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Vic Principals & Leaders Meeting

26th July 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Please join us for our next Principals and Leaders meeting to be hosted by Northside Christian College (31-61 McLeans Road, Bundoora). We will have two guest speakers: Allen Dickson from Belgrave Heights Christian School and Michael Bond from Northside Christian College. Please RSVP by Thursday July 18 (even if you have previously accepted a calendar invite to this meeting sent out last year.)


9:45am Arrive and a cuppa
10am Welcome and devotions – Damian Higgins

Guest speaker: Allen Dickson, Belgrave Heights Christian School The Partnership Project: Growing by Giving’ 

So much happens in the day-to-day life of a Christian School that we don’t often get the opportunity to lift our eyes and see the broader Christian School context; both where we can learn and where we can help grow the movement. Over the last few years Belgrave Heights Christian School has run ‘The Partnership Project’ – an open-handed and coordinated resourcing for developing Christian Schools. With a motto of ‘Grow By Giving’, it involves harnessing the strengths of the BHCS people, procedures and programs. The resultant assistance – Robotics visits, curriculum help, PR assistance, finance and administration consults, to name a few – has not only helped grow the schools involved, but it has also had incredible flow back into BHCS. The joyous paradox is that open hands can both give and receive.

About Allen: Allen Dickson is an educator & speaker with a passion for ensuring learning is innovative, practical and enjoyable. For over 20 years he has combined classroom teaching with appointments in various extra-curricular organisations where he uses a diverse range of unique skills to instil confidence in young people, in extending and challenging gifted learners, and in initiating change in classroom practice. Heading up ‘The Partnership Project’ for Belgrave Heights Christian School, Allen regularly visits smaller independent schools to give their coding and robotics program a ‘kick start’ or ‘reboot’. With a focus on engagement and ‘hands on’ resourcing, Allen runs his own educational consultancy – RethinkPD – where he speaks on a range of specialist issues both in schools and at conferences around the country.

10:50am Discussion with Allen around ways in which Christian Schools can grow Christian Education beyond their own school.
11:05am Morning Tea
11:40am Guest speaker: Michael Bond, Northside Christian College ‘Preparing for the Updated VRQA Minimum Standards and the School Review Process’ 

The VRQA have updated the Minimum Standards for School Registration with new guidelines coming into effect from the 1st July 2019, which are applicable to every school registered in Victoria. Michael will share additional information about the new standards and strategies to help leaders prepare for school audits, which take place every five years. There will also be an opportunity for participants to share and collaborate on how they are preparing for the upcoming changes. Michael has experience assisting schools with VRQA audits and applications to add year levels, completing six significant submissions to the VRQA during the past seven years.

Recommended Pre-Reading

VRQA. (2018, June). Guidelines to the Minimum Standards and Other Requirements for Registration of Schools Including Those Offering Senior Secondary Courses. Retrieved from https://www.vrqa.vic.gov.au/schools/Pages/standards-guidelines-requirements-for-schools.aspx

VRQA. (2019, January). Changes to the Guidelines to the Minimum Standards. Retrieved from https://www.vrqa.vic.gov.au/news/Pages/News/article-097.aspx

About Michael:  Michael joined Northside Christian College in 2017.  Michael’s leadership experience in education has been diverse, with experience as Principal, Deputy Principal, Head of Primary, Head of Secondary, VCE Coordinator and gifted and talented education coordinator. Michael has experience assisting schools with VRQA audits and applications to add year levels, completing six significant submissions to the VRQA during the past eight years. Furthermore, Michael is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

12:15pm Discussion on preparing for VRQA Minimum Standards
12:45pm Updates and coming events – Ken Greenwood
1:00pm Lunch
2pm Optional school tour and depart



26th July 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Event Category:


CSA Vic/Tas


Northside Christian College
31-61 McLeans Rd
Bundoora, Victoria 3083 Australia
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(03) 9467 2499