Principal's Welcome

Principal's Welcome

I am delighted to welcome you to the Inaburra community.

Since our beginning in the early 1980s, Inaburra School has built a strong reputation as a school of first choice in the Sutherland Shire and the surrounding areas. We are deeply committed to education that nurtures, challenges, inspires and develops the individual, equipping them for the world of both today and tomorrow. All students come to their schooling with their own strengths, weaknesses, experiences, needs and potential. A good school will provide avenues for individual strengths to be developed and celebrated and for individual weaknesses to be supported.

However, education at Inaburra is not directed towards individuals alone but individuals in relationships. As a Christian school, we believe that people are created as relational beings; for this reason, education ideally takes place within communities. We learn through the ebb and flow of relationships, through learning to trust and having the confidence to query, through trying to be understood and seeking to understand. For these reasons we are committed to cultivating authentic respect, humility, integrity and compassion in our school.

You would be very welcome to come and experience for yourself the life and ethos of Inaburra School.

Mr Tim Bowden became Principal of Inaburra School at the start of 2011. Prior to commencing at Inaburra, Mr Bowden served at St Andrew’s Cathedral School in a number of roles, including Head of Middle School, Chaplain and Head of Christian Education. An ordained Anglican minister, Mr Bowden has tertiary qualifications in arts, theology and education. Mr Bowden blogs here.

Our Values

Our Values

Inaburra exists to be a Christ-centred learning community pursuing excellence in education with every individual known and loved. Based on this mission our values are:

  • We commend and cultivate FAITH in God, who makes himself known to us in and through his Son, Jesus Christ.
  • We pursue KNOWLEDGE, delighting in the gift of learning to live well in God’s world.
  • We commit to LOVE, because Christ first loved us.
  • We strive for EXCELLENCE in thankful response for all that God has provided.
  • We treasure each INDIVIDUAL, recognising and respecting the image of God in every person.
  • We cherish COMMUNITY, knowing that relationships are at the heart of living and learning.


Our Story

In the late 1970s, after surveying their local community, Sutherland Baptist Church saw a need to establish a Christian school in the local area. On 10 August 1980, the church accepted the recommendation of an education sub-committee that a high school should be established in the Menai district. So in pursuit of a dream, they sold their church property in Sutherland and crossed the Woronora River to establish Inaburra School and a new church now known as Menai Baptist Church.

Facing significant financial risk and overcoming many obstacles, a portable building was erected on the Billa Road site for the use of the preschool and church in 1980. On 24 May 1982, Inaburra commenced as a secondary school in temporary accommodation in the Christian Education Centre at Gymea Baptist Church with 86 Year 7 and Year 8 students, three full-time and six part-time staff. Over three decades later, the dream of the founders has now been realised with over 1000 students.

Our Story

Our Future

2016-18 Strategic Direction

In our three and a half decades, Inaburra School has built a strong reputation as a school of first choice in the Sutherland Shire and surrounding suburbs. Historically, the school’s strengths have been in Christian education, pastorally-caring relationships, creative and performing arts, and future-oriented innovation. In recent years these strengths have been broadened to include the quality of our facilities, the professionalism of our operations, the use of ICT for student learning and the holistic nature of our education. Inaburra is increasingly becoming an exemplar school in the independent sector in NSW.

Our Future
Our Goals

In 2016-18, our goal is to maintain and build on these existing areas of strength and aim to become a school where every student (1) experiences world-class teaching and (2) makes real progress in learning.

For more information about our mission, values and future direction please refer to our Strategic Direction document.

Creating Our Future

Since our inception in 1982 Inaburra has developed a reputation for being innovative and future-oriented. Our strong school community of families have continually invested in the next generation of students through generous contributions to the school’s building fund. You can either donate online or fill out a form if you wish to contribute to the school’s building fund. This form should be addressed to:

Inaburra Building Fund
Inaburra School
PO Box 3066


Academic Results


The results graduating class of 2016 performed exceptionally well in their HSC. Some particular highlights in the results include:

· The top ATAR of 98.5 was achieved by Jarrod Jones, the Dux of 2016.
· 74 top band results were achieved in 26 different subjects.
· 38 students appeared on the Distinguished Achievers role.
· Geography, Industrial Technology (Multimedia), Legal Studies, and Textiles and Design all performed more than 10% above the State Average
· All students in English Extension 2, Legal Studies, History Extension, Music 1, Studies of Religion (1 Unit Accelerated), and Textiles and Design achieved a Band 5 or 6.
· Five out of seven Textiles and Design students achieved a Band 6.
· Tamika Ettingshausen was selected Texstyle (Textiles and Design)
· Kyle Sier was selected and Jessica Champion was nominated for ArtExpress (Visual Arts)
· Kate Matterson was selected for ArtExpress at the Hazelhurst Gallery (Visual Arts)
· Prue Middleton (Year 11) was selected for OnStage (Drama)
· Brittany Couldwell-Watt was nominated for CallBack (Dance)
· Liam Coughtrey and Steven Khoury were nominated for InTech (Industrial Technology – Multimedia)

The most remarkable achievement was that of Matthew Winfred in Year 10, who topped the State in 2 Unit Mathematics and received full marks for Mathematics Extension 1.

NAPLAN results

The My School website profiles Inaburra School and includes details of its NAPLAN results. Click here for a direct link to the website.

Academic Results