Sutherland Shire Christian School
|Shire Christian School|
A Firm Foundation
|16 Allies Road
Barden Ridge, New South Wales, 2234
|Type||Independent Parent Controlled, Co-educational, Day school|
|Established||1977 (Association 1969)|
|Chairman||Mr John Ishak|
|Principal||Mr Brett Hartley|
|Colour(s)||Navy Blue, Red and White|
|Song||Blessed is the Man (Psalm 1)|
Shire Christian School is a non-denominational, Protestant, parent-controlled private school for co-educational students located in Sydney, Australia. The school was founded in 1977 by a group of local parents 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 2015 the school jumped nearly 200 places and ranked 65th in the State in HSC results.
- A High School (Years 7 to 12) and
- A Junior School (Pre-School to Year 6).
In 2016 the school's name was changed to Shire Christian School.
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: 
The Junior School's curriculum is based around six main subject areas:
- Science and Technology
- Human Society & Its Environment
- Creative & Practical Arts
- Physical Education, Health & Personal Development
The school offers a wide range of electives at Stage 5 (Yrs 9 and 10) and Stage 6 (Yrs 11 and 12), including extension classes depending upon demand. Students are also able to participate in courses through external providers such as TAFE and language courses offered by the Open High School.
In 2015 the school moved nearly 200 places and ranked 65th in the State in HSC results, making it one of the highest ranking schools in the area in that year. In recent years many final year students have been nominated and selected for the various HSC showcase events.
Facilities and grounds
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.
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 Tiered Learning Centre (TLC) and refurbished science laboratories.
Shire Christian School is a competitor in many inter-school competitions and participates strongly in Swimming, Athletic and Cross-Country competitions.
The school runs an annual drama performance made up of predominantly senior students and several members of drama classes throughout the school grades. These productions are supported by the entire school community through involvement in costuming, lighting, set design and direction. Recent productions have involved students from the junior school.
- 2007: Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
- 2008: Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and Nick Enright's The Venetian Twins: The Musical
- 2009: Annie: The Musical
- 2011: Oliver: The Musical
- 2014: The Wizard of Oz
- 2015: Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods
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).
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.
|1977 – 2001||Mr Geoffrey Lainson|
|2001 – 2003||Mr Stephen Renn|
|2003||Mr John Myer [acting]|
|2004 – 2005||Mr Mark Lewis|
|2005 – 2008||Mr David Stonestreet|
|2008 – 2010||Mr Andrew Middleton|
|2010 – 2014||Mrs Nicola Taylor|
|2015 – present||Mr Brett Hartley|
- "Sutherland Shire Christian School profile". My School website. Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
- Sutherland Shire Christian School, Annual Report 2014 (2015)