Calling, Values & Mission
The guiding scripture behind our calling is John 10:10, which is where Jesus says,
“I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”
Our calling is underpinned and realised by our four core values; it is always about aiming HIGH.
HONOUR: Treating others with respect, valuing the individual and promoting a sense of belonging for all. “Outdo one another in showing honour.” Romans 12:10
INTEGRITY: Seeking truth, honesty, and wisdom in all things.
“The integrity of the upright guides them.” Proverbs 11:3
GENEROSITY: Big-hearted and open-handed, giving of time, effort, hospitality, and friendship.
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
HUMILITY: A gracious and other-person-centred approach to relationships. “Clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another.” 1 Peter 5:5
When our calling statement uses the word ‘cultivate’ it captures the essence of our mission; the nature of what we do day on day.
To cultivate is to foster and promote the growth or development of something; in other words, to educate. It speaks of establishing enriching environments, of sowing into lives, of things taking root, of nurture and care, and training and discipline, all conducive toward effective healthy growth and a life of flourishing.
Our chief calling is to cultivate character and competencies in all KCS students foundational to them flourishing in their learning and wellbeing, valued members of the school community. This is primarily encapsulated in our Aiming HIGH Values and Student Attributes.
We seek to cultivate in all our staff a passion for Christian Education and the expertise and professionalism associated with their roles. We constantly work at being a high functioning team of professionals who collaborate, and problem solve together. Teachers will exemplify the Teacher Profile.
We undertake this Christian education enterprise as a community to benefit the wider community. Hence, our commitment to cultivate positive partnership between home and school, and our many and varied relationships with churches, educational institutions, organisations, and businesses. It is recognised that such partnerships always grow from and rely upon mutual trust, respect, and responsibility.
We are acutely aware of the importance of cultivating a vibrant and attractive culture comprising vibrant faith, care, respect, belonging and optimism. This task belongs to all who are part of the Kalamunda Christian School community.
We are committed to providing the best of classical and contemporary teaching practice that delivers varied, challenging, and stimulating learning experiences and opportunities that enable all learners to explore and build on their individual abilities, interests, and experiences. This includes strong extra-curricular options and opportunities.
The school had humble beginnings, opening in 1984 with 37 students in an abandoned shopping centre in nearby Bickley.
There were two teachers, Mr Greg Wells as principal and a new graduate, Mrs Sally Hopper, who remains as a valued staff member to this day. Like many evangelical Christian schools of that era, it followed a Parent-Controlled-Schools model of governance and was the third school to become a member of the Swan Christian Education Association. The early days were especially noted for the dedicated parent body who ran Busy Bees every Saturday at Kalamunda for nearly six years.
The school would remain on this unusual site for the next few years, until, with the assistance of a Commonwealth Grant, the Association was able to give up leasing the Bickley property and purchase its own site on Halleendale Road in Walliston. Here they would begin building the new campus where the school stands today.
Nearly 40 years later the school is now a thriving centre of learning that has seen thousands of students benefit from a quality Christian education.
Acknowledgment of Country
As you step on this land, we acknowledge the Whadjuk people as the Traditional Custodians of the Perth hills, who have cared for the hills for generations.
We acknowledge the continued deep attachment and relationship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to these hills, this city, and this country.
Together, with God, we commit ourselves to the ongoing journey of reconciliation.