Christian schooling in Australia has thrived and prospered. What we know to be Christian schooling today is a credit to the pioneers and first generation of Christian teachers and leaders. Many of our schools now count their history in decades. It is at this point that we must ensure that we have the right framework in place to ensure that we preserve that which has gone before and prepare for that which is yet to come.
We are pleased to announce the keynote speaker for the 2017 National Leadership Retreat Dinner on Thursday, 24 August will be Rev. Tim Costello, Chief Advocate at World Vision Australia.
In his Dinner Address, Baton Changers: Passing on the Mission, Tim will speak on generational change and the need to equip and inspire a new generation to pick up the baton for God.
Rev. Tim Costello is one of Australia’s best known community leaders and a sought-after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics. For 13 years until October 2016, Tim was Chief Executive of World Vision Australia, placing the challenges of global poverty on the national agenda. In his current role as Chief Advocate, Tim continues to use his public profile to affect change.
In addition, Tim is Chair of the Community Council of Australia, and is a member of the following: the Multi-Stakeholder Steering Committee of the EU-Australia Leadership Forum; Australian National Development Index; Concern Australia Advisory Group and the Campaign for Australian Aid. Tim is a founding board member and spokesperson for the Alliance for Gambling Reform, which campaigns for law reform to prevent harm from poker machine gambling.
In earlier roles, Tim was National President of the Baptist Union of Australia and Mayor of St Kilda. He has been Baptist Minister at St Kilda Baptist and Collins Street Baptist in Melbourne, as well as Executive Director of Urban Seed. In these roles, he spearheaded public debate on problem gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse.
In 2006 Tim was named Victoria’s Australian of the Year, in June 2005 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); in 2004, was named Victorian of the Year; and in 1997 was named as one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures.
To hear Tim’s inspiring and challenging address be sure to register online today for the Retreat Dinner and take advantage of the Special Group Discount available, by registering two or more delegates from the same school/organisation at the same time.
ADVOCACY AND POLICY 2.0
After more than two decades of consistent effort we stand at the cusp of equitable funding for students with disabilities and a truly student-focussed, sector-blind, needs-based, funding model. As we celebrate this achievement we are also planning for the next challenges around determining ‘educational excellence’ and ensuring our freedoms to continue as authentically Christian schools. These policies will directly impact your school and all leaders need to be equipped to ensure that we have a voice in these discussions. In particular, we will be covering issues relating to:
- ‘Educational goals and outcomes’
- Religious Freedom / EO legislation
Mark Spencer, Executive Officer for National Policy at Christian Schools Australia presents his keynote session, Advocacy and Policy 2.0 at the Retreat, which you won’t want to miss!
Dr Glen Schultz, author of Kingdom Education will speak about how to develop an authentic Christian school, the first element of the CSA Christian Schools Framework. Dr Schultz will discuss what it means to be a Christian school, or what he has termed ‘Kingdom Education’. Glen will assist attendees in identifying, preserving and promoting a genuinely Christian school environment.
Across three keynote sessions, Dr Schultz will cover:
- Understanding God’s Purpose for Education
- Worldview and Education
- Excellence and the Christian School
Meet Dr Glen Schultz here
About Glen Schultz
Dr Schultz has given his life to educating future generations according to God’s plan. After 5 years of teaching in a New York public school, Glen entered the field of Christian school education, where he has served ever since. He has been a teacher, coach, high school principal and superintendent. Dr Schultz was a Pastor at Sherwood Baptist Church and Headmaster of Sherwood Christian Academy. He also served as an Association of Christian Schools International Regional Director for 7 years. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS
Christian schools in Australia are in a very blessed position due to Australia’s legislative environment and access to government funding. Christian schools have a God-given obligation to excel and be leaders in financial management (stewardship) and integrity. As Christian schools, we have an opportunity to work together for the Kingdom and establish sound practices in financial management and provide resources for schools to use. A shared understanding of financial management by business managers, principals and boards, with each playing their role, is crucial to good practice.
