Our Beliefs

Portside Christian College is an interdenominational College and includes families who may have differing viewpoints on various doctrines.  The College embraces Portlife Church’s Statement of Faith:

We believe:

  • In the Bible as the inspired Word of God
  • In God, the Creator, who has revealed Himself in the Persons of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit
  • In the Divinity, the virgin birth and the sinless Humanity of Jesus Christ, and in His miraculous ministry, His suffering and death on the Cross as the only Saviour for the sins of the world, and His resurrection from the dead
  • That Jesus will return to the earth as its final Judge of the living and the dead
  • That all people fall short of God’s perfect standard and can only find forgiveness through faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ
  • That all people who have put their faith in Jesus Christ will witness a transformation in their lives, exemplified by repentance and holiness of conduct
  • In Christian Baptism, by full immersion in water, of those who have personally placed their faith in Jesus Christ
  • In regularly celebrating the Lord’s Supper, remembering Jesus Christ’s saving work
  • In the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, with the normal initial evidence of speaking in unknown languages
  • In the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • That God heals the sick today through active faith in His grace
  • In the power of prayer
  • In God’s community of believers, the church and its responsibility to spread the message of the Gospel to all people and nations

Position Statement

The College has a set of Position Statements developed by the College Board and endorsed by the College Directors.  These Position Statements are on topics such as creation, marriage and relationships and all staff are required to abide by these Position Statements.

Position Statement – A biblical understanding of creation

Position Statement – Marriage and Relationships

Education Principles

Each student is created with the innate, God-given capacity to learn which is enhanced when based on the following principles:

  1. A key goal of school learning is fluent and flexible transfer – successful use of one’s knowledge and skill, on worthy tasks, in situations of importance.
  2. Engaged and sustained learning, a prerequisite for understanding, requires that learners constantly see the value of their work and feel a growing sense of efficacy when facing worthy challenges.
  3. Success at transfer depends on understanding the big ideas that connect otherwise isolated or inert facts, skills & experiences so that new challenges can be met and new experiences understood.
  4. An understanding is a learner realisation about the power of an idea. Understandings are engineered so that learners see for themselves the power of an idea for making sense of thing.
  5. Learners need clear, completely transparent priorities and a practical understanding of how learning goals are to be met in terms of work products and standards of excellence.
  6. Learners require regular, timely and user friendly feedback in order to understand goals, to produce quality work, and to meet high standards.
  7. Understanding can be attained only by regular reflection, self-assessment, and self-adjustment in trying to apply prior knowledge to new situations and tasks via activities and assessments that demand such reflection and transfer.
  8. The capacity to deeply understand depends greatly on the capacity to think things anew, because any insight typically requires the refining of earlier ideas. Becoming willing and able to rethink requires a safe and supportive environment for questioning assumptions and habits.
  9. Learners need a safe and supportive environment for intellectual risk taking and questioning assumptions and habits.
  10. Learning is enhanced when it is personalised – when the learners interest, preferences, strengths, contributions, and prior knowledge are sufficiently honoured.

[1]Wiggins and McTighe (2007). Schooling by Design: Mission, Action, and Achievement ASCD.

Affiliation

The College is affiliated with the following Associations:

CSA provides a range of support services such as administrative and curriculum support and offers staff networking opportunities.

AISSA provides industrial and legal advice as well as professional development opportunities.

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