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From Our CEO

It’s been some time since we’ve brought you an eNews, and a lot of things have happened! I suggest you grab a cuppa and have a good read of what’s been happening on the CEN front. Of particular note is the success that our ITEC conference was. As over 1000 people gathered together with a common purpose, to re-imagine Christian education, God did something really sp ecial. I believe he opened hearts and minds. Even months after this wonderful event, I am personally receiving stories from schools and individuals that they have been transformed by this experience. While I continue to marvel, this is not what research would suggest is possible. Research suggests that . . .

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National Board News

The board would like to keep you informed of the following news following their meetings in September.

  • Board member Marzelle Delport has been appointed Company Secretary of CEN National Board.
  • The Board accepted a new strategic plan for the National Institute, presented by Dr Rod Thompson and Dr Chris Prior. This included the acceptance of the updated mission statement for The National Institute:

The National Institute for Christian Education provides formative tertiary training grounded in biblical immersion that shapes cultural engagement, specifically in the ar ena of education, for leaders, teachers, board members and others within CEN school communities and further afield.

  • The board approved the Audit and Risk Committee’s recommendation that the per-student fee for CEN membership is $29.50 for 2020.

Changes at the National Institute for Christian Education

There have been some changes to staffing at The National Institute. The following email went out to member schools last month . . .

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School Leadership Changes for 2020

During this time of the year, we begin to hear more about the changes in leadership in our member schools. These are the latest changes that you may or may not be aware of . . .

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From The National Institute

This year, we have been blessed with a range of learning opp ortunities that have assisted our understanding of Christian schooling. We have been encouraged to lead with a biblical vis ion for life. We have continued to think through how our worldview shapes our practice. We have been reminded that . . .

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From Our Governance Coordinator

It’s only about 4 weeks now until our ‘Tone From The Top’ Governance Conference to be held in Melbourne from the evening of Thursday 14 November – Saturday 16 November. This is always a time of deep professional learning for board chairs and other board representatives as well as sharing of ideas and fellowship. We are very much . . .

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Coram Deo Leadership Intensive

The Coram Deo Leadership residential kicks off in March next year. This is a training and mentoring program aimed at existing Principals. 

It is not too late to register for this residential as there are some limited spots available.

Click here for more information, or contact Michelle Dempsey 0422107630.


Professional Learning

Your school has a distinct vis ion and mission focused on unfolding authentic Christian education that is grounded on the Bible. A continued commitment to professional learning in-line with this vis ion is crucial. CEN can help you with this. We have workshops and resources dedicated to . . .

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Foundation Workshops

We continue to offer our foundation workshops that are highly boo ked and well received. A significant number of schools have a policy that all new staff complete one (or both) of these. How are you inducting new staff into the . . .

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Curriculum Design Workshops

These two workshops are a day of hands-on development in curriculum design using the Transformation by Design framework. Part 1 is a stand alone workshop. However, for those schools wanting to . . .

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Teaching and Learning Workshops

As Dr David Smith reminds us (as he did recently at ITEC19), rigorous curriculum designed from a Christian perspective must be augmented by teaching and learning practices that are flowing from a Christian perspective and intentionally designed to . . .

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In the September Edition of Nurture we have a wonderful col lection of articles challenging parents towards a fuller and deeper understanding of what it means to raise their children in the Lord, and how they partner with their school in this. The article ‘The P’s of Partnering’ helps to unfold what partnering can look like in this day and age, I expect it could be both . . .

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Christian Teachers Journal

The coming November edition features articles from ITEC19 presenters. You might find an article by a presenter that you were not able to get to. We recommend it to you. What about you? One of the richest professional development adventures can be found in writing for colleagues. CTJ is ‘for teachers and by teachers’. We love submissions from practitioners and leaders who are not only . . .

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Christian Education National Podcast

There are many education-based podcasts available. You might like to subscribe to the CEN Podcast to listen to great talks on Christian education (maybe listen in the car on the way to school). . . .

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2020 Principals and Executives Conference: Declutter

S ave the date for the 2020 Principals and Executives Conference in Perth, WA. The theme of the conference is ‘Declutter: Capturing the Essentials’. We are excited to be welcoming Henry Contant from Canada and Mark Sneddon from The Institute for Civil So ciety, Victoria as two of our speakers.

Registration is now open with further details to come.

Click here to register.

Henry Contant Visit to Your School?

There is an opp ortunity for you and your school community to have Henry Contant sp end time in your school with your leadership t eam, board, staff or community development t eam. Henry has made himself available to us in the week beginning the 9 March (before the conference) and the week beginning 30 March.

Please contact Melinda Storm if you would like to take advantage of that opp ortunity.

Crafting Formational Learning NEW RESOURCE

A new resource to help Christian teachers reflect on the practice of teaching and learning, this new resource builds on Transformation by Design: The Big Picture. It highlights the importance of designing . . .

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Senior Secondary Pathways

In August 2019, Chair of the COAG Education Council, the Hon Minister Dan Tehan MP, launched the Review of senior secondary pathways into work, further education and training. The review is being chaired by Professor Peter Shergold AC and supported by a panel with expertise across schooling, vocational education and training, higher education and industry. The review is one of eight . . .

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Job Vacancies

There are many opp ortunities for educators seeking a change, or a job through our CEN website . . .

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