An effective Christian school will provide an environment and climate that enables learning and growth. The school culture should be one that fosters a genuine love for learning and nurtures the gifts and abilities of all students. The classroom will be an environment where it is safe to take risks, where barriers for learning are removed and where a sense of grace and hope are fostered in students and staff.
A culture of critical thought
At Illawarra Christian School we believe that an environment where biblical truths are placed at the core of the way we function will create the most effective learning environment. Daily devotions and the curriculum developed from a Christian worldview allow students the opportunity to engage with contemporary culture in the light of biblical truth. Students are encouraged to think critically, to ask questions, develop new skills, to have a go all while exploring God’s creation and learning more about him.
A culture of grace and forgiveness
Accountability, guidance and correction are integral to the way we seek to disciple students, equipping them to serve God and others through appropriate attitudes and actions. Students are encouraged to demonstrate respect for themselves, their peers and teachers. We recognise that as staff and parents we too make mistakes! God in his abundant mercy shows us forgiveness and we should also demonstrate grace and forgiveness towards one another. In this context, staff seek to ensure a firm, fair and friendly approach toward discipline as they train students in godly wisdom.
A culture of nurturing and maturing
Illawarra Christian School is committed to the provision of a safe, secure and well-managed learning environment. Students are provided with the opportunity to develop their interests, skills and knowledge in a community where their social and emotional wellbeing is nurtured. Programs focusing on resilience, self-esteem, teamwork, leadership, organisation and positive peer interactions are integrated into the pastoral care curriculum to enable students to mature in their Christian character.
The environment of the school is so important to helping students reach their God-given potential, fostering a love of learning and helping students function in community. No school is perfect—yet an effective Christian school will seek to provide a learning environment where students’ abilities, gifts and mindset are nurtured, where God is honoured, where the community is engaged in the learning and where individuals grow in their understanding of who they are before God.