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Principal's Welcome

Welcome to Belgrave Heights Christian School!

It is an immense privilege to be the Principal of this hidden gem in the hills. As I pass through the gates each morning and catch a glimpse of the magnificent tall trees and hear the call of the kookaburra ring out across the valley, I am reminded of the goodness of God and his blessing upon the school. 
 
I’ve been in education for 35 years and Principal for 22 of those, yet each day I wake feeling energised, excited and eager to begin a new day. For me, school leadership is a calling and a passion and I’m thankful that the Lord has placed me here. 
 
I believe what we do now echoes beyond time, which gives us an incredible opportunity to invest deeply into the lives of our students and families. At BHCS, we choose to live in light of eternity - acting justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with our God. It is this undergirding spirit of Love that informs all of our interactions and relationships.
 
Education is about so much more than learning. It is about the transformation of students’ life stories. A chance to take each one on a meaningful journey towards the people that they were designed to be. We are seed planters and caretakers, helping students to appreciate their unique value and flourish both during and after their years here.
 
The school has a rich history of strong leadership, generous hospitality and authentic community. While our wider context over the past few years has been fraught with complexities and suffering, we remain a beacon of light in the darkness - offering hope that is based upon a greater story: the story of our faith. As an open enrolment school, we extend a warm welcome to everyone who wishes to be a part of this wonderful story. 
 
I invite you to read more about our history below and to book a tour. Come and see for yourself what makes our school such a unique one. You will meet our friendly staff and explore our beautiful grounds which have been lovingly and sustainably maintained. 
 
Looking forward to meeting you!
 
Mr Peter Cliffe

Our Past

Belgrave Heights Christian School grew out of the vision and prayers of parents looking for a local Christian School back as early as 1978.

Through these prayers and the hard work of Lynette Thompson, Jenny McCallam and Isabel Bell, Belgrave Heights Christian School became more than just a vision.

The work of commencing the school was a true community effort, with many individuals committing their time and resources.

In 2016, the school published Heights of Hope, a collection of short stories and a documentary detailing the school’s story up until the present day.

Since 2018, the school has published a new Strategic Vision each year, adapting the vision annually to ensure the best possible learning outcomes for our students. To see our collection of Strategic Vision Videos, click here.

The school officially began in 1983 as a Primary School. In 2002, the School began its journey into becoming both a Primary and Secondary School progressively adding secondary year levels over time.

In 2013, the Kindergarten was opened providing a purpose-built facility. What was once a ‘secret’ in the hills became something families sought after. 

Enrolment numbers continued to grow and this growth saw the development of our first architecturally designed buildings including outstanding classroom facilities.

Extensive landscaping completes all these facilities, making the most of the beautiful natural surrounds. 

 

Belgrave Heights Christian School Total Enrolments

Our Present

Belgrave Heights Christian School is a thriving and vibrant co-educational K-12 school of over 827 students. Situated on the edge of the Dandenong Ranges, approximately 50 km south-east of Melbourne, the school consists of an Early Learning Centre (3 and 4 year olds), Junior School (Prep to Year 4), Middle School (Year 5 to 8) and Senior School (Year 9 to 12).

The school offers a broad and challenging range of educational pathways and a wide variety of co-curricular choices for students.

The school is part of Christian Schools Australia and is committed to the holistic development of every student in a Christ-centred environment.

Our Future

We believe that Belgrave Heights Christian School has a very exciting future!

We have amazing parents committed to our vision for the future, passionate and inspired staff committed to serving our students, and phenomenal students who are committed to learning and growing everyday. 

These students are the reason why we exist. We want to continue to build, design, and create a school where their life-stories can emerge and their strengths can develop, that their lives might be transformed and that they might discover their own ways to serve others.

In 2019 we put out a 'Call to Adventure'. In 2020 we placed a focus on the transformative journey of our students, encompassed by the theme ‘The Courage to Grow’. In 2021 we are calling on students to find 'The Strength to Endure' as we navigate an unpredictable year while also allowing adversity to refine us.  We are designing the future of our school by focusing on the holistic development of our students: their thinking, their emotions, and their actions. This intellectual, moral and spiritual transformation lies at the heart of the Christian faith and forms the foundation of all that we do. It is an exciting time to be part of the Belgrave Heights Christian School journey!

 

 

The future is yet to be written. Our story is not complete. We invite you to join with us in shaping the future of our school and the lives of our students who call our school their own. 

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