“All your children will be taught by the Lord and great will be your children’s peace,” (Isaiah 54:13).
Who we are not just what we know
Murraylands Christian College commenced in 1991 with 10 Primary students in one classroom. The college commenced with no Government funding or assistance and was a significant ministry initiative of Emmanuel Christian Outreach.
From these humble beginnings the College has flourished with low fees and significant sacrifice on behalf of the church, staff and parents to see a quality Christian education that caters from Early Learning Centre to Year 12.
Many of the graduating students are making a significant impact in our society for the glory of Jesus. We believe this will continue for many generations to come as we continue to deliver a distinctly unique Christian education to the families on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Christian school education rests on a belief that the development of the whole child requires that we are deliberate about the beliefs and values of their home and school environments.
The spiritual development of children is not an annex to their education; it is an integral part of it. Beliefs, values and issues of faith therefore sit at the centre of the curriculum in the Christian school. Spiritual development provides meaning, context and purpose to the pursuit of excellence in the academic, cultural, physical and social development of students.
A Biblical, Christian view has it that meaning comes not just from knowledge about God, but knowing God. This comes from belief and relationship with God.
Our aim is for students to know what they believe and why, so their character is formed on the basis of sound beliefs and values.
Our objective is that in their life after school, our graduates reflect the hope and purposeful service characteristic of those who follow Jesus.
The importance of beliefs
Much has been written about values in schooling; little about beliefs.
Christian schools live, and teach, that our beliefs underlie our values. At a time when beliefs are not always clearly articulated in public life, or when beliefs are regarded as relative, values lack solid ground on which to stand. Little wonder change and uncertainty bring so much anxiety.
Christian schools base their approach on faith in God, belief in his Son, and a study of His word. Some of the key beliefs which underpin our
practice and values are that:
• God made us in His image, for a purpose: to love and serve Him.
• Parents are the most important educators of their children and have an obligation to make good decisions about how they exercise this God-given responsibility.
Christian parents have an obligation to teach and model the knowledge of God, and must carefully consider how this will impact on their choice of school.
From our beliefs flow the values of Christian schools – how and what we teach, how we relate to each other, the aspirations for our students, the objectives of the education process. The highest value is to love God, and the second – equal to the first according to Jesus – is to love our neighbour as ourselves.
Jesus’ model for community therefore was and remains a radical vision:
A community where self interest is placed second and the needs of others are considered a priority.
Jesus taught and modelled a life of service and love. Each child therefore is called to something unique and special. Their individual development, (with educational excellence) is the Christian school’s ministry.
We aim to help each student explore and prepare for the purposes God is calling them to. Parents and teachers are crucially engaged as partners in a
Christian school education.
Essential to Christian education is that our beliefs are lived and modelled by the teacher – indeed by the whole school community. Christian education takes place in a Christian community. Just as Jesus taught by example, so do teachers in Christian schools. The employment of staff whose lives are genuine reflections of their Christian faith is a key core belief for Christian education.
Christian education should be available to all who seek it therefore we aim to be affordable and accessible.