ACES Annual General Meeting: Saturday, 10 December 2022

    • NSW/VIC/TAS/ACT: 10:00am (AEDT)
    • QLD: 9:00am (AEST)
    • SA/Broken Hill: 9:30am (ACDT)
    • NT: 8:30am (ACST)
    • WA: 7:00am (AWST)
    • Norfolk Island: 11:00am (NFDT)
    • Christmas Island: 6:00am (CXT)
    • Cocos (Keeling) Islands: 5:30am (CCT)

Our Annual General Meeting will take place online on Saturday, 10 December 2022. If any person in Australia would like to attend, please send your name and email address to: contact@classicaleducation.org.au so we are able to note your attendance on the minutes. Please follow this Zoom link for the meeting on the day. The Zoom Meeting ID is: 832 7140 9127 and the Passcode: 471876. Additionally, anyone interested in supporting ACES next year in general marketing, website development, curriculum development, organising seminars, community outreach, and other areas where you may have a talent and interest, then please attend this meeting.

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ClassicalU.com provides 70+ online and self-paced courses for classical educators and parents, and we are glad to offer a 10% discount on monthly subscriptions for all ACES members (as well as a 5% discount on annual subscriptions). Our courses cover the history and practices of classical education as well as support related to specific academic subjects and areas of responsibility within the school. All of our courses are available under one subscription that can be purchased on a monthly or annual basis (with automated discounts in place for group purchases). See our pricing page for details. All purchases come with a 14-day trial before your payment method will be charged.

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