2017 CSA National Curriculum Symposium: Training the Trainer


  • Registration & Welcome Dinner: 22 March 2017 4:30 PM to 9:30 PM

  • CSA National Curriculum Symposium Day 2: 23 March 2017 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

  • CSA National Curriculum Symposium Day 3: 24 March 2017 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Time: 4:30 PM -1:30 PM
Venue: Adelaide Inn, North Adelaide SA


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Increase your capability and influence as a Christian school curriculum leader and ensure your school is well equipped to consider curriculum, pedagogy and assessment within a biblical Christian framework.

Christian schools desire to be authentic and effective in both the spiritual formation and excellent education of students. To be authentic, Christian education must embed Biblical integration right at the roots of curriculum and pedagogy.

The implementation of the Australian Curriculum proved an ideal opportunity for the CSA movement to do just that, leading to the development of the popular God’s Big Story approach.

Stage 1 of CSA’s Curriculum Project produced Connecting Learners with God’s Big Story (GBS), a curriculum philosophy and planning resource which has been enthusiastically received by many CSA schools throughout Australia.

Stage 2 has focused on developing a set of ‘Train the Trainer’ modules and extending collaborative curriculum writing opportunities for schools being delivered at the 2017 CSA Curriculum Symposium on 22 - 24 March 2017.

The Curriculum Symposium: Training the Trainer is designed to equip both experienced and beginning curriculum specialists to roll out a Christian worldview approach to Curriculum in Christian schools.

Those who may be new to God’s Big Story (GBS) will gain new perspectives on how to bring an authentic Biblical approach to programming in their schools. For those leaders who do not have a copy of God’s Big Story, a free copy may be downloaded here.

Curriculum leaders will be trained through a series of modules and provided with training materials to then train other teachers and leaders in their own schools. Training modules over the two and a half days include:

  • Module 1: The Big Picture

What’s my worldview? Why Christian Education?

  • Module 2: Teachers teach what they believe

What’s my philosophy of education? What is real, true and of value?

  • Module 3: Illuminating God’s Big Story in the Australian Curriculum

How do I connect learners with God’s Big Story?

  • Module 4: Putting it all together: A planned approach

How well do I connect curriculum, pedagogy and assessment with God’s Big Story?

Please note: A professional learning participation certificate listing relevant AITSL teacher standards and CSA Christian Distinctive teacher standards will be issued following completion of the Symposium.

Keynote Presentations

Towards a Generous Orthodoxy in the Christian School Context

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the German reformation which was matched by similar reformations in England and France. Since this time, the church in general has divided into ever-shrinking denominations and movements. Each new group has held tightly to a view of Scripture which they feel has set them apart from other believers. In essence, they have considered themselves the one true remnant of the church.

Historical attempts by church leaders to go back to the fundamentals of faith, those things Christians hold in common, have often lead to dogmatic Fundamentalism. For many, a return to fundamentals has further skewed the church and caused greater division.

Both CSA and individual Christian schools, to be successful, must find a common ground that their communities can unite around. Rather than find additional issues to “protest” against, Christian schools and associations must find points of agreement that they can “profess” together to bring about corporate unity and individual transformation.

Dr Pampuch, Chief Executive Officer of Christian Schools Australia in his keynote session will address how foundational creeds and the five solea may be used to develop a generous orthodoxy, around which schools and the Christian school movement can find the common ground upon which to build healthy faith communities.

Bridging the Public/Private Divide: Bringing Faith to Bear upon Disenchanted learning

Modern Western culture is prone to a dualistic way of thinking—one which divorces faith from reason and separates religious belief from other key areas of life. This can lead to a hollowed-out curriculum characterised by what some have called “disenchanted learning.”

Christian schools must be intentional about resisting this sacred-secular divide. Where do the temptations lie for allowing this public/private dichotomy into the classroom? How can it influence a school’s culture? How can we help students to bring a Christian worldview to bear on their academic subjects?

Dr Messmore will address these questions and promote an education that is not only integrated but also enchanted with beauty and meaning.

Dr Ryan Messmore is the Founding Executive Director of the Millis Institute at Christian Heritage College.

Symposium Program

Download a copy of the latest program here

Dates & Venue


Wednesday 22 March: Registration open from 4:30pm followed by the Symposium Dinner at 6:30pm
Thursday 23 March: Symposium program from 8:30am - 4:30pm (free evening)
Friday: Symposium continues from 8:30am & concludes with lunch at 1:00pm

Venue: Adelaide Inn - 160 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide South Australia

Adelaide Inn is approximately a 25 minute drive from the airport and delegates have the flexibility of making their own travel arrangements to and from the venue.

Cost: (all prices includes GST)

Single/Twin Accommodation Registration
(includes catering and two nights accommodation 22 & 23 March)

  • Single Registration: $520.00 per person
  • Twin Registration: $390.00 per person

Non-Residential Registration

  • Full Registration $280.00 per person
  • Single Day Registration $140.00 per person

Registration & Accommodation Bookings

Download the registration form here & return to Trudy Figueroa before 1 March 2017. by email or fax 02 9887 4928.

Symposium & Accommodation Enquiries

Please contact CSA on (02) 9002 5915.