Guiding Principles

Charter

Crest Education is committed to employing best teaching and learning practices as reflected in current educational literature and research and which are in line with our underpinning biblical ethos. The list below outlines what quality education looks like at Crest.

  1. The gospel is integral to both curriculum and teaching and learning practices
  2. Student wellbeing is prioritised as an essential prerequisite for learning    
  3. Learning is focussed less on content and rote learning and more on conceptual, problem based, project based, inquiry, real world learning
  4. Celebration of growth and progress is prioritised (not just achievement)
  5. Students are empowered and are able to make decisions about their learning
  6. A priority is placed on students learning in community
  7. There is intentional teaching of character, values and attribute dispositions    
  8. Learning is differentiated – not all students learn the same thing in the same way at the same time
  9. A growth mindset permeates – a belief that all students can learn and become lifelong learners    
  10. Formative assessment practices are a key feature of learning    
  11. Learning spaces are designed strategically in order to facilitate effective wellbeing and learning    
  12. School structures (e.g. timetables, procedures etc) serve best learning practice and do not drive or constrain learning

Principles

  1. The pursuit of faith, identity and character Each student explores and discovers God’s unique calling on their lives within the larger context of their identity as His image-bearers (Genesis 1:26), creation stewards and cultivators (Genesis 1:28-30), ambassadors of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-20), and pursuers of shalom (Hebrews 12:14)
  2. The instilling of Gospel-driven excellence The good news of Jesus’ salvation for us needs to be at the heart of all we do. We can have confidence and humility in pursuing excellence, not as an end In itself, but in a way which reflects the goodness of God and His purposes for our lives.
  3. The application of Biblical principles A Biblical worldview underpins learning, teaching, curriculum, assessment and cultural formation. It results in an environment imbued with hope, integrity, accountability, transparency and sustainability
  4. The  creation of a safe, relational and engaging environment The College offers human and practical resources, a unique and child safe environment and opportunities to develop the diverse gifts and talents God has given to each member of the College community. The importance of developing healthy and sustainable relationships will be a focus throughout Crest
  5. Partnering with parents and the wider community We recognise and affirm the pivotal and interconnected role which parents, carers, the broader family and the wider community play in the healthy formation of students from ELC right through to their Year 12 graduation
  6. The commitment to serving others in community Students and staff are viewed as social beings and the College as a learning community where they can practice living and serving others in redemptive ways within and beyond Crest.

Philosophy

Crest Education offers students a holistic education established on a Christian foundation.  

We consider that young people are transformed through having a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ and developing a biblically grounded and shaped worldview about God, themselves, human society and creation. The College seeks to instil in students a high standard of biblical morality, an understanding of social justice and deep respect for others. 

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