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It’s the end of term and don’t we know it!  My own kids are tired and fighting off the dreaded lurgies that have been rampant in our schools over the winter months and as a family we are welcoming the term break and the time for some re-connection. I continue to marvel at God’s hands at work in our schools.  From the opening of a trade centre specialising in Agriculture and Hospitality at Bayside Christian College to the enthusiastic team at Marrara Christian College, our schools are flush with those willing to serve and present Christ’s lordship over all of creation to the students that we love and cherish. I am so grateful for what God is doing in and through our organisation.

This newsletter is a little late in coming, but it is full of updates and news that you might just find quite interesting…


Staff Changes – NSW State Executive Officer

Most of you would be aware of the big changes in Kathy Pereira’s life as she prepares for a move to Tonga in January next year. Kathy will be working with Christian Schools in Tonga, focusing on teacher’s improvement in cla ssroom practice. Kathy is so well suited to this role, though we are going to miss her! Kathy’s connection with CEN will continue as she does some coordination work from Tonga on our suite of Board Training Modules, and does some other projects around Board Governance. 

The NSW/ACT SEO and Hub CEO role was advertised last month and interviews will be underway soon.

Staff Changes – SA State Executive Officer

Further to Kathy’s news, Wendy Joyce, SEO for South Australia has decided that her life on the farm in Port Pirie, her church, local community, and her family all need some more of her attention. As a re sult, Wendy has submitted her resignation from this role that she has held for 8 years. We are so grateful for Wendy’s faithful service and incredible faith and passion. Wendy has been instrumental in starting a school in Port Pirie, and remains excited about schools growing and developing. We will certainly miss Wendy’s warm presence and gregarious nature around our gatherings. God bless you, Wendy!

The SA SEO role is currently being discussed with the SA State Council.

State Conference Season

The State / Territory Conferences in July were a huge success. Thanks so much to those that put in so much effort for them to happen. Here is a full report on what happened in each State and Territory. It was a tie between . . .

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Nurture Conference

Nurture Conference was held in Adelaide this year with delegates from 17 schools, representing mostly parents, association members and board members, as well as teachers and principals. Delegates came from WA, NT, NSW, SA, VIC, TAS, as well as from New Zealand! It was very encouraging . . .

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National Institute for Christian Education Updates – Director’s Chat

The recent state conference se ason provided an excellent backdrop for CEN teachers to consider and participate in National Institute postgraduate and professional development study. Feedback from teachers of running the face-to-face ‘Kickstarter’ postgraduate units across a number of states was very well received. We will continue to pursue the ‘kickstarter’ support option in the future. Having direct ac cess to some of our deepest thinkers in Christian edu cation is a real highlight for many CEN teachers. At a personal level, I was . . .

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The Frog & The Fish

The official book launch for Chris Parker’s book, The Frog and the Fish: Reflections on work, technology, sex, stuff, truth and happiness, was launched at Glenbrook Anglican Church on 23 August. This was a lovely evening, celebrating Chris’s work that has been published under the National Institute for Christian Education. The Frog and the Fish, is aimed primarily at . . .

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Academic Dean Update

Semester 3 is now open for enrolment! Both current and new students can enrol/apply through the National Institute enrolment portal. Semester 3 (13 November to 19 January) is a great time to take advantage of . . .

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Christian Professional Development in January

The Professional Development presenters are ready to support you and your te am during student f ree days in January/February 2018. Have you planned your program for your staff yet? Could a one-day workshop from the Certificate of Christian Edu cation suite support your objectives for your te am? Could it be time to have the whole staff reflect together on the foundational core vi sion of Christian edu cation—we can help with this. Or maybe the teaching staff to work together on designing curriculum from a biblical framework (using the Transformation by Design model). Or perhaps we might support the exploring of Christian pedagogy together, or even a day equipping your staff with a deeper biblical literacy.

Click here for more detail on the Certificate of Christian Education workshops.

Click here to ex plore a booking.

Chris Parker
Professional Development Coordinator

Woolaning Homeland Christian College – an Important Update

Earlier this week, an email was sent out to all CEN schools about the closure of Woolaning Homeland Christian College located in Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory.

Please click here for the full media statement from Northern Territory Christian Schools. We join with the NT Christian Schools team in praying for strength, hope, and peace in this time.


Same Sex Marriage Vote

There is much hype, emotion, and at times, irrational behaviour circling this conversation. CEN has looked to our advocacy arm, the Australian Association of Christian Schools for their leadership and direction around this issue. The following statement is a good summary of CENs view on the vote, and the challenges that . . .

