The Christian life is meant to point to and glorify our Lord and Saviour, so an effective Christian school is not satisfied with mediocrity, laziness or poor standards. Christians recognise that all life is meant to be lived in worship of God. In honour of God we are called to be faithful with the gifts, abilities and resources that God has given us. As teachers, this means our work is meant to be of the highest standard, as we work to honour the Lord. As students this means we seek to develop and nurture our gifts and talents so we can use them to faithfully serve God, both now and in the future.
High standards for teachers—and for students
An effective Christian school therefore promotes pedagogical rigour amongst its teachers and faithful engagement from its students. As a school we should have high standards and expectations, but standards and expectations that are realistic, that stretch and challenge each student and teacher. We don’t define excellence as only achieving a narrow set of outcomes for the gifted, but rather as each student and staff member striving to honour God in each aspect of their lives—this includes their school work, their relationships with one another and their relationship with God. We challenge our students to faithful authentic learning in all aspects of the curriculum as an outworking of faithful discipleship.
Excellent teaching is the key to excellent learning
Illawarra Christian School acknowledges that excellent Christian teaching is the key to positive student learning. The school is committed to providing high-quality professional learning opportunities for all teachers to support their ongoing development and to build a vibrant learning community. There is a strong learning culture among the staff, who partner with each other as they continually grow to be more effective in their teaching practices.