Sutherland Shire Christian School

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Sutherland Shire Christian School
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Sutherland Shire Christian School Logo
Delight in God's Word, Walk in His Ways
Address
16 Allies Road
Barden Ridge, New South Wales, 2234, Australia
Coordinates 34°02′11″S 151°00′34″E / 34.036311°S 151.009526°E / -34.036311; 151.009526Coordinates: 34°02′11″S 151°00′34″E / 34.036311°S 151.009526°E / -34.036311; 151.009526
Information
Type Independent Parent Controlled
Denomination Non-denominational
Established 1977 (Association 1969)
Status Open
Principal Mrs Nicola Taylor
Teaching staff 62[1]
Years offered K-12
Gender Co-ed
Enrolment 778[1] (2010)
Campus type Suburban
Colour(s) Red, White & Blue
              
Song Blessed is the Man (Psalm 1)
Website

Sutherland Shire Christian School is a non-denominational, Protestant, parent-controlled private school for co-educational students located in Sydney, Australia. It was founded in 1977 (Association founded in 1969) by a group of people who felt a calling to provide their children with an environment in which to gain an education taught from a Christian perspective. They believed that these features were not to be seen in a public state school; because of this the school upholds a strong Christian ethos that influences most parts of school life. In 2011 this school was ranked 114th out of New South Wales schools from the HSC results.

The school consists of one large campus in the southern suburb of Barden Ridge in Sydney, and this campus facilitates the two sections of the school:

  • A High School (Years 7 to 12) and
  • A Junior School (Pre-School to Year 6).

Establishment[edit]

The School Association was formally founded in 1969 by several Christian families who wished to have a Christian environment for their children to grow and mature in. The school officially began in 1977 under the name Sutherland Shire Christian School and the Sutherland Shire Christian School Association Ltd was created two years later in 1979.

School classes were originally housed in several locations (such as local church halls) before the purchase of several hectares of farm land in the southern New South Wales of Barden Ridge, in 1981, where the school has continued to develop since.

Student enrolment summary [1]

Year 1977 1982 1987 1992 1997 2005
Students 11 263 564 722 752 804

Junior School[edit]

The Junior School's curriculum is based around six main subject areas:

  1. English
  2. Mathematics
  3. Science and Technology
  4. Human Society & Its Environment
  5. Creative & Practical Arts
  6. Physical Education, Health & Personal Development

Facilities[edit]

Top view of S.S.C.S.

The school has an abundance of facilities on its campus. These include a gymnasium, tennis and basketball courts and cricket nets to cater for all types of students needs and interests. Woodwork and metalwork rooms exist for students, along with a textiles room, a home economics room and several music rooms with recording studio rooms and an array of musical instruments. Two large libraries cater to both the Primary and Secondary schools. A more recent addition is the TLC (Tiered Learning Centre) and refurbished science laboratories.

Location[edit]

The school is located in the suburban area of Barden Ridge on Allies Road near Lucas Heights Public School. The school has a scenic bushland setting providing not only shade for students but also a bush playground for junior students.

Sport[edit]

Junior SSCS cricketer

Sutherland Shire Christian School is a competitor in many inter-school competitions and participates strongly in Swimming, Athletic and Cross-Country competitions. They also compete annually against local rival school Inaburra in both rugby, cricket and soccer for various trophies.

The arts[edit]

Main cast of As You Like It

Each year the school runs an annual drama performance made up of predominantly senior students and several members of drama classes throughout the school grades. 2008 saw two productions being produced - Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare and Nick Enright's The Venetian Twins. In 2009, the school produced Annie the musical. These productions are supported by the entire school community through involvement in costuming, lighting, set design and direction. The Music Department also stages several smaller performance evenings as part of the peripatetic program alongside the two major musical evenings - the Primary Infants Performance Evening (PIPE) and For One Night Only (High School).

Extracurricular[edit]

There are several extracurricular clubs which run throughout the school each year. These include a sound and lighting team, debating team, a public speaking team, a concert band, junior and senior choirs, junior and senior guitar ensembles and the VIBE string ensemble.

Principals[edit]

  • Geoffrey Lainson (1977–2001)
  • Stephen Renn (2001–2003)
  • John Myer [acting] (2003)
  • Mark Lewis (2004–2005)
  • David Stonestreet (2005–2008)
  • Andrew Middleton (2008–2010)
  • Nicola Taylor (2010–present)

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sutherland Shire Christian School profile". My School website. Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 

External links[edit]