Inaburra School is a K-12 co-educational Christian school situated in Southern Sydney that was started by Menai Baptist Church in 1983. The mission of the school is to be a Christ-centred learning community pursuing excellence in education with every individual known and loved.
We aim to educate the whole child, recognising the importance of spiritual, academic, physical, emotional and social development. Inaburra is committed to developing excellence in all aspects of school and student life. We have an open enrolment policy, welcoming students from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of academic aptitude. Inaburra has a proud record of assisting students to achieve excellent academic outcomes; the vast majority of our students proceed to study at university.
Over the next three years the School's priorities include the utilisation of ICT through a BYOT program and the differentiation of the curriculum to meet student needs in both extension and support.
Inaburra has an extraordinarily strong tradition in the creative and performing arts, both in the classroom curriculum and in co-curricular activities. Our new Performing Arts Centre provides state-of-the-art facilities to support the achievement of excellence in Music, Visual Arts, Drama and Media studies. The PAC houses a number of specialist and general classrooms, including a well-equipped television studio, recording facilities, drama studio and a 650 seat auditorium. The Music and Drama programs emphasise the importance of performance for learning and our students relish the many opportunities to showcase their developing skills.
There are a number of other distinctive elements to our academic program. We offer a very wide range of subjects in Years 9-12, including traditional and more progressive subjects. We teach Mandarin as a mandatory subject from K-7 and it is offered as an elective through to HSC level. In doing so, we have been selected as one of twenty Australian schools that has been selected by the Asia Education Foundation as having a best-practice program that allows students to develop a better understanding of Asia. Inaburra also has a Learning Enrichment team, comprising staff with expertise in Gifted and Talented Education, Learning Support and ICT Integration, whose focus is the development of a deeper and broader learning experience for all students.
Inaburra is well-known for its pastoral care of students. The Christian worldview, held in common by our staff, understands that each individual person is made in the image of God; therefore, each of our students is of inestimable value, regardless of ability, appearance, achievement or behaviour. This conviction undergirds our approach to the care and nurture of our students. The resources and structures that support our students include welfare directors, year advisors, home-room teachers, counsellors and chaplains. Recognising the importance of relationships in the community, our management of student behaviour focuses on the cultivation of an environment of mutual respect.
Inaburra participates in a broad range of sporting programs, including participation for Year 7-10 students in regular competition against local schools, athletics and swimming carnivals, and an after-school sporting program for Junior School students. Representative sport takes place through the channels of the Christian Schools Sporting Association, the Combined Independent Schools, and the NSW All Schools competitions. Students from Inaburra regularly represent the school or their local clubs at national level; the School community is very supportive of our elite sportspeople.
Students have the opportunity to explore, understand, critique and espouse the Christian faith. All students in Years 7-10 participate in Biblical Studies classes and students in Years 11 and 12 engage in the fortnightly Senior Theology and Philosophy Forum. There are a number of voluntary Bible studies run at lunchtime that are led by staff and senior students; these are mostly grouped by year and gender.
There are many other aspects to life at Inaburra. Students have the opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities such as debating and public speaking. There are avenues for student leadership in a range of formal and informal contexts, including a Student Representative Council. Students participate in a number of camps during their time at Inaburra, culminating in the Year 12 study camp shortly before the HSC Trials. Inaburra is developing a Global Education program that seeks to lift students’ eyes beyond the horizon of their own experiences by providing students with opportunities for service learning elsewhere in Sydney, in remote Australia and overseas.