We hugely respect Christian teachers in secular schools, but we believe our children need more than the secular curriculum taught by Christian teachers. Christian education is more than an ‘ethos’; it is the submission of all of life to Christ – academic, athletic, social and spiritual.
Jesus is Lord of every area of life, not just the ‘religious box’. A Christian education shows the child how no area of life (including maths and literature) makes sense apart from Christ.
The current school system is not preparing children for a changing future because it is not teaching children to think. This is despite the many dedicated and noble teachers and administrators in the system. Classical education is about using tried and tested methods and getting back to what has served people for more than 2000 years. In other words it is old-fashioned education for a new generation.
The distinctives of Classical Education include Latin, the Great Books and the trivium.
Our children only have one childhood. We believe God has designed children to learn through much play. We keep a close eye on how much homework gets assigned, and make sure it is not too much, because we believe children need time to climb trees, look at the sky and read books just for the fun of it!
We believe in play but we also believe in high standards – both academic and moral. We have found that with the right support and encouragement children really respond to a challenge.
Our children are challenged to memorise scripture, poetry and their times tables and participate in a memory recitation challenge every Friday (which they consider a highlight, often to their parents amazement!)
Children who finish their assigned maths problems in class get offered more challenging problems to stretch them. And perhaps most significantly, we expect everyone to try everything. In this way many children have discovered a gift in art or a love for singing (or whatever else) that they did not expect.
Education is more that the acquiring of knowledge; it is the shaping of the whole person to grow in wisdom. Education is moral just as much as it is academic.
The Bible says that the fool says in his heart that there is no God. We don’t want to produce clever fools. We want to produce children (and inevitably adults) who know and love the Lord God and love and understand his world and their place in it.