News & Events

Southern Highlands Netball Competition

Thirty five of our students from Year 2 to Year 10 played in SHCS teams in the Southern Highlands Netball Competition this year. Our girls had a great season on the courts and benefited enormously from the contribution of their coaches, team managers and parents throughout the season. Thanks to our coaches and managers for their support of our teams this year: coaches Mrs Hayes, Mrs Foster, Mrs Austin, Lily, Adiel; and managers Mrs Boyan, Mrs Wilms, Ms Glanville and Mrs Reid. Our girls have developed their netball skills, shown commitment to their team and displayed great sportsmanship on the court. Congratulations to all of our players!...

Year 12 Service to SHCS

Year 12 had their last ever service lesson for “Operation 4:19”. Inspired from the bible verse in Philippians 4:19 “My God shall provide all your needs through the riches of Jesus”, Year 12 students have an opportunity to provide acts of service to the school, teaching them to be givers and not just receivers in their school community. This year’s Year 12 planted the trees donated by last Year’s Year 12. Fantastic team work. These students will be missed!!!...

New Technology for Years 5 and 6

In the past “keeping up with the Jones’ ” has been a philosophy from which some try and steer away. However, in the technology arena, this idea of keeping up with the latest is an important part of educating students who will be future employees. Stage 3 (Year 5 and 6) have just acquired a set of Google Chrome books. Theses new laptops are part of a trial to introduce new technologies into the classroom that enhance and promote learning. Mr Jenkinson and Mr Straughan have been leading the trial and are excited about the new opportunities these laptops bring to their lessons. And they aren’t the only excited ones…..        ...

Year 8 Combine Forces

Year 7 and 8 were studying Combining Forces yesterday to make a net force with a couple of ‘boys verse girls tug of war’ with Mr Ramm! Combining Forces – Video 1 Combining Forces – Video 2  ...

A Musical Afternoon

Music is an important part of the school curriculum, with all Year 3 students at Southern Highlands Christian School receiving small group lessons on an instrument of their choice (violin, flute, cello, clarinet), included in the school fees. Mrs Koek (teacher of Music) said that this year’s Year 3 students, who are just embarking on the instrument program this semester, were excited to have to opportunity to learn a musical instrument. After this semester, students have the opportunity to pay for private lessons with a music tutor during school hours, which alleviates parents of the stress of getting children to after-school music lessons. Year 3-6 students who have already been receiving private music tuition at school, showcased their talent last week in an afternoon for parents.  ...

A great night at Op Shop Ball

How does Southern Highlands Christian School make an assessment fun? They turn it into an evening ball! One of the subject areas for PDHPE (Personal Development, Health and Physical Education) is dance. Students are taught several dance routines and are assessed on the outcome. To take this one step further and provide a practical application for the learned skill, the school decided to hold a formal ball last term, so the students had a real life scenario in which to practice their newfound talent. In keeping the costs minimal to parents, the criteria for dress was ”formal wear purchased at an op-shop”. This not only relieved parents of the stress and expense of buying a new outfit, it also helped students use their creativity while supporting local charities....

New Cafe for SHCS

Recently, Southern Highlands Christian School opened a new ​Cafe, a dedicated area for staff and parents to gather, talk, plan and develop relationships. For the baristas among us, a coffee machine is there for all to use, along with Twinnings tea and other options. It’s a warm, inviting space to inspire creative thinking and help foster the partnership between the two groups of educators in a child’s life – teachers and parents. The re-design and renovation included many hours of hard work, so great thanks to the team who brought us this beautiful...

Success at MUNA 2016

On Saturday 7 May, local high school debating teams gathered at the Moss Vale Council Chambers for the annual Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA).   Debating teams, consisting of Year 10 and Year 11 students, represented countries of world and practised their public speaking skills while discussing resolutions on various topical world issues.   Over several sessions during the day, teams debated in kind with the views that may be held by the countries for which they were standing. Teams came from some of the top schools in the area (both public and private) and the competition was strong. Overcoming the excellent calibre of talent on the day, for the second year in a row, the team from Southern Highlands Christian School finished in first place!   Congratulations to Georgia, Mabel and Annie for their excellent reasoning, deductive and passionate articulation, as well as a huge thanks to Mrs Brake and Mr Hillaire for their hard work leading up to the Assembly.   We wish the team all the best for the Nationals in Canberra later this year!...

