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tion in partnership with families within a
caring Christian community’, but what does
that actually mean in terms of the day-to-
day running of the school and how Chairo
goes about educating young people?
At a recent Probus meeting in Leongatha, Chai-
ro’s secondary music students performed some items
and campus principal Anthony Collier spoke about
some of the distinctive features of the school.
He said, “Being a Christian school is more than
merely praying in the morning or being kind to one
another. These things are great, and they certainly
happen at Chairo, but Jesus is at the heart of every-
thing we teach and do.”
He emphasised this approach does not compro-
mise in any way the determination of Chairo teach-
ers that every student be given the opportunity to
achieve excellence in their learning.
The curriculum is academically rigorous and
teachers encourage students to strive for their per-
sonal best in all of their endeavours.
Partnership with families is also vitally important
at Chairo. Mr Collier said student academic out-
comes improve when the school and parents are on
the same page.
“We work hard to partner with families because
kids thrive when they have consistency in their lives.
Parents have the opportunity to be involved in school
life in a range of ways. In the end, it’s parents who
have the primary responsibility to educate their chil-
dren and Chairo supports them in that task,” he said.
Mr Collier and his wife Kerry are also Chairo
He remarked, “I love the fact that our boys are
part of a community of students who look out for one
another. It’s not uncommon to see younger students
playing with older students.
“Every secondary student has a junior primary
buddy and they spend time together regularly. It’s
nice to know that our younger students have some-
one caring for them and making sure they’re feeling
safe at school.”
One of Mr Collier ’s responsibilities as principal
TUCKED away in a quiet
corner of the town Leon-
gatha Children’s Centre is
one of the key hubs of the
If it weren’t for the sociali-
sation, let alone the education,
that takes place here, Leongatha
would be a very different place.
From 7.30am through to 6pm
five days a week 90 children
aged from birth to five years pass
through the doors of the centre
into the care of 30 mostly full time
staff, some of whom have worked
at the centre for over 20 years.
There are fully qualified edu-
cators in each of the three day
care rooms, and the three and four
year old kinder rooms.
Programs at the centre are
guided by the children’s interests
with one guarantee: every day is a
fun, never a dull moment day.
Activities switch from indoors
to outdoors across the groups ev-
The children created a perma-
nent fire space where damper is
cooked and fire safety is learned.
The fire space also becomes
part of the visit by Murrind-
indi clansmen when boomer-
ang throwing is demonstrated,
dreamtime stories are told, arte-
facts are exhibited and children
are given a taste of indigenous
Kindergarten children are
given a reptile and marine life
demonstration and experience the
hatching of chickens.
Two of the teachers at the
centre have attended training in
the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen
Garden program which is set to
become an important focus of in-
terest when it can be planted out
once spring arrives.
Teacher, Cindy Williams said
the gardening program will pro-
vide the children with answers
to key questions such as “Where
does our food come from?” and
“what is the connection between
the kitchen and the garden?”
The Leongatha Children’s
Centre runs at full capacity with
a two year waiting list; expectant
parents are advised to make sure
they join the list at the earliest
Students first: Chairo Christian School’s Leongatha campus principal Anthony Collier
takes a strong interest in students’ education. From left, Years 9 and 10 students, John Gobel,
Harmony Coldebella, George Beilby, Chloe Schubert and Lucas Wilson.
Chairo cares for children
CHAIRO Christian School’s mission is ‘to
provide excellence in Christ-centred educa-
at Chairo’s Prep to Year 10 campus in Leongatha is
to ensure all programs are aligned with the school’s
He also reflected on the fact the mission state-
ment provides the school community with a firm
understanding of “who we are and what we believe
“We have a mix of Christian and non-Christian
families within our school community,” Mr Collier
said, “and it’s fantastic to be part of a school where
there is clarity about what we’re trying to achieve.”
Families interested in learning more about what
Chairo Christian School has to offer are invited to
contact Mr Collier, deputy principal Christine Hib-
ma or office manager Wendy Nyhuis to ask ques-
tions and book a time for a personal tour.
Children play, learn and thrive
Growing fun: from left, Liam George, Noah Wynne, Eve
Hanson (back), Eden Roberts, Cindy Williams and Indie
Roberts are looking forward to the arrival of spring and
when the Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden will become a
focus of more and more activity.
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