Dear Principals, teachers and administrators in our NSW/ACT Schools 2020 has been a year of challenges so farand I know many regions were just recovering from bushfires when the Covid-19 crisis hit. It has forced educators to fast track changes that have been in the ‘shunting yards’ for a while and we are now all transitioning to combinations of remote and ‘socially distanced’ local learning options.
At CSA we have been gathering resources and support documents that are being fed through our CEO and Director of Policy briefings to all schools. As EO Curriculum, I have been searching out resources for teachers, some of which have been included already in the CEO briefings. There will be a separate Curriculum briefing going out shortly with links to websites, resources and documents to online/remote learning curated for our schools.
The NSW/ACT team have been working busily from home offices still servicing our schools and using this time wisely to prepare for the end of the Crisis and the ‘new normal’ in our schools. You will have received pastoral care calls from either Denise Parcell or I as we have endeavored to gather data to ensure your needs are being met – and been a listening ear for leaders and EA/PA’s in this pressurized environment.
Our prayers have been constantly with all our schools and we hope you will have the opportunity to truly rest in our redeemer’s arms over the Easter break. I heard a funny quote from a journalist on the ABC Drum last night where he advised everyone to be like Jesus over Easter and spend the 3 days in a cave!
We have decided to still put out a Term 1 newsletter – to remind us of the great things we have done
this term and help us look forward to the even greater things to come.
God’s Big Story Training
I kicked 2020 off with several PD sessions for Schools. I conducted Modules 1, 3, 4 of the GBS Training Programme for Greenacre Baptist Christian Community School on January 21 and it was a joy to work with such a dedicated and enthusiastic staff.
I then flew to Grafton on the 22/1 to conduct the same training with St Andrews Christian School. Again, the staff were quick to use the tools and learning to develop some impressive programmes for their students in 2020.
On January 24, I joined Maitland Christian School on their last PD day to present the Duty of Care Presentation for all staff. Child Protection is never the most gripping of topics but the staff of MCS helped to make it both enjoyable and informative.
Principals’ Retreat 2020
What a blessing it was for our NSW/ACT Principals to gather at MGSM from March 4-6 prior to the current restrictions.
We were fed by some inspirational words from Mike Frost and wonderful food by both the MGSM
team and the Governor at Macquarie Park. Who will ever forget the size of those servings!!!
Attendees had time for reflection and community in the afternoons with Ten Pin Bowling being a very popular event this year. Congratulations to Glen Westcott for a resounding win. Whilst at the Retreat, we also held our Annual State Meeting led by Ian Liney and the NSW/ACT State Council. The THACCCSA group gathered on the Wednesday morning to share and plan for the THACCCSA Conference – which will now be an online offering for schools to use in their own PD sessions during the week of July 21-25.
You will note the spectrum of attire represented at the conference by 5 of our male leaders – from
Fipflops to jackets and to a top hat for Sharon Sopher.
THACCCSA Deputy Forum
The THACCCSA Deputies just managed to squeeze in a face-to-face but socially distanced forum at Green Point
Christian College on March 12 before the restrictions really kicked in. They were hosted graciously by Jane McClarty and Phillip Nash enjoying a morning of sharing and learning. The hot topic was policies and since the forum several shared policies have been developed and distributed.
This was a great opportunity for deputies to get to know one another, sharing both resources and ideas. We have also started an ACT Southern Deputy forum who were scheduled to meet this term at Nowra CS but have postponed until T3 or 4.
Looking forward to catching up with you all in Term 2.