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From our CEO

Greetings from our national office where there has been much excitement in recent days over the shortlisting of The Frog and the Fish by Chris Parker for Australian Christian Book of the Year! This is certainly something we can celebrate as a community. This little book has had a huge impact across our country in some most interesting places. From youth camps to nursing homes (seriously!) people are engaging with this little gem.

It’s been a bit of a month of cel ebration as it was also a great ple asure to announce to our CEN community, that Carinya Christian School has joined us as members. Carinya has approximately 800 students over two campuses (Tamworth and Gunnedah) and is a delightful community seeking to serve God in all things. David Jones is the principal of the school and Ross Fotheringham is the board chair. We will look forward to welcoming both gentlemen, the rest of the board, and staff to many of our CEN events.

Click here to check out Carinya Christian School.

Two successful conferences ran in Melbourne recently. The annual Developing Leaders, and Teaching and Learning Conferences. What a ple asure to engage with young, and more experienced leaders, from our schools. Thanks for your support of these important events.

As winter sets in, I’m going to make you jealous as my family and I head off to warmer climates (North America) for long service leave. I’ll be back in September and look forward to engaging with you then.


From our Institute Director

It is an ex citing time for the National Institute for Christian Education, CEN’s postgraduate teacher training arm. From November 2018 (subject to federal government approval), the National Institute will commence a new accreditation relationship with Alphacrucis College. To continue to have National Institute courses taught by National Institute staff is a great privilege, one that we will recognize as a community in 2019 during our 40th year cel ebrations. The move to Alphacrucis will open up a . . .

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From our Academic Dean

Semester 2 of National Institute for Christian Education transformative postgraduate study commences 23 July. If you have not yet enrolled in your next unit of study please do so . . .

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From our Professional Learning Coordinator

Christian Education National is a leading provider of Christian education professional learning. Recently at the CEN National Conference, we communicated some important news about professional learning. Here is a quick summary . . .

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From our Nurture Editor

In the June edition of Nurture, we hope to give the families of your schools the tools to unpack what it means to live out glorifying God in their families. So, whether it be in the way we talk to our children about s ex, the way we uphold our schools and principals in prayer, the way we are engaged with our school community, the way we . . .

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NEW CEN National Board Appointments

The following board members were nominated and affirmed as CEN directors:

     Mark Cutchie, Chairo Christian School, Victoria
     Jannet de Bruyn, Leighland Christian School, Tasmania

John Metcalfe has also been appointed to the National Board. John also serves on the AACS board and will be a helpful communication link for CEN with the newly formed AACS board.

At the meeting of the board following the AGM, the following roles for board members were decided:
     Gerry Beimers – President / Chair
     William (Bill) Rusin – Vice President / Vice Chair
     David Grey – Treasurer
     John de Jong – Company Secretary

We again wish to thank Anne Baker and Veroncia Vanderree for their service to the National Board.

School Updates

There have been a few changes underway in our schools . . .

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International Transforming Education Conference

Registrations opening soon!

There is no doubt that excitement is building around ITEC19. It’s a year away and we have lots of exciting speakers lined up and locked in. We were disappointed to note that due to family reasons, James KA Smith had to pull out of coming.

However you can expect to hear from:
Jefferson Bethke
Dr David Smith
Dr Nick Lantinga
Steve McAlpine
Dr Roshan Allpress
Dr Patricia Weerakoon
Dr Justine Toh
Dr Rod Thompson
Chris Parker

Please check out the ITEC website for speaker bios and more.

If you are interested in sponsorship, please refer to the sponsorship prospectus.

We look forward to this event with much anticipation!

Nurture (Parenting) Conference

In 2017 we held our first Nurture Conference, and it was well received with delegates coming from across Australia and even New Zealand. It was great to have many delegates sent by their associations. The 2018 Nurture Conference will focus on nurturing the family, and parent partnership and engagement in schools. Parents will be challenged to a fuller and deeper . . .

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Governance Conference

This year’s theme for the Governance Conference is Bulls in China Shops: Getting Real About our Challenges. Come and hear from Dr Rod Thompson, John Somerset, Geoff Brisby, and risk advisor, Bel Ritchie during this time. A must for all board members to attend for learning, networking and growth.