Anzac Day 2016

Anzac Day may be a public holiday for most of the country, but Southern Highlands Christian School students rose early, dressed in school uniform on their last day of their school holidays, in honour of the memory of those who died in battle for us.   In the horror that was war, men and women devoted themselves to fighting for our freedom. In many cases, these soldiers lost their lives in the process. They were incredibly brave individuals to whom we owe our gratitude and respect.   It may have been generations before their time, but SHCS students joined in the Anzac Parade to show how much they value the safe country we live in because these soldiers put their lives on the line to defend our nation.   It is this selfless act that is reminiscent of another story of a great man who put his life on the line for his people. Jesus died for all mankind, to save us from a life of separation from God. Through Jesus dying and being raised to life again, we now have a chance to live forever with our loving Creator. Two different realms, but both involved a great act of selflessness. Lest we...

The 2016 Country Fair

Last term, under sunny skies with a touch of the fresh country air, the grounds of Southern Highlands Christian School were transformed into the Annual Country Fair.   Staff, students and members of the community worked tirelessly to bring to Bowral a day filled with fun, teamwork and a sense of the school community. There was live music from the Secondary School musicians, who entertained patrons as they browsed the gift and food stalls. Cute baby animals were available for cuddles and there were also thrilling rides for the little ones. Children’s entertainer, Colin Buchanan, closed the afternoon with a concert for all members of the school and wider community. Singing songs about Jesus, Colin had the incredible gift of entertaining children and adults alike, while sharing a vital message of how much Jesus loves each one of us. A fantastic time was had by all! The Southern Highlands Christian School Country Fair had something for everyone.   As with all great events like this one, there are many people to thank for their contributions. To ALL students, parents and staff who assisted in any way by baking for the Cake Stall, helping cook Apple Pies or Curry prior to the Fair, setting up, volunteering on a Stall or engaging with visitors to our School, THANK YOU for your contribution! An extra thank you to the following students… Heidi Cask, Shayla Carl, Olivia Walters, Jessica Willis, Olivia Thompson, Genevieve Wilson, Maisy Wilhelmi, Adiel Mkolo, Tristan Glenn, Jesse Boyd, Summer Tyree, Matthew Goff-Jones, Jake Steedman, Chloe Johnston, Amanda Leigh, Tim Seckold, Lachlan Souter, Jarrod Schiller and to all our Junior...

Easter Assembly 2016

One of the most important events on the Southern Highlands Christian School calendar each year is the Easter Assembly. While Christmas is an important time to remember the birth of Jesus as God’s son, Easter is the crucial piece of the Christianity puzzle. It is the time we remember the huge sacrifice Jesus made in giving his life for us. Without the death of Jesus (and later his resurrection), we would have no connection with God in this broken world. Last Thursday parents and friends were invited to the Easter assembly; to witness a presentation of the Easter message. Students in Secondary School used drama to tell the Easter story, interwoven with an entertaining narrative by Roslyn and Beth from the Year 9/10 Drama class. Using a light behind a curtain, the students mimed the story with shadows and imagery, powerfully depicting the story of Jesus’ life and death through mime. The wonder of this story was reflected by the animated conversation between Roslyn (the narrator) and Beth (the seeker). The Southern Highlands Christian School choir followed with a beautiful three part harmony arrangement of Hallelujah (originally written by Lenard Cohan, arranged by Mr Michael Bunyan). Personally, it gave me an image of the angels singing in heaven! To finish up the assembly, Pastor Larry Mullan from The Fields Church, Bowral, gave the Easter message. He spoke about how ‘sin’ is not just about a wrong deed, it is also about us being apart from God because of Adam and Eve’s taking of the fruit against God’s instructions (this story can be read in the book of Genesis, first...