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Talking to Children about Same Sex Marriage

The attached article was written by Chris Parker and published in Nurture last year.  It is a helpful discussion starter.

Click here to read the article.

Christian Education Australia (CEA) Update

An update around CEA was sent to member schools from AACS in August.  

Click here to ac cess the communication.

Developing Leaders Conference

There is no doubt that the great speakers and the warmth of Darwin meant for a great conference!  Lying parallel to the Teaching and Learning Conference, Developing Leaders were encouraged to Build Up and Step Up for Leadership. Rod Thompson set the framework for effective Christian Leadership and other speakers shared their stories of success and failure. We can be thankful for the fruit that comes from this conference, which has run yearly over the past 15 years!

Teaching and Learning Conference

CEN held its very first Teaching and Learning Conference alongside the long running Developing Leaders Conference earlier in September. Our NT friends had the ch ance to host us in very pleasant and sunny Darwin. Forty Teaching and Learning leaders from every state and territory attended to . . .

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Canadian Visitors

It was a ple asure to welcome two visitors from Canada to the Developing Leaders, and Teaching and Learning Conferences. Justin Cook, Director of Learning with the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools, and Darryl De Boer, Director of Learning at Surrey Christian School. Our way of showing them great Australian love and hospitality was, of course, to throw them into a perspex “cage of death” and lower them into a pool with a huge croc! They survived the experience, though some squealing was heard!  

Wycliffe Christian School and George Glanville

George Glanville has been standing in as Principal for Wycliffe Christian School for this year. As many of you are aware, George’s wife, June passed away quite suddenly last month. We continue to hold George and his family in our prayers. George has now stood down from the role of Acting Principal, and Kathy Pereira is finishing her year as SEO in an acting role at Wycliffe. Please pray for Wycliffe Christian School as they seek the right app ointment for 2018.

Godly Governance Conference

An event that is gaining traction in our organisation is our annual Board Governance Conference, which we refer to as our Godly Governance Conference. Boards have been very pleased with the acc ess to good speakers, ideas, resources, and networking that occurs during this conference. This year it will be held at . . .

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Executives Conference

Please note a changed date for this event…6 – 8 March 2018, at the Ho tel Grand Cha ncellor in Hobart. The theme: Elephants in the R oom. Stay tuned more details coming…


Study Tour 2018, Canada!

Plans are underway for the Study Tour in 2018! Tentative dates: 24 September – 8 October 2018. Starting in Ottawa, Ontario, moving on to Calgary, Alberta and finishing in Vancouver, British Columbia. The tour will include the Christian Schools Canada Conference, vi sits to schools, a close look at Teaching for Transformation and more! Formal details including cost will be out in term 4.

Early expressions of interest welcome to Melinda Storm.

Canada Study Tour 2018

Student Leadership Conference with Compass

Last term I met with the new CEO of Compass, Jeff Nagle.  Compass do some great work around articulating a Christian world view with teenagers, focussing on young leaders. Their annual leadership conference in Canberra is coming up in March.  I would strongly encourage schools to consider sending one or two students to this event.

Click here for more information.

Click here to register.

Kevin Knight Training in Term 4 – Hot Off The Press!

Kevin Knight’s 8People program has been tremendous blessing to our schools. I am pleased to announce that we will offer two opp ortunities for people to undertake the second phase of training with Kevin Knight.

This is only open to those who have already completed ‘Phase One’ by having attended the intensive at Wycliffe Christian School, participated on the NZ Study Tour, or have had attended an initial training with Kevin elsewhere. We hope to host another ‘Phase One’ intensive next year.

Option 1: 31 October – 3 November 2017 at Marrara Christian School in Darwin.

Option 2: 21 – 24 November 2017 at Mt Evelyn Christian School, Melbourne.

Cost will be $1,400 per participant, this will include 4 days of training with Kevin, lunch, morning and afternoon teas.

Please register with Melinda Storm immediately or phone 02 4773 5800.

Places will be limited to 8 – 10.


You might be interested in knowing that this year, 18 schools have participated in a CEN consultancy.  A sample of these consultancies have included: Leadership 360s, Board reviews, Recruitment consultancies, Parent and Staff Satisfaction reviews, and Board support.  

Feel f ree to call Melinda at the National office on 02 4773 5800 to begin booking your consultancies for 2018.