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We are a Prep - Year 12 Non-Denominational Co-Education School in the Sutherland Shire, Sydney.

Thank you for showing an interest in Shire Christian School. Our school started from humble beginnings in 1977 in a church hall with under 20 students with a vision to partner parents in the Christian education of their children.

Since moving to our present site in Barden Ridge in 1981, our school has grown to over 800 students. We offer a preparatory program in the year before children start Kindergarten, known as Shire Prep. Shire Christian has a vibrant Junior School (Kindergarten to Year 6) and Secondary School (Year 7 to Year 12).

The school logo uses the words a firm foundation to indicate that, from the time the school first started until today, we educate children believing that the Bible thoroughly equips us for every good work. Our school provides a Christian education where students are a part of regular devotions, study the Bible in Christian Studies classes and have an opportunity to understand a Christian perspective on a range of topics they study.

The firm foundation our school is seeking to establish for each child also involves helping them to develop core knowledge and skills that will be a foundation for future learning. For example, our Junior School emphasises phonics to help ensure younger students develop strong literacy skills. We attribute our school’s strong NAPLAN results to this approach.

A great education seeks to equip students with a range of skills and attributes that will equip them for life’s opportunities and challenges when they finish school. This is why the school has developed the 7Cs of a Shire Christian School education. They are:

Christian foundation
Community
Communication
Core knowledge and skills
Creativity
Curiosity
Critical thinking
To achieve these objectives, we offer extension opportunities and learning support programs for students with particular needs. We offer a wide choice of elective subjects in the Secondary School so that students can explore their areas of interest and achieve to the best of their ability in the HSC.

Students learn, achieve and thrive when they feel emotionally safe and supported at school. Shire Christian is known for how well it cares for its students and we trust that our pastoral care program will help every child to learn to the best of their ability and feel loved and valued in our school community.

Christian Education
What does a Christian education involve?

Quality learning and teaching
Our school is committed to providing students with engaging, high quality learning experiences that will equip them to take the opportunities and meet the challenges God presents to them throughout their lives. The school is passionate about students performing to the best of their ability from Prep to Year 12. The school wants all students to maximise their HSC results so they will have a range of post school options to choose from.

Caring for the individual
Every child is fearfully and wonderfully made by God. Therefore, every Shire Christian School employee is committed to contributing to a community of care where children feel emotionally safe and part of an environment where they can thrive.

Students learning to live Christianly
Children need to be able to see in practical terms how they can care for others and live lives that give glory to God. To achieve this, our school fosters an environment of meaningful teacher/student relationships where students can be encouraged, guided and corrected. These relationships are built through structured programs and informal interactions.

Teachers modeling a Godly Christian life
1 Timothy 4:12 says: “…set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
Our teachers have committed their lives to Christ. They believe that the Bible is the word of God and they seek to live their lives according to what the scriptures teach. This influences what they say, how they say it and how they treat their students.

Bible knowledge
Students have the opportunity to learn more about the bible through regular devotions and a Christian Studies program. The school wants our students to develop their understanding of the bible so that they will be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Tim 3:17).

Christian education throughout the curriculum
We are committed to helping students to understand a Christian perspective or world-view on a range of topics students study.

Reformed theology
Reformed theology is fundamental to our school’s mission. While the word reformed may be an unfamiliar term for some people, the creeds of many Australian protestant churches are broadly consistent with reformed theology. Other sections of the website provide further information about the school’s mission, purpose, vision.

Community
Relationships are at the heart of a Christian learning community.

Our teachers build strong relationships with each other and with the students they teach.
All of our staff are committed to the pastoral care of our students and seek to foster a social environment where students develop meaningful relationships with each other.
Our teachers are committed to connecting positively with parents to help each child receive a quality, Christian education.
Part of the school's mission is to partner like-minded Christian parents in the education of their children. Therefore, parents who are Christians are encouraged to work with teachers to help their children grow to love and serve God.

The school provides numerous practical opportunities to build meaningful relationships and a sense of community. Sometimes very strong relationships can be established through casual conversations. Therefore, Junior School parents are very welcome to come to the morning assembly at 8:40 AM each day where they can take the opportunity to chat to others. We also hold numerous events during the course of the year where people can get to know each other. For example, the Secondary School runs a creative and performing arts showcase event each year, where parents have the opportunity to view what their children have produced. This gives parents an opportunity to chat to others and get to know people.

We also provide more structured opportunities for parents and teachers to have meaningful conversations about their children. For example, we conduct parent teacher meetings just prior to the end of term one each year. This enables parents and teachers to work proactively together to help maximise each child's learning and address any areas of concern.

The school is very appreciative of parents who continue to make practical contributions to the life of the school. For example, some of our parents assist with our Junior School reading program and sharpen pencils.

It is also possible for parents to join 2 organisations: The Association and the Parents and Friends Association (P&F).

The Association

The school is owned by an association of members, commonly known as The Association and is a company limited by guarantee. That guarantee is the annual membership fee for association members. Parents and supporters of the school who would like to become members and contribute to the school in this way are welcome to apply for membership. Association members are required to hold to a reformed, evangelical theology and be committed to the school's mission and vision. Initial enquiries to apply for Association membership can be made directly to the board chairman by sending an email to boardsecretary@shirechristian.nsw.edu.au.

Parents and Friends (P&F)

Shire Christian’s P&F are a positive group of people who want to make a practical contribution to our community. They meet periodically during the year to discuss ways of supporting our school. Our P&F president can be contacted by pf@shirechristian.nsw.edu.au

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We are a Prep - Year 12 Non-Denominational Co-Education School in the Sutherland Shire, Sydney.

