Tyndale Christian School (New South Wales)
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|Tyndale Christian School|
|Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia|
|Motto||Serve the Lord with Gladness (Psalm 100:2)|
|Principal||Mr Jack Joyce|
|Colour(s)||Navy Blue, Maroon, White
House Colours: Carey (yellow), Knox (blue), Wycliffe (green), Taylor (red)
|Song||"Serve the Lord with Gladness"|
|Website||Tyndale Christian School|
Tyndale Christian School is a coeducational private prep-12 school located in Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia. As of 2016 it has approximately 900 students from Prep to year 12. The school is named after William Tyndale, a 16th-century religious reformer and scholar who translated the Bible into the Early Modern English and was tried for heresy and treason and then strangled and burnt at the stake. The school has students from 38 different ethnic backgrounds covering 58 different language groups. The school is situated on 5.6 hectares in the South-west corner of Blacktown and is accessible by public bus routes and buses that Tyndale operates around the surrounding areas.
Tyndale's story began in 1957 when the Blacktown Reformed Church looked into the feasibility of starting a Parent Controlled Christian School in Blacktown.
In February 1966 the Kildare Rd site was officially opened with 3 classrooms, 2 teachers and 32 students. At the time this site was educating students from Kindergarten to Year 6.
In 1976 this was expanded to include High School and as the existing site was full, the school developed and then moved to the Douglas Road site in 1979.
In 1981 technics, music and economics rooms are added and the first cohort of Year 12 students complete the HSC.
The first library building was completed in 1983 and new primary classrooms were finished in 1988 to allow double stream classes.
In 1995 the multi purpose school hall was completed which included new classrooms, a support room and extended staff facilities.
In 1998 a new Kindergarten classroom building was installed to allow triple streaming of classes.
In 2004, a new computer and Design & Technology block was built and opened on 24 August 2005.
In 2010, thanks to the Building Education Revolution from the Australian Federal Government, building commenced on a new library and multi-purpose centre. That year also commenced building on a new restaurant-quality Hospitality centre. Both buildings were opened on 29 April 2011.
In 2015 a new Administration building was completed which in turn provided much needed space (the old admin building) to the growing middle and senior school staff.
In 2016 the Prep playground area was refurbished and plans for the new Senior School building (due to commence construction in 2017) were drawn up.
The vision of the school is:
"To see parents and children experience Bible-based, Christ-centred parent-controlled education, in order that they may be prepared and equipped for a life of service as disciples of Jesus Christ."
The school is split into 4 areas: Prep, Junior, Middle and Senior School.
Prep School began in Term 2, 2008. In 2016 there are 2 classes with room for 70 students operating 5 days per week.
Junior School consists of Kindergarten to Year 5, which is then split into 2 areas: Infants (Kindergarten to Year 2) and Primary (Year 3 to Year 5). Each class has children of similar age with the one class teacher.
Sports, excursions, cultural or interest events, camps, concerts and other community celebrations are important and exciting aspects of the K-5 program. Tyndale's K-5 Section offers a Christ-centred education and develops a firm basis upon which Middle and Senior school education can be built.
Middle School consists of Year 6 to Year 8. Core units are integral to the work that students are doing in the Middle School. These integrated Core units focus on skill and knowledge development in English, Human Society and its Environment (History, Geography and Civics), Biblical Studies, Personal Development and Health. Core units help students to make the links between subjects which in the past have been taught as separate areas of study. All units have been designed specifically to have a focus and themes that seek to be applicable to adolescents.
In the Middle School each class has a core teacher who will have the daily academic and pastoral responsibility for that particular class. Core teachers teach the core subjects of English, HSIE (Geography and History), Biblical Studies and Personal Development.
Typically a range of sports will be available for Middle School students. Sport for Middle School will be held each Tuesday afternoon during lunch and Period 5.
A range of in-school and out-of-school sports are available.
The range of sports available throughout the year will be:
Cycling, Ten Pin bowling, Ice Skating, Cricket, Basketball, Netball, Soccer, Slider hockey, Walking, Volleyball, Handball, Touch football, AFL, Softball / Teeball, Rock climbing, Swimming, Dance, Tennis, and Athletics. Note that not all sports will be available each term.
Senior School consists of Year 9 to Year 12, which is then split into 2 areas: High (Year 9 and 10) and Senior (Year 11 and 12).
Students in Years 11 and 12 are not expected to participate in compulsory Sport, although Year 11 students are able to play inter-school Sport activities.