What is Christian Schooling?
Our mission is to unfold authentic, adventurous and accessible Christian education, founded on the Bible, within a community where God is glorified and enjoyed.
There are many faith-based schools that define themselves as ‘Christian’. It is important to understand what defines Nepean Christian School before seeking to enrol your children at the school. As an open enrolment school, we recognise that not all families identify with Christian faith, as set out in our Statement of Faith. However, it is important that all families have an understanding and are able to support the mission and vision of the school.
As a school, we are committed to:
An integrated Christian worldview
We teach that every area of life is religious, including all knowledge and understanding. We therefore engage with issues of faith across every area of school life, both inside and outside the classroom. Whether it involves looking at the wonder of microscopic life or analysing a Shakespearean text, learning takes on new meaning when God is at the centre of that learning. Teachers will talk about faith issues in all their interactions with students.
We hold to the authority of scripture as God’s message to his people. Understood within its historical context and applied to contemporary situations, we believe that the whole of scripture is intended to be understood and lived. Our policies and procedures are grounded in the assurance of God’s Word.
We teach that Jesus is God’s only son, whose birth, life, death and resurrection are the unfolding of God’s plan of grace and redemption for humanity. The cross and the empty tomb are the pivotal moments of history. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God draws people to himself to experience His grace, forgiveness and a new life in Christ.
We are not connected to any church group but encompass a wide body of believers who ascribe to the statement of faith and the various historical Confessional statements. We do not have a separate chapel or mass services.
We believe that God has given primary responsibility to parents to raise their children. The role of the school is to work in partnership with parents in this vital task. Parents who subscribe to the Statement of Faith can apply to become members of the Association, which has the additional responsibility to ensure the ongoing mission and vision of the school.
Because we believe in the importance of the Christian message for all people, we are open to people of all faith positions, on the understanding that they know and can support the school in its mission and vision. We seek to be respectful of different faiths, worldviews and values and encourage students to express and discuss their own beliefs openly and without criticism. However, it is important to understand that as differences arise, the school cannot compromise its own beliefs, and parents should consider how they will manage those differences before enrolling their child.
Watch this video by Christian Education National (CEN) for a short introduction to what Christian Education means.