As a school in its third decade of life, it would be very easy for Illawarra Christian School to drift from its mission and commitment to ensure that every action, idea and thought is examined in the light of God’s revealed word. As a school we want to ensure that while educational trends shift and change, while the school grows in size and develops its facilities, that our commitment to providing quality Christian education does not waver.
Next week I will be travelling to the USA to observe an accreditation process of a Christian school there. The school in question, Ireton Christian School, is a member of Christian Schools International and is located in Iowa. The school is undergoing accreditation through a program called Measuring the Mission.
Part of the purpose of this program is to help schools ensure that they are being true to their mission as Christian schools. I will have the opportunity to observe and participate in the accreditation process, alongside a colleague from another Christian school in Sydney and four Christian educators from the US. We will spend three days in interviews, meetings and reading school materials—helping the school to reflect on various aspects of school life and whether they meeting their goals and purpose as a Christian school.
On return we will then be able to look at ways we could implement or develop similar reviews or systems back here in Australia. We hope to develop a way that our network of schools in Christian Education National can partner with each other to ensure our schools are providing quality Christian education. I hope that this experience will enable me to reflect on our practices here at Illawarra Christian Education, and that it will benefit Illawarra Christian School and Calderwood Christian School so that we do not waver from our mission of providing quality Christian education founded on the word of God.