The Adventist independent school system is a worldwide network of quality Christian schools, colleges and universities that has been operating for over a century and a half (Est. 1863). It is now one of the largest Protestant independent school systems in the world.
Owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the schools within this system support and exceed the regulatory standards of education. Committed to making quality Christian education accessible to everyone, each school is founded on Christian principles and welcomes students from all religious and cultural backgrounds.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church operates 5, 846 schools worldwide, with a total enrolment of over 1 million students. There are 58 Adventist independent schools in Australia that cater for over 12,000 students in every state and territory. Six comprehensive coeducational schools cover the Greater Sydney area that provide quality education in new or refurbished and well-equipped buildings and grounds.
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1. Our Education is Faith-based
We have a desire to know God and experience Him more in our daily lives. Students are encouraged to develop a relationship with Jesus through religious studies and weekly worship services. Additional Bible tuition is available if individuals wish to pursue it.
The Bible encourages us to consider the balanced development of the whole person: their mental, physical, social and emotional wellbeing.
We promote a healthy lifestyle, free from alcohol, nicotine and illegal drugs. An extension of this health emphasis is our Vegetarian Canteen.
2. We have strong values
Our values and principles are upheld in our school and we expect a high standard of conduct from all who are a part of our school community.
Our spiritual development programs, daily interactions and discipline all focus on working alongside our school families to raise children into responsible, mature and well-rounded young adults.
We uphold the ideal of service to fellow human beings as the basis of true fulfilment and happiness in life.
3. We have a positive and supportive learning community
We teach respect for other cultures, promote compassion, and embrace every individual in our school community.
We also encourage our students to learn to the best of their ability and to adopt a growth mindset. Our teachers promote learning through a wide range of teaching approaches. Lessons are designed to help students add new competencies and further their thinking skills.
Our belief about Christian education is biblically based with an unashamed desire to emulate the life of Jesus Christ. Thus, the aim of Adventist education in Australia is to create an educational environment that makes it more likely that each student will accept Jesus Christ as saviour and friend.
Adventist education is built on the belief that each student is unique and of immeasurable value. It values the importance of the systematic development of the whole person. Students are taught to accept the concept of service as a principle of life; to be sensitive to the needs of people; and to become contributing members of their home, church and society.