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Southern Christian College is a growing school community situated on the crest of the Kingston hills, overlooking the beautiful Kingston valley and Mount Wellington’s southern slopes. It is a vibrant and stimulating learning environment, characterised by a strong culture of educational innovation, which draws upon the best available examples of educational thinking and practice – both new and old.

SCC is a Christian, faith-based school. The risen Jesus is the centre of our lives, community and teaching practice. We function as an inter-denominational school, with teachers and students coming from different churches all around the greater Hobart area. I am so privileged to lead a school of such committed and talented students and teachers. Because we are a small school, our students all have “space to shine” – and they do!

Our recent history of change in relation to educational programmes has included the introduction of a genuine 1-to-1 Apple laptop programme in 2007, only the third Tasmanian school to do so at that time. 2011 saw the completion of the installation of an interactive digital whiteboard in every classroom, including our three new classrooms attached to our new full sized Gymnasium completed in 2010.

A significant development – perhaps the most significant since the school was established – was our move towards becoming an International Baccalaureate World School. The International Baccalaureate Organisation accepted Southern Christian College as a “candidate” school for both the PYP (Primary Years Programme for students aged 3 to 12) and MYP (Middle Years Programme for students aged 11 to 16). 2013 marked our second year of IB candidacy, and the feedback we have already received from parents and students is overwhelmingly and enthusiastically positive. Our entire staff is now working hard towards the achievement of full authorisation as an IB World School, a rigorous process that we hope to complete in the coming year.

As we look towards the 2014 school year, I commend Southern Christian College to you as a place that really does make a difference in the lives of many. In the words of one student who has recently enrolled: “The teachers at this school treat us like real people not just like something they have to teach.”

Alan Lawson

 

[1] Southern Christian College is a candidate school* for the PYP and MYP. This school is pursuing authorisation as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that SCC believes is important for our students.

 *Only schools authorised by the IB organisation can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme. Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorisation will be granted.

 For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org