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Christmas Greetings

I’m guessing that by the time you read this enews, your community is in the last days of the 2016 school year. You are probably sighing with relief of yet another ‘big year’ over. You might actually have your head on your desk!? Why does every year seem bigger than the last? Is it the rising levels of compliance, is it the educational demands of doing it ‘better’, is it the pressure of parents to accommodate their child…or is just that we work in the complex space of people (lots of them) and personality? Whatever it is, we collectively identify that we can’t do this alone. Praise God that we don’t have to!

In the lead up to this beautiful festive se ason of celebrating the birth of Christ and the h oliday that surrounds this time, my prayer is that you would be able to find time to rest. Deep, satisfying rest. The kind of rest that means that you can go for endless walks and read that pile of books. The rest that allows time for catching up properly with friends, neighbours and family. The kind of rest that allows God to speak deep into your soul. May the words of Mary’s song be your experience this Christmas, “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my saviour”.

I look forward to connecting with you in 2017.

Some things to pray for

How wonderful to be able to pray for each other as member schools. Will you join us in praying for. . .

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Update from the National Institute for Christian Education

It has been a busy time for the National Institute for Christian Education. The summer semester recently commenced and we are very excited to have a record number of enrolments in post graduate study over the Christmas break. Semester 3 is fast becoming a popular time to study with the Institute as there is more time to read, ponder, and consider how it will impact classrooms. Click here for a full list of postgraduate subjects and study options The Institute looks forward to Dr Beth Beech officially taking up the role of academic dean in January 2017. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Dr Beech for the excellent work. . .

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New State Executive Officer for Tasmania

The State Council of Tasmania is pleased to announce the ap pointment of Michael Vos (Mike) as the State Executive Officer for our Tasmanian schools. Mike will be commencing in January. We are thrilled to . . .

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National Office farewells

As the year draws to a close, we are also farewelling some precious people from our National Office team. As you would be aware . . .

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Date confirmed: CEN National Conference (and AGM)

The dates are now confirmed – 20-21 May 2017 at the Mecure Hotel Canberra, Limestone Avenue, Braddon. 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.

Date confirmed – National Policy Forum

Now that the parliamentary sitting dates are locked in, the NPF date has also been set for the 22nd – 23rd May at the Hyatt H otel, Canberra.

New Teaching and Learning Conference

We are excited to announce that a new conference planned for 2017 will be running in parallel with the Developing Leaders Conference in Darwin.The T&L space is a vital one for Christian schools (CS) as they seek to be . . .

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Dr Kevin Knight visit in 2017

Many of you will remember Kevin from our Thrive Conference earlier this year. Those who participated in the study tour were appreciative of Kevin’s insights into. . .

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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 . . .

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Christian school vacancies

Don’t forget to check out the job vacancies listed on . . .

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