New Teachers to Christian Schooling

New Teachers to Christian Schooling

If you are a teacher new to teaching or an experienced teacher new to working in a Christian school, this day is for you! We will spend time exploring themes that are integral to effective Christian schooling, in particular culture, biblical worldview and wellbeing. Our day together will conclude with a panel discussion informed by the topics covered, including a time for Q&A.

This event will present an opportunity for new teachers and teachers new to Christian schooling to explore the hallmarks of Christian culture and how it can be fostered, developed and maintained, as well as the impacts it may have on overall school vision. It will also provide an opportunity to meet new staff from across our association of schools.

Please note, this event is open to staff from CSA member schools and non-member schools.

Event Information

The event will be held, in person, at one of our member schools: Glasshouse Christian College, just north of Brisbane, and is ideally suited to graduate teachers new to Christian Schooling, as well as experienced teachers new to Christian Schooling. 

The registration cost includes morning tea and lunch, as well as contribution towards the travel costs of our speakers.

For those in our regional schools, who are unable to access this event in person, we are offering a live-stream option. Please note, this event will be not recorded and a link to the live-stream will be sent closer to the event date. You will have an opportunity at registration to select your desired attendance option.

This event is available to staff from our Queensland CSA member schools, as well as staff from non-member schools.

Program Outline

An outline of the program is provided below:

  • 8:30am Arrival
  • 9:00am Welcome and opening reflection
  • 9:30am Culture in a Flourishing Christian School
  • 10:45am Morning Tea
  • 11:15am A Biblical Worldview
  • 12:45pm Lunch and Networking
  • 1:15pm Wellbeing of the Student and Teacher
  • 2:00pm Panel Discussion
  • 2:45pm Close


Special Guest, Dr. Darren Iselin, Director of Research and Innovation

Darren has extensive leadership experience within Christian education in both Australian and international contexts and has served in a wide range of CEO/executive and senior leadership roles within both K-12 schooling and higher education sectors. He is currently Director of Research and Innovation with Christian Schools Australia (CSA) and also is the Coordinator for the Cardus Education Survey Australia Project. Darren has completed extensive formal study, including doctoral studies through the University of Queensland where his PhD explored “How Principals are cultivating Sustainable School Cultures Within Christian Schools During Changing Times”. Darren’s thesis was awarded the Grassie-Basset prize for best thesis in Educational Administration from The University of Queensland and also won the Research in Educational Leadership Management Award from the Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL).

Special Guest, Fiona Cran, Caloundra Christian College

Fiona Cran is currently serving Caloundra Christian College students as their School Counsellor. This allows her to follow her passion of supporting young people through life’s challenges, as she walks alongside them, through a journey of self-discovery and growth towards thriving. Her approach is characterised by a creative application of compassionate counselling skills combined with biblical wisdom, promoting student’s wellbeing cognitively, physically, spiritually and socially (Luke 2:52). Fiona’s career began as a Mental Health Nurse, followed by 20 years in Youth Ministry during which she obtained an Associate Degree of Theology. She has a strong desire to equip young people with skills and strategies before life’s curve balls appear. To that end she has authored wellbeing resources for students and written programs that she teaches in group settings. Outside of work she loves being outdoors with family and friends, being creative and travelling.

Special Guest, Mark Ryan, Executive Officer, SA

Mark Ryan has been part of the CSA team since 2019 in the role of Executive Officer, SA. Mark has previous experience in leadership roles at Temple Christian College and has degrees in both education and theology. He has also held pastoral roles in a number of churches. Mark serves as a Director on the Board of Compass and with such an excellent grasp of biblical literacy, worldview and its application to culture, learning and vocation, is well-placed to lead CSA's national portfolio of, Christian Formation.

Your Host, Andrew Taylor, Executive Officer, QLD

Andrew Taylor, currently serves as the Executive Officer, Qld and has over 30 years' experience in a range of leadership roles in education and has spent the last 15 years focusing on building capacity in teachers and school leaders. Andrew leads the national portfolio for School Improvement and is an experienced school improvement consultant focusing on building strong foundations that underpin all school activities.

Qualify for CPD Hours

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

»  6.2 Engage in Professional Learning and Improve Practice
»  6.3 Engage with colleagues and improve practice
»  7.1 Meet professional ethics and responsibilities
»  7.4 Engage with professional leadership networks and broader communities

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be made in writing to the Event Organiser. Unfortunately, no refunds will be issued after 7 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 and we may not be able to provide prior notice.

Please note that 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.

COVID-safe Information

We are committed to the health and safety of our member community and are following government guidelines regarding the spread of COVID-19.

Learn more about how we are keeping you safe at CSA events.

Monday, 27 March 2023
9am - 2:45pm AEST
$50+GST members | $60+GST non-members
Glasshouse Christian College
58 Roberts Road
Beerwah QLD 4519
4.5 CPD Hours
Public event
RSVP by 20-March-2023