- Sutherland Shire Christian School
Sutherland Shire Christian School is a non-denominational,
Sutherland Shire Christian School
"Delight in God's Word, Walk in His Ways"
Principal Mr. D. Stonestreet Senior Executive Mr. A. MiddletonMr. J. Myer
Mr. R. EastMrs. N. Taylor
School type Independent (Parent controlled) Established 1977 (Association 1969) School Song Blessed is the Man Location Barden Ridge, Sydney, NSW Enrollment 751 students, K-12 Clubs and Societies - School Colours Red, White & Blue Website [http://www.sscs.nsw.edu.au/ www.sscs.nsw.edu.au] Protestant, parent-controlled private schoolfor co-educationalstudents located in Sydney, Australia. It was founded in 1977 (Association founded in 1969) by a group of Christian parents who believed their Children were not receiving a biblical education while attending public state schools [http://www.sscs.nsw.edu.au/SCH_AIMS.html] , because of this the school upholds a strong Christian ethos that influences most parts of school life,while torturing it's students and being a cheapo institute.
The School primarily consists of one large
campusin the southern suburb of Barden Ridge in Sydney, and this campus the two sections of the school:
High School(Years 7 to 12) and
* A Junior School (Kindergarten to Year 6).
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 running 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 housed in several locations (such as local church halls) before the purchase of several hectares in the southern
New South Wales suburbof Barden Ridge in 1981, where the school has continued to develop since.
"Student enrolment summary" [http://www.sscs.nsw.edu.au/history.htm]
The junior school's curriculum is based around six main subjects: # English # Mathematics # Science &
Technology# Human Society& Its Environment # Creative & Practical Arts# Physical Education, Health & Personal Development
The school has an abundance of facilities on its campus to cater for all types of students needs and interests including a fully equipped
gymnasium, tennis & basketball courts and cricket nets. There are also several computer labs available for all students with ready access internet and other applications. A woodwork & metalwork room exists for students along with a textilesroom, a home economicsroom and several fully equipped music rooms with recording studiorooms and an array of musical instruments.
The school is located in the suburban area of Barden Ridge on Allies Road which is also occupied by Lucas Heights Public School. With the school based in the southern suburbs of Sydney the school has somewhat of a scenic bushland setting providing not only shade for students but also a bush
playgroundfor junior students.
Sutherland Shire Christian School is known to be a fierce competitor in many inter-school competitions and participates strongly in Swimming, Athletic and Cross-Country competitions.
The school has to date produced two state championship winning teams, in 1997 the junior boys cricket team and in 2003 the senior girls soccer team. They also compete annually against local rival school Inaburra in both rugby,
cricketand soccerfor various trophies. Nic Sheridan a year 9 student at the school is their best cricketer and handball player.
Each year the school runs an annual drama performance made up of predominantly older senior students and several members of drama classes throughout the school grades. 2008 saw two productions being produced - "Twelfth Night" by William Shakespeare and the Australian Musical "The Venetian Twins."
There are several extracurricular clubs run throughout the school each year. These include a
debatingteam, a mathematics club, an audio-visualteam and a Dramatic Society. The school provides numerous opportunites for both struggling and excelling students to further their education. Along with all of this there is a junior school newspaper titled 'Branches' and a senior year book.
In October 2000 the New South Wales government outlawed
caningof students as a form of punishment [http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=1973] which meant all schools that still upheld caning as a form of punishmentwould have to cease to do so or face deregistration as a recognised school and lose all government funding. Most schools agreed to the new move set out by the state government except Sutherland Shire Christian School and the much smaller Nambucca Valley Christian Community School.
Some members of the public believed this to be hypocrital of a Christian school, but this point was quickly rebutted by many members of the school and church leaders.
Within the School community the perspective on corporal punishment was much more mature, reflecting broader perspectives on life and mankind's relationship with God and each other. These perspectives rarely surfaced in the public debate, where discussion was focused on the sensational and a sentimental view of history.
The NSW Board of Studies finally declared that the School would become unregistered unless it stated that it did not use corporal punishment.This was interpreted as having a choice between a School without corporal punishment or no School at all.With a lack of political support from other Christian Schools and with the backing down of all other schools, Sutherland Shire Christian School was forced to sign the agreement.
In 2005 the school was in the media again [http://www.sydneyanglicans.net/sydneystories/students_confess_to_sticky_fingers1/] after a senior student of the school decided to begin an initiative discouraging
piracyof music and movies.
He quickly began to rally students behind his cause against illegally burning copyrighted material as a practical response to a devotion given. On Monday
23 May, 2005illegally burnt CDs and DVDs [http://smh.com.au/news/National/What-would-Jesus-do/2005/05/25/1116950760739.html] (equivalent of a $50,000 loss to the music and movie industry) were destroyed.
This was seen as a major rallying point for the strong Christian presence at the school.
* Mr. Geoffrey Lainson (1977-2001)
* Mr. Stephen Renn (2001-2003)
* Mr. John Myer [acting] (2003)
* Mr. Mark Lewis (2003-2005)
* Mr. David Stonestreet (2005-Present)
* Mr. Blake Cugley (2008 onwards)
* Chris Graffiti (Musician)
List of non-government schools in New South Wales
* [http://www.sscs.nsw.edu.au/ Sutherland Shire Christian School website]
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