Thank you for showing an interest in Shire Christian School. Our school started from humble beginnings in 1977 in a church hall with under 20 students with a vision to partner parents in the Christian education of their children.

Since moving to our present site in Barden Ridge in 1981, our school has grown to over 800 students. We offer a preparatory program in the year before children start Kindergarten, known as Shire Prep. Shire Christian has a vibrant Junior School (Kindergarten to Year 6) and Secondary School (Year 7 to Year 12).

The school logo uses the words a firm foundation to indicate that, from the time the school first started until today, we educate children believing that the Bible thoroughly equips us for every good work. Our school provides a Christian education where students are a part of regular devotions, study the Bible in Christian Studies classes and have an opportunity to understand a Christian perspective on a range of topics they study.

The firm foundation our school is seeking to establish for each child also involves helping them to develop core knowledge and skills that will be a foundation for future learning. For example, our Junior School emphasises phonics to help ensure younger students develop strong literacy skills. We attribute our school’s strong NAPLAN results to this approach.

A great education seeks to equip students with a range of skills and attributes that will equip them for life’s opportunities and challenges when they finish school. This is why the school has developed the 7Cs of a Shire Christian School education. They are:

Christian foundation
Community
Communication
Core knowledge and skills
Creativity
Curiosity
Critical thinking
To achieve these objectives, we offer extension opportunities and learning support programs for students with particular needs. We offer a wide choice of elective subjects in the Secondary School so that students can explore their areas of interest and achieve to the best of their ability in the HSC.

Students learn, achieve and thrive when they feel emotionally safe and supported at school. Shire Christian is known for how well it cares for its students and we trust that our pastoral care program will help every child to learn to the best of their ability and feel loved and valued in our school community.

Christian Education
What does a Christian education involve?

Quality learning and teaching
Our school is committed to providing students with engaging, high quality learning experiences that will equip them to take the opportunities and meet the challenges God presents to them throughout their lives. The school is passionate about students performing to the best of their ability from Prep to Year 12. The school wants all students to maximise their HSC results so they will have a range of post school options to choose from.

Caring for the individual
Every child is fearfully and wonderfully made by God. Therefore, every Shire Christian School employee is committed to contributing to a community of care where children feel emotionally safe and part of an environment where they can thrive.

Students learning to live Christianly
Children need to be able to see in practical terms how they can care for others and live lives that give glory to God. To achieve this, our school fosters an environment of meaningful teacher/student relationships where students can be encouraged, guided and corrected. These relationships are built through structured programs and informal interactions.

Teachers modeling a Godly Christian life
1 Timothy 4:12 says: “…set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
Our teachers have committed their lives to Christ. They believe that the Bible is the word of God and they seek to live their lives according to what the scriptures teach. This influences what they say, how they say it and how they treat their students.

Bible knowledge
Students have the opportunity to learn more about the bible through regular devotions and a Christian Studies program. The school wants our students to develop their understanding of the bible so that they will be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Tim 3:17).

Christian education throughout the curriculum
We are committed to helping students to understand a Christian perspective or world-view on a range of topics students study.

Reformed theology
Reformed theology is fundamental to our school’s mission. While the word reformed may be an unfamiliar term for some people, the creeds of many Australian protestant churches are broadly consistent with reformed theology. Other sections of the website provide further information about the school’s mission, purpose, vision.

Community
Relationships are at the heart of a Christian learning community.

Our teachers build strong relationships with each other and with the students they teach.
All of our staff are committed to the pastoral care of our students and seek to foster a social environment where students develop meaningful relationships with each other.
Our teachers are committed to connecting positively with parents to help each child receive a quality, Christian education.
Part of the school's mission is to partner like-minded Christian parents in the education of their children. Therefore, parents who are Christians are encouraged to work with teachers to help their children grow to love and serve God.

The school provides numerous practical opportunities to build meaningful relationships and a sense of community. Sometimes very strong relationships can be established through casual conversations. Therefore, Junior School parents are very welcome to come to the morning assembly at 8:40 AM each day where they can take the opportunity to chat to others. We also hold numerous events during the course of the year where people can get to know each other. For example, the Secondary School runs a creative and performing arts showcase event each year, where parents have the opportunity to view what their children have produced. This gives parents an opportunity to chat to others and get to know people.

We also provide more structured opportunities for parents and teachers to have meaningful conversations about their children. For example, we conduct parent teacher meetings just prior to the end of term one each year. This enables parents and teachers to work proactively together to help maximise each child's learning and address any areas of concern.

The school is very appreciative of parents who continue to make practical contributions to the life of the school. For example, some of our parents assist with our Junior School reading program and sharpen pencils.

It is also possible for parents to join 2 organisations: The Association and the Parents and Friends Association (P&F).

The Association

The school is owned by an association of members, commonly known as The Association and is a company limited by guarantee. That guarantee is the annual membership fee for association members. Parents and supporters of the school who would like to become members and contribute to the school in this way are welcome to apply for membership. Association members are required to hold to a reformed, evangelical theology and be committed to the school's mission and vision. Initial enquiries to apply for Association membership can be made directly to the board chairman by sending an email to boardsecretary@shirechristian.nsw.edu.au.

Parents and Friends (P&F)

Shire Christian’s P&F are a positive group of people who want to make a practical contribution to our community. They meet periodically during the year to discuss ways of supporting our school. Our P&F president can be contacted by pf@shirechristian.nsw.edu.au

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