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From the CEO

Just recently someone said to me, “this is such an exciting time to be involved in Christian education” and I completely agreed. Despite strong political agendas that appear daunting to our communities, there is much happening in our country that is shaping the years of Christian education to come. It seems that we are seeing an uprising of young, discerning parents who are looking for more than just a nice Christian school. They are looking for a place where their kid can explore, create, and imagine through the love and nurturing of a teacher who understands and celebrates Christ’s Lordship. It is an exciting time, don’t miss the ride!

Connection with Christian Education in Canada

Recently I had the privilege of meeting up with key leaders in Christian education in Canada, as well as catching up with a good mate of CEN, Henry Contant. I also attended a leadership conference in Alberta which was invigorating and encouraging to say the least. In our last eNews I suggested that we had much to learn from the Canadians. Well, we also have much to offer them. Making connections through the conference with Americans involved in Christian education was also worthwhile. They were so excited about a number of our resources.  There are many more conversations around resource sharing, encouraging one another, and impacting each other’s work that is still to come. I suspect we will have a strong contingency of Canadians attend our ITEC conference in 2019.

Board Chairs’ Conference

Are you coming to this year’s Godly Governance (board chairs) 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. Speakers include Catherine Brooks from Moores (Legal firm), John Collier from St Andrews in NSW, Geoff Bateman, Geoff Brisby, Kathy Pereira, David Conn, and Paul Campey from Resolve Consulting. The conference will be educational as well as practical and will once again be a fantastic opportunity for networking. Whilst this is primarily aimed at board chairs, all board members are warmly invited and encouraged to attend.

Click here to download the flyer.

If you have any questions, please contact your State Executive Officer or Michelle Dempsey
0422 107 630 or

Successful New Zealand Study Tour

Despite breaking the rules about back seat driving, the principals were well behaved on our inaugural Study Tour. Landing in Christchurch and spending an intensive three days with the New Zealand Graduate School was a great start to our nine day trip together. Added to the time in Christchurch was a visit to Middleton Grange School, and a fantastic night of fellowship and conversation over dinner with Roshan Allpress, one of the authors of The Insect and the Buffalo (a great little book we sell on our eStore).

Onwards to Auckland and the sights and sounds of a bustling city (and some wet, cold weather). We visited the exciting Elim College and Kingsway School. A weekend break meant we had an opportunity to explore, unwind, debrief, see a show, and attend church in a beautiful glass chapel in Parnell. A side trip to Hobbiton on the way to Tauranga was a welcome day of fun and fellowship. Visits to Bethlehem College and the Bethlehem Institute were a great way to finish the school visits, and a special dinner back in Auckland on the final night was delightful.

Further connections have been made and conversations will continue with our NZ friends.

Due to the success of the Study Tour, dates will soon be released for the next one in 2017. Please register your interest with Melinda Storm

Save the Date: National Conference (and AGM)

The CEN National Conference (and AGM) was a wonderful time of encouragement and inspiration this year. We are hoping that you can join us next year. We encourage you to save the proposed date now (20-21 May 2017). Why is this date not confirmed? Well, each year the CEN National Conference is held just prior to the Christian Schools National Policy Forum. The Policy Forum is unable to confirm their date until the parliamentary sitting dates are announced . . . yep, we have to wait for the government before we can commit to our date. However, the trend over the past 4 years has been for that particular weekend and we have no indication that will change.

Save the Date: Developing Leaders Conference DARWIN

Following the success of the CEN Developing Leaders Conference in Adelaide this year, plans are now underway for the 2017 conference being held in Darwin. It’s time to s ave the date; 5-7 September, 2017.

Appointment of Institute Director

The National Office has been abuzz with excitement at our newest recruit, Mr David Gray as Institute Director. David is quickly shaping up an informed picture of the Institute and unpacking its strengths and challenges.  As Ken begins the unwind from many years of faithful service, he is working alongside David. Beth and Chris will continue in their supporting roles, working with David into next year. From January, Beth will be managing a dual role as Academic Dean and Senior Registrar and Chris will continue to head up Professional Development.

Message from the Institute Director

I am privileged to have officially taken up the role of Director of the National Institute for Christian Education. The role of the director is to guide and lead the National Institute towards a stronger, more flexible future, ensuring teachers are continuing to be equipped to impact their classrooms for Christ. The last three weeks has been both an encouragement and a challenge as I, along with the rest of the team, consider the many excellent future prospects on offer for the National Institute. It is greatly evident from conversations to date that many people, both from within CEN and beyond, are passionately keen to see a strong, robust, and thriving National Institute.

Whilst there is always opportunity to improve and develop, I have been reminded these past few weeks that as Christian educators we really do have the ‘best job on earth’. We get to impact young lives for Christ on a daily basis. On behalf of the National Institute, we would like do everything possible to support you in this mission. Life is busy and the thought of study can sometimes feel a little daunting. As we come to the end of another year, I encourage you to consider taking up study and let us support and encourage you through your educational journey.

Click here for more information on how to start or continue studying with the National Institute for Christian Education.

Click here to make contact with our friendly registrar, Dr Beth Beech (or give Beth a call on 02 4773 5888).

New Appointments

As we head towards the close of another year, we are aware of some new appointments to principal positions. As often happens, one appointment change begins a chain reaction! John Metcalfe is replacing Dr Doug Peck at Plenty Valley Christian School (Doug is taking up the executive principal position at Oxley College in Victoria), while Paul Arundel moves from principal of Strathalbyn Christian School to replace John Metcalfe in the System\Office NT Christian Schools as the director of education.  Gavin Hersh is stepping into the principal role at Strathalbyn. The beginning of term 3 saw Donvale Christian College welcome Tim Argall as their new principal, while Ross Grace has settled into life as the executive principal of Heathdale Christian College. Rob Bray (Chairo) has announced his new appointment to principal at Nowra Christian School in NSW.

NEW Affordable God’s Story 3m Banner

The popular 3m and 6m God’s Story banners are hanging in a number of schools and churches. To make it affordable for schools to get more copies of the 3m version for classrooms, we have now sourced a material that we believe will be just as durable with the same quality (or better) printing. This version is also lighter weight and easier to hang. It still comes with the full user guide. Cost is now reduced to $150 (from $428).

We again recommend this well received resource for teaching Biblical literacy through the themes, key events, and key people of God’s Story (the Bible).

Click here to view banner and for more details. 

Click here to purchase.

Highlight your School in Nurture

The appreciation for subscribing all school families to Nurture is growing. Nurture provides a wonderful potential to inform and inspire the parents of your school about Christian education, parent partnership, and school association involvement (all this woven into a suite of general parenting advice and encouragement).

The magazine also features the adventure of Christian education at specific schools. Have you considered submitting an article for your school and the ways that it could be used for encouragement within your community and for promotion outside your community? We can provide high resolution artwork for all submissions.

Click here for submission guidelines.

Click here to enquire about subscriptions for families in your school.

“Thinking About Schooling” – Video Resource

All CEN schools have received a complimentary copy of the new print resource by Dr Richard Edlin “Thinking About Schooling”. Edserve International has produced a video resource to accompany the booklet.

Additional copies of “Thinking About Schooling” can be purchased from the eStore.

Click here to view the video.

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Christian School Vacancies

Don’t forget to check out the job vacancies listed on the CEN website. There are plenty of teaching and leadership opportunities in schools from the Northern Territory to down to Tasmania.