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SA Christian School Boards and Governors – Dinner Meeting
29th August 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm$60
An exciting and rare opportunity is here for all Christian School Board Members to network and be equipped to think strategically about the very important role of boards and governance in Christian Schools. Come to be encouraged and inspired.
GUEST SPEAKER: MARK SPENCER, Executive Officer National Policy and Governance
With more than 25 years professional experience serving Christian schools, Mark Spencer was appointed in a national policy role in 2010. Mark is responsible for advocacy on behalf of Christian schools in a wide range of educational policy as well as areas relating to religious freedom and equal opportunity and discrimination law, both at the Commonwealth and State or Territory level.
Mark’s experience with Christian schooling began in 1990 when he commenced service with Christian Community Schools Limited (CCSL) – a predecessor organisation to CSA. In addition to his advocacy role Mark also provides initial advice to schools in all non-educational operations including funding, finance, governance, management, media management and industrial relations.
Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants after graduating with a Bachelor of Business degree with a major in accounting. He went on to complete a Master of Labour Relations and Law degree in 1999 and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies with a High Distinction average in 2016. Mark is also a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, having undertaken the Company Directors Course in 2013. In 2014 he completed an executive education program at the Said Business School of the University of Oxford.
Mark is married to Melanie, a Christian teacher and school leader. Mark and Melanie have one school age child with their eldest daughters having both graduated from Christian schools. From 2009 – 2015 Mark was the Chairman of the Board of Christian Super having previously been a Trustee Director and Fund Secretary. He also has been Company Secretary of a number of organisations. In addition, Mark has also served Christian school boards in a variety of roles and also serves his church board. In his spare time, he has been involved in politics as a candidate, marginal seat campaign manager and party office holder.
4.00pm – Registration and Tea / Coffee
4.15pm – Welcome and Introductions
4.30pm – Devotional reflection
4.45pm – Session One: National Update
The Review of Educational Excellence, the Review of SES Methodology, Religious Freedom Reviews – there is a lot going on in the policy world. Oh, did we mention the Federal election? That is waiting in the wings too. Don’t miss the latest updates on the National issues impacting Christian schools. Mark Spencer’s insights from Canberra will be invaluable.
6.00pm – Dinner & Networking
7.00pm – School Contexts
7.15pm – Session Two: Managing Your Board, Managing Yourself, Managing Your Principal
The relationship between the Board, particularly the Chair, and the Principal are at the core of an effective Christian school. Over nearly 30 years advising Christian schools Mark Spencer has seen the good, the bad, and the very ugly of Christian school board and principal relationships. Drawing on that experience this session will look at what boards collectively, board members individually and the board chair critically can do to make this relationship work.
8.30pm – Round-table Discussion and Prayer
Date: 29 August 2018
Venue: The Lakes Hotel (see map)
Time: 4.00pm – 9.00pm
Cost: $60pp (inc. GST, dinner and drinks)
Register your attendance for the SA Christian School Boards’ and Governors’ Meeting Dinner HERE by the 24 August 2018.
For more information contact Sandra Scott.