Since beginning at Rivergum Christian College, my passion has been to work with students and their families as we educate the next generation.
My greatest hope is that our students will come through Rivergum and by the time they leave, know that they are created for a purpose. Our role is to equip them for that purpose as they go out into the world. Students need to be met where they are at, and then together we move forward to advance them in their education, social development, understanding and preparedness for life.
To fully understand how I see Christian Education, I refer you to this acrostic from the CEN publication ‘Transformational Education’
Transformative Christian Education—at the heart of Christian education is responsive discipleship for the transformation of the whole of life
Rich Learning—learning in the Christian school is broad, deep, expansive, varied, reflective, playful and engaging, catering for the varied needs and interests of each student
Adventurous Methodologies—to facilitate rich learning, teachers and students make discerning use of a wide range of methods with which to explore and appreciate God’s world and Word
Nurturing Diversity—students have different needs and interests, strengths and weaknesses, abilities and disabilities, so education is shaped to allow everyone to experience the rich joy of learning well
Scripturally Infused—the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are central to our understanding of life and the educational task and they inform every aspect of the Christian school
Formation—head, heart, hand—education is for the formation of the whole person: intellectual, emotional, physical, spiritual and for the development of character and the learning of wisdom
Overarching Story—the Biblical narrative of redemption and the coming of God’s Kingdom is the story that informs and shapes every aspect of the life of the school
Relational Community—effective learning happens best in a community where there are relationships and trust mutual service, where people exercise their particular calling before God
Meaningful Structures—structures such as groupings, classes, spatial settings and buildings should be flexible to serve the needs of learning and the learner and to promote the core understandings we have about education
Active Learning—learning is a dynamic activity involving curiosity, imagination, exploration, inquiry, experiential activities and employing a wide repertoire of engaging strategies
Teachers in Teams—working in teams for mutual support, encouragement, growth and accountability reflects the nature of the body of Christ and enhances the learning task
Integral Approach—the integral approach recognises that the ‘whole’ of life, including learning, is held together by God’s story. A ‘slice of life’ or ‘chunk’ of creation is explored from a range of perspectives within a Biblical framework of understanding
Oriented for Students—teaching and learning is ‘Christ-centred’ and ‘student-oriented’, where teacher and student each operate in their respective office and calling
New Horizons—we embrace the future, changes and innovations with confidence and hope, as Christ is the Lord of history; we make use of new educational insights and technologies with Biblical discernment
Academic Faithfulness—teachers work faithfully to be the best they can be at the craft of teaching, within their gifts and abilities. Students work faithfully to be the best learners they can be, according to their gifting. Each works to the glory of God.
Learning for Understanding, Appreciation & Responsible Action—learning is more than mastering information and skills. Learning is for understanding, appreciation and responsive action