BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW OF EDUCATION
‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’ (John 8:12 NIV).
Our Biblical Worldview shapes our shared understanding and responsibility to view the world through the lenses of Creation, Fall, Redemption and Restoration. by nurturing and caring for ourselves, each,other and the world around us. At Toongabbie Christian College, our purpose is to be a caring Christian community that supports families by providing a quality Christ-centred education which develops the whole person for life and eternity.
We aim to provide students with a modern, Australian education, where a Biblical Worldview is integral to learning outcomes. We seek to enable each young person to make connections between God’s purpose in creation and how they might respond in their everyday lives and communities.
To inspire the minds of young people and position them to face the future with confidence, the College has implemented Christian Schools Australia’s ‘God’s Big Story’.
This is the story of God the Creator, a people made in His image, and a world made for us to enjoy in relationship with each other and God. It is a story of rebellion and how its devastating consequences have shaped history. Left to ourselves, we face a bleak future. It is the story of rescue, through Christ’s act of redemption, which could only be initiated by God Himself. A single act in which injustice, pain and abandonment are overcome by sacrificial love: love which makes possible the reconciliation of God and His people — all rebellion has been forgiven. It is the story of what happens next: the restoration of the relationship between God and His people. The bleak prospect of a future without hope is overcome by the promise of a restored creation. Each act of reconciliation in our world is a foretaste and reminder of the ultimate restoration to come. Knowledge of the coming fulfilled kingdom of God, and acceptance that it is only possible because of the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf, changes everything. (Source: Connecting Learners with God’s Big Story – Illuminating Curriculum in Australian Christian Schools)
It is our heatfelt conviction that through our belief in Christ:
- People have inherent worth, equality and dignity because we all are made in the image of God and have a purpose. This will guide our understanding and evaluation of history, sociology, ethics, public policy and so on.
- The world was made by God for people to enjoy and care for as stewards. This, for example, will guide our approach to science and technology (exploring and understanding the extraordinary mysteries of God’s creation), environmental issues (as stewardship), economics (as concerning social justice), engineering (solving problems for the benefit of others) etc.
- All beauty is God’s beauty. This helps shape our appreciation and expression in the fields of music, art, architecture, design and many other forms of human expression.
- All virtue is of God. This helps shape discussions about human dignity, morality and relationships, with all the implications that flow from a careful analysis of God’s ideals for human interaction. (Source: Connecting Learners with God’s Big Story – Illuminating Curriculum in Australian Christian Schools)
The above are examples of the way in which, if we allow biblical perspectives to illuminate our approach to curriculum, education will be enriched by a bigger narrative in a way that will lead the learner to find meaning, purpose and indeed vocation. The metaphor of illumination is expressed wonderfully by CS Lewis: ‘I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.‘ (1944).
Beyond the classroom, our students participate in daily devotions, worship and prayer. We focus on teaching Biblical Studies where we aim to inspire our students to open the Bible for themselves and develop their relationship with God both at the College and independently.
You can find our full Statement of Faith here.