NT Christian Schools
Northern Territory, Australia
About NT Christian Schools
The NT Christian Schools story
40 years ago, a small group of Christian parents came together in Darwin, NT. They held a shared and growing concern about their children's education and sought an alternative based on the biblical direction to train up children in the way they should go.
An Association was formed and the first school opened at Marrara in 1979. From this small beginning our Association flourished over the years, with schools subsequently established in Palmerston, Alice Springs, and Bees Creek (outer Darwin), then Nhulunbuy, Woolaning (near Litchfield National Park), Gäwa on Elcho Island and, in 2010, Mäpuru in East Arnhem Land.
Guided by our vision “to be a Christian community learning together to live life as God intended, offering hope for the world”, our schools are characterised by some special and unique distinctive.
We enjoy the strong involvement of parents, who established NT Christian Schools to ensure ongoing partnerships between parents, teachers and churches to educate children within a Christian worldview.
NT Christian Schools is also committed to partnerships with Aboriginal communities seeking to secure a stronger future for their children, with a school on homeland Gäwa.
Key to these partnerships has been the development of family group homes in place of a boarding school in Darwin, so dedicated house parents can care for remote indigenous students and maintain close contact with their families.
We began offering the Families and Schools Together (FAST) program into urban and remote communities to promote strong community and family engagement.
We also run a Registered Training Organisation to equip young people and adults with vocational skills and qualifications.
And crucially, there is our committed staff - teachers, house parents, administrative and support staff. Responding to God’s call on them, they come from far and wide to meet the unique challenges and experience the deep joys of building a hope-filled future for all in this unique part of the world.
NT Christian Schools is responsible for the establishment and direction of schools which are educationally sound and based on a Christian worldview perspective and the development of other entities in support of Christian education, training and care.
The current campuses of NT Christian Schools are:
- Marrara Christian College (Marrara, Darwin suburbs)
- Palmerston Christian School (Palmerston, near Darwin)
- Sattler Christian College (Bees Creek, near Darwin)
- Araluen Christian College (Alice Springs)
- Nhulunbuy Christian College (Nhulunbuy)
- Gäwa Christian School (Elcho Island)
- NT Christian College (Marrara, Palmerston & Nhulunbuy)