There is much discussion in the media regarding the nature of education and the role of the school.
The current Government narrative which shapes education is as follows:
Students must be competent in literacy and numeracy. A school’s performance in these skills is reflected in the Year 3, 5, 7, 9 NAPLAN testing. This needs to be made available to parents on the MySchool website so they can compare results of similar schools. A successful school is one who produces competent students by adding value to them through the educational process. The students will thus become productive members of the community who contribute to the growth of the Australian economy.
In this story, the nature of education and the measurement of its success is being reduced to the quality of student performance in national examinations. Students are not economic units and education is not a commodity. This is a reductionist view of personhood.
Education is all about the relationship between knowledge, learning and living life. The question fundamental to providing an effective education is the question, “What does it mean to live a truly human life?”
A Christian education holds out an alternative narrative to the surrounding culture and is firmly anchored in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a transforming vision for life that is about wholeness expressed in right relationships with the Lord, oneself and others.
Toongabbie Christian School is a Christ-centred learning community which is shaped by Biblical truth and led by the Spirit of God. Here students can belong and be transformed in every part of their lives. In partnership with our families and their churches, our goal is the development of the whole person in community with others, exercising their gifts in the service of the Lord.
We strive to grow young men and women who develop spiritually, socially, intellectually, physically and academically.
The teaching and learning that occurs is a core part of assisting students to learn to live well. It not only focuses on core literacy and numeracy, but the TCS educational program is holistic; integrating truth and faith, academic, community, service and the co-curricular program. Purposeful and creative learning environments promote the development of students’ gifts.