Why faith is important in education

141216-why-fait-is-important-in-education_300x200pxA faith-based education provides students with a strong sense of direction in life. As a collective, students share the same beliefs and values which provide a meaningful education experience.

The theologian Karl Barth offers some useful guidelines to help us understand our responsibility in responding to God’s calling. He advises Christians to consider three aspects of their lives: aptitude or gifts; our place in the life cycle; and, our place in history. Barth sees youth as a time of opportunity, preparation, hope and planning.

As a community, Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College provides a unique context where young men and women can celebrate this special time in their life. Through our own service, generosity and prayer we are well-equipped to provide students with a unique journey of discovery and adventure that will honour their life, refine their beliefs and values and shape their leadership potential.

We believe a faith-based education is significant. There are many reasons why faith is important in education. For this reason, faith (specifically Christianity) is celebrated in many ways throughout the College.

  1. At Bishop Tyrrell, Christian studies are designed to teach our students how to become active citizens who are well-equipped to contribute positively to the world. Children also find that they are better prepared to serve their families and the wider community. We encourage students to identify and understand their own values. These are the fundamental beliefs that provide the context to all of our actions. Students embark on a journey of self-discovery as they consider the questions:
    • Who am I?
    • Where do I fit in?
    • How might I serve others?
  1. As a community, it is our responsibility to ensure that our young men and women are equipped to take on all of life’s challenges. It is up to us to shape their leadership potential and equip them with a spirit of hope and possibility.
  1. A student who possesses wisdom, generosity, forgiveness, faith, hope and love will provide great leadership and service to our community, the nation and the world in the years to come.
  1. At Bishop Tyrrell, students from Preschool to Year 12 learn about Anglican values and traditions, Christianity and the Bible.
  1. Preschool to Year 12 students also attend Chapel once a week to participate in Anglican services, sing hymns, and hear Bible readings and devotions.
  1. The College celebrates important events of the Anglican calendar and holds special services such as the Year 12 Valedictory Eucharist.
  1. In the lead-up to Christmas, Chapel services are focused upon the significance of this special Christian celebration, while the College hosts a Christmas Carol service to celebrate with the wider community.

But more than this, we instil in our students a sense of service, compassion and giving. A practical application of the Christian message, students learn to serve others and in doing so find fulfilment and develop resilience. They are principled, caring and compassionate.

Through our teachings of the faith, we are able to provide opportunities for our students to learn, lead and serve. It is our hope that all of our students will find the inspiration to become fine young women and men of integrity and principle who support each other in their quest for excellence.

In the words of Mark Twain, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

To discover how children can be inspired to become fine young men and women of integrity and principle, request a copy of our prospectus, here. A Bishop Tyrrell education is an education for life.

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