Catholic Education Business Administrators (CEBA), is the name of the Association originally formed to bring together business administrators essentially working in Catholic secondary schools in Victoria.
The change in name to CEBA occurred in 1999 to provide the opportunity for membership of the employees working in other Catholic educational institutions including those situated outside Victoria.
It has been traditional for the Association to meet three times per year at different schools. Meetings comprise formal Association business such as President's Report, Sub-Committee Reports, Treasurer's Report etc., guest speakers on matters pertinent to Catholic educational administration and workshops particularly in relation to 'nuts and bolts' issues. Members are given every opportunity to raise matters of concern and to share with other members valuable information which may assist them in the completion of their duties.
The AGM is generally held about June or July each year.
The origins of the CEBA logo belongs to the initiative of former committee member the late Br. John Harrison. We are grateful for the design of our logo undertaken by Mr Paul Andrews, an art teacher at St. Patrick's College in Ballarat, and the narrative compiled by Brother Harrison.
Our work has value beyond this world
The miracle of the loaves and fishes. Insufficient human resources for a job the Lord commands to be done here and now. "Be careful" he tells the apostles.
Don't guess - go and check what you have got.
Organisation - set them down in groups of 50 on the grassy patches. (ever tried to feed kids at a picnic without first "anchoring" them? The Lord knew what he was about.)
Confidence in the Lord after doing your human best (not an "inhuman" effort) and faith that he knows what he is about, when the evidence of our senses alone tells us otherwise.
The basket reminds us of our task as managers to avoid unnecessary waste, not that we do the work ourselves but like Christ we have to direct and supervise others in this necessary task.
Pollution control - Christ left no mess - nor should we.
Fish & bread provided by a small boy - we work with children and their teachers. (Where the baskets came from I do not know, but I do know we are expected to have all manner of things provided at times with 5 minutes notice). The fish in its own right is an early Christian symbol for - "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour".
The fish is also a reminder of how the Lord got Peter out of a spot of trouble when Peter imprudently committed his Lord to a financial obligation which was an "incorrect tax assessment":
Jesus gently chided Peter but then told him "we will pay so these people won't be put out". How? Go to the lake and throw in a line, in the mouth of the first fish you take will be a coin (a stater). Take this coin and with it pay the tax for me and for you. (The tax was a half stater).
Peter was sent to do what he knew best, to solve an immediate cash flow problem - quite an application for Administrators, and the Lord provided twice the amount needed.