Year 11 and 12 at the Powerhouse Museum

Last week Year 11 and 12 Design and Technology took a trip with Mr Straughan to the Powerhouse Museum. We spent the day exploring the museum and looking at many different exhibitions and displays. Later in the day we heard a seminar based on HSC design projects and contributing factors, from an Industrial Designer from NSW University. A Senior Marker also gave a talk on how to put together a Year 12 portfolio and the design process for an HSC major work submission. A highlight of the museum was the Wiggles Exhibition, which included old memorabilia, many fun activities and an exciting approach to design, with fun vibrant colours and odd shapes. Another highlight of the day was the first talk by The industrial Designer which was extremely insightful on putting the design process into practice, including real life examples of her previous projects, to help inspire the students. By Jessica Willis & Olivia...

Peace through sacrifice – Shakespeare gets it

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet conjures visions of teenagers, tortured by love, trapped within feuding families, and fuelled by an impossible passion. It’s how Shakespeare, master of tragedy, has always been interpreted. But Bell Shakespeare’s touring company – Actors at Work – presented a considerably more thoughtful view when they performed for SHCS’ 7 – 10 students on Monday. The pared and adapted production, paused at key dramatic intervals to consider the choices being made and the forces at work in the lives of these young people, touching on the innate rationality of our students, while drawing them towards the intensity of feeling between the young lovers. The focus was less on an overwrought and sensationalised sense of tragedy, than on a genuine valuing of two young lives, the importance of family, and the damage done through a loss of trust between the two generations. Perhaps surprisingly, the company fleshed out the comedy that arises when teenagers enter the world and navigate it themselves for the first time. But a peculiar sense of tragedy stalked each comic encounter. Students were invited to question the actors at the conclusion of the performance, then broke into year groups to discuss the play and the actors’ interpretation with teachers. It was encouraging to see how clearly they had grasped the action of the play and engaged with the arguments and ideas it explores. Shakespeare pronounces the ancient feud between the families buried with the death of their beloved children. Peace through sacrifice. I could not help but hear echoes of the sacrifice of God Himself in the loss of His son to reconcile...

Year 3-10 new subject ‘Strand’

It’s not often you hear of so many school years being involved in the same subject… but that’s just what’s intriguing about Southern Highland Christian School’s new endeavour, the Strand Program. Strand is one lesson a week that Years 3 to 10 do at the same time, giving the students a chance to choose a lesson that inspires and also gives them a chance to work with peers outside their own age group. Some of the delightful subjects on offer for Term 1 are : Bunny’s Angels (choir) Speaking no Squeaking (Public Speaking) Bowral’s Next Top Model (Model Gliders) Little Guitars for Little Stars (Ukulele Group) World of Wool Craft (Wool Craft) Williams’ House of Pain (Boot Camp run by PDHPE teacher Mr Williams) Chip Off the Old Block (Golf) Life Through a Lens (Photography and Audio Visual Club) From A to Z (Art to Zoology – Animal Drawing) Lil Readers (Volunteer Reading Program) Robertson Couch Potatoes (Running Club) So You Think You Can Dance? (Dance) May the Frosting Be With You (Cupcake Decorating)  ...

AFL and NRL stars teach students about being healthy

Junior School students have had the privilege of two elite sports teams visit the school recently and present them with ideas of what it means to be healthy. Current players from the the Sydney Swans AFL and the West Tigers NRL teams presented their hints and tips on not only what it means to be healthy physically, but also emotionally. Students participated in activities run by NRL and AFL representatives and were able to ask questions and have photos with current players. Student leaders prayed for these players and visitors and thanked them for their presentation. We thank the AFL and NRL for time and willingness to create awareness about health and well-being with our...

Year 12 Legal Studies visits Downing Centre Court

Last Friday the Year 12 Legal Studies class took a trip into the heart of Sydney to see the processes of crime and justice first-hand. We went to Downing Centre Court, which is a unique location as it is a large court complex and houses both District and Local Court cases, although often you do not really know what cases you will see until you get there. As a class we witnessed the sentencing of a man convicted with breaking and entering, with the judge lamenting on the influences of upbringing on a person’s life, and how people respond to hardship. We also saw some of the cross-examination of an alleged offender, and, sadly, an ADVO (Apprehended Domestic Violence Order) application for the victim of domestic violence. In seeing these matters for ourselves, we were reminded of the sinful nature of man and how true justice only comes only from a God who knows both the actions and the hearts of all mankind....

