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Ken Dickens Resigning

It was announced at the end of April, that Ken Dickens had notified the board of his intention to resign as principal of the National Institute for Christian Education at the end of this year. This is a significant change to CEN and the National Institute after Ken’s 16 years of leadership and vision; both being instrumental to the shaping and growing of our organisation. Ken’s passion to lead teachers, young and old, towards deeper thinking and a transformed perspective is something we deeply treasure and respect. Although we are thrilled that Ken will continue to enlighten us and challenge us through his affiliation with the Institute, we are challenged by the change this new day brings. Please pray for the task force that is behind the recruitment of a new person for the National Institute to a newly developed role of Director of the National Institute for Christian Education.

Following is the communication from the CEN board to CEN members about Ken’s retirement:


Dear members of the CEN community,

We are writing on behalf of the National Board of CEN to advise you of some of the changes underway at CEN. It is with sadness and a sense of expectation that we announce the resignation of Ken Dickens as the Principal of the National Institute for Christian Education. Ken will conclude this role at the end of 2016, but we are thrilled that he will continue contributing to the CEN movement as an adjunct lecturer with the National Institute.  We will have the opportunity to farewell Ken appropriately at the AGM in 2017.

The Board of CEN and the National Institute have conducted a thorough review of the way in which NICE has been operating to ensure its long term future. As a result of the review, the Board has made the decision to appoint a full time Institute Director.  This person will be appointed to lead the Institute and develop and immediately implement a strategic plan for its long term sustainability in providing the rigorous intellectual stimulus that has helped our community of schools fulfil our vision and mission.

We envisage that this role will be filled by no later than January 2017. 

Gerry Beimers
CEN President

Michelle Dempsey

New Semester – Enrol Now

Enrolments for the National Institute’s Semester Two postgraduate courses for are now open until Friday, July 1. The semester officially begins on July 18th. We are also taking early enrolments for Semester 3, 2016.

Of particular interest may be some of the new units to be offered that include:

EDL567 The Professional Development of Educators

EDE545  Inclusion in Education

EDL573  Stakeholder Relationships in the Christian School Community

ED570  Trends in Education: A Philosophical, Historical and Contemporary Overview (Semester 3)

EDL561 Leadership for Quality Teaching (Semester 3)


Click here to enrol using your existing Moodle/Enrolment Portal login details

Click here for new student enquiries

Recent Graduation

In March the National Institute for Christian Education celebrated with 20 teachers the completion of their postgraduate studies in Christian education. Six students completed their 4-unit Graduate Diploma of Education. Nine students completed the 8-unit Masters of Education, and five completed the Masters of Education (Leadership) course. We were honoured to participate in the formal graduation ceremony with Morling College on the campus of the Kings School, Sydney. It was exciting to see these CEN teachers and school administrators fulfilling this accomplishment in the furthering of their higher education preparation as qualified Christian educators and  leaders. 

NZ Study Tour

There has been strong interest in the study tour of New Zealand being held from the 9th – 18th October this year.  Plans are coming together well and we are just finalising numbers.  A couple of people have pulled out so there are a few spots left if you would like to join this adventure. Kathy Pereira and Michelle Dempsey are leading the tour, so fun is guaranteed.  

Click here for an overview of the itinerary and further details.

Postgraduate Study Intensives

The National Institute for Christian Education is offering two study intensives this year. These will be in July in New South Wales and in Western Australia. Intensives are a great way to launch a postgraduate unit and and to begin study in a collaborative context face to face with an Institute lecturer. 

The details are as follows:

New South Wales
Wagga Wagga Christian College
18 – 21 July

Western Australia
Rehoboth Christian College
14 – 15 July

Click here for more information and an expression of interest

Professional Development Update

A large number of CEN and other schools have embraced the professional development resources/workshops developed by the National Institute already this year. Many more are booked for a Institute presenter to visit the school to take the staff/teachers (and sometimes community members) through Christ-centred, biblical worldview workshops all with the aim of inspiring teachers (and staff and parents) with the vision of Christian education through quality teaching and learning.

Certificate of Christian Education
The flagship professional development offering is the Certificate of Christian Education (CCE) suite.

Click here for more information on the CCE’s

Certificate of Christian Practice
The Certificate of Christian Practice (CCP) suite is delivered by our team of experienced school educators and presenters.

Click here for more information on the CCP’s

All Professional development can be used towards PD hours. The CCE (Design) and CCE (Deliver) and all CCP’s are accredited and provide 6 hours of accredited PD.


Professional development to date in 2016:

  • NT Christian Schools – CCE
  • Richmond Christian College – CCE
  • Wycliffe Christian School – CCE
  • Mountains Christian College – Certificate or Christian Education (Deliver)
  • King’s College – CCE (Design)
  • Heritage Christian School – CCE (Deliver)
  • Strathalbyn Christian College – CCE (Design)
  • Christian Schools Tasmania –  CCP (New Teacher Induction)
  • Torrens Valley Christian School –  CCE (God’s Story)
  • Sutherland Shire Christian School –  CCE
  • Covenant Christian School (VIC) –  CCP (Teaching Mathematics)
  • National Office –  CCP (New Teacher Induction)
  • Annandale Christian College –  CCE
  • Nepean Christian School –  CCE


Future PD Events:

You might have a member of your team that might like to join one of these?

  • 5 Nov Strathalbyn Christian College – CCE
  • 12 Jul Bayside Christian College – CCE
  • 27 Jun Carnarvon Christian School – CCE (Design)
  • 22 Jul Dubbo Christian School  – CCE (Design)
  • 3 Oct Chairo Christian School  – CCE (Design)
  • 31 August John Knox Christian School (Vancouver) CCE (Design)
  • 20 Jul Maitland Christian School – CCE (Design)
  • 18 Jul Covenant Christian School NSW (CEPA Conference) CCE (Design)
  • 18 Jul Marrara Christian School – CCE (Design)
  • 21 Jul Shire Christian School – CCE (Design)
  • Term 3 St Philip’s Christian College – CCE (Design)


Click here to register for an event

New Audio/Podcasts

Well they are not true podcasts but we have added three new talks to the Institute Podcast feed. The two keynotes from Dr Ryan Messmore of the Millis Institute delivered at the recent CEN National Conference and Chris Parker’s keynote presentation to the Australian Christian Librarians’ Conference.

Dr Ryan Messmore – The End of Education
Click here

Dr Ryan Messmore – Sharing Wisdom, Shaping Loves
Click here

Chris Parker – Digital Discernment: Teaching Students to ‘Read’ Technology
Click here