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Maranatha Christian School

Maranatha Christian School

VIC, Melbourne Southern Suburbs & Western Port




Sector

Sector
Independent

Level

Level
Combined

Coeducational

Gender
Coeducational

Christian

Religion
Christian

About Maranatha Christian School

Founded in 1970, Maranatha Christian School is built on the foundations of Christian discipleship, personal integrity, academic excellence and community service. The school operates over three sites in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, with Junior Schools offering ELC to Year 6 at Officer and Doveton, and a Middle and Senior School for Years 7 to 12 at Endeavour Hills. Our vision is to be an inclusive Christian learning community in partnership with home and church, where students are inspired to discover and develop their God-given gifts, abilities and character for a life of service to the Lord in contemporary society.
At Maranatha, we seek to honour God in all we do. This underpins the way we teach, the way we care for students and the high expectations we have both for our students and ourselves. Most importantly, it underpins our partnership with parents to ensure that children are fully prepared for the next stage of life. Through a model of Christ-centred education and constant encouragement, we seek to inspire children to develop and use their God-given talents to be the best they can be, both for themselves and others. We do this by employing talented and capable Christian teachers who are not only highly qualified and well-regarded educators, but also have the ability to build quality relationships with students.
Through both the academic and co-curricular program, and by using a range of cutting-edge technologies, children are encouraged to pursue excellence in all they do. By participating in a rigorous, challenging and engaging curriculum, as well as a wide range of co-curricular programs, a student at Maranatha can access opportunity — the opportunity to learn, the opportunity to develop, the opportunity to serve, the opportunity to grow and the opportunity to excel. These opportunities help children develop their personal faith and build the necessary skills to be successful in life, no matter the pathway on which God may lead them.

Students across the whole school are supported by section heads, coordinators, the school psychologist, chaplains, counsellors and education support aides. We also run numerous programs that assist with building resilience, encouraging positive relationships and developing a strong Christian character.
We believe that as a school community we need to display actively God's love for the world, as exemplified by Jesus. We do this not just in the way we treat each other with courtesy and respect, or display personal integrity, but practically through community service, both here in Melbourne and through annual visits to support mission organisations in Thailand.

Curriculum

Maranatha offers a seamless, innovative, challenging and robust academic curriculum from Early Years through to Year 12.
The school is a pioneer and leader in implementing a Christ-centred curriculum through exploring new ways of learning, which engages students and motivates them to do their utmost for His glory. Our task as Christian educators is to develop the skills and interest in lifelong learning. Using an approach called Teaching for Understanding, which was first developed by researchers at Harvard University, and integrating it with a biblical-based world view, we provide an inquiry-based approach to learning that seeks to foster curiosity about the world, equipping our students with the capacity to research, critique and synthesise information from a Christian perspective. Collaboration and independence are encouraged to help children create innovative solutions to real-life challenges.
The school uses iPads with a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program and traditional teaching methodologies to help provide students with a strong foundation in the basics of literacy and numeracy, as well as developing critical thinking. Maranatha also focuses on building quality relationships, starting with our relationship with God, and helping our students understand themselves and how to respond to the world around them.


Junior School (ELC to Year 6)

Our Junior School program provides students with a springboard for the mastering of concepts and processes in the curriculum, developing essential spiritual, social, personal and physical skills. In fostering a positive attitude to learning at this early stage of schooling, we aim to create an eagerness that will assist their development and achievement in later school and adult years. The teaching program challenges students and demonstrates the rigor and types of assessment tasks to be expected of them at the next level. Specialist teachers work in collaboration with classroom teachers to create enriching experiences and real-life connections in students’ learning. Maranatha has an iPad program for Years 5 and 6, the program gives students the opportunity to have access to knowledge from home and school. Class teachers provide daily support and care for each child’s individual needs. The teachers’ dedication, care and compassion for the children develops trust, integrity and honesty. This helps in developing positive relationships with other adults over their life’s journey.
 

Middle School (Years 7 to 9)

With its iPad program for middle years, students are asked to bring their device (BYOD) to school, with specific educational Apps downloaded at the start of the year. Students will have access to the wireless network within the school. Students are given the opportunity and guidance to become good digital disciples, equipping and preparing them for the classroom and beyond. Middle School is an inviting, engaging, supportive and safe environment for children to understand themselves in God’s eyes as they navigate their way through puberty. The dedicated rigorous and academically challenging Middle School curriculum is taught through an inquiry-based approach that encourages students to think about the world. With specific boy and girl programs, the talented teaching staff tailor learning experiences to provide a balance between challenging and engaging students academically, and supporting the significant physical, social and personal changes that are the hallmark of this stage of life, while all students are encouraged to develop their leadership skills through community service.

Senior School (Years 10 to 12)

The Senior School program aims to meet the unique learning, pastoral and spiritual needs of this age group. Year 10 is the foundation year, with students prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. There is a focus on organisation, and developing good work habits and study techniques. In Year 10 and 11, students have the opportunity to take a subject above their year level, giving them a taste of what is required to be successful in the years that follow. We offer VCE and VCAL in order to meet the individual needs of all students. The VCE program offers a wide range of subjects with low class numbers. The Senior School is organised into four House groups to achieve the highest level of pastoral care and maximise mentoring opportunities. Our House system ensures strong relationships are built between students, teachers and parents, while enabling younger students to be mentored by older ones. Senior students also show servant leadership through mission trips, community service, the co-curricular program and various events.