In his keynote session, Financial Management in Christian Schools – we can do better!Andrew Davies Director of Corporate Services for Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East, Strathalbyn and Murray Bridge in South Australia, will give an overview of a project he is leading to develop a voluntary, self-help financial management framework (incorporating benchmarking, planning/budgeting, good reporting practices and accounting policy guidelines) which will provide business managers, principals and boards with a shared understanding of financial management, supported by guidelines, tools and resources to assess and improve the financial management of their schools. This keynote session will be further explored in an accompanying workshop in the afternoon.
LAUNCHING RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS
The Retreat will also see four major launches, one of these particularly focused on the Tertiary sector. These new initiatives of CSA will help all schools and colleges create space and opportunities for those who are yet to come, both staff and students.
Firstly, CSA has partnered with Adepto to develop a Christian Educators Link which will see the placement of pre-service teachers, graduates, teachers and staff more effectively in Christian schools. CSA will have exclusive access to this resource in Australia and it is a world first in this technology space. The Adepto program has been tailored for Tertiary Partners; with the Adepto tool being able to bridge Christian school graduates seeking tertiary qualifications in Christian Higher Education and the recruitment of teachers and staff within Christian schooling. The Adepto sessions are a launch pad for staff recruitment in Christian schooling and student recruitment within Tertiary Education.
Secondly, CSA will launch our new website. The website is a complete redevelopment of the old site and will host a number of significant features and applications. One of these will include a clearing house function which will provide a single location for all our IP, resources, as well as links to websites and partner agencies such as Tertiary organisations. The website will also direct families more effectively to CSA schools and highlight their distinctives. The website will also begin to reposition CSA as a member association highlighting the National Secretariat approach and the emphasis upon resourcing and servicing members more effectively in terms of the overall Christian Schools Framework and the six pillars of Christian Distinction.
The third resource to be launched will be a Christian Education Program which has been developed in conjunction with Trinity Theological College. This resource can be used by schools wishing to do so to supplement your existing programs and activities.
Finally at the Retreat, we will be launching God’s Big Story Version 2. In addition to a rewrite, this new resource will contain a whole section on Biblical worldview and links to valuable resources. CSA has partnered with Christian Heritage College to see this resource developed.
The Retreat will also be running several workshops based on Governance, Financial Health, Curriculum, Emerging Leaders and Tertiary links. View the list of workshop presenters here.
Download a copy of the latest Retreat program here
ABOUT THE RETREAT
The Retreat is being held at the idyllic Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa on Wednesday 23 August – Friday 25 August 2017 (with optional School Tours on Tuesday 22 August).
Providing personal and professional learning opportunities for all current and aspiring leaders in Christian schools, it would be great to have yourself and your staff participate in this national leadership gathering.
Who attends? Principals, deputies, board members, business managers, curriculum coordinators, leaders in governance and administration as well as sector representatives and leading teachers. As with all CSA hosted events, the National Leadership Retreat is open to colleagues from all recognised Christian Schools and tertiary bodies, regardless of affiliation.
National Leadership Retreat
Day 1 Wednesday 23 August 9:00am – 4:00pm with Registration from 8:00am
Day 2 Thursday 24 August 9:00am – 4:00pm
Day 3 Friday 25 August 9:00am – 1:45pm
Celebration Gala Dinner
Date: Thursday 24 August 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Bring A Friend – Special Rates Apply
We are encouraging schools to consider inviting multiple staff from their school and taking advantage of the *Group Discount.
*A group rate applies to two or more delegates registering from the same school/organisation at the same time. Register online today.
Online Registration, Accommodation and Travel Bookings
Registration for the CSA National Leadership Retreat is available online. Please make sure to book your accommodation through our site, as special rates apply for conference delegates. The online form also allow you to compare airfares and provides the option to book these as well. Delegates can also register using a PDF Form, available via the online link.
Please note delegates have the option of paying for their retreat registration and accommodation through Ozaccom by Direct Bank Transfer and by Credit Card.
For all Retreat enquiries, please contact Bronwyn Jenkins, Communications & National Events Manager or call 1300 321 CSA (272).