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Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to the 2021 school year!

This bulletin is provided by CEnet to inform and support member dioceses.

In this edition, CEnet Limited adopts an amended constitution and appoints a new board, Safer Internet Day 2021, Book of the Week and information on the first Catholic Learning Online events for 2021.

We hope you find the information of interest and we welcome your feedback and suggestions. 
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CEnet Limited Adopts an Amended Constitution and Appoints a New Board of Directors

Following a comprehensive review of its governance arrangements, CEnet’s member dioceses have recently adopted an amended constitution and appointed a new board of directors.

The new board comprises nine directors including an independent chair, four independent directors and four member nominated directors. This replaces the previous board model of sixteen directors representing each member diocese.

Referring to a report prepared by Effective Governance, the new governance model has the advantage of retaining four directors intimately involved in the management of Catholic school systems whilst being complemented with directors specifically chosen to meet the key skills required by the board. It provides flexibility in appointing “skills–based” directors, while retaining the knowledge and experience of CEnet’s customer base at board level. 

The model is also scalable in that new members can be added to the company without any change in board structure, and the board can be sized appropriately. Further, it allows the use of members’ reserved powers to ensure that the voice of members is heard in key matters.

The new CEnet board officially commenced on 1 January 2021.

CEnet’s Board of Directors

Mr Bill Armagnacq (Independent)
Formerly a senior executive at Heritage Bank, Bill is an experienced non-executive director, company secretary and chair with key skills in corporate governance, risk, finance and legal within the APRA regulated sector. Bill brings specialist expertise in the areas of corporate governance, risk management and compliance. Bill was previously chair of the Glennie School Board Toowoomba.
 
Mr Patrick Batch (Independent)
With a background in technology at BHP Billiton, Patrick is the co-founder and Managing Director of a successful private company providing services to the Defence and National Security sectors in the cyber, technology and intelligence domains. Patrick is also a member of the Archdiocese Finance Council for the Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn.
 
Mr Jim Clarke (Independent)
Jim brings extensive global ICT experience in investment management in the energy, utilities, telecoms and transport sectors. Having previously headed up Products, Pricing and Marketing for Telstra Global in Hong Kong, Jim has specialist competencies in the areas of stakeholder engagement, change management, strategic planning, transformation and board governance.
 
Mr Patrick Cooper (Member Nominated, Diocese of Bathurst)
Patrick is the Diocesan Financial Administrator for the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst. An experienced General Manager and Chartered Accountant, Patrick was previously employed as the General Manager, Information Services (CIO) for Essential Energy (formerly Country Energy). Patrick was appointed to the CEnet board in 2019.
 
Mr Peter Effeney (Independent Chair)
Peter has a strong shared services background with experience in complex stakeholder organisations. He was the inaugural CEO of SPARQ Solutions (the ICT service provider of Queensland’s two government owned electricity companies). Peter was also CIO and General Manager of Service and Process at Ergon Energy. Peter has been appointed by the members as the Independent Chair of CEnet.
 
Ms Joanne Ford (Independent)
Joanne has experience in dynamic start-ups and complex listed multinationals in retail FMCG, technology and health education businesses in ANZ, North America and South Africa. An experienced non-executive director, Joanne has strong leadership, finance, operations, governance, risk management and ICT experience in the for-profit and for purpose/not-for-profit sectors.
 
Miss Leesa Jeffcoat AM (Member Nominated, Diocese of Rockhampton)
Leesa has extensive experience as an educator and administrator in Catholic and independent schools having been the Diocesan Director of Catholic Education (Diocese of Rockhampton) since 2001. Leesa was the former Chairman of Mercy Health and Aged Care Central Queensland Limited and Chair of the Queensland Studies Authority. In 2013 Leesa was awarded the honour of Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division. Leesa has been a director of CEnet since 2007, having served as company chair for the past two years. 
 
Mr Milton Scott (Member Nominated, Archdiocese of Sydney)
Milton is the Director: Information Technology Services (ITS) at Sydney Catholic Schools having joined in 2002. Prior to joining Sydney Catholic Schools, Milton held commercial and senior IT executive roles with the ANZ Bank involving the deployment of business-critical systems throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Milton has been involved with CEnet since its inception as CASTNet in 2003 and has served on multiple committees and working groups during that time.
 
Mr Chris Smyth (Member Nominated, Diocese of Armidale)
As the Director of Schools in the Armidale Diocese since 2015, Chris has led the Armidale Diocese through a significant period of system and school improvement. This has resulted in building a learning culture of systemness that benefits from collaboration within and between schools resulting in improved academic growth and achievement. Chris has previously held leadership roles in secondary schools as Assistant Principal and Principal and Head of School K-12 and undertaken secondments at the system level in Wollongong, Broken Bay and Wagga Wagga.

CEnet serves seventeen Catholic dioceses in the provision of ICT services to 770+ Catholic schools across New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, the ACT and the Northern Territory. 
 
Safer Internet Day 2021

This year World Safer Internet Day will be celebrated on Tuesday 9th February 2021.
The theme for 2021 is 'Start The Chat'.
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has developed several engaging activities for students and their parents/carers in support of this important celebration.

K-2
A new picture book will be released on the 9th February that features the eSafety Sugar Glider twins, Swoosh and Glide. A special story time video of this book will be able to be accessed online from 9am AEST. Further details and resources for young learners are available here.

3-6 
Register to attend a live Virtual Classrooms Activity hosted by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. The focus of this activity is Be an eSafe Kid: Fake News, real harms. Register to attend here.

7-10
New research around the Digital Lives of Aussie Teens will be released by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner on SID 2021. This new research will enable teachers to reshape their educational programs in light of new findings and emerging trends.

Parents 
Attend the parents and carers free webinar on Cyberbullying & Online Drama. Register to attend here.

Schools and Systems
A Safer Internet Day 2021 School Promotion Kit containing parent newsletters, posters and banners etc. is available here.

#StartTheChat, #SID2021, @eSafetyOffice

Thank you to John Hession, Education Officer – Learning Technologies Student Achievement Workstream, from Catholic Schools Broken Bay for providing the Safer Internet Day 2021 information.
Book of the Week
The CEnet member dioceses ACEN eBook Consortium, with the assistance of Lisa Nash and Saba Maniar from the Digital Learning and Library Services in Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta provide the book of the week feature for students and staff who have access to the SORA eBook Library.

Each week, two reading recommendations for eBooks or audio books, with age guidance are published for primary school students and high school students and to make sure that no-one is left out, there there is a recommendation for staff too.
Image,  ACEN Book of the Week for Primary School Students
Image, ACEN Book of the Week for Adults
Click on any of the three options above to go straight to the recommended books and enjoy the read!
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Catholic Learning Online Events 2021

Following the success of the Catholic Learning Online initiative in 2020, the team has been busy planning events for 2021. 

The first opportunity is a series of collaborative learning events for CEnet member dioceses that bring together the Apple Teacher Program and a series of virtual check-ins to support participants.

The Apple Teacher iPad 2021 series will commence on Thursday February 18, Term 1 Week 4 and the Apple Teacher Mac 2021 series will commence in week 8 of Term 1.

Details and links to diocese-based registration processes are available in the Catholic Learning Online website.
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