Southern Christian College is a learning community built on the foundation of the Christian faith. The College’s staff act as role models, leading students in an exploration of the world around them in a nurturing and Christ-centred environment. Our teachers model and teach a lived and active faith whilst ensuring that our students are given the best possible education based on the goals of the International Baccalaureate and the requirements of the Australian Curriculum.

International Baccalaureate

The IB is 50 years old this year!

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering an excellently sequenced and internationally recognised learning and pedagogical framework for students aged from 3 to 19 years of age. The IB aims to help develop a child’s intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalising world. Founded in 1968, the IB currently works with 4,775 schools in 153 countries to develop and offer these programmes to over 1.3 million students.

This exciting curriculum seeks to develop students’ learning through inquiry, connect their learning with action and underpin their development of conceptual and critical thinking through reflection. The IB provides a challenging and comprehensive education, working with both local and global contexts, that would enable students to understand and manage the complexities of our world and provide them with skills and attitudes for taking responsible action for the future. Complimenting our Christian educational goals, the IB encourages students to become active, compassionate, lifelong learners, developing international mindedness through inter-cultural understanding and respect.

To reflect life in the real world, students make links between their learning across the various curriculum areas. The development of Multilingual skills is central to all levels of the IB, therefore all students at SCC must be learning an additional language throughout their education. At Southern Christian College our core language study across all three IB programs is Indonesian. For IB Diploma students (grades 11 and 12), other language options may also be available upon request.

More information on our Language program is outlined toward the end of this page.

Southern Christian College offers all three core IB programs, forming a Continuum of IB education for students aged between 3 and 19 years of age. These programs are:

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students aged 3 to 12 focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world outside.

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11 to 16 provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills, achieved through embracing and transcending traditional school subjects.

The Diploma Program (DP) for students aged 17 to 19 prepares students for tertiary study and is highly respected by tertiary institutions and universities around the world.

Students and parents are encouraged to find out more by speaking with teachers or visiting the IB website: or by contacting our programme co-ordinators:

PYP (Primary Years Program – ELC to Grade 6) Co-ordinator: Mrs Rachael Honey –
MYP (Middle Years Program – Grades 7 to 10) Co-ordinator: Mr Damon Adams –
DP (Diploma – Grades 11 to 12) Co-ordinator: Mrs Veronica Schuth –

One of the most significant aspects of the IB for a faith-based Christian school such as Southern Christian College is that, at its core, the IB has respect for different cultures and faiths, including our own Christian faith. As we look at our work within our own SCC community – looking ‘inwardly’, our faith expressed through Christ-centred education is supported by the IB. As we look ‘outwardly’, with God’s love in us expressed through mission and service, the IB challenges us to look at others with understanding and respect. This is just as it should be!

Of all things that can be said about the IB, the main issue for us is the benefits to your children. Looking at the different aspects of school life, as they relate to your child’s development: learning, growing, spiritual and character development, personal relationships, future academic and career prospects, we are convinced that the IB will make a significant difference to your child’s learning and life.

Australian Curriculum

Southern Christian College achieves Australian Curriculum requirements and outcomes in all subject areas through our IB curriculum framework. Details of the Australian Curriculum are available online at:

ACARA (the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) has recognised the International Baccalaureate and the following statement and more information regarding ACARA recognition are available on the ACARA website:

The International Baccalaureate PYP and MYP curriculum frameworks document the organisation of knowledge and skills in a conceptual framework. The Recognition Committee acknowledges the difference between this approach and that taken for the Australian Curriculum and considers that these IB frameworks allow students to achieve comparable learning outcomes in English, Mathematics, Science and History by the end of Year 10, given the assumption that school programming and delivery of the PYP and MYP will address the Australian Curriculum content .

If you would like to find out more about how SCC is implementing the IB and the Australian Curriculum, contact the office to speak to a senior staff member or to make an appointment.


Early Years Learning Framework

The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) is a Commonwealth initiative for early childhood education. Southern Christian College is implementing the EYLF in the Early Learning Centre and Kindergarten and is a component of the Australian Government’s Quality Framework for education in the early years. The Framework “…describes the principles, practice and outcomes essential to support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school.” Children explore their world through the themes of Belonging, Being and Becoming.