Student leadership

Developing student leaders who can disciple, mentor and lead others is a key aspect of student life at Maranatha. Based on the principle of servant leadership, students understand that to be a good leader they must lead with love using the life of Jesus Christ as their example. Our student leaders are encouraged and nurtured to set the example that others want to follow. In doing so, they engender respect and build trust. Formal student leadership opportunities occur in Junior School where students may lead assemblies, progress through Middle School via the Student Representative Council and culminate in the Senior School Senate, which are elected by peers. As importantly, all students have opportunities to develop their leadership skills through the service program and House system. In the way teaching staff interact with the students and model Christian leadership, Maranatha teaches students how to build positive relationships with each other and help today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders.
As a leader with nearly 50 years of experience in Christian education, Maranatha assists students to become ‘culture shapers’ rather than merely ‘culture responders’. In this way, Maranatha students go on to become leaders within and for their community by being good decision-makers, both for themselves and others. Completing a quality education at Maranatha means that boys and girls will have the skills to achieve success in their professional and personal lives, and make a positive contribution to society, no matter where in the world God may lead them. What better goal for your child than a life of Christian service that makes a real difference. 

Key facts




School uniform

School Uniform

The uniform is compulsory and enforced

Number of students

Total enrolment: 812
Up to Year 6: 356
In high school: 456
In Year 12: 74

Gender in depth

Other requirements




Boarding school

Offer IB

Accepts international students

Offers VCAL

Offers VET

Our Curriculum




Subjects overview

Subjects overivew

Math classes: mixed
English classes: mixed

Senior secondary subjects overview

Senior Secondary Subjects overivew

35 VCE level 3/4 studies
123 VCE students
LOTE taught to Unit 4 level:
Chinese, Indonesian,

Senior secondary programs overview

Senior Secondary programs overivew

11 VET program(s) available
19 VET students
VCAL Available

How our students performed in Year 12




Results

Scores of 40+ 8%

Median Score 31

Satisfactory completions of VCE 100%

Satisfactory completions of VET 90%

Destinations

Bachelor enrolled 65%

TAFE/VET enrolled 16%

Apprentice/Trainee 2%

Employed 8%

Activities and Support staff




Music

Music

10 music options
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Sport

Sport

15 sporting activities
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Other

Other

15 other clubs or activities
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Support staff

Support Staff

10 support staff
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Message from the Principal

Founded in 1970, Maranatha Christian School is the longest serving Christian school in Victoria, built on the foundations of Christian discipleship, personal integrity, academic excellence and community service. At Maranatha, we seek to honour God in all we do. This underpins the way we teach, the way we care for students and the high expectations we have both for our students and ourselves. Most importantly, it underpins our partnership with parents to ensure that your children are fully prepared for the next stage of life.

It is a delight to be Principal of Maranatha Christian School, which is a wonderful school community, committed to working together to ensure the best outcomes for all students.

Maranatha has always been a leader in Christian education and remains so today. With its focus on developing students to think Christianly about the world, its rigorous academic pathway that challenges students to apply faithfully what they have learned, its dedicated, talented and caring staff and its wonderful standard of student care, Maranatha helps students go from being today's student to tomorrow's leader at home, work and in our community. By inspiring and equipping our students to achieve personal bests in all they do Maranatha prepares students to contribute positively to society and honour God in their lives.

Raising children in today's world and ensuring a quality, affordable education is challenging, so the strong partnership between school and home, and Maranatha's dedication to Christ-centred learning supports parents in their decisions. There is no better wish that we have as parents but to see our children maximize what God has given them by using those gifts to the benefit of others.

School is a journey that we travel together. We look forward to partnering with you to build your children's future so that each of us may say that we have given, 'my utmost for His glory'.

Mr William Jackson
Principal/CEO

Student Profile

Name: Trya de Kretser

Year Level:

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At Maranatha Christian School we are surrounded by a caring and Christ-loving community. Being able to share my schooling life with students and teachers who share the same ideals as me has been an incredible experience. I have met other students and teachers who constantly challenge me and help me become who I am. Going through school with teachers who genuinely care about your learning, wellbeing and faith has been such a benefit to me. Being at Maranatha since Prep, I have been provided with not only a supporting Christian education but also given so many life opportunities.

Maranatha provides once-in-a-lifetime experiences, such as Thailand Mission trips, which affects not only small communities in Thailand but also the students that participate. Maranatha has also given me the opportunity to help local and international organisations by spreading God's love. Maranatha teaches us practical skills through camps and opens our eyes to the world during our excursions.

School fees at Maranatha Christian School

The fees outlined below have been sourced from Maranatha Christian School for 2018. Some schools may include additional costs beyond tuition fees. Please contact the school directly using the enquiry form on the right hand side for further information.

Primary Level Fees

Grade/Year Fee
Prep Fees $5,586
Grade 1 $5,769
Grade 2 $5,970
Grade 3 $6,123
Grade 4 $6,283
Grade 5 $6,448
Grade 6 $6,625

High School Fees

Grade/Year Fee
Year 7 $7,184
Year 8 $7,409
Year 9 $7,627
Year 10 $7,905
Year 11 $8,423
Year 12 $8,423

International Student Fees

Grade/Year Fee
Year 10 $18,368
Year 12 $18,887

School Details

Principal/CEO: Mr William Jackson

Addresses:
104-108 Reema Blvd Endeavour Hills VIC 3802
62 Rix Rd Officer VIC 3809
146 Kidds Rd Doveton VIC 3177

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Tel: (03) 9709 7217

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