There are so many things about BHCS that make it a special place to work and learn. One of these things is the respect amongst staff members. This makes us all valuable, cutting through the typical hierarchy that exists in most workplaces and filtering down to the students. BHCS feels much more of a community than a school or place in which to work. I love it.
In both my roles I have the privilege of working with students to bring about hope for the future. The team I work with are all here because they want to make a difference in a child’s life. Their dedication is an encouragement to me to serve and keep humble as do my colleagues.
BHCS is a place where students can thrive because they are known.
While it might seem like a simple concept, it is a powerful one. There is a strong focus on community and a part of that means that the students are known by their teachers - more than just names, the staff here know and care about each student and we share a desire to push them and to help them flourish.
I love that I get to work closely with teachers who share a passion to teach well and to engage students in learning that transcends the classroom. I love that Jesus is central to all we do and that His teachings on justice, love and grace are reflected in our classroom teaching and practice.
The uniqueness of Belgrave Heights Christian School is contrived from the various different areas and environments within the school, distinguishing it from other schools. These regions include Middle Earth, the Junior School section, the garden, the VCE area, and the stunning natural surrounding environment.
What I love most about Belgrave Heights is the immense level of care teachers and staff have for students around the school. Teachers will always have time for you and consistently offer support and resources to assist your learning.
What I love about the school is the ability to have freedom, within reason, to implement ideas and programs that help to ‘grow’ our students. Management have faith in their team of educators to make informed decisions to try new things that will benefit the student body. They literally have a growth mindset and a trusting heart to see programs flourish, ultimately, adding value to the students’ life at the school.
I love to see the students fostering a belief in themselves, and others, as they try new things.
We love the links between the school and its environment through placement, design and curriculum. The school is nestled into a bend of Monbulk Creek and every classroom has gorgeous views of trees and light. We love the ways the school provides encouragement and support in unusual ways: Bush Dances, Movie nights, Celebration Night, musical recitals, science night – they’re all such wonderful ways of providing different connections to the community.
There are great opportunities to connect with students from outside of their direct peer group – middle school choir, musicals, buddy systems, sport activities and camps. This approach gives children a broad friendship base and a good foundation for life outside school.
I believe BHCS and its uniqueness stems from the many underlying values about Christianity, self-growth and identity promoted by the staff and students alike. Of course, the school has all of the educational aspects you’d want to see but there is a strong emphasis on character, especially during the morning devotions and assemblies. Besides the clichés of seeing my friends every day, lunchtimes and having free periods, I love all of the extracurricular events such as House Athletics and House Swimming. These days are always fun and have a really great atmosphere, especially with all the year levels interacting with one another.