From the perspective of our SEOs, it sounds like most of our schools got off to a great start for this year. Some schools would love to welcome some more enrolments to take the pressure off the budget, some are adjusting to school life around exc iting building projects, some are welcoming new staff while others are still looking for that spot to fill. May the challenges of the new year bring with it, wonderful op portunities to watch people grow, and plenty of reasons to celebrate. I am convinced, that cel ebration (punctuated by great hospitality) is the best way to build community. What are the things you will celebrate in 2017 with your students, staff, parents, board and local community?
Ready to Serve
The national office is certainly ready to serve you through 2017. Please do not hesitate to contact our office between the hours of 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday.
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Your National Institute Team
The National Institute for Christian Edu cation te am has grown and changed. This is an ex citing time for the National Institute and there is much going on behind the scenes.
Click here to meet the team.
Kevin Knight Intensive
The response to the Kevin Knight intensive that was advertised in the last eNews was very positive. Kevin is coming to Sydney next week to lead a three day tr aining of his 8People model for the development of teachers. We have just over 30 participants who will be involved. We will be in discussion with Kevin around how we might be able to work with him to further tr ain people in our schools in 8People. We would also desire to host another tr aining with Kevin later in the year, so for those who missed out, please email your interest to Melinda Storm.
A Reflection on 8People
Following the 2016 Study Tour to New Zealand, Paul Arundell (Director of Edu cation at NT Christian Schools) has written a reflective article on the 8People program which you might find helpful to understand what it is and how it fits in our Christian schools.
Click here to read Paul’s article.
CEN National Conference (including AGM)
Plans are well underway for our National Conference and AGM. With a theme on “Stronger Together, Growing Associations”, we have been able to secure Dr Darren Iselin as our gu est speaker (Darren is from Christian Heritage College, QLD). You might recall that we tried to get Darren last year, but at the last minute he was unable to come. That was okay, because Ryan Messmore came in his place. This year, with Darren on board, we look forw ard to his challenging message in relation to his study on schools remaining diligent to upholding their vi sion and mission. Let me assure you that Darren’s message is both applicable to all schools and very accessible.
We are also keen to bring you a strong focus on growing associations and the tools and resources to this. You’ll have to wait until the AGM to see what we have in store.
Saturday night at the AGM will have a farewell focus to Ken Dickens. Ken and Jennie will be joining us for the Saturday evening and we have a nice surprise in mind for Ken.
Registrations for this event will be opening in March. Please note that we have moved ve nues and will now be meeting at the Mercure H otel opposite the War Memorial and only 6km from the ai rport.
Accommodation for the National Conference and National Policy Forum
We have been able to confirm a set rate for the Mercure H otel (ve nue for National Conference and AGM) at $170 per night. You will be able to res erve rooms for the dates that you are in Canberra, including the National Policy Forum dates (this will s ave having to ‘move h otels’ at the end of the AGM). When registrations open for the National Conference, you can indicate your acc ommodation requirements through your registration. Please note that the Mecure h otel is a 50 minute walk to the Hyatt h otel or a short drive. (Cabs are readily available).
Core Values and the National Board
The CEN National Board spent two days in meetings last week, ensuring that we are moving forw ard strategically and wisely. One of the projects that was completed was a refining of our core values (which remain very closely aligned to our original core values). After a process of “word-sho pping”, this is what was agreed upon:
- The Bible is central to all that we think and do.
- We affirm the close relationship of home, church and school.
- Parents have the prime responsibility for the education of their children.
- Parents are supported and equipped to effectively govern our schools.
- Ongoing Christian teacher development underpins quality Christian education.
- A Christian worldview shapes the entire curriculum in our schools.
- We are stronger together as a group of schools.
- Generosity and sharing are essential to our ethos.
Nominations for CEN National Board
When the CEN National Board information for the AGM comes out in a few weeks’ time, please note that we are looking for additional nominations for the National Board. Nomination forms will be available with the information pack, but you might like to start thinking of someone for your board to nominate.
State Executive Officer for Western Australia (WA)
With the resignation of Louise Hansen from the role of State Executive Office for WA, (Louise moved to Melbourne towa rds the end of last year), a new model has been introduced for our WA schools. Our WA schools will receive a vi sit per term from someone in our national office. I (Michelle), look forwa rd to kicking this off this term when Kathy Pereira and I get on the road in WA sharing with principals, boards and staff. This will include a vi sit to our school in Carnarvon, north of Geraldton. As Carnarvon is quite a trek, they will only have two vi sits this year. It is my hope that our friends in the west will feel a much greater connection with our wider community of schools.
Transformation by Design Impacting Teachers in Zambia
We recently received an email from Gayle Monsma who is the Executive Director of the Prairie Centre for Christian Education in Alberta, Canada. It is no secret, that the Prairie Centre was very much the inspiration for our ‘Threads’ section in TbD. Gayle was emailing to let us know that she had used a section of the TbD book with teachers in Zambia.
Here is an excerpt of her email…
I was in Zambia working with Christian school leaders from the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP). Through EduDeo Ministries, PCCE has been working with this community of schools for several years, but this was my first time to participate. Among other things, we spent some time reviewing the “why” and “how” of Christian education and we used the TRACK section from your book “Transformation by Design.” It worked great as a “jigsaw” activity, where the group had a chance to learn from each other. It was a good review for them of the characteristics of authentic Christian education. I have attached a few photos of the activity. So, thanks for your important work.
New Principals, and those new to the role, or getting back into the role in a CEN school are welcome to join our New Principals gathering on the 18th and 19th May (prior to the AGM and National Conference). Please register your interest with Melinda Storm.
It’s wonderful to note that in July this year, most of our schools will be engaged in Professional Development around the same time. At the beginning of term 3, Western Australian, Victorian and NT Christian Schools commence with two-day conferences, closely followed by New South Wales and the South Australia in the following week. Our office and National Institute t eam find it so encouraging to note the commitment to spending time in conference together. We look forw ard to being a part of them.
Update from Wycliffe Christian School
We welcome George Glanville back into the Principal saddle as he picks up the role of Acting Principal for Wycliffe. George has had a long term association with CEN schools in many different capacities as well as having been the Principal at Tyndale for many years. The board of Wycliffe will be seeking applications for the principal position at the beginning of term 2. If this is something that might interest you, or you know someone that it would suit, look out for the advertisement via the CEN website.
David Gray Meets David Grey
Yes, it’s confused many of us, but they are in fact, two different people. David Gray is our National Institute Director, David Grey is our National Board Treasurer and the Business Manager at Leighland Christian School. Watch out when you send an email that you get the right David!
Our suite of consultancies has gone through a recent evaluation and we have added a governance review to the mix. Please contact Michelle Dempsey directly at if you are interested in a consultancy for your school community, staff t eam or even student responses to learning.
What’s a Fax Machine?
Please note that after July, the national office will no longer be using a fax machine to transmit messages. Scanning documents and emailing them will be encouraged.