School Captaincy Leadership is offered to students in Year 11, this will naturally progress to Year 12 in 2020. Students who have a commitment to Jesus and hold to the values of the School are able to nominate to be elected as a School Captain. Nominations are submitted to the Principal for review and a discussion is held with the nominees and Principal. An assembly is held for the nominees to address the school for selection. Our School Captains lead many of our school assemblies or assist in their running, and represent the school in the community such as at Anzac Day commemorations.
Subject Choices & Curriculum
Our School follows the Syllabus documents as set out by the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards. Year 9 to Year 12 students have mandatory and elective subjects. Places in specific courses are dependent upon demand, government policy changes and the viability of each course.
Each year our students are given a Subject Assessment Guide that is an overview of expectations with assessments and their approximate due dates.
Our Year 10 students are required to undertake one week’s work experience; these are held during the holidays between Term 2 and 3.
The work experience placement must be organised by the student with completed paperwork handed into the office by end of Term 1.
Homework & Assessment
Homework is left to the discretion of the teacher, with an understanding that there should be an awareness of not allowing homework to adversely affect the parent/child relationship. Each subject teacher will give homework assessments as applicable. As much as possible no more than a maximum of three assessable items a week are assigned to Years 7 to 10 and two for Years 11 and 12.
Year 10 and Year 11 have the opportunity of going on mission trips. The last couple of years we have joined with YWAM in Queensland and the Northern Territory as well as with OASIS Ministries at Boggabilla for training and then going out into communities under their guidance.
This is an incredible opportunity for our students to serve and to learn our school motto in a very practical way. We want our students to leave our school as they learn to reach out into the world; learn to grow up into Christ.
There has and needs to be an on-going spiritual development of our students and staff. Staff commence each morning with devotions, where each staff member take a turn in sharing something that they feel God has put on their heart to share and to encourage each other, devotions end in prayer ready for the school day.
It is our aim that all of our students receive individual care and attention in Christian love, which allows them to grow in Christian maturity. Staff are also required to be part of a church and to be actively involved in their church.
Each day the class teacher or roll call teacher have devotions with their students.
PEARLS is our Award system that we have implemented as a way of rewarding our students and fostering in them qualities that will last a lifetime.
If staff see students modelling any of these behaviours the teacher hands out a pearl. These pearls add up with the student then receiving an award handed out in a full school assembly.