Posted by Stephen Kinsella 55 days ago
The Anglican Education Commission, currently operating as Anglican EdComm, was established in 2006 for the purpose of promoting Christian education “by working alongside teachers, facilitating their growth in each stage of their vocation so that Christ is honoured as Lord and Saviour in every school.”
Posted by Peter White 58 days ago
On 22nd November 2017, the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, announced the appointment of an Expert Panel to examine whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to freedom of religion.
The review panel, chaired by the Hon Philip Ruddock, has since finalised its review of Religious Freedom Protection in Australia and has delivered its report to the Prime Minister and Government. At the time of this event we were awaiting its public release.
Posted by Marilyn Cole 3 months ago
This is Part One of a six-part series that will look at Kara Martin's book, 'Workship: How to use your work to worship God.' Kara Martin is the keynote speaker at EdComm's annual Integral Project Dinner on October 25.
'If we don't worship through our work we will either worship work itself, the money or status it brings or treat work as a mere means to the end of rest or a hedonistic retirement' (Gordon Preece in Martin, 2017, p.xv).
'Work in some form, paid or unpaid, is part of adult life. It is a fact of life. Ogden Nash says ‘If you don't want to work, you have to work so that you earn enough money so that you don't have to work’ (Martin, 2017, p.27).
While many know real fulfilment through their work, others experience the grind and demands of the daily work routine as more of a curse than a blessing. This is no surprise when we look at the origins of work in the Bible. From the creation we know that God worked and took delight in His work as a good thing. He worked for six of the seven days of creation. When man was made, he was made in the image of God and he too was invited to join in the work, to name the beasts and to work the ground. However, after disobeying God’s instructions, working the ground became onerous hard work.
Posted by Gail Staples 4 months ago
Has the art of respectfully discussing ideas been lost? This question was raised in the article Disagreeing Well, written by Stephen Kinsella, that discussed four foundational attitudes: the first three - listen well, maintain an open mind, and respect the person – apply to schools in general; the fourth - give reason for the hope you have – has particular application for discussion about the Christian faith.
Posted by Kara Martin 4 months ago
The concept of faith impacting on work has been in the news lately, with Scott Morrison’s faith being seen as a threat to democracy.
Well-known atheist Jane Caro tweeted that “Theocracies are terrifying, particularly for women and anyone who is different in any way. They are never democratic because they favour one group above all others - those who worship the ‘right’ god.”
Posted by Stephen Kinsella 5 months ago
The Anglican Schools Australia Conference held in Sydney in August had as its theme ‘Deep Peace’.
Posted by Marilyn Cole 5 months ago
Q: What do schools and coaching have in common?John Campbell proposes that education and coaching ‘share a common purpose: helping people to learn, grow and develop’ (Campbell and van Nieuwerburgh,...
Posted by Peter White 8 months ago
Just prior to delivering the talks at Moore Theological College, Dr Guthrie was asked to take part in a live interview on The Pastor’s Heart.
Posted by Bryan Cowling 8 months ago
We need to talk about resilience. The term’s been around for a long time, well, at least for a couple of decades in education. Perhaps it has been around long enough to be taken for granted. The focus of the recent EdComm Conference was on Resilient Teaching. I asked some of the attendees how familiar they were with the term. Some said they’d been thinking about it as an individual but it was not a topic that had received much attention at their school. Others said they were having lively debates with their fellow teachers about the relevance of resilience (and wellness) and had registered for the conference to find out what Dr Donald Guthrie had to say about it. In fact, three respondents from different schools said that their principals had sponsored up to a dozen staff to attend the conference with a view to promoting informed discourse and practical action with the rest of the staff on their return.
Posted by Marilyn Cole 9 months ago
In a school setting the tasks of management are usually thought of as the procedural and organisational tasks like timetabling, organising and running assemblies, publishing assessment schedules and reports, and the myriad of other tasks that together help a school run smoothly. Because schools are large organisations, management and leadership roles may be distributed and involve staff at many levels including administrative assistants.