Teachers' Christian Fellowship of NSW

Web-site of the TCF of NSW (Australia)


Vale John Dowe

John Dowe joined TCF in 1952. After only a few years of teaching he went into full time ministry with the Anglican Church. He served faithfully in the Diocese of Armidale as vicar at Walgett, Narrabri and Uralla. He served a few years with CMS as a lecturer at a Bible College in the Solomon Islands. He retired to Katoomba from where he continued to minister as a locum in a number of parishes. He and his wife, Clair, moved to the Anglican retirement Village at Castle Hill for the last part of his life where they attended St Matthews, West Pennant Hills and then St James Chapel at the village. Throughout this life John remained a loyal TCF member until his very last day on this earth! Well done, good and faithful servant.


President's Report for 2017

The President's report for 2017 is available. It provides a valuable perspective from Romans 1 of TCF as a support for teachers as they witness, teach students, support colleagues and above all honour God. We need the support of prayer.


An opportunity exists to teach children of cross-cultural workers serving in SE Asia. We need an English teacher to start in the new year. Starting the beginning of September would be ideal. Contact for more information.

Latest Discussion

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Its a Privelege

John provides some background to the current debate about school funding in an article Its a Privelege? and compares it to Biblical principles to care for the poor. How do you balance the issues of choice and equality in your Christian ethics? Are government schools the best way to help the poor? What is the difference between high and low fee paying schools? Join the discussion on Facebook.

Public Schools fight back

Should we have selective public schools? Why do they exist? A recent article "Public Schools fight back" discusses selective schools and non-government schools. Why do you think parents choose non-government schools? Share your thoughts on Facebook.

20+ years of Literacy and numeracy

John has shared an extensive discussion about literacy and numeracy in schools which includes many other issues related to this. What do the NAPLAN results show if anything about Australian schools? Read the article "Going backwards: 20+ years of a literacy and numeracy focus", together with the postscript "Gong for Gonski" and share your thoughts about schooling in Australia on Facebook.

Praying 20+ years of literacy and numeracy focus ASD Article about students being silenced from talking about Jesus