NLS Governance Symposium

NLS Governance Symposium

The NLS Governance Symposium will showcase a series of short-form, thought-provoking sessions that boards can work through, throughout a normal year cycle. 

As a board, you have a wealth of highly technical and industry specific materials that can assist you in the day-to-day governance of the school. In contrast, what we aim to do is provide you with an opportunity to step back – just for a moment – and evaluate the "why" behind what you do. Through discussion, short videos, insightful content and realistic case studies, we want to give you an opportunity you may rarely get in a governance context: the opportunity to reflect on your sacred mission.

As part of this Symposium, we will be launching a newly-developed resource called: Missional Governance – Boards that Transform. The resource includes a playbook, videos, relatable content and case studies, as well as questions for deeper understanding and reflection.
Through each of the sessions in this resource you will find a very simple structure. Each session should only take about 20 minutes of your time and is a great way to kick-start a board meeting and refine your overall approach to governance.

We know how busy a board environment can be, but rather than using that as an excuse to ignore the big questions we want to challenge you to see your busyness as a reason to engage with this content in all of its fullness. You can use these sessions as a way of opening up each board meeting, a way to get people thinking and focussing on the reason you are gathered together. After all, a school board is more than just a group of overseers, you are the ones holding the vision and mission of the school. 

The goal of this symposium is to enable boards to engage in missional governance, so that they become boards that transform.

Event Information

The Governance Symposium is ideally suited to Boards, Principals and Business Managers. Consider inviting 2 staff from your school and 3 board members to take advantage of the group rate discount that CSA is providing to ensure that your school optimises engagement during the Symposium. 

Registration at this event will include a published copy of the Missional Governance Playbook associated with the new program, as well as a published copy of CSA's Services & Support Guide, and CSA's Strategic Plan.*

Schools gathering with their board and/or leadership teams will be able to work together during the break-out sessions. There will also be a range of virtual break-out rooms for those who are unable to gather in person. Please ensure you indicate your preference of breakout room as you go through the Registration process.

It is our intention to record this event and all registrants will be provided with this link in a post-event email communication.

* Please note that this resource will be posted to schools upon registration. CSA will be relying on Australia Post for delivery of the resource in time for the event.

Program Outline

An outline of the program is provided below:

  • Introduction of Missional Governance: Boards that Transform 
  • Focus on the role of the Board in setting an appropriate culture and vision
  • Key areas Boards should focus on in fulfilling their responsibilities
  • Ensuring that Board Meetings are focussed and that mission remains clear in decision-making
  • Explore the Missional Governance materials 
  • Understanding the full suite of governance training available
  • Governance support materials and documents available to CSA members
  • Practical Next Steps to improving the Governance program for your Board


Your Host: Dr. Rob Loe

Rob has been serving as the Executive Officer, VIC/TAS since May 2020. He has a background in teaching, school leadership and research. Rob believes passionately that a Christian school’s ethos cannot be divorced from the outcomes it seeks for its students (which must be more than academic). That ethos should make a deeply positive impact on the day-to-day lived reality of corridors and classrooms. It is the most powerful form of witness from a school. Rob has a national portfolio role that reflects his significant experience and research interests: Organisational Culture and Community Development.

Tracy Holmes

Having been involved in education for many years in both the public and private sectors, at both primary and secondary levels and in specialized programs, Tracy was a school principal for 23 years before moving to a more strategic role as Director of Education for the Carey Group. Tracy is also the WA State Chair of Christian Schools Australia WA and a National Council member.

Mark Spencer

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/Territory level. 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, and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. In 2014 he completed an executive education program at the Said Business School of the University of Oxford.

Jill Healey

Jill's portfolio within Christian Schools Australia is Leadership Development, serving as the Flame and Fuse Facilitator. Jill currently serves on two Christian school boards, is a Board member for Focus on the Family Australia and the Victorian Independent Schools Block Grant Authority. Jill is a champion of Christian women in leadership and specialist education provision in Christian schools. She believes in the power of God to transform lives and bring hope to young people through Christian schooling.

Dr. Daniel Pampuch

Dr Daniel Pampuch was appointed CEO of Christian Schools Australia in January 2017. His role spans political advocacy, governance, strategic planning, resource development and service provision. His role centres on assisting schools to retain their Christian distinctive and missional focus, as well as guiding them on pathways to further maturity as ministries and centres of educational excellence. Daniel has served on a range of state and national educational boards and committees. Currently he serves on the Global council of ACSI which supports 24,000 schools globally. Daniel has fellowships with the Governance Institute of Australia and Australian Institute of Management. He is a member of the Australian College of Education Leaders and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Qualify for CPD Hours

This event attracts CPD hours according to the following AITSL professional teacher and leadership standards:

Teacher Standards
6.2 Engage in Professional Learning and Improve Practice
6.3 Engage with colleagues and improve practice
7.4 Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities

Principal Standard
Professional Practice Lens; Develop Self and Others.

Group Registration Discount

Enjoy a group registration discount of 50% off for every registration after your first 4 full-priced registrations.

  • Registrations 1 to 4 = full price
  • Registrations 5+ = 50% discount

The discount will be applied automatically to the 5th (and subsequent) registrations linked to your organisation.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be made in writing to the Event Organiser.

No refunds will be issued after 3 days out from the event. Any cancellations made after this date will be charged the full registration fee. 'No Shows' to the event will be charged the full registration fee. 

The event program is subject to change without prior notice.

Registration fees do not include insurance to cover loss of any fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the event or through cancellation of the event itself.

A full refund will be issued if the event is cancelled by the organiser (CSA) due to COVID-19 restrictions or any other reasons out of the organisers control.

Proudly sponsored by:

Thursday, 11 November 2021
6pm - 8pm AEDT
$65 +GST (Group Rate available)
via Zoom
2 CPD Hours
Members only event

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