Southern Christian College is a learning community built on the foundation of the Christian faith. The College’s staff acts 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

This exciting curriculum develops students’ learning through inquiry and encourages students to identify and build links across the breadth of their learning. Students make links between their learning across curriculum areas and must be learning an additional language as part of their education programme. At Southern Christian College this is Indonesian and for senior students, possibly French as well. 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:

Mrs Melanie Curé PYP Co-ordinator
Mr Paul Lehmann MYP Co-ordinator

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focussed on the student. The IB’s three programmes are provided for students aged 3 to 19. They help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalising world. Founded in 1968, the IB currently works with 3,294 schools in 141 countries to develop and offer these programmes to over 972,000 students.

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

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 and expects respect for culture and faith – of all kinds. Looking ‘inwardly’, our faith expressed through Christ-centred education, is supported by the IB. Looking ‘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 our students and Southern Christian College.

Australian Curriculum

Southern Christian College is currently implementing the Australian Curriculum: English, Mathematics, History and Science. As Australian Curriculum in other subject areas becomes available, the College will implement these. Details of the Australian Curriculum and the roll out of curriculum areas 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 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 Sonya Ambrose

Details and a PDF copy of the Framework can be accessed online at the following website:

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 Noelene Wilson 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 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 10. 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 either:
Scott Ambrose Deputy Principal OR
Hannah Walker Indonesian teacher

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 5-10 are part of our 1 to 1 Apple laptop programme. Students in younger grades have access to our portable laptop ‘labs’ and classes make use of interactive whiteboards. Parents of students in grades 5-10 will be contacted by the College to organise the ordering of individual laptops. SCC provides support, software and insurance for laptops through this programme.