to transform the thinking of Christian Education
We pursue our vision from a Biblical base by aiming:
To be authentically Christian
Provide excellent products, services and research products
Practice Christian Community
The Excellence Centre is a not for profit ministry of Pacific Hills Christian Education based at our Dural Campus in Sydney Australia.
To equip educators/leaders who see Christian Education as a calling to be the very best they can be and to glorify God with their God given gifts.
“What our young children and older students need more than anything are educators and leaders who love Jesus and want Jesus to be known and honoured in their schools and colleges” Dr Tina Lamont, Director, TEC.
Educators interested in building young peoples’ character and preparing them for acts of service is the essence of the excellent Christian Education.
Why Choose Us?
As Christian Educators and Christian Educational Communities we need to keep our communities authentically Christian. We need to equip staff, parents and students with the principles of Christian Education and how to impart those principles.
The landscape of education is becoming more legalistic, data-driven and outcomes based. Schools are required to deliver more in a school year than the previous year. Leaders are required to bring about change through school improvement plans. Innovation and supportive structures are sometimes limited or non-existent.
This is where we see TEC as an emerging support to Christian communities. At the Excellence Centre we want to help Christian Educators recognise that we can deliver a Biblically based Christian education that has enduring value and importance to the whole of life education.
Together we can deliver a holistic Christian Education to the next generation!
“As a Principal, going through Registration and Accreditation for the first time, weighed heavily. I engaged The Excellence Centre to help me write the policies that were required for inspection. TEC’s Senior Consultant was up to date and aware of all legislative changes and their help and level of involvement was invaluable. The consultancy was thorough and professional and I accredit the success of our Registration and Accreditation to The Excellence Centre.” Sharon Sopher, Principal of Belmont Christian College in partnership with TEC.
Our commitment to you is that our services will be
Relational and mutually beneficial-we endeavour to partner with you
Committed to Spiritual Formation
Focused on holistic education
Sees Character Formation as the Foundation
Will be mission focused
How you seen our Professional Learning Guide?
Called to serve in Christian Education
“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery,
which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27 NIV
Dr Tina Lamont
EdD, MEdLship, BSpEd, BCouns, GDRemEd, GDSpEd,DipTeach.
Dr Tina Lamont is the Director of TEC. Her experience includes School Principal, Professional Development Director, Special Education Director, Secondary School Counsellor. She serves on two school boards and serves on the Board of Transform the Nations. “I am passionate about learning.”
Geraldine Paynter is the Assistant Director of TEC with experience in Christian education for over 18 years, in addition to experience in education more broadly. She has served across early learning, primary and secondary years settings as Head of School, Director of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, and in student wellbeing roles over much of that time.
Wendy Moran is TEC Administrator, responsible for communications, marketing, event management and other general TEC administration. Wendy has spent the majority of her career in corporate business as an Executive Assistant supporting senior executives in marketing organisations. God has given Wendy a vision for Christian Education. She joined Pacific Hills Christian School in November, 2017 as Enrolment Officer and commenced with TEC in February 2019.
TEC Senior Consultant
MEd, DipTeach (Secondary)
Helen Blanch is a Senior Consultant with TEC. She is an educator at heart and her teaching experience has been in public education and in Christian Education since 1987. Helen has been a School Principal and leader in various capacities and is currently the New Hope International Education and Leadership Director. She serves on the Advisory Committee of Morling Education and is a member of a school Board. She has previously had eight years of experience in the registration and accreditation of NSW Christian schools.
Read more of Helen’s bio here
Dr Anne Knowles
BEd(Hons), MEd(Hons), PhD, COGE (Cert. Gifted Ed.)
Dr Anne Knowles is a Research Assistant. Anne has been involved in Christian Education for many years. Beginning at PHCS in 1986, as staff, teaching Science, Biology, PDHPE and Mathematics, as well as, from 1996 as a parent. Anne has a Masters of Education (Hons) and a PhD in Behaviour Genetics/Education, studying Self-concept in Twins. Anne has a special interest in Gifted Education. “I have always been very interested in Research and in 2017 I have been given the wonderful opportunity to work as a Research Assistant with TEC.”
Dr Thomas Smith
BA, Dip in Th., Med., PhD.
TEC Administration Assistant
Lyndall Murrey is the TEC Admininstration Assistant responsible for the administration of all databases, compliance and associated administration around Professional Development.
TEC Administration Assistant
Kathryn Lattouf is the Word Processing Assistant for the TEC, supporting the aims, vision, and goals of the TEC by assisting with all word processing and administrative functions of the TEC. Kathryn believes in the vision of TEC in transforming thinking and practice, and pursuing excellence in Christian education.
Professor James Dalziel
BA(Hons), PhD (USyd), MAPS
Professor James Dalziel is Dean of Education, Morling College. In this role he oversees the faculty, and engagement with consortiums, schools, government agencies and other groups. At The Excellence Centre Professor Dalziel leads the Scholarly Christian Educators’ Gathering (SCEG).