The school is multi-denominational with students and their parents coming from many different branches of the Christian Church. Parents are required to endorse the Nicene Creed and at least one parent must have an active Christian commitment.
The school emphasises the truth of the Scriptures and the reality of God. Bible teaching forms an essential part of the curriculum, whilst there is a Christian/Biblical perspective to all that is taught. All teachers have Christian commitment and support students in the development of Christian values.
A Vision Of A Good School
As we aim to train students for all of life, we need to put in place strategies to build a climate of caring – a place where students feel accepted and bonded to classmates, teachers and the school itself. We need to do this in partnership with parents, keeping the lines of communication open between students, parents and teachers at all times.
We need to find ways to create better students, who go on to be better adults. Issues of character need to be addressed – fostering honesty and integrity in a world where each is sadly lacking. We need to encourage our students to seek after the fruits of the Spirit – being peacemakers; controlling impulse and putting off self-gratification; helping and encouraging others.
To implement such a program takes time and energy. How do we find the strength to take on such an enormous task? We cannot do all this in our own strength, but need to know we are called to this ministry, taking daily guidance from our Lord.
The words from the apostle Paul, paraphrased by Eugene H. Peterson in “The Message” direct us to the source of our strength:
“We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making Him proud of you as you work hard in His orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out for the long haul – not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is a strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that He has for us”.
Colossians 1: 5 – 10
Torrens Valley Christian School is a family school. It is important that your children sense that you as a family are a part of that community. Thus, parental involvement is welcomed and encouraged.
Opportunities for involvement include:
- assisting teachers in the classroom and on excursions, camps and out-of-classroom learning programs.
- taking a small group of students in a short-term elective in your area of skill.
- helping out on working bees and special projectsbecoming part of a support group such as the Parents and Friends or prayer group.
- assisting the library with cataloguing or covering books.
- working on one of the committees that are vital in the running of the school eg. finance, promotion or building committee.
We believe that education is a partnership between the family and the school. The school and the family should work together to help each of our children reach their full potential. Thus, communication between the class teacher and parents is encouraged, and the resulting relationship facilitates the resolution of any difficult issues.