NZACS 2019 'The Way' Christian Schools' Conference

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VENUE | Bethlehem College, 24 Elder Lane, Tauranga.

DINNER VENUE Trustpower Stadium Lounge, Baypark, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui. Download aerial photo 

TRAFFIC CONGESTION | Travel from Mt Maunganui to Bethlehem College on Friday morning (peak traffic) is likely to take 1 hour.

PARKING | Parking wardens will be on site at Bethlehem College to direct you to available parking spaces. Please refrain from parking in the BTI student carpark. Download map

REGISTRATION Registration in the Performing Arts Centre will open at 10.30am, Thursday 4th July.

POWHIRI | Manuhiri (visitors) will be formally welcomed onto the grounds at 11.30am, Thursday 4th July. Powhiri attire and programme

WAIATA | The manuhiri waiata is Te Aroha. Learn the waiata

SEATING | Seating in the Performing Arts Centre will be at capacity for most sessions. Please help us to fit everyone in by moving to the centre of the rows and avoid leaving vacant seats mid-row.

FOOTWEAR | As all refreshments, sponsors' displays and exhibitors' displays will be located in the Events Centre/Gymnasium, we ask that you avoid wearing stiletto shoes.

NZACS SPONSORS | Sponsors help us fund quality PD. Please view our sponsors' logos (on the website footer) and visit their displays.

COFFEE | Bethlehem College's Barista students will be making Barista Coffee before the first session of each day, at morning tea and at lunch. Coffee will cost $3 per cup or you can purchase a coffee card which will give you 4 cups for $10.

CONFERENCE DINNER BEVERAGES | Wine, beer, light beer, juice and non-alcoholic drinks will be available at the cash bar.

RECORDING/PHOTOGRAPHY | Sessions will be recorded. Photographs will be taken and a selection of photographs will be posted on social media.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS | Josh and Sean McDowell (USA)

  • Josh McDowell | Josh has been at the forefront of cultural trends and ground-breaking ministry for more than 50 years. He has addressed more than 25 million people, giving over 27,000 talks in 125 countries. He has written/co-authored 148 books including Evidence that demands a verdict - named one of the twentieth century's top 40 books on Christian thought by World Magazine. 
  • Dr Sean McDowell | Sean is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. He is an Associate Professor in the Christian apologetics programme at Biola University, has authored or co-authored 18 books and has spoken at ACSI events. Sean taught at a Christian school full-time for a decade and continues teaching there part-time today.

ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS | Alex Snary, Joy Hooker, Julie Mundey, Rodney Lake.

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COURSE OVERVIEW | These workshops will support participants' understanding of a key component of 'quality Christian Education' in Aotearoa New Zealand by exploring different ways in which the Bible may inform and shape their practice and reflection on teaching or leading. In particular, participants will interact in depth with the different approaches presented in The Bible and the Task of Teaching (Written by David I Smith and John Shortt, available online as a free PDF).

Smith and Shortt's work, briefly introduced in the second workshop of 2018, was very well received by participants, with many indicating they would like to explore these ideas further, hence the topic for this year's programme. Through teaching, discussion and practical activities, participants will be supported to identify specific goals in relation to the theme of the PLD which they will then explore in their own classroom during Term 2. In Workshop 2 there will be opportunity to share progress towards these goals by contributing to structured, scaffolded, collaborative conversations which help them grow further in their understanding of quality Christian education. 

PROPOSED DATES | The dates (that were) proposed for sessions 1-2 in each region are shown below:
  • Northland | Thursday 28 March, Thursday 29 August
  • Auckland | Friday 29 March, Friday 30 August
  • Waikato/BOP |Thursday 21 March, Thursday 22 August
  • Lower North Island or Upper South Island | Friday 3 May, Friday 6 September
  • Mid or Lower South Island |Thursday 2 May, Thursday 5 September

VENUES | In 2019, only the Waikato/Bay of Plenty course went ahead.

COST | These interactive workshops are offered at the low cost of $290 (incl GST) per teacher for the two days, i.e. $145 per teacher per day.

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