Join Special Guest host, Cass Pendlebury, as she compares our first State Flame Dinner for 2023, 'You Can, You Should'. Grab your work colleagues for a great night of networking, shared experiences & encouragement.

Guest speaker, Bree Bond, will share some of her experience and learnings on the path to leadership, while Cass Pendlebury will unpack stories, wisdom and insights from a panel of Christian educators in varying leadership positions across both Christian Schools and tertiary education. The opportunity to ask questions and engage with this wide range of speakers will encourage and bless all our guests, as well as inspire those who are already on a journey or considering leadership in the future.

With free onsite parking, why not fill the car with your colleagues and join us for what promises to be a wonderful evening.

Event Information

Registration at this event will include a delicious alternate serve, 2-course dinner and drinks. Free onsite parking is available.

An overview of the evening is outlined for you, below:

  • 6:30 pm - Welcome and networking
  • 7:00 pm - Main Course
  • 7:20 pm - Panel Discussion
  • 8:00 pm - Dessert
  • 8:20 pm - Keynote
  • 8:50 pm - Q&A Networking
  • 9:30 pm - Close


Your Host, Cass Pendlebury

Cass is passionate about developing and supporting leaders and teachers in Christian Education. She worked as a teacher in Christian Schools for over 10 years before accepting the role as NSW/ACT Executive Officer with CSA, a position she held for 7 years. Her experience is not limited to education though, Cass brings a wealth of knowledge from Leadership Development to HR Consulting. Cass is currently working as the Regional Director of St Phillips Teaching School with Alphacrucis and completing her PhD.

Bree Bond

Bree Bond has served as the Principals' Executive Assistant at Norwest Christian College since 2018. As with many not-for-profits, Bree has also held responsibility for several additional roles, including Human Resources, Compliance and now as Foundation Director. Bree has almost 20 years' experience in administration across a variety of sectors. She has been pivotal in establishing the Administrator's Community of Practice for CSA, regularly writes for her Christian blog, serves in a variety of roles in her church, and is currently completing a Theological Degree with Ridley College online. Bree is a passionate evangelist and has a heart for people to know the profound truth of God's love for them and His plan for their life.

Qualify for CPD Hours

This event attracts 1.5 CPD hours according to the following AITSL professional teacher and leadership 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
- Leading teaching and learning
- Developing self and others 
- Engaging and working with the community

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing. No refunds will be issued after 5 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 (less any unrecoverable registration costs) 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.


FLAME is a network for women to support their journey into and through leadership at a school, leadership or board level. Come and join a passionate group of women on Zoom to continue to inspire, support and challenge Christian women in leadership in Christian education. If you are a male leader, you are welcome to be one of our champions by attending yourself and/or encouraging a female leader on your board or school management team to be encouraged and inspired.

The FLAME network will enable strong connections between experienced and inexperienced leaders and help identify and encourage structures that support women in leadership. If you are a male leader, you are welcome to be one of our champions by attending yourself and/or encouraging a female leader on your board or school management team to be encouraged and inspired.

“Flame is more than networking and building relationships, it’s about developing capacity of female leaders and aspiring female leaders to lead with confidence and humility to be all that God has created them to be.” – Jill Healey, National FLAME Network Facilitator, Christian Schools Australia.


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Friday, 19 May 2023
6:30pm - 9:30pm AEST
$95 +GST
Rydges Parramatta
116-118 James Ruse Drive
Rosehill NSW 2142
Does not qualify for CPD hours
Members only event

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