About Us

A Voice for Christian Education


About Us

AACS represents Christian schools in all states and territories across Australia, click on the links below to see all our member schools:

MEMBER SCHOOLS

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The Christian school movement and its education philosophy is currently one of the fastest growing in the independent school sector in Australia. All our schools are unified in the same desire to see Christian education flourish and be accessible to Australian families. AACS represents over a hundred schools across all states and territories with student enrolments to amounting to approximately 42,000.

Formation and History

The last fifty years has seen a rapid increase in both the number of Christian schools and the proportion of children attending them. Schools operating under the name "Christian schools" were established by Protestant Churches and groups of like-minded parents so that children could access a quality education delivered from a Christian worldview at affordable rates. With the growth of such schools early on, it was important to establish an advocacy body that could interact between government and schools.

The Australian Association of Christian Schools (AACS) was formed in 1985 as a national association of schools with two founding group members: Christian Community Schools (CCS) and Christian Parent Controlled Schools (CPCS). Individual Christian schools and other national groups of Christian schools were also invited to join. In 1989, an Executive Officer was appointed and a National Office was established in Canberra. Following development of the Association's Constitution in 1990, AACS became an incorporated body, registered in the ACT and governed by a duly appointed and elected Council.

Today, AACS is registered as a charitable public company limited by guarantee and continues to have a Canberra-based Executive Officer on staff. Our membership has expanded to include Christian Education National; the St Philips group; Christian Community Ministries; the Pacific Hills group of schools and a number of independent school members from across the country. New member schools are welcome to enquire about membership options.

Meet our Board  

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John Metcalfe
Chair, Principal
Plenty Valley Christian College

 


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Simon Herd
Deputy Chair, Principal
Medowie Christian College

 


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John Lyndon
Secretary, CEO
Christian Community Ministry 


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Dr Dianne Dowson
Director of New Hope Christian School
Pacific Hills Group


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Graeme Evans
Director, Head of Executive Services
St Philip’s Christian College


BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

AACS welcomes new members and encourages interested schools to make contact with the Executive or Board Directors to discuss membership fees and the applicaton process. We aim to keep overheads low to ensure membership remains affordable while still providing many benefits, such as:

Advocacy 

  • Affordable representation to State, Territory and Federal Government on policy issues that matter most to your school. 
  • Promotion of your interests in a way that is respectful, informed and creative. 
  • Submissions to parliamentary inquires and stakeholder consultations. 

Advice

  • An open line of communication between AACS and your school, providing support on governance, educational policiesschool administration and funding.  
  • Regular and concise updates on matters affecting your school and the sharing best practice between member schools. 

Support 

  • Resources to help respond to legislative and political issues that can be tailored to your school community 
  • A collegiate network of like-minded schools to share resources such as school policies and curriculum.  
  • Celebrate blessings and navigate challenges through encouragement and prayer.
  • Advice provided to parents who wish to investigate establishing a new Christian school in their local area. 

STATEMENT OF FAITH

All member schools must affirm and adopt, and agree to observe, the following Statement of Faith (excerpt from the AACS Constitution):

About the Supreme Authority of the Bible

We affirm that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are God’s infallible and inerrant revelation to man. It is thus the supreme standard by which all things are to be judged, and the authoritative guide for all life and conduct.

About the Lordship of Christ

We affirm that Jesus Christ is from eternity God’s only begotten Son; He was born of a virgin and is therefore truly God and man. Through Him God created and sustains the world. Jesus suffered and died for our sins and rose again for our salvation. He ascended into heaven where He now sits on the right hand of the Father making intercession for His people. Christ is the Head of the Church and will come again to judge the world and complete the salvation of His people and the Kingdom of God.

About the Task of the Christian School

We affirm that a Christian school is a school where Christ is confessed as the Lord of creation. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, its special task is to teach the children to understand the world from a Christ-centred perspective and to equip them for their calling in life in subjection to Jesus Christ as Lord.

About the Role of Government

We affirm that all citizens owe obedience to the legally instituted governments of our nation which derive their authority from God and are responsible to Him for promoting and maintaining public security, justice and welfare. We affirm that the responsibility for the education and guidance of children lies in the first instance with their parents or legal guardians, and that governments are duty bound to provide, without distinction and on general terms of equality, both the legal right and the opportunity for parents and guardians to choose for their children schools other than those established by public authorities that provide for the education of their children in conformity with their own convictions.

Read our Constitution

AACS is registered as a charitable public company limited by guarantee. Under the Constitution AACS is managed by a Board and meets at least four times a year. The Annual General Meeting of AACS is held in the month of May in Canberra each year. The Executive is responsible for the oversight of policy implementation and the administrative arrangements for the Association.

AACS Constitution

Read our Strategic plan

AACS Strategic Plan 2021-2024