To know, experience and share our hope in Jesus Christ.
Because Your Child Matters, Prescott Primary Northern’s mission is to provide a balanced education program in a caring, Christian environment by preparing the mind for truth, the hands for service and the heart for heaven.
Prescott Primary Northern offers Adventist Christian education that is based on a biblical worldview. Its philosophical frame of reference is derived from special characteristics and understandings that grow out of these foundational biblical assumptions and beliefs. These are outlined as follows:
Foundational Assumptions and Beliefs
- God Is the Ultimate Source—God is infinite and the primary source of life, wisdom, beauty and perfection.(Gen 1:1; Acts 17:28)
- God Is Creator—God created and sustains the entire Universe. This creative action was intentional, structured and orderly and a reflection of His personality. (Gen 1 and 2; John 1:1-14; Col 1:15-17; Heb 1:1-3)
- Human Origins—God crated perfect human beings in His own image with power to think, choose, act and relate (Gen 1:26, 27; 2:7, 15, 21-25; Ps 8; Ps 139: 15, 16)
- How we Know—God has revealed something of Himself to humanity through His creative work, the person of Jesus Christ and the Bible (Ps 19; Heb 1:1-3; John 1:4; John 14:9; Ps 119:105; 2 Tim 3:16)
- Our Problem—By their own choice in Eden, humans rebelled against the Creator, shattering their open relationship with Him and plunging themselves and the world into a conflict of cosmic proportions between good and evil. As a consequence, the capacity of humanity to reflect the image of God was well nigh destroyed (Gen 3; Rom 3:23; Rom 8:22)
- God’s Response—God, through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, answered the problem of sin with a plan to restore human beings to God’s image and the university to its original state of perfection, love and harmony (John 3:16; Rev 21:1, 3, 4, 27; 22:3, 4)
- Renewed Relationship—In accepting God’s plan of restoration we begin a new relationship with God through Jesus and maintain this relationship through the study of the Bible, prayer and worship (2 Cor 5:17; Rom 10:17; 1 Thess 5:17; James 5:16; Ps 119:105)
- Our Hope and Destiny—God invites us to share the Gospel with the world creatively and responsibly until he intervenes in history to bring about a restored creation (rev3:20; John 15; Matt 28:18, 19; Rev 21:1)
Special Characteristics Growing Out of these Understandings
- The Ultimate Purpose of Education—the restoration of human begins to the image of their Maker through a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and the balanced development of the whole person
- Knowledge—Both a supernatural and a natural order is assumed, with God acknowledged as the essential source of all wisdom and virtue. Knowledge is viewed as more than merely intellectual. True knowledge encompasses cognitive, experiential, emotional, relational, intuitive and spiritual elements functioning as an interrelated whole.
- The Students—Students are recognized and respected a being uniquely created in God’s image. As fallen creatures, they are seen with the need to develop comprehensive wholeness and integrity in order to reach their highest potential and to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.
- The Teacher—The teacher-minister’s role is of central importance in the life of the school. Teacher-ministers are expected to be exemplary models of Seventh-day Adventist Christian graces and to demonstrate professional competence in teaching, pastoral nurture and ministry.
- The Curriculum—All areas of study are approached from the perspective of the biblical worldview within the context of the Cosmic Conflict theme. As a balanced curriculum that promotes an integrated perspective of faith and learning, it addresses the major developmental needs in the spiritual, intellectual, physical, social, emotional and vocational realms.
- Teaching and Learning—An appropriate emphasis is placed on all forms of true knowledge. There is sensitivity to the culture, typical methods and skills of the respective subject fields and their place within the scheme of learning from a Christian perspective. Teaching methods are sensitive to the diversity of the gifts and needs of all students and seek to actively engage them personally and collaboratively and give opportunity to put into practice what has been learned. Excellence is encourage and facilitated in all areas.
- The Total Environment—the school is seen as a total learning environment, with careful attention given to balance of study, worship, work and recreation. It strives to be a community pervaded by spirituality, industry, a spirit of cooperation, a sense of safety and security and respect for the diversity of individuals and cultures. Its approach to discipline strives to be redemptive by engaging the will and intelligence of students in developing self-control and values-based decision making. It also strives to maintain a close liason with families and the Church in who interests and ministries they share
In summary, the educational program at Prescott Primary Northern is based on the Christian worldview that God is the Creator and Saviour of the world. The fundamental premise of our educational philosophy is the belief that the Gospel touches every aspect of life. The school’s educational program is designed so that the power of the Gospel may become a reality in all areas of the students’ lives.
Prescott Primary Northern endeavours to provide a warm, caring Christian environment where all children can learn to relate positively to students, staff and other adults. The school recognizes the uniqueness of each individual and priority is given to helping each child develop socially, spiritually, emotionally, academically and physically to provide a balance for life-skills and life’s choices, preparing the mind for truth, the hands for service and the heart for heaven. In line with our wholistic approach to education, we emphasize the importance of developing a healthy lifestyle.
