Canberra was a great encouragement to all board members and school executives who attended. Keynote speakers encouraged and inspired us with the foundations of Christian education, research into leadership and vision in Christian schools, and an overview of the history and current context of Christian schools in …

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Recent Graduation

In March the National Institute for Christian Education celebrated with 20 teachers the completion of their postgraduate studies in Christian education. Six students completed their 4-unit Graduate Diploma of Education. Nine students completed the 8-unit Masters of Education, and five completed the Masters of Education (Leadership) course. We were honoured to participate in the formal …

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Anniversary Celebrations

It has been a real privilege to be a part of the anniversary celebrations at 2 of our schools this year. And, the celebrations continue at Tyndale Christian School in a few weeks time. Rehoboth and Tyndale are both celebrating their 50th anniversaries whilst Leighland celebrates its 40th. I was so delighted at the Rehoboth celebration to see the effort the community had gone to, to honour the …

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Non-Government Schools Financial Performance Survey

After twenty five years of running the Prudential Health Watch for CEN schools, the CEN Board has decided to endorse a new partnership with Somerset Education from 2016 onwards. The decision is based on providing improved and proactive reporting and to ensure benchmark reporting remains a standard practice in all our schools. We are very grateful for the 25 years that Bob East has …

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Launch of the NSW CEN Hub

CEN Hub – a company fully owned and managed with CEN NSW/ACT and committed to working together in Christ in the support of schools – was launched on Friday 20th May just before the CEN National Conference and AGM in Canberra. Thank you to everyone who attended this event and shared with the CEN NSW/ACT group in this new step towards further supporting the …

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Head Heart Hand – A New Resource

We were pleased to launch a new resource for schools at our recent National Conference. In its basic form, this is a glossy picture story book that winsomely unfolds the vision of Christian education. It is as a ‘coffee table book’ that has been produced in an affordable form such that a school might give one to all prospective families with their prospectus and have …

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NZ Study Tour

There has been strong interest in the study tour of New Zealand being held from the 9th – 18th October this year. Plans are coming together well and we are just finalising numbers for the trip. A couple of people have pulled out so there are a few spots left if you would like to join this journey. Kathy Pereira and Michelle Dempsey are leading the trip, so fun is guaranteed.

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Postgraduate Study Intensives

The National Institute for Christian Education is offering two study intensives this year. These will be in July in New South Wales and in Western Australia. Intensives are a great way to launch a postgraduate unit and and to begin study in a collaborative context face to face with an Institute lecturer. The details are as follows …

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Professional Development Update

A large number of CEN and other schools have embraced the professional development resources/workshops developed by the National Institute already this year. Many more have organised for an Institute presenter to visit the school to take the staff/teachers (and sometimes community members) through Christ-centred, biblical worldview workshops all with the aim of…

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Godly Governance Conference

Please make a note of the date for this year’s Godly Governance conference which will again be held in Melbourne on the 10th – 12th November. This year’s theme is ‘Risky Business’ and will include expert speakers on the importance of risk management in your school, including Catherine Brooks and Skye Rose from Moores Legal and Paul Campey from Resolve Consulting. The conference will …

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Influence of Parents on their Children

An interesting article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald last week on the place and influence of parents on their children. Here is an excerpt: “A landmark study shows young people are more likely to view their mums and dads as heroes, ahead of celebrities or political activists. Research by the NSW Advocate for Children …

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NT Teacher Excursion

Are you interested in finding out more about what’s on offer for your students in the Northern Territory? Applications are open for Tourism NT’s 2016 Teacher Excursion. All expenses are paid including flights, hotels, touring and meals. Tentative Dates: 1 – 6 July 2016. Location: The Red Centre incorporating Alice Springs, Uluru and Kings Canyon. Pre-requisites: Participants must …

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