Meet Henry Engelbrecht
Our school principal
I warmly welcome you to Sunrise Christian School Whyalla. Thank you for taking the time to seek out our school, we are confident that you will love what you find here.
I am a passionate educator and along with our wonderful staff we aim to provide a warm and welcoming family experience that encourages all our students to achieve their best. Our school provides a diverse learning experience which smoothly transitions them from the Early Learning Centre into primary school.
We are constantly striving to be innovative and progressive, and firmly believe in nurturing children to reveal the best of their God given talents. Supporting them and providing continual opportunities at every stage of their school life.
I would love to invite you to come in for morning tea and the opportunity to get to know us and our school. More than that, we would love to show you how we can partner with your family in the development of your child.
Vision & values
Sunrise Christian School exists to provide a welcoming, family-oriented and Christ-centered 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’ in the things they believe 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 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.
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, Pastor 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 schools including Sunrise Christian School Whyalla.
Our school in Whyalla was established in the late 1980’s as Whyalla Christian School. It was built on the old drive-in site and was a ministry of the AOG church with whom they shared facilities. In 2009, Whyalla Christian School became Sunrise Christian School when Adelaide Christian Schools was invited to oversee the school.
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, Sunrise Christian School Whyalla, Discovery Christian College in Queensland, as well as international schools, Sunrise Bethel Christian School and Edai Christian School in Papua New Guinea and, Faith Christian College South Carolina, USA.