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From our CEO

Many schools like to start the year with a theme that runs across the whole school for the year. You might be interested to know that I too like to set a theme for our staff and this year, it’s “Faithful Presence”. I pinched it from a conference I attended last year. Rod Thompson tells me that it comes from a book written by James Davison Hunter on the postures of worship – faithful presence being one powerful one! As your servants, we hope to be faithful in a posture of worship to the Lord and of service to you. The words of Deuteronomy add to this.

“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 10: 2-15

As the te am at CEN are already geared up to serve you this year, we know that we also serve the Lord, hopefully with all of our heart, soul, and mind. You might be interested in knowing that this theme will also be our theme for our National Conference/AGM in May. I did ask for permission!

Here’s a great quote from James Davison Hunter:


Michelle Dempsey

Annandale Christian College QLD – Floods

Many of you have asked how Annandale Christian College fared in the recent Townsville floods. Principal Andrew Jones has reported that a number of their families were affected directly by the floods and have lost everything. The challenge of growing mould, Dengue Fever and Ross River Fever is part of the after-effects of such a devastating event. Please pray for our friends and colleagues at Annandale.

For those wishing to make a monetary donation to the needs of the school families, you can do this through a bank transfer to the College.

Account Details for Internet payments:
Our BSB: 014 730 (ANZ)
Our Account: 3827 91409
Lodgement Ref: Flood Assist

Chairo Christian School VIC – Bushfires

You would have seen the scenes of bushfires across Victoria in recent weeks, and one of our schools was close to the wide impact zone. Here is a lovely message from Chairo Christian School, Pakenham Campus Principal, Peter Wells . . .

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From our National Institute Principal

It feels like a significant time of transition for the National Institute in this our 40th year in providing ongoing postgraduate study in the distinctiveness of Christian education for teachers in Christian schools and other contexts. Drawing on a rich reformational heritage, the National Institute remains . . .

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From our National Institute Academic Dean

The National Institute is excited to unveil many new things this year as we celebrate our 40th anniversary. As mentioned by Rod, our new Third Pa rty Arrangement is with Alphacrucis College. As they move to become the first fully-accredited Christian university in Australia, our partnership means we can . . .

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From our Professional Learning Coordinator

Our professional learning presenters found it a privilege to work with a number of staff te ams during the professional learning weeks in January. We enjoyed unfolding new material on formative assessment and deeper learning from a Christian perspective as it relates to the latest research, as well as our new . . .

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From our CTJ Editor

CTJ is rich and acc essible reading and reflection for those called to the vocation of Christian education. Recently when challenging the staff of a non-CEN Christian school by asking them, “If you are not reading the Christian Teaches Journal then what . . .

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From our Nurture Editor

Nurture remains, essentially, to challenge Christian parents to a fuller and deeper responsibility towards the training and education of their children. It brings before the Christian community the compelling claims of Christ-centred education which supports . . .

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NSW/ACT State Executive Officer and CEN Hub CEO Announcement

In case you missed the news towards the end of the year, NSW has welcomed Kathy Pereira back to the role of State Executive Officer for NSW/ACT. Kathy is spending months at a time in both Tonga and Australia this year and is looking forward to engaging onsite with NSW schools soon.

Also, Hugh MacCallum was appointed as the CEN Hub CEO for NSW/ACT. It’s great to have the newly ‘retired’ Hugh working with the Hub.

State Executive Officers Gathering

Recently our SEOs gathered at the National Office to discuss a range of strategies and challenges. It was great to welcome Chris Prior to this te am as the Victorian SEO. 

National Board News

The CEN Board is working on a number of items at the moment. Many of these will be reported on at the National Conference and AGM in May . . .

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CEN Consultancies

Have you bo oked your consultancies for this year? Popular ones at the moment are the Parent, Student, and Staff satisfaction survey reviews, and the Executive 360 review.

Please contact Melinda Storm for more details.

Global Christian Schools Leadership Summit

It was a real privilege for Michelle to represent CEN at this event, held in San Antonio, Texas in January. Simon Matthews from Chairo Christian School was also in attendance. The style of the conference was different in that it was broken up into interest areas and held as smaller sessions running concurrently for leaders. Highlights for . . .

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Christian Schools International (CSI) School Accreditation

During March and April, a number of principals, including, Adrian Bosker, Cameron Nunn, Mark Steyn, Simon Matthews, Simon Lainson, Tim Argall, and Michelle Dempsey, will be engaging in observations of accreditation processes, including Christian distinctiveness, with . . .

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ITEC year is finally upon us and we are certainly excited to be bringing you a most stimulating conference. Have you checked out the website recently? There are regular updates to the program, including the addition of . . .

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National Conference and AGM

Our National Conference and AGM is coming up on 18-19 May, with the theme, ‘Faithful Presence’. Dr Rod Thompson will be our keynote speaker and we are welcoming back Dr Ken Dickens as the keynote speaker for our spe cial Saturday night dinner. This year, it’s the 40th anniversary of The National Institute for Christian Education, so we will take the time during the conference to celebrate this wonderful event!

Registrations will be opening soon.

National Policy Forum

The CSA National Policy Forum will be on the 20-21 May in Canberra. This conference takes place following our National Conference and AGM. I have been asked to inform you that the Policy Forum Conference Dinner will once again not be held in the Great Hall at Parliament House, as kitchen renovations are taking place. The conference dinner instead will be held at the Grand Hyatt. The weekend of the AGM is likely to be the weekend of the election as well (or the weekend before), so acces s to politicians to join us at the conference will be very limited.

Captivated – Parents Workshop

Can there be a greater joy for parents than seeing their children captivated by rich expressions of truth and life, and the gospel of the Lord Jesus? However, other shallow and deceptive philosophies compete to take their hearts captive. The stories of technology and sexuality are . . .

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CEN has a great relationship with the organisation PeaceWise. It’s been exc iting to see the development of their PeaceWise Kids program. Please refer to the information below. The update on PeaceWiseKids is that the courses for Years 7-10 are now . . .

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National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

Friday, March 15 is the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. There are downloadable resources available once you register your school.

Click here to register your school, if you haven’t already.