At Nepean Christian School, every child is known by their name. We are large enough to cater for a wide range of personalities but small enough to care for each person.
As children are made in the image of God, their worth is inestimable. Our strong desire is for children to grow into maturity, nurtured by the school community. However, we also know that we live in a broken world, where hurt, sadness, and unfairness exists. Our role is to equip them with grace, resilience and generosity of spirit. Such things flow out of a life in Christ.
Pastoral care is nurtured through the close relationship between parents and teachers. Parents refer to teachers by their first name and have direct email contact. Effective and regular communication between home and school is the nexus of that relationship. We encourage parents to be at school, talking to staff and keeping them informed about individual needs.
In primary school, the classroom teacher is the main point of contact. Each teacher understands the importance of close relationships and works to provide a safe and nurturing environment.
In high school, students belong to pastoral care groups, called Impact Groups. These are small groups of 7-8 similar age and gender students, where issues of school, life and faith are discussed. It also forms the backbone of a social group where students undertake sporting activities, service and have food days.
The school also has a welfare team that works with the Support department for learning needs. Counselling services can be accessed at school and for ongoing mental health and other related issues, students can be referred to appropriate health professionals.
The result is a safe, and caring community for all students. Most importantly, we are committed to ensuring that at Nepean Christian School, no child will ever ‘fall through the cracks’.