Learning

Our Bible-based curriculum has been developed over the last three decades to produce a quality cyclic approach using traditional methods of education in conjunction with the latest in best-practice teaching.

Sunrise Christian School approaches all areas of learning – as set in the Australian Curriculum – through a Biblical lens, with the aim of successfully educating your son or daughter to achieve personal excellence and the leadership attributes to help fulfil their destiny. We aim to continuously improve and maintain the best in teaching and learning practices and opportunities for the development of your child.

Every student is given the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary for the transition to secondary and tertiary education and achieve their true potential in the wider world.

At the core of our philosophy is the understanding that faith is inherent in every aspect of life. Therefore, we do not teach ‘Bible’ or ‘Christian Studies’ as a separate subject. To do so is to imply that faith is separate to the rest of life.

Instead, the school’s morning starts with class devotions, or an assembly where the truth of the Bible will be explored and the relevance of it, discussed. Subject lessons bring opportunities to draw attention to the character of God, or to expound the intricacies of His creation. And finally, the school day concludes with reflection time and opportunities for thanksgiving.

We encourage our teachers to be a collaborative extension of your home and make the most of those ‘teachable moments’: to train and reinforce right behaviour; to honour and glorify God; and to instil a healthy and rounded world view.

Early Learning Centre

Since 2011 the Sunrise Christian School Whyalla ELC has been providing an Early Learning Curriculum that prepares children for school, by developing a love of learning. We do this through a faith-based culture, family environment and biblical world view that underpins everything that we do.

Our ELC has qualified and highly experienced staff who have a passion for caring and educating children. Nicole, the Director of the ELC is a qualified teacher and leads the team providing a pre-school/Kindy program (for ages 4-5 years) as well as long day care for children from 3 years of age.

In 2017, our ELC went through the Australian Government’s Assessment and Rating process and received the rating of “Exceeding” the National Standard. The highest rating possible.

Come in for a coffee and chat, we would love to meet you and show your around our Centre.

ELC Learning

Smooth transitions into Reception are a benefit of our service being attached to the School. ELC children have the opportunity to get to know the Reception teacher throughout the year. Since our ELC is at the school, they are also familiar with the environment and surroundings and get a chance to participate in school wide events such as Hot Lunch days, Sports Day, Book Week, Grandparents’ Day, and Christmas events. Our ELC is situated right next to the Kitchen Garden which allows daily visits to see the chickens, inspect the veggie patches, and provides diverse learning opportunities for children.

Our play-based curriculum is developed to meet the individual needs and interests of each child. There is a focus on literacy and numeracy skills and assisting children to develop successfully in these areas. Our literacy program focuses on pre-reading and writing skills such as phonemic awareness, rhyme and syllables, and other activities strengthen and refine their fine motor skills and coordination.

At Sunrise, our Buddy program also allows Kindy children to be paired with a Grade 6 child who they spend time with each week. This gives the younger child a buddy they will learn from, grow with, and develop a relationship with that continues into Reception at Sunrise Christian School. We also work in relationship with other educational and medical professionals such as psychologists, paediatricians, occupational and speech therapists to ensure we provide the highest care and early intervention required for a child’s success in all areas.

Playgroups

As part of the Early Childhood program at Sunrise Christian School Whyalla, we run fortnightly Playgroups. Our Playgroups are for families who have children from birth to 5 years old and are an opportunity to build community between families and foster nurturing relationships between parents and children. On the surface the recipe is simple. Families from both the Sunrise community and the broader local community. A gold coin donation. Different themed activities such as those that develop fine motor skills or focus on literacy through songs. And of course, a free fruit and cheese platter for everyone to enjoy. These come together to create something that is really quite special.

 

Above all, our Playgroups focus on cultivating the relationship between the child and parent. At Sunrise we believe that parents are the first educators, and therefore our program aims to empower these relationships. Our activities always consider the interactions and trust that is built between the parent and child and also whether it can be replicated simply at home. For new families it is also an opportunity to get to know the Sunrise community by meeting the staff and other parents. It also allows an opportunity for children to become familiar with the environment and provides a smooth transition into ELC.

Junior School

Our junior school families share a close bond with our committed and caring staff, all of whom invest deeply in your child’s wellbeing. We aim to be an extension of the home, offering faith-based encouragement and support to all junior school students.

By building Christian character in your son or daughter, we strive to equip them to fulfil their potential, academically, emotionally, socially and physically. Your child will be encouraged to shine and be all who God has made them to be. To build fun and engaging learning environments we have implemented ‘Fun Fridays’. Every second friday afternoon, with the help of parents and friends, students get to participate in a variety of activities from arts to games and building.

A biblical worldview forms the foundation for rich and diverse learning and allows students to develop enhanced thinking skills and enthusiastically engage in the joys of discovery.

Middle School

The Middle School Experience at Sunrise has been designed to meet the challenges of today’s dynamic society. We aim to provide your child with the opportunity to develop both independent and collaborative learning in the context of a supportive, nurturing environment. We seek to foster his or her gifts and talents in a way that prepares them to successfully navigate the challenges, and respect the rewards, of life.

As part of a successful transition to secondary school we offer a range of specialised subjects introducing students to new skills and further developing previous learning. Middle school students have opportunities to practically apply their faith to the local and wider community. Your child will not only be encouraged to seek leadership responsibilities that actively connect them to the school community, they will also be given the chance to organise special events and support areas of need in the local and global community.

Currently our middle school is starting with grade 6 and 7 and will build to grade 8, 9 and 10 in the years to come. In grade 7, students take a trip to Canberra where he or she can see, first hand, our democracy at work. There is also the chance to shine at the end-of-year concert or musical, the graduation dinner, and at presentation night.

Beyond the Classroom

As well as educating children to pursue excellence in learning within the classroom, we also provide opportunities for learning beyond the classroom. These specialty programs provide diverse learning opportunities for students and ways for families to get involved, ensuring that no one misses out.