Bike for Bibles
Our annual Bike for Bibles ride regularly sees about 40 riders from Years 6–12 travel through the beautiful countryside between Canberra and Illawarra Christian School.
The 300 kilometre ride takes three days to complete, and the enthusiasm and energy in the welcome extended to the returning cyclists when they ride into the quadrangle at school is a sure sign of the appreciation our community has for their amazing achievement. Our Bike for Bibles rides have raised many thousands of dollars to support worldwide Bible Society literacy projects.
Cultural exchange programs at Illawarra Christian School enable students to participate in unique experiences that broaden their perspectives on the diverse communities in our world. Our students build relationships with and develop new understanding of others who are different to themselves.
Our Year 10 students have the opportunity to travel to Gäwa Christian School on Elcho Island, off the coast of the Northern Territory. Here they are welcomed as family members and enjoy the remarkable experience of sharing and learning with a remote indigenous community. Our students marvel at the knowledge that, though their lives are so different, they share the same love for their creator God. When Gäwa students visit us at Illawarra Christian School, we are all privileged to gain a little more understanding of their culture.
We also regularly host students from a range of schools across Japan. There is plenty of fun and laughter as our students learn about Japanese games and customs from our guests. Our visitors from Japan enjoy practising their English, trying popular Australian foods and sightseeing with their host families.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
We have a thriving Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program at Illawarra Christian School.
The focus is on creating self-directed opportunities for student involvement in this program which facilitates personal growth and the development of initiative and leadership ability.
Participation is optional for students from Year 9 onwards. Each student is encouraged to engage in activities which suit their individual needs and require perseverance, effort and growth in the areas of physical recreation, service and skill development. Adventurous journeys involve a different outdoor experience at each level of the award, from hiking to canoeing to navigating the urban landscape. Illawarra Christian School has students enrolled in all three levels of the award, with a growing number of students having completed their Gold award.
In addition to classroom music lessons, students have many opportunities to develop their musical skills and to showcase their talents in the school community.
Our primary students can participate in the peripatetic music program, and also the primary choir and the primary band. These groups perform for the school community, visit nursing homes and shopping centres, and take part in community Christmas carols. The primary band participates in the annual Combined Bands Workshop and Mini-tour.
Our secondary band and vocalists also add a wonderful dimension to school events, including the open day, assemblies and special services. Secondary music students are invited to participate in the biennial Combined Christian Schools Music Festival in Orange (held over three days). Very popular outdoor lunchtime performances (Soundcheck) are held several times each term and provide opportunities for our musicians and vocalists to share their talents. The HSC Major Works Evening and the Stage 5 Performing Arts Night are also highlights in the year.