The purpose of Pacific Hills is to provide a Christian educational community as a centre of teaching, learning and serving excellence founded on biblically based beliefs, values and behaviour.
We pursue our vision from a Biblical base by aiming:
To be authentically Christian:
- To start and end with knowing God in all endeavours
- To live under the authority of God’s Word, and to interpret it thoroughly and reasonably with the guidance of His Holy Spirit.
- To staff the school with people committed to live worshipfully under God
- To nurture and encourage students into a reconciled relationship with God through Christ.
- To work as the Body of Christ comprised by those of faith in the school community.
To provide quality education:
- To encourage and train students into a love of learning.
- To equip students’ minds to understand God’s perspective in all areas of learning.
- To help each child achieve his or her God given potential, by providing appropriate educational opportunities according to each one’s abilities, including those with intellectual deficits, the learning disabled and the gifted and talented, and those from varying ethnic backgrounds.
- To fulfil all government requirements to enable us to be an accredited educational institution.
- To have the students accept the Biblical principle of stewardship in relation to their gifts.
- To encourage and train students in work habits which can produce outstanding results in all school programs - spiritual, academic, cultural, physical.
- To encourage staff in their own development in all areas.
To practise Christian community:
- To create safe relationships through being just and fair according to Biblical principles
- To be compassionate and merciful as God is to us.
- To nurture and train students to accept personal responsibility for themselves (self discipline); to act within an ethos of service towards others; and to demonstrate an attitude of care for the environment.
- To encourage the involvement of those supportive of the school ethos who can assist in the teaching and learning at PHCS.
- To develop curriculum that explicitly addresses relational issues.
- To develop community life across all activities of PHCS.
- To maintain and promote K-12 unity throughout the school.
Christian philosophy rests upon revealed truth in the Scriptures - truth which is embodied in the teaching of Christ. This teaching includes the following propositions:
- God, Creator of all things which exist outside of Himself, is personally interested in humankind.
- God’s interest in humankind extends to specific individual interest in each person and all people will give an account to God.
- Humankind, created in the image of God, has fallen short of the mark. As fallen creatures humans stands in need of redemption.
- God has made provision for humankind to be redeemed through the incarnation, death and resurrection of the Christ.
- God as a God of justice will ultimately correct the imbalances and injustice, which exist in human life and in all of creation.
- All people are equal in God’s sight, as His “offspring” (Acts 17:29), but those who come to Him in faith enter into a new relationship – they are born from a new source of life (John 3:16).
- Humankind has a responsibility under God as custodians of the earth (Genesis 1:26-28).
Statement of Faith
The Bible is God’s Word, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original writings. It is our sole authority and absolutely binding in all matters of faith and conduct.
There is one holy God, existing eternally as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is the Creator of all things visible and invisible. Jesus Christ is the Son of God who became man through conception by the Holy Spirit and virgin birth and was without sin.
The Holy Spirit convicts the world of guilt in regard to sin, righteousness and judgement.
Satan is the originator of all evil and through him sin was introduced into the world after the Fall of Adam and Eve. Man is, by nature and practice, a sinful creature and is unable, by any personal merit or works, to meet the standards of a holy God.
In love, Jesus Christ voluntarily suffered the penalty of death by crucifixion for the sin of the whole world. He was buried and arose from among the dead on the third day thus signifying God’s acceptance of His sacrifice. He is now seated at the right hand of God. By personal faith in Christ one can know the complete forgiveness of sins, be reconciled to God, become a member of the family of God and receive eternal life. Those who do not accept Jesus Christ as Saviour will be separated from God eternally.
Christ lives in every Christian’s life by the Holy Spirit from the moment he is born again into God’s family. The Holy Spirit guides, instructs and empowers the believer for godly living and service.
The Lord Jesus Christ will return in person to receive all believers to Himself and to set up His kingdom. At that time all believers will be united with Him eternally. Then there will be a new heaven and a new earth in which God’s sovereignty will be unchallenged.
Values develop from beliefs. They are what people use to decide what things are of more worth and importance in their lives.
All education involves the teaching of Values. This is either intentional or unintentional.
Pacific Hills intentionally and thoughtfully “teaches” Bible-based values directly through its lessons (built on a strong foundation of Biblical belief) and also through its policies and practices (the School’s beliefs in action).
Pacific Hills identifies fourteen biblically based values that we believe are essential in developing Christ like character. These form the core of our Values Education program.
Each Year group focuses on one of the core Values. This focus involves a point of emphasis in the Pastoral and Spiritual Development of that group of students in that Year group.
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