College Leadership

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Sean Morrison

Principal

Brisbane Christian College has a long and successful tradition in developing graduates with self-discipline, a zest for life and a strong moral compass.

Brisbane Christian College is a wonderfully diverse community with a range of cultures, Christian denominations and other faith backgrounds represented. Our families select Brisbane Christian College because of our holistic, student-focused approach to learning, strong family values, nurturing environment and the outstanding behaviour of our students.

Jesus is the reason for our College. He is the driving force in our staff members’ lives and gives a clear sense of calling to each staff member to be within our community. Brisbane Christian College’s nurturing staff work in close partnership with parents and caregivers to ensure that students reach their spiritual, academic, emotional and physical potential.

In an era when many schools are large and can appear impersonal, Brisbane Christian College is small enough for students to be known by name, yet large enough to provide high-tech facilities and robust academic and co-curricular programs.

The result is a tight-knit community in which our students thrive academically, psycho-socially and spiritually, secure in the knowledge of God’s love.

As the leader of Brisbane Christian College, I look forward to working collaboratively with you as your child flourishes within our community.

Richest blessings,
Mr Sean G Morrison

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Ross Eggins

Deputy Principal

The Middle and Secondary team have a pastoral framework that ensures each child is cared for. Our Heads of Year, working closely with our Heads of House, bolster learning by ensuring that all teaching practices are constantly being improved. There is a burgeoning culture of peer mentoring and support and staff use available data to ensure children are studying subjects that both challenge them and suit their capacity. There is constant collaboration in planning and teaching across all subjects. We continue to strengthen associations with other learning institutions and industries outside of our College, to provide broader curriculum choices for our children. These include both Universities and Registered Training Organisations.

Nathan Cox

Nathan Cox

Head of Secondary School

Secondary School at Brisbane Christian College builds upon the knowledge, understandings and skills that are developed and nurtured through our Primary and Middle School year levels.
At Brisbane Christian College, we recognise the need to provide suitable pathways for all children throughout the Senior Phase of Learning. To that end we offer two Pathways of Excellence, one Academic and one Apprenticeship. Your child remains the focal point in all that we do and our aim is to provide each child with many options to meet their individual education goals.

Our curriculum is designed with a strong academic focus to meet the needs of graduates considering further studies following Year 12. Our flexible timetabling allows children to complete a range of qualifications whilst remaining at Brisbane College; from Apprenticeship programs, Certificate courses through to University subjects.

Our Pathways of Excellence programs aim to produce young men and women of excellence in whatever career path they choose. Since 2013, our teaching staff are proud to have guided all graduates to successfully pass every Senior Subject. In 2016, 70% of Pathways of Excellence: Apprenticeship graduates, graduated with a confirmed School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship. 100% of Pathway of Excellence: Academic graduates who applied for University admission received offers of placement.
Our commitment is to the individual child, not to our programmes. In partnership with Christ, our children and parents, we work to develop the whole child, transitioning them from adolescence to adulthood and preparing them to make an impact in our world.

Vicky Jones

Vicky Jones

Head of Middle School

Middle School teachers are committed to researching and devising strategies, in consultation with parents and students for identifying the most effective methods to engage our Year 6 to Year 8 students in active learning. The result of the investigations show that students want to be engaged in hands-on activities that are intriguing, exciting and challenging. These findings are in line with the theory that people learn when they seek answers to questions that matter to them (Pendergast D, 2005).

The Middle School Curriculum focuses heavily on building our students’ literacy and numeracy skills, and has a broad base of subjects that includes the Core areas of English, Mathematics, History, Science and Geography. Students also study Information and Communication Technology and explore self-expression through Visual Art, Drama and Music. Such subjects not only develop the students’ lateral thinking and problem solving techniques, but also ensure that they are constantly engaged in experiential tasks that are fun, meaningful and relevant.

On a daily basis Middle School students are presented with many opportunities to enable the construction of knowledge and the acquisition of new skills, through active engagement in tasks, inside and outside of the classroom. Through our Enrichment Learning programs students have experienced a myriad of activities including individual Noble Laureate projects and BRAINways EDUCATION, programs that provide learning experiences that are advanced in content and process. They have also participated in the ISQ Days of Excellence, ICAS competitions and International GreenHeart Science Competition.
Our learning program assists students in becoming independent and engaged learners, with a passion for learning that lasts a life time.

