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Christian Schools National Policy Forum 2016

David Bartlett


1B: Appraisal of Board and Principal (Monday)

2B: School Finance for Non Accountants and Key Performance Indicators to Measure Sustainability (Tuesday)

David Bartlett, Director Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and Partner, Resolve Consulting Group

Education Minister Simon Birmingham addressed the NPF at the Parliament House Dinner, and took questions.

Robert Randall – Keynote Session: Spirituality and Curriculum

Rev. Dr Ross Clifford, Chair of the Australian Christian Higher Education Alliance (ACHEA) and Principal, Morling College Keynote Session: Listening to God’s Call

Tim Wilson

Tim Wilson was Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner from 2014-2016.

Dubbed the “Freedom Commissioner”, Tim is a noted defender of universal, individual human rights.

As Commissioner he established the Religious Freedom Roundtable, to explore and address issues relating to the importance of, and threats to, religious freedom in Australia.

CSA met with Mr Wilson in his role as Human Rights Commissioner and invited him to address the National Policy Forum because of the importance of the issues he was raising.

In March 2016 Tim was preselected to contest the federal seat of Goldstein for the Liberal party. We were delighted that he was still able to address the NPF as the the former Commissioner.

Natalie Ong

Natalie Ong is a gifted musician who, in 2016, is in Year 10 at Waverley Christian College in Victoria.

Natalie was our featured soloist at the 2016 Christian Schools National Policy Forum Celebration Dinner, in the Great Hall of Parliament House Canberra.

Her performance was simply extraordinary. As MC Stephen O’Doherty remarked, “too often we introduce young performers as talents of the future, not recognising that while they do indeed have a bright future, they are also major talents today. Natalie is just such a performer, with a vocal and expressive range that is truly remarkable”.

As a post script, when Natalie chose as her second song “How Great Thou Art”, she did not know its significance to the guest speaker on the evening, Will Graham.

Will is the grandson of Billy Graham, and this Hym, sung by George Beverly Shea, was an anthem for the Billy Graham Crusades.

Natalie’s performance took this classic to a new level!