Why Christian Schooling?
Education is the process of teaching and learning whereby a student develops spiritually, intellectually, socially, ethically, and physically. This is a process of teaching and learning the truth regarding the realities of life. Christian schooling teaches that the source of all life and truth is God, who has revealed Himself to us through His Son Jesus Christ, His Word the Bible, and through the created world. Christian schooling therefore seeks to honour God in the education process by placing Jesus at the centre of all that we do. The Bible is the foundation of faith, truth, and practice, and as such, all aspects of College life are designed to reflect a Biblical Christian perspective.
The aim of the educational process in our schools is transformation (change). Whilst Christian schooling foundations are built on the eternal and unchanging truth of God, the evidence that learning has taken place in a student’s life is that there has been growth in their knowledge, values, beliefs, skills, and understanding. Our schools therefore desire to see students increase in wisdom and knowledge in Christ, mature in their character and discipline, develop a sense of purpose and responsibility, and attain the necessary skills to productively serve God and others.
In support of the Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration, our schools believe in the pursuit of excellence in all areas of life through diligent and wholehearted effort. As an organisation we are committed to ongoing improvement through the process of review and refinement. Students are encouraged in this same endeavour of improving through the setting of high expectations and standards.
We recognise that parents have the primary responsibility before God in the raising of their children. As such, our schools exist to partner with parents in the education of their children by providing an educational service to enable students to strive to achieve their potential. The relationship between the school and home is intended to be a close working relationship built on open communication, trust, and a common desire to see the student develop into the person that they were created to be.
Christian schooling teaches that although humans have tremendous potential for good, we are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates us from God and permeates every human undertaking. The good news is that God reaches out to us in love despite our sin and wants us to be with Him (not separated), to prosper and to have a hope and a future. Jesus has overcome evil with good. Through His teachings and loving actions, Jesus has made it possible for us to be reconciled to Himself. True wisdom starts with understanding that God loves us.
We recognise students have a great need to know Christ as their Lord and Saviour to experience life to the full. Christian schooling seeks to educate, nurture, and disciple each student respecting their unique purpose and potential. We recognise the great responsibility of working with each student who is created in the image of God and is therefore of great worth and value. Each student is taught to recognise that they have been made with unique talents and abilities with which to impact the world for Jesus Christ. We aim to equitably nurture successful learners who are confident and creative individuals.
Our curriculum serves the purposes of equipping students with the knowledge, understanding, values, and skills they require for life, and to reveal God’s truth on all aspects of life. The curriculum seeks to weave a Biblical perspective through the content so that students are able to recognise how the different fields of study fit into God’s world. The content is all also designed to prepare students with the capacity to engage with and be productive in the modern world as active and informed citizens.