At Yanginanook, we believe that every child is unique and made in the image of God. Teaching staff and families work in partnership to meet the individual needs of each student in a multi-age environment that ensures the whole community is unified, bringing glory to God.
More information about what we believe can be found in our Statement of Doctrines and Beliefs.
Our mission helps to fulfill our vision and shapes what we do daily. Each part of who we are is explained below.
“We all together”
Yanginanook is an Aboriginal word that means ‘we all together’. We are a multi-age school. This means that our students work all together in the one classroom, rather than be separated into specific year groups.
Every child is unique and made in the image of God
We celebrate that all children are different and excel in different learning areas. Our students are challenged with work according to learning readiness, their abilities and interests, rather than their chronological age. This approach encourages children to want to take responsibility for their own learning and to work to their full potential, striving for personal excellence.
Teaching staff and families work in partnership
We ensure that our students experience continuity between school and home, so that they feel secure and have the freedom to develop confidence and independence. We acknowledge that the most significant teachers that children have are their parents and carers. We work with parents and carers to develop an educational program for the whole child – to meet their academic, social, physical and spiritual needs.
Bringing Glory to God
We are a non-denominational Christian school. Our educational program follows the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) syllabuses and is taught from a Christian perspective. We want our students to know that they are precious and loved by Jesus and that He has a plan and purpose for their lives. Each day the Bible is shared, and students pray all together, actively supporting one another. Our students are encouraged to ask questions and seek the Truth for themselves. Prayer points are shared each day and the children have the opportunity to pray with and for each other. The school also currently has a Youth Pastor serving as a School Chaplain for a half a day each week.
Yanginanook is different. Instead of moving towards a larger institution, we have remained a small, Christian community schoolhouse that simply focuses on the needs of our students – by choice! Our students work together in a stimulating learning environment that promotes mutual respect, positive behaviours and excellence in learning – without the negatives of peer pressure and unrealistic expectations. Children come to school each day and experience the reality of working together in a community that aims to meet each other’s needs.
What does non-denominational mean?
Yanginanook is not supervised or run by a specific church. We are a school that is directed and maintained by a small, faithful group of parents.
Yanginanook has been a member of Christian Schools Australia since 2002.
We are also a member of the Association of Independent Schools of NSW.