Our Early Childhood Program commences with a three or four year old kindergarten and supports the identification of each student’s learning style. Our staff implement a range of programs that are appropriate to support all children and when extra support is required, especially within the early years, a number of specialist consultant and teaching staff are available to discuss your child’s specific learning needs.
Pre-kindy, Kindergarten and Pre-Primary aged students learn through the dedicated staff in the Early Learning Centre before moving into the Primary School for Years one through six. Students enjoy a traditional primary school approach to education throughout these years with a regular classroom teacher and the same classroom for the majority of their learning.
The primary school teaching program is complimented by a number of courses conducted by visiting specialist teachers. Currently these include Music, Japanese Language, Physical Education and Library skills. All staff utilize a number of different resource materials in their class with a whole school approach to the use of curriculum materials in the key areas of Numeracy, Literacy, Science and Christian Education. At all times the teaching staff will work from a Christian point of view and provide opportunity for students to explore and establish their own beliefs.
Our students enjoy an established Middle School program for Years 7 through 9 which we believe greatly aids the transition for students as they progress towards more traditional secondary schooling. The middle school model we embrace is constructed around the establishment and maintenance of effective working relationships between staff, students and parents. To this end we minimize the movement of students around the school and minimize the number of teaching staff that the students work with in any one year. This is sequenced so that students are well prepared for the traditional schooling model we embrace for year ten through to year twelve.
In the middle school years all students enjoy the opportunity to clearly understand the schools behavioral expectations and acceptable classroom and school yard culture. As the students become older they are increasingly accountable for their actions and are encouraged at all times to choose to work within the expected norms of satisfactory behavior.
We consider Years 10 through 12 to be our Upper Secondary students and we regularly enjoy visits by our past students, our “Year 13’s” when they call by or help out with college functions.
In year ten a large amount of work goes into liaising closely with parents and students to determine the students course selections for the important final two years of schooling. A wide range of subjects is available to all students at Southern Hills Christian College. From these courses we enjoy seeing students succeed with university entrance as well as work placement and further studies through TAFE and trade / training opportunities. In the last four years we have enjoyed 100% graduation rates with all students meeting the requirements for successful graduation.