As Prescott Primary Northern is a Christian school, each staff member is dedicated to encouraging students to develop a love for God and a saving relationship with Jesus Christ which will be expressed in unselfish service, self-discipline and a better understanding of biblical principles by which to make decisions. These goals are supported and protected by our code of conduct which is as follows:
Code of Conduct
- Everyone has the right to work and learn without being disrupted by others
- Everyone has the right to be treated courteously and respectfully
- Everyone has the right to work in a clean and safe environment
- Everyone has the right to feel proud of their school
Our Code of Conduct can be summed up in the words of Jesus Christ, “Treat others the way you would like to be treated.” Matthew 7:12
The Prescott Primary Northern curriculum incorporates nine Key Learning Areas (KLAs). These are Christian Faith Development, English, Mathematics, Science, Studies in Society and the Environment, Design and Technology, the Arts, Health and Personal Development and a Language other than English (French). Through these KLAs, the School’s objective is to foster the harmonious development of each student’s spiritual, academic, social and physical wellbeing as follows:
- Develop a continuing relationship with Christ as their personal Saviour and Friend and demonstrate this in healthy interpersonal relationships, good Christian values and healthful living
- Search for knowledge and truth through general and special revelation
- Evaluate knowledge, concepts, ideas and behaviour against God’s standards as outlined in His Word
- Establish a habit of daily devotions
- Be a positive influence for Christianity
- Share Jesus Christ as the solution to human problems
- Demonstrate the desire to be of service to God and humankind
- Participate in Church activities and ministries, locally and worldwide
- Realize the need to prepare for Christ’s soon return
- Strive for academic excellence according to their individual talents and abilities, and find pleasure in learning
- Experience success and receive affirmation and feedback for their efforts, progress and achievements no matter what their special learning requirements may be
- Accept responsibility for and the consequences of their learning--experiencing success and failure and learning from them
- Acquire the literary and numeracy skills which will enable them to meet the demands of everyday life
- Communicate effectively through listening, reading, speaking and writing
- Demonstrate an eagerness to be involved in new experiences and acquire new knowledge
- Utilize their ability to think logically and critically
- Appreciate that creative abilities contributing to harmonious personal development are a gift from God for His glory and for peace and blessing to others
- Experience contemporary developments, particularly in the field of Information Technology and distinguish between important and unimportant information using a range of modern technology
- Exhibit imagination and creativity and recognize beauty as a demonstration of God’s work on earth
- Develop a knowledge and appreciation of Australia’s historical and geographical context
- Develop a knowledge of a language other than English
- Experience satisfaction and success from home study and appropriate parental support with their learning
- Develop a healthy self-image, self-confidence and optimism based on God’s love and acceptance
- Demonstrate confidence in their abilities to achieve and to accept others’ successes
- Gain skills and develop values such as kindness, honesty, generosity, helpfulness, respect, humility, tolerance, courtesy and patience that will enable them to interact confidently and acceptably to sustain healthy relationships
- Demonstrate good values to prepare for leadership in the school, home, church, community and nation
- Develop an understanding of and respect for our cultural heritage, including that of Aboriginal and ethnic groups
- Have an understanding of and concern for balanced development and the global environment
- Demonstrate a commitment to Christian mission and engage in acts of service to others to alleviate suffering and frustration
- Recognize the close relationship that exists between body, mind and spirit in order to develop a happy, healthy lifestyle
- Recognize the importance of moderation in recreation, diet, social and personal relationships
- Understand the harmful effects of socially acceptable and illegal drugs and exclude them from their lives
- Develop a basic knowledge of the human body, its functions, needs and care
- Participate confidently in games and activities without undue concern regarding failure or success
- Exhibit teamwork and fair play
- Show consideration for and responsibility towards God’s creation
- Develop skills that will help in performing useful work and enjoyable leisure time
- Establish a healthy balance between work and recreation
In summary, it is our objective to offer our students:
- A climate in which they can understand what is pleasing to God, commit their lives to Him and experience the joy of helping others;
- A balanced program that supports spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical development;
- A core of knowledge and skills for everyday living appropriate to their age;
- An appreciation and respect for the home, the Church, the School and the community;
- The opportunity to respond to God’s grace and demonstrate their commitment through baptism, helping others and showing a willingness to do what is pleasing to God in every aspect of their lives;
- Opportunities to develop positive attitudes and values towards God, society and others, the environment, materials needs and themselves;
- Support to develop competence in thinking, reasoning, decision-making, communicating and expressing as a foundation for schooling at the secondary level;
- An environment conducive to the development of interpersonal skills and emotional growth necessary for healthy relationships with their peers, family and community
- Skills and knowledge about basic health principles and balanced living, including wise use of time and entertainment media; and,
- Opportunities to appreciate the dignity of work along with a growing awareness of career options appropriate to their interests and God-given abilities.