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Our recent CEN National Conference/AGM was a fabulous expression of community and fellowship. The ‘Old Ainslie’ ho tel lived up to its reputation and warmth by being a lovely ven ue as well.  From the challenging words of Darren Iselin, to good food and fellowship, we can rejoice in the Lord over a wonderful gathering.  

National Conference/AGM Resources

Please follow the link below to ac cess the relevant resources from the National Conference/AGM. Visit our podcast site as well for other podcasts from various conferences.

Click here to ac cess the resources.

New Office Manager

We are delighted to welcome Julie Badman to our National Office team as our new Office Manager. Already right at home in the office, Julie comes into our community from a church administration position .  As a Mum of kids who attended Wycliffe Christian School, Julie is excited about being a part of our office, and like the rest of our national office staff, is keen to serve our member schools.

New Nurture Editor

We are also delighted to welcome Nina Edlin to the role of editor of Nurture parenting magazine.  Nina has a passion for Christian Edu cation and currently serves on the board for Nepean Christian School.  With a background in administration, Nina is not totally new to our office as she served the office in various roles between 2005–2008. We warmly welcome Nina back into this new role.  The latest issue of Nurture is due in schools soon, so look out for Nina’s editorial piece.

Institute Director Report

The recent CEN National Conference and AGM in Canberra was an excellent time of learning, reflecting, celebrating, and looking forward to what our Lord is going to achieve in Christian edu cation in the years to come. With such a rich history to our network of schools, it is critical to always be reminded as to why CEN schools have such a distinct approach to educating the children that God has placed under our care. On a personal note, I was greatly encouraged at my inaugural National Conference by the many conversations that stemmed from Darren’s keynote address for our schools to remain ‘on purpose’ at all times. With many of our schools entering into . . .

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Dr Elizabeth Beech Represents the National Institute at Recent IAPCHE Conference

Our Academic Dean, Dr Elizabeth Beech, recently represented the National Institute at the 3rd Biennial NA Regional Conference on Internationalising Christian Higher Edu cation at Calvin College, Michigan. Hosted by the International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Edu cation (IAPCHE), and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), the conference highlighted the need to have a deeper “understanding of how Christian higher edu cation can help shape culturally adept Christians who can serve God’s peace and justice in our troubled world.” With deep roots in the Reformational tradition, IAPCHE was formed in 1975 to unite like-minded organisations around the world. Joining representatives from 13 countries and over 50 different institutions, Dr Beech was able to build upon existing relationships with fellow scholars for the continued growth and development of the National Institute. 


Semester 2 Enrolments Now Open

Semester 2 2017 enrolments are now open! If you are a current student of the National Institute, please enrol for your next unit now. If you would like to begin a Master of Edu cation, Grad Dip Ed, or Master of Edu cation (Leadership), we would love to have you studying with us!

For more information visit or go to to apply now.

Congratulations Dr Chris Prior

The National Institute would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Chris Prior on receiving his Doctorate in late May 2017. Dr Prior, who is currently Principal of Bayside Christian College and also a National Institute Senior Lecturer, has served our network of CEN schools commendably by focusing his research on the nature of leadership within CEN schools. Studying and working full time is never an easy task and we want to thank Chris (and his family) for serving us by investing his God given skills and expertise into quality research that will benefit our wider CEN community for many years to come. Congratulations Chris. 

Nurture Conference – Register Now

If you attended the recent National Conference and AGM, you would have heard about the upcoming Nurture conference in Adelaide on 11 and 12 August. Although we have hosted Parent Partnership Conferences in the past in different states, this is the first Nurture Conference that we . . .

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Certificate of Christian Education (CCE) Opportunity Prior to the Nurture Conference

You might not realise, but there is an op portunity to participate in a Certificate of Christian Edu cation (Foundations) during the day on Friday 11 August. This is a great op portunity to encourage parents attending the Nurture Conference to also engage with this great course.  

Click here for more information and to register. 

Association Toolkit

One of the ex citing features of our National Conference and AGM was the launch of the Association Toolkit.  We hope that you are finding this a helpful resource in reaching out to your parents and helping them to understand the bigger picture of Christian Edu cation, what your school is trying to achieve and the roles they can play as association members.

Additional copies of the toolkit are available through our office for $50 (plus postage). Please contact us on 02 4773 5800 for more details.

A Tale of Two Worldviews, a book dedicated to Ken Dickens

A col lection of writings from Ken Dickens was launched at the National Conference in honour of Ken’s retirement. Copies are available through the eStore for $20 plus postage.

Click here to pu rchase and for more information

State Conferences

Something ex citing is happening in July! Many state conferences are happening within a week of each other, which means that over 3000 teachers, administrators, learning assistants and other school staff will be gathering to hear great speakers, and fellowship together.  This is deeply encouraging and exciting for us and we are so pleased to be having input into these conferences.  

Here are the following dates for the CEN State Conferences for 2017:

  • WA Christian Worldview Symposium – 17-18 July
  • VIC State Conference ‘Stronger Together’ – 17-18 July
  • NT State Conference ‘Over the Top’ – 18-19 July
  • NSW State Conference ‘Inspired & Equipped’ – 20-21 July
  • SA State Conference – 24-25 July
  • TAS State Conference – 24-25 July


It might seem like a long way off in the distance, but plans are well underway for the International Transforming Education Conference 2019.  This will be held on 15 – 17 July 2019. The Adelaide Convention Centre is going to play host to this wonderful gathering, and is still undergoing some magnificent refurbishments.  We encourage you to start planning (and budgeting) for your staff to attend.  We will soon be in a position to name some of our keynote speakers and we know that you will not be disappointed. Stay tuned for lots more details!

The Frog & the Fish – New Book from Chris Parker…Coming Soon

The Frog & the Fish prompts you to question how much you have been shaped by your culture The National Institute, together with CEN are excited to announce the upcoming launch of Chris Parker’s latest work, The Frog & the Fish. This is a powerful and challenging book for young adults that explores . . .

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SAVE THE DATE! Executives Conference 13-15 March 2018

Attention all executive staff, please put the 13 – 15 March in your calendars! Plans are underway for the next CEN Executives Conference which will be held in Hobart, Tasmania.  The theme is “Elephants in the Room”. It’s going to be great! Look out for more details, coming soon…

National Science Week and the Christian Teachers Journal

National Science Week is 12 – 20 August. The August edition of the Christian Teachers Journal will be arriving on subscribers’ desks around this time and will be dedicated to the teaching of science to coincide with this week. The teaching of science from a Christian worldview is a wonderful opportunity for Christian educators to be unfolding a big picture biblical view of the creation and living faithfully in God’s world; for primary teachers and secondary science teachers.

Keep an eye out for it.

Click here for more information on National Science Week

Developing Leaders Conference

For over 10 years now, the Developing Leaders Conference has been an effective training exercise for your emerging and existing leaders. This year, the conference will be held in Darwin. I encourage you to identify one or more folk in your school who may be ready to take the next step . . .

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Teaching and Learning Conference

This year we are launching an inaugural Teaching and Learning Conference. As CEN grows and develops, we have identified again, our need to speak stronger and clearer into Teaching and Learning into our schools. As we grow teachers as Christian Educators, the frameworks for teaching and learning, biblically focused development of . . .

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