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Christian Faith
& Values

Underpinning Tara Anglican School for Girls are our strong commitments to an outstanding educational offering for girls and our authentic Christian faith which values individuals and recognises their uniqueness.

Our purpose is to be a Christian learning community, characterised by excellence, which encourages and empowers girls to achieve and serve in a dynamic world.

‘Love God, Love Others’ is a summary phrase used regularly here at Tara as foundational to our Christian Identity. Taken from Matthew 22: 34-40, we seek to emulate this in who we are and how we live.

Tara has a strong and proud tradition as a Christian school in the Anglican tradition. As such we envisage education to be more than the impartation of knowledge, and rather a contextual formation of our young women. This means that the knowledge and skills that we foster are developed in direct connection with a Christian way of seeing the world and the accompanying practices and behaviours. This development occurs within the context of a Christian community of care. Our educational practices, in turn, are strengthened by this approach which properly takes account of the whole person and not merely one's mind.

Christian faith is integrated into all aspects of School life, including the Curriculum, Pastoral programs, behaviours and friendships, and our leadership development.

Our School Values also reflect this integrated approach:

Affirmation

Ephesians 4:29: Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Service for Others

Matthew 20:26-28: Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave - just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Opportunity

John 10:10: ... I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Integrity

Micah 6:8: And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

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Structured Activities

Every student attends a weekly Chapel service, led by our Chaplain and our Chaplaincy team. Students engage in Christian worship, Prayer and Bible teaching. Chapel reflects aspects of traditional Christian worship in content, whilst being deliberately interactive, creative and directed to the needs and development of our students.

We come together as an entire school for Christian celebrations at Easter and Christmas, as well as commencing every Term with a School Chapel, for staff and students alike.

At Tara all students participate in Christian Studies classes. From ELC through to Year 12, students learn to read and study the Bible, aspects of theology and Christian world view. Throughout the Christian Studies courses we seek to apply and connect this learning to many applications and scenarios through our engagement with people and the world.

Many voluntary groups also exist, including weekly ‘Crew’ groups, in both Junior and Senior Schools, Discipleship, Bible Study and Prayer groups. These groups offer deeper relationships between students in a faith context and the opportunity to explore questions of meaning and purpose. Our boarders also have a weekly interactive devotional time led by our Senior School Youth Worker.

As a Christian learning community, we welcome students and families from many different backgrounds and faiths into our School. Our hope for all our students is that they will begin to engage and think critically about the significant questions of the world and their place within it.

Our Onsite

Chapel Building

We are very blessed to have our own Chapel building. A long held dream by our Principal and Council, the Chapel opened in 2017, and provides a space fitting to the worship of God, whilst also being extremely useful for a variety of faith based activities.

The Chapel is located at the entrance to the School, highlighting the prominence of Christian Faith in our identity. Located between our Junior and Senior School sites our Christian identity links and unites us across age and location.