We had a wonderful time at our CECEAA Christchurch Hui and it was an opportunity to be inspired both personally and professional as we aim to THRIVE in all aspects of our life. We engaged with our CECEAA THRIVE document and looked at how we can build a strong Christ- Centred organisational culture. ‘We don’t want to just survive, God intends for us to THRIVE’. Chris Thornley from the Teaching Council looked at ways we can strengthen our understanding of Inquiry and we were challenged to really consider how this cycle makes an impact on improving learning outcomes for our children. We were privileged to hear Chris Reid’s experience of ‘lockdown’ and what their centres have learnt from the recent events in Christchurch. Karen Haywood helped us navigate how we can make connections between the array of Ministry documents we need to be familiar with and challenged us to ensure we move beyond a superficial level of understanding so our centres can keep improving and growing. It was a delight to be entertained by Luke Haywood during dinner as a talented musician and we enjoyed his humorous and thought provoking speech on what it means to be a Christian lawyer. It was wonderful to see our CECEAA member centres connecting and supporting each other in our journey as Christian Teachers.
Some reflections from our delegates:
“The Hui provided us with the opportunity to reflect, take ownership and to develop our professionalism. I am feeling touched, blessed and encouraged”
“I loved being able to learn in a smaller group at this Hui. It felt like I was able to share my ideas more easily and interact with the facilitators that wouldn’t be possible at a larger conference”
“There was a great range of topics covered that will really help me improve my practice”
“There was time to reflect and have honest conversations, which was really meaningful to our team”