Where:   Rydges Ho tel, Sydney
When:    15th – 17th November

Look out for a flyer coming to your school, registrations open soon.

NEW BOOK The Christian School as Community

This new book was launched at the recent CEN National Conference. It explores the place and importance of community within the Christian school. Driven by the ideas and insights of Dr Stuart Fowler, Martin Hanscamp has unfolded a biblical view of community and how it is nuanced within an organisation. He presents the importance of recognising God-given ‘office’ and the spe cial authority that each role has within an effective community in the Christian school context.

This resource is helpful for all those involved with Christian schooling but especially those involved with governance, executive leadership, and association development.

Click here to order a copy.

Biblical Threads Banner

The National Institute has produced a durable hangable wall banner that you can pur chase for your school. Many schools that have engaged with the Transformation by Design resource for curriculum design have suggested that an additional resource featuring a single summary of the biblical response ‘threads’ would be helpful.

Click here for more information and to pur chase a banner (or two) for your school.


NEW Board Members’ Handbook

The Board Members’ Handbook was launched and distributed at our National Conference in May. A great resource for all boards to engage with and use as a reference gu ide. We have already had to reprint more copies following the flurry of orders.  

Click here to order a copy.

NEW Podcasts Have Been Added

Recent talks from the CEN National Conference, the Developing Leaders Conference, and the Teaching and Learning Conference have been added to the podcast.

Click here to vi sit the podcast (or subscribe through whatever app you get your podcasts).

HINT: They are wonderful to listen to as your drive to and from work as inspiration and professional learning for your task as a Christian educator.

The Frog and the Fish Shortlisted for Australian Christian Book of the Year

Chris Parker’s book, The Frog and the Fish: Reflections on work, technology, s ex, stuff, truth and happiness has recently been shortlisted for Australian Christian Book of the Year. As the pu blisher, the National Institute for Christian Education encourages you to consider how The Frog and the Fish can best be . . .

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Christian Teachers Journal

A quick question. If your teachers are not receiving and reading the Christian Teachers Journal, what specific Christian education professional reading are they doing?

Click here for more information.

School Financial Survey

Just a reminder, that as mentioned at the CEN National Conference, the Somerset Education fee (financial survey) will now be embedded in the CEN national membership fee.  This is a very important and helpful survey. If you are keen to understand more about your schools’ survey results, there is an opp ortunity at our upcoming Governance Conference to engage with this more practically.

Single Touch Payroll Information

During June we sent out a helpful document to all business managers and principals around legislation changes to employer reporting which came into effect on 1 July. This affects all employers that employ over 20 people.  We are grateful for the advice and support of our friends at Christian Super.

Click here to view the document.

National Conference and AGM

Thanks for all those who responded to the survey response following our National Conference and AGM.  It was a great time of fellowship and learning. We have noted the helpful suggestions for next year.

Developing Leaders Conference

Melbourne’s inner urban Carlton was the ve nue for this year’s Developing Leaders Conference – a cool hipster place so different from the tropical warmth of Darwin DLC in 2017. But the vibe was just as strong as emerging leaders were encouraged to be ‘transformers’ in their schools as passionate and proactive . . .

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Teaching and Learning Conference

Forty leaders of teaching and learning, and classroom practitioners from CEN schools (and beyond) gathered for this year’s conference in Melbourne. Run in parallel with the Developing Leaders Conference, it was a wonderful time of fellowship, deeper thinking, and inspiration towards the rich vis ion of Christian education.

Start thinking about if you will come, or who you might send, next year to TALC19.

Torrens Valley AGM

It was lovely to be a part of the AGM at Torrens Valley in May.  What a vibrant and active association to engage with.


Prime Minister visit to Leighland Christian School

Staff and students at Leighland Christian School were delighted to welcome the Prime Minister, Mr Malcolm Turnbull to their Ulverstone campus a few weeks back.  The prime minister met with staff and students, read to younger kids and even did some pai nting on his hands. Yes, we know that there is a strategy in such a vi sit, but what a lovely thing for the students to remember.