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From Our CEO

It’s hard to believe that ITEC19 is actually within reach. We began planning this event in 2016 and now we find ourselves ready to experience the result of all of our planning and preparation. I’m reminded again that we can humanly plan and prepare, but it’s God who will have the final say, the final word on what the conference will be like. It’s my prayer that as God is preparing the hearts of those that attend, he has also prepared the thoughts and hearts of those that will present. For those that are unable to make this event, podcasts of the keynote and strand speakers will be released in due course.

May we be deeply challenged and transformed as we seek to re-imagine personally, and collectively, what our practice looks like. From the classroom, to the work shed, to the principal’s office, to the bus run.

As you may be aware, over the past three ITEC conferences, we have built up a relationship with Leishman and Associates who manage professionally, the logistics of the conference. The CEO, Paula Leishman has become well known and dear to us. Recently, Paula was diagnosed with Uterine Ca ncer and has undergone major su rgery for this. Her prognosis is good, but she will not be joining us at ITEC. Other members of her team will be with us. The wonderful thing about this is that we have been able to support Paula through this time, and she has felt very upheld by our prayers and messages of support.

National Conference and AGM
Our annual National Conference and AGM was held in May, and the responses to that time have been very positive. If you would like to engage with the talks from that conference, here are the links to the recordings:


Michelle Dempsey

From Our National Institute Academic Dean

We have recently completed an excellent Semester 1, 2019. Grades are now being finalised and we have begun accepting enrolments for Semester 2. There are several sp ecial events/offerings happening in Semester 2 . . .

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From Our Governance Coordinator

It is wonderful to see the growth in our school governance capacity and the commitment of so many board members to ensuring quality governance of schools. With strong, capable, cohesive boards our schools are in great hands. In recent months the third of our four Board Training online courses has become available (Board Functions). The courses are . . .

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BOOK NOW Professional Learning

What professional learning are you planning for your staff team for the start or 2020 that is in line with the Christ-centred mission and vi sion of your school? We are taking bookings now for January and spots are filling fast . . .

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From Our CTJ Editor

Do you have staff members who could write for the Christian Teachers Journal as professional development? A great way of contributing to the wider movement through your staff and gain rich professional learning in the process. CTJ resources can be accessed online.


Online resources

Click here for Submission Guidelines

Click here for an Index of Articles

Click here to read past editions


Chris Parker

From Our Nurture Editor

At CEN’s National Conference and AGM our member schools had the opp ortunity to commit to, and affirm, the Belonging to CEN document. The purpose of Belonging to CEN is that through it, each member school is reminded of our identity together. Each member schools is reminded that they are not alone. As each member refreshes their commitment, they realise that what they do . . .

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Urgent call for a Middle School Teacher for Araluen Christian College

Araluen Christian College has an urgent need for a middle school teacher to commence on the 23 July 2019. If this might be you, or you can think of someone, please contact the Principal, Rosie Lindsey

Developing Leaders Conference 15-18 September

As Christians we are called to follow Christ; to embody the life we advocate. As we engage with others we also need to be conscious of the message of our culture; to read the times. At the Developing Leaders Conference, we will ponder how we are called to follow the Bible while engaging with contemporary culture. We will wrestle with notions of how we are to follow Christ as leaders in the Christian community. We will consider how we can grow in our understandings of Christian schooling as we learn from . . .

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Teaching and Learning Conference 15-18 September

Formational learning, forming students’ hearts and heads towards God’s story, is at the heart of Christian education. What will our teaching practice look like if education is about formation and counter-formation? How will our classrooms be distinctively different in the teaching and learning that occurs? What does the cr aft of formational learning look like? This conference will ex plore these questions while . . .

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Governance Conference 14-16 November

At the 2019 Tone from the Top CEN Godly Governance conference, we will be looking at how building cultures of openness, honesty, integrity, and ethical behaviour are vital to our success as boards and ultimately, to the success of the schools we lead. We can see evidence everywhere of how . . .

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UPDATE: Sequel to Transformation by Design

Many will be aware that a follow-up resource to Transformation by Design: The Big Picture has been in the planning for some time. We are pleased to announce that significant progress has been made. Please stay tuned for announcements. Following is a sneak peek at the contents . . .

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Reminder to Schools with Facebook Pages – Facebook automatic “information update suggestions”

Foundation Christian College has shared a reminder for schools with Facebook pages. It is possible for someone to suggest edits to information on a Facebook page, and if not reviewed in a certain timeframe, Facebook can automatically update the information in question. For Foundation they have had someone attempt to update . . .

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Text Books Oz

As you can imagine, CEN regularly receives requests from organisations and businesses to promote their services or resources. Occasionally, one will catch our eye, which is the case in this particular business. TextbooksOz is a so cial enterprise that has been providing textbooks and stationery to schools for over 20 years, where half the profits made support Prison Network, a Christian Charity that supports women who are . . .

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