Kindergarten reporting includes reference to children’s learning based on the Framework. For more information, parents are encouraged to contact the Kindergarten teacher:

Mrs Nicole Schenk –

A pdf “Information for Families” for the Framework can be accessed online at the following website:

EYLF – Information for Families

Reggio Emilia

Early stages of implementation of the Reggio Emilia Approach in our Early Learning Centre and Kindergarten classes are underway. This will gradually be included in our Infant classes. The Reggio Emilia Approach compliments both the EYLF and IB PYP frameworks beautifully. Children are encouraged to develop skills in problem solving, hypothesising, critical reflection and collaboration. They will be asked to document their ideas, build on their knowledge and what they already know in a variety of ways.

The Reggio Emilia Approach maintains that, for a child, language is never limited to just speech and that children express themselves and understand the world around them through multiple different ‘languages’ know as the “100 languages of children”. Also, there is an extra “teacher” in Reggio informed classrooms. Known as the “Third Teacher”, it is recognised that the different environments surrounding the child provide endless learning and discovery opportunities. So the design and character of the classroom and other physical spaces is critical, as is intentionally ensuring the experience of different learning environments within a child’s learning at school and home.

For more information on this emerging program, please contact our Kindergarten teacher:

Mrs Nicole Schenk –

Learning Support

Southern Christian College has a Learning Support unit that provides assistance and support to students with significant educational needs. The Learning Support unit is co-ordinated by Mrs Denise Arnold and provides some assessment, aide support and can develop Individual Education Programmes for students with learning needs. In some cases, the Learning Support unit will refer parents/guardians to professionals such as psychologists for testing and assessment.

The Learning Support unit can be contacted directly by email at or parents are welcome to call the office to make an appointment.

Gifted & Talented Programme

Southern Christian College runs a Gifted & Talented programme as part of our curriculum. According to Dr. Louise Mares “A gifted child is a child with an exceptional potential for excellence in learning any cognitive task. A talented child is a child with an exceptional potential for excellence in one or several areas of human achievement, regardless of the child’s cognitive potential.”

The College’s Gifted & Talented programme aims to provide opportunities for a range of students to participate in “Gifted & Talented Units” that run in blocks through the year. In the past, these units have included: Creative Writing, Visual Arts, Languages, Lego Robotics and Mathematics.

Parents are sent a letter of introduction and an invitation for their son or daughter to participate in the programme during the year when new intakes for units begin.

Language Learning

Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonesia) was introduced to SCC in 1998. Since then it has grown to incorporate all of our students from Early Learning (3 years of age) to Grade 12. This fits well with the philosophy of the International Baccalaureate which supports language learning as a required aspect of student learning until grade 12.
Research tells us that language learning improves a student’s literacy skills in their own language, develops important neural pathways and encourages greater cultural awareness and understanding of others.

Senior secondary students have the opportunity to study French in addition to Indonesian. For new students to the secondary school, the College also offers Beginners Indonesian. Continuing students can be placed in Standard and Advanced language classes.

Our language programme involves far more than what happens within the four walls of the classroom and students are encouraged to explore and expand their language study through:
• online and computer-aided language learning (CALL)
• annual school trips to Indonesia
• Indonesian language competitions (both state and national)
• student-to-student links with their peers in Indonesia through our sister-school links

Students at Southern Christian College have performed exceptionally well at the State Indonesian Language Competition and the National Indonesian Speech Contest (2nd place Australia-wide in the grade 10-12 category – 2011).

All children have the potential to learn language. From a young age, students learn to communicate, forming new sounds and creating meaning. Southern Christian College is committed to providing all students with the opportunity to learn another language. To support this learning, we aim to build connections between home and school so that parents can support and encourage the learning that takes place within the classroom and school environment. Parents can get involved in several ways:
1. Through our parent Indonesian classes;
2. Talking to your children about what they are learning;
3. Encouraging them to share and explain their new language knowledge;
4. Learning with the children at home with the aid of web-based resources and materials provided by the College.

For more information or support with your child’s language learning, contact:
Scott Ambrose –

Information Technology

Southern Christian College recognises that Information Technologies are an exciting way to support and develop students’ learning. Students are able to engage with a much broader world and develop lifelong skills in the process.

All students from grades 5-12 are part of our 1 to 1 Apple laptop programme. Students in younger grades have access to our full class sets of portable laptop ‘labs’ as well as full class sets of iPads. Classes also make use of interactive whiteboards. Parents of students in grades 5-12 will be contacted as necessary by the College to organise the ordering of individual laptops. SCC provides support, software and insurance for laptops through this programme.