30 Babbage Island Road
Po Box 141
Carnarvon WA 6701
(08) 9941 4533
Children at Carnarvon Christian School (CCS) are taught that we are all part of God’s grand narrative. Paraphrasing what one Christian writer stated, “God has given us a Story to live in, and we need to learn to apply ourselves to the Story rather than the other way around; applying the Bible to our worldview.”
Children are taught that the Scripture is not only a story of power but a story of love – genuine love, overflowing love for the world God has made. We prepare children not to live in a Christian bubble but to engage culture and have an impact on the world. Our response should be as it is written in Mark: 12:30 “…Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all you mind, and with all your strength.”
And then furthermore in Mark: 12:31, the Bible commands us to love others as ourselves.
We all view the world through our own cultural lens, so it is important to teach children that we all have beliefs, biases and underlying assumptions which influence our actions. Other cultures are studied and children become aware of their prejudices as they compare and contrast their way of life to others. Indeed, the upper primary children are given the opportunity to go to Sulawesi in Northern Indonesia every second year, visiting local schools, villages and orphanages. This fantastic trip opens the students’ eyes and gives them a genuine appreciation of the world beyond our own doorstep.
We at CCS take seriously the overarching vision of the National Safe Schools Framework “All Australian schools are safe, supportive and respectful teaching and learning communities that promote student wellbeing.” We take pride in the fact that 100% of the respondents to our school survey either agreed or strongly agreed that their child feels safe and really likes attending school every day.
I thank God for the great privilege it is to lead at Carnarvon Christian School.