Q. What is a Christian School?
A. Our school is one in which God and His word takes central place. We seek to know God’s world as well as His word. After all, creation is held together in Christ, so no subject, scientific or artistic, can be separated from His revelation of Himself. e.g. History is just His-story and should be taught as the unfolding of God’s purposes in the world.
Q. How is Christ-centred education different?
A. The whole curriculum and way of looking at the world is based on Biblical principles, i.e. the world is God’s and was made by God. He has a plan and purpose for each person in it, all of whom are uniquely loved by Him. We measure all our teaching against God’s word, and show children how His word applies to everyday life.
Q. Is it a narrow education?
A. Christian education presents children with the world in all its aspects, enabling them to relate correctly to it and to make a mature and Godly contribution and so we feel it is a broader education.
Q. Is it academic?
A. Yes it is academic as each child is helped to use their God-given giftings to reach their full potential, leading to qualifications at General level, equivalent to GCSE level and Advance level, equivalent to A levels.
Q. Are we just sheltering children from a harsh world?
A. We believe we are giving children a sound Christian grounding to best prepare them to take their own God-ordained place in society, rather than putting our untrained, vulnerable children there. We are teaching children to see the world from God’s point of view, and to make their own decisions, knowing how God would have them handle difficult issues.
Q. What is the scriptural foundation for Christ-centred education?
A. The following passages provide a helpful starting point. You may like to look further into these Scriptures for yourself:
|In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge … As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. – Colossians 2:3, 6-8|
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments : his praise endureth for ever. – Psalms 111:10
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach2 them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. – Deuteronomy 6:5-7
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. – Matthew 7:24-27
A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. – Psalms 127:1
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. – Ephesians 6:4
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. – Proverbs 1:7
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6
Maschil of Asaph. Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God. The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle. – Psalms 78:1-8
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. – Colossians 1:15-17