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From Our CEO

I’ve been to a few events in recent months and it’s been fantastic at these times to share with schools the distinctive nature of Christian edu cation and what makes a CEN school tick. One of the things I have had on my heart to share is the work of John Van Dyk, a leader in Christian edu cation who was influential in my formative years as a young teacher. John Van Dyk spoke of the three options for Christian schools. They could be Tacky, Dualistic, or Authentic. Tacky Christian schools, as an example, add biblical quotations out of context to their curriculum. For example, students may be learning about the Gold Rush and the Bible text applied to that, might be Matthew 2 “Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh”. It’s out of context, it goes nowhere, and it feels . ....

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Farewell Event for Bill Rusin

It was lovely to be a part of a special night of cele bration for the faithful service of Bill Rusin at Covenant Christian School. On the night, lots of Bill’s friends were present, especially those that were a part of Tyndale Christian School in the 80’s and 90’s. It was great to see this group of people together, celebrating their legacy in Christian edu cation. To God be the glory!

From the National Institute Principal

We are most thankful to God as 2019 draws to a close. During the year there have been some significant changes in leadership and staffing of the Institute. Through all of these changes, the Lord has guided and sustained us. In particular, we are grateful for the tireless work of Dr. Beth Beech on behalf of the Institute over the past years. May the Lord guide Beth in the next phase . . .

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From the National Institute Deputy Principal

This year I have been challenged (positively) by many aspects of the Gospel, including the Lord’s Prayer. In Matthew’s Gospel we are encouraged not to be like the hypocrites when we pray. The prayer begins with the beautiful words, “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name” (Matt. 6:9b). The word “hallow” means to sanctify, to make holy, to set apart. So what is the challenge . . .

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New State Executive Officer (Victoria)

Victorian schools were notified last week of the appoint ment of their new SEO, Karen Hooper, who will be commencing in 2020. Karen is a great addition to the team.

Click here for the formal announcement of her role.

National Office Staffing

There have been some ongoing changes to the team structure at CEN and in particular, at the National Office, the following changes have been made, and most will be effective as of January . . .

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From the Governance Coordinator

Thank you to all the Board members from our CEN schools. Our schools simply cannot exist without your amazing, voluntary service, and we are committed to supporting boards in ensuring good governance of your schools. We had a great time of sharing and learning together at our recent . . .

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Nurture Conference

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Professional Learning

Many schools have embraced CEN professional learning workshops for their teams during the January pupil free training days. A list of many of the events follows. There might be a school near you that you could join in with for a day of Christ-centred professional learning . . .

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Executives Conference

Life can me messy, leadership can be crowded and our current cultural context is tangled with uncertainty, confusion and pressure. We can begin to feel overwhelmed with all that is around us and all that is demanded of us. How does the Christian school leader respond to this? At the 2020 Executive Leadership Conference, you are invited to gather with colleagues and friends to learn and grow together . . .

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Study Tour

Details of the 2020 Study Tour were sent out to principals last week.  
Click here to download the information pack.

Coram Deo

Places are still available.

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Whistleblower Policy

A reminder that Whistleblower policies need to be in place by 1st January. The CEN National Board is currently investigating a way to have a decentralized mechanism for Whistleblowers to report to, for our community of schools. We will keep you posted.

Research into Christian School Effectiveness

As reported in the last eNews, CEN has partnered with other Christian school groups in Australia to support research conducted by Cardus (based on previous research conducted in Canada). This will res ult in specific feedback and data around the effectiveness of Christian Schools across Australia. Following is an update of this research project . . .

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Christian Super Update

If you are a member of Christian Super, please note that members are encouraged to vote for new, nominated board members. 

All Christian Super fund members will receive an email next week with ballot and voting details. Voting is online via a secure portal, so it would be great to encourage members to vote.

Click here for further details.

Why Christian Schools? Website Upgrade

Many CEN schools have links to this wonderful resource from their website. There has been a freshening of this helpful resource. The web address is still the same so all links from school websites will still function.

Click here to view.

Click here to review the helpful resources available for promoting your school 

 

Special thanks go to Covenant Christian School in Sydney who initially established this web resource and for their generous gift to CEN of the web address and content. This is not branded as a CEN resource.

Nungalinya Indigenous Cultural Experience

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Coming to you in 2020. Stay tuned for details.