In every aspect of College life, we strive to honour Christ by empowering young people to live faith-filled lives, working for justice, practising kindness and humbly obeying God.
Living faith-filled lives doesn’t just happen. It must be taught. With an emphasis on the first part of our school motto, "act justly", all students are encouraged to explore and become active in the area of justice and inequality.
Primary students spend a day without electricity, sitting on the ground to be taught, and washing up in buckets of cold water which they must collect themselves from “the village well”. This is Just One Day, an initiative of International Needs Australia designed to teach our children in an experiential way how different their lives are from school children across much of the world
Once in Secondary school, the focus shifts to encouraging students to think through issues of global inequality and injustice for themselves, and to confront the implications of living faith-filled lives.
Many students take part in the 40-Hour Famine, a well-established World Vision fund raiser with a specific focus on feeding the hungry. Our students are actively encouraged to participate, and we use the engagement to examine the issues behind why so many go hungry every day.
Years 10 and 11 offer students a chance to join in the Building Bridges program, whose purpose is to help young people to meet peers from widely different faith backgrounds - increasing trust and reducing suspicion. Students meet throughout the year and share their faith and culture with each other. They also participate in trust building activities, and attend small facilitated discussion groups. Students learn from each other’s personal experiences of life and faith and end the year with a presentation to parents and community leaders. Each of these steps helps students build an enduring faith that is equipped to interact with a multicultural and multi-faith community, that recognises that while there is still much to learn, honouring God in how we treat others starts now.
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