Meet Mr. Matthew Steadman
Our School Principal
My name is Matthew Steadman, and it is my privilege to lead the Sunrise Christian School Paradise community. Thank you for your interest in our school, I look forward to meeting you and answering any questions that you may have.
We are blessed to have the opportunity to partner with families to educate and encourage students in developing their faith, character, and academics, helping fulfil their God given destiny. Our wonderful staff and teachers act as an extension of the home, making the most of “teachable moments” in reinforcing a God honouring culture, and to instil a healthy and rounded Biblical world view. I truly see Sunrise Christian School as not just a school, but a community of people who are passionate about Jesus and developing the next generation of Christians.
I welcome you to come in for a chat and meet us personally. I encourage you to book a Principal’s Tour where you will be able to see our school and meet our wonderful staff. Alternatively, you can arrange a personal tour with me, where I can answer any questions that you may have and discuss what we, as a Christian community, have to offer your family. To do so please contact the school or go to the Principal Tours tab on the website.
I am confident that you will be pleased with what we present, and we hope that it will help you as you make the important decision of education for your child. We look forward to meeting with you and potentially partnering with you in helping raise your child into all that God has called them to be.
Vision & values
Sunrise Christian School exists to provide a welcoming, family-oriented and Christ-centred learning environment. In which, generations of social influencers and leaders are inspired, engaged, motivated and empowered in a holistic, Biblically-based manner to develop a love of learning and rise to their full potential. Our school, in close partnership with parents, endeavours to create the greatest opportunities for each child to discover and embrace their God-given talents, and then, apply those gifts to enrich the world and communities we live in.
Sunrise Christian School is called to:
- Minister to the body of Christ.
- Be a light to Australia and the nations of the world.
- Uphold Christian principles.
- Minister the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Teach and train children in all aspects of life in such a way that God is seen to be at the centre of everything.
- Be an extension of the Christian home, fulfilling the God-given mandate for parents to bring up their children in His ways.
Developing Christian Character
A strong emphasis at Sunrise is the development of Christian character. This is achieved through positive modelling, explicit teaching in understanding God’s word, and a dependence on the Holy Spirit. More than ever, it is essential that our children develop a Biblical world-view and an understanding of who they are in Christ as the basis for their self-worth. Esteem based in God allows students to reflect integrity, honesty, tolerance and compassion for others. These qualities allow the students to have the skills, courage and conviction to ‘stand firm’ on God’s Word and be leaders in an increasingly complex society.
Every person in our school community sees Sunrise as an extension of the Christian home. We believe that parents form the foundation of a child’s education, and our role as a school is to build upon that foundation to help you raise your children in the way of the Lord. Our staff seek to train and reinforce right behaviour, to honour and glorify God, and to instil a healthy and rounded Biblical world view. Sunrise is widely recognised for providing a place where children, and families, feel they belong: where they know the teachers love and respect them, and are willing to go above and beyond to enable them to learn and grow in Christ.
An extension of the home
Building Christian Community
Sunrise isn’t just a school; it is a vibrant Christian community where all have the opportunity to learn and grow together. The important foundation of building Christian community service is encouraged and taught to all our students. We help them to develop good communication skills, the ability to solve problems, and to work in teams in order to equip them with the qualities required for success in their future lives.
Effective teaching and learning is very important at Sunrise, along with academic excellence, we encourage students to develop a servant heart, giving them opportunities to exercise this in their classrooms and in the community. Our dedicated staff, who are all committed to Christ, work together with parents and students to ensure that each child’s learning experience is happy, challenging and successful. We strive to be innovative and progressive in teaching, allowing our children to become all that they have been created to be.
Innovative teaching and learning
History and School Governance
Sunrise Christian School was founded in 1978 as a ministry of Adelaide Christian Centre – (Sturt Street), out of the vision of then Senior Pastor, Ps. Leo Harris.
Pastor Leo’s proposal to begin a Christ-centred school was endorsed by the Elders, and a School Steering Committee was established in 1977 to put plans in place for a Bible-based Christian School. Pastor Leo personally made the first donation to begin the school project, and in 1978, the first Sunrise Christian School opened its doors at the Fullarton Campus.
Since then, the school has expanded to six school locations including Sunrise Christian School Paradise.
The Paradise AOG Church (now Influencers) had been trying to start a school for a number of years but had been met with a number of regulatory restrictions. After several failed attempts their Board asked Sunrise to found a campus in Paradise. In 1989 the school at Paradise was born with about 40 students in the transportable classrooms at the rear of the church. The school filled with committed parents, flourished and then grew rather rapidly.
Today, the school’s governance, oversight and spiritual guidance is entrusted to Adelaide Christian Schools, an incorporated association that governs a number of schools including Temple Christian College, Sunrise Christian School, Discovery Christian College in Queensland, as well as international schools, Sunrise Bethel Christian School, Papua New Guinea and, Faith Christian College South Carolina, USA.