Parents In Partnership Evening 1 – Literacy

Last Wednesday, the first of four Parents In Partnership evenings for 2016 was held at Southern Highlands Christian School. This evening, based on literacy, was an informative presentation to help parents understand how literacy is taught at the school and what they can do to help. If you missed out, below is an outline of some of the items discussed.   Education is a partnership One of the core underpinnings of the culture at Southern Highlands Christian School is that education of young people is a partnership. A joint effort between teachers AND parents to educate children in all they need to become fully functioning, resilient adults who will make a difference in the world. Yes, teachers have been taught skills in educating young ones, but parents are the experts on their own family and what better way to truly educate children than to use both resources together?   Partnership in literacy Hence the Parents in Partnership program, which is an event run by staff to bring different elements of education to parents to help them in the education of their children. This term’s Parents in Partnership evening focused on Literacy, with teachers unpacking the myths surrounding this buzz-word and encouraging parents with ways to help with improving literacy at home.   Traditionally, literacy conjures images like this But, did you know that reading is also this? And this? Literacy is not a term simply referring to skills of reading and writing, but encompasses the ability to read and decode lists or procedures; the skills to interpret graphic and graphed data; the core understanding of effective and engaging public speaking;...

Year 6 Graduation 2015

It is with great joy and a little sadness that we celebrate the final Primary school year for our Year 6 classes. Now they have officially finished Junior School and it has been a great privilege and a blessing to have had all these wonderful young people to teach over the last few years. The final dinner was a great time to celebrate all the hard work and events of 2015 and anticipate with excitement their next journey – Secondary school!...

Junior School Final Assembly 2015

As a new parent to the school, I walked into the final assembly for Junior School with little or no expectations. Not having witnessed the end of year celebrations at Southern Highlands Christian School before, I was prepared to just take it at face value. Although, if I’m honest, I wasn’t prepared for much – a few long speeches and maybe a song or two… However, I wasn’t prepared to be amazed. Each teacher had selected something they remembered, admired or respected in each student and presented this as an award.  It was so encouraging to see how much the teachers really care about their students, in both character development and academics. I was personally amazed that they took the time, amongst report writing and other end of year activities, to find something great about each student – this was admirable in itself! These awards were interspersed with performances along the theme of ‘Walking in the Light’. Each class presented a creative interpretation of what ‘Walking in the Light’ could mean and each performance was fun to watch. Not just a song or two, but several dramatic representations, clever choreography and a huge finale with the whole of Junior School that was reminiscent of a school musical. Well done, Southern Highlands Christian School, for a highly entertaining and thought-provoking assembly. It’s going to be hard to top that one for next year! Sara de...

Announcing School Captains for 2016

Each year, the School is richly blessed with quality student leaders. This leadership occurs in various forms: formal roles such as SRC, Captains, Sports Captains, the JS leadership team; it also occurs every day as students set the example for each other and demonstrate the ‘agape’ (sacrificial) love of which Jesus so often spoke. With this legacy of quality student leadership in mind, I am delighted to announce the election of the following High School Captains for 2015: Captains Mr Isaac Gray Miss Isabel Brake Vice Captains Mr Peter Seckold Miss Chelsie Unwin Please pray for our senior leaders and the entire Year 12 2016 cohort as they set the example for their peers in loving the Lord and their neighbours both here at School and in the community. “…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,” Mathew 20:28 “I can say nothing more about leadership and the captaincy at Southern Highlands Christian School than this: as my Lord is my exemplar, I try to follow in his footsteps. Honesty, justice and equality are the pillars on which leadership should be built. However, the most important pillar is love, a love for my peers and community, for the work that we do and a love for God. My team and I are ready to serve the school community and represent God in all we do.” Isaac...
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