VIC Combined Principals in Christian Schools Gathering

VIC Combined Principals in Christian Schools Gathering

This event is our biannual get together of Principals in Victorian Christian schools across both CEN and CSA schools. It is a wonderful opportunity to strengthen relationships between leaders of Christian schools in Victoria whilst taking some time out together to focus on and grapple with some of the ‘bigger picture’ issues facing our schools.

Program Outline

A brief overview of the program is provided below, however please note this program is subject to change:

  • 9:30am ~ Arrival and Networking
  • 9.45am ~ Welcome and Devotions
  • 10.00am ~ Inspiring Imagination in a Culture of Stories – Mark Ryan
    We live in a culture of competing stories; visions of the good life that are shaping us and our students in profound ways. If formation is at the very heart of our work as Christian schools, how can we help form students in the image of Jesus, with a Biblically shaped imagination of and for life, in our cultural moment? Likewise, how might we equip our staff to understand and embrace their crucial role?
  • 11.00am ~ Morning Tea 
  • 11.30am ~ Workshop/Discussion
    In this workshop/discussion session we will have the chance to share our current approaches to staff and student formation, and to consider the resources we need to fulfill this vital task.
  • 12.15pm ~ CITE Alliance - Cameron Pearce and Simon Matthews
    An overview of this new initiative to intentionally invest in the formation of Christian teachers during their initial training. This will include input from Eastern College and time for Q&A.
  • 1.00pm ~ Lunch
  • 1.45pm ~ Optional School Tour


Mark Ryan: CSA Executive Officer, South Australia

Mark Ryan has a background in both education and theology and has a passion for exploring the intersection of faith and culture. After beginning his career as a PE teacher, he went on to study theology and ministry at Morling College in Sydney and has since completed a Master of Educational Leadership. Mark lives in Adelaide with his wife and three children, loves all things sport, and cycling through the beautiful Adelaide hills. Mark has worked as a pastor, teacher, and Assistant Principal, and is currently an Executive Officer for Christian Schools Australia. At a national level, he is invested in the formation of students and staff in Christian schools. Mark has been involved with the work of Compass for the last 15 years, helping student leaders to explore the Biblical story, and be inspired to lead according to the pattern of Jesus – living as God’s image for the sake of others and for the whole of God’s creation.

Friday, 01 September 2023
9:30am to 2:30pm AEST
Finders Christian Community College
100 Ballarto Road
Carrum Downs VIC 3201
4 CPD hours
Public event