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Matthew Nicholson

Head of Primary

The Primary School curriculum has been guided by the College’s strong belief in providing a focused, practical and seamless curriculum, which is relevant to the children of our College, and which is based on current educational research and philosophy.

The Primary School curriculum incorporates the elements of the Australian Curriculum. Essential skills in literacy, numeracy, information and communication technology (ICT), thinking, creativity, teamwork and communication are integral to the Australian Curriculum and fit well with the Brisbane Christian College approach.

 

Similarly, it describes individuals who can manage their own wellbeing, relate well to others, make informed decisions about their lives, become citizens who behave with ethical integrity, relate to and communicate across cultures, work for the common good and act with responsibility at local, regional and global levels. These all relate well within the Christian ethos of the College.

Education at Brisbane Christian College acknowledges that learning is both developmental and socially constructed and provides for the child’s spiritual, physical, social, emotional, intellectual and cultural development. Each student is recognised as an observant, capable and productive individual with skills, abilities and a sense of wonder about the world around them.

Our learning programs consider that students have a variety of learning styles and the classroom environment encourages students to enjoy their learning and develop personal, achievable goals. A strong commitment to the development of essential literacy and numeracy skills allows students to grow in knowledge and understanding through the authentic learning opportunities they are presented with every day.

Hayley

Hayley Kopittke

Head of Upper Primary

Proverbs 22:6 encapsulates our desire for our children; ‘Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.’

God has created us in His image and as a team we value each child’s unique characteristics. We encourage our children to be good stewards for Christ and to strive for excellence in all facets of their lives, living out their faith daily. Our collaborative approach in Upper Primary allows us to work together to be creative and innovative with our curriculum delivery and to look for new ways to engage our children in their learning. Our programs are integrated across curriculum areas and encourage our children to learn by inquiry in order to find answers to their ‘big’ questions. Group work and cooperation are a key mechanism in the way in which we learn and grow together. Data drives our instruction and we engage in professional conversations as a teaching team to ensure every child is supported and extended.

As a team we strive to empower our children to be respectful, servant leaders. It is our desire to daily model Christ and for their learning to be world class. Our Upper Primary programs are extensive including camps, music, sports and opportunities for debating. We believe in growing the whole child and provide as many opportunities as we can for each child to shine with the talents God has gifted them with.

Our transition to Middle School Program, as part of the College Pastoral Care Framework, helps to establish security and familiarity, allowing our students to integrate successfully from Primary into Middle School. It is our desire to support all our students through this transition and to equip them with the tools they need to be world-class leaders in the future.

Mrs Dionne Juillard

Dionne Juillard

Head of Lower Primary

We believe that each child is unique and therefore it is imperative that as a team we provide different learning preferences that apply a variety of approaches to learning. This will enable all of our children to discover their God-given potential in an environment that encourages self-discovery and a hands-on approach to learning. Our Lower Primary has a vibrant and extensive learning programme that allows us to embed the Australian Curriculum in a fun and engaging way through the use of integrated learning which establishes a strong focus on problem-based learning to encourage thinking strategies.

We value the importance of establishing 21st century thinkers and learners through the use of our learning programmes and technology. As a team we believe in providing quality, holistic education that equips our children to become resourceful servant leaders by developing a strong sense of who they are a learner, as well as developing a love for God through their learning.

As teachers we value using a collaborative approach to our leaning and teaching to ensure we are giving our children the best. We have a strong focus on using data to drive our reflective practice to ensure our children are not left behind. We believe in researching best teacher practice to evolve and strengthen what we do as educators. As a community of teachers we strive to be the preferred place of learning through the way we nurture and establish success for all our children.

Zilea Simpson

Zilea Simpson

Head of Pre-Prep

At Brisbane Christian College Pre-Prep our vision for the children’s education is for them to experience learning in a Christian environment that is engaging and builds success for life.

We aim for them to experience the joy of childhood by promoting learning through play, as well as through emergent and planned learning and interactions. Play is an important learning instrument. It is intrinsically motivating, promotes learning and enables children to gain further skills that will assist their overall development.

We believe each child is a unique individual who is loved by God and that their special abilities, interests and cultural backgrounds should be the basis of our curriculum. We work with families to provide high quality education and care within a warm, caring, secure environment which promotes diversity and inclusion.
Our Kindergarten Approved Program offers an environment in which children can build confidence, broaden their skills and have fun whilst learning.

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