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


Inaburra School operates on a site that is under the control of Inaburra Communications Limited (ICL).  ICL acts in a trustee capacity and holds the Inaburra site in trust for Menai Baptist Church.  ICL is a company limited by guarantee and is the legal entity responsible for the conduct and operations of the School.

The Principal, and all staff, are employed by ICL. The Principal attends ICL Board meetings by invitation.

The School’s Administrator acts as company secretary.

ICL may form committees, either standing or occasional, with particular briefs for oversight of aspects of the School’s operation. These committees will be chaired by a Director of the company and will include the Principal. These committees may include other Directors, staff or members of the community as deemed appropriate and necessary. These committees are advisory bodies that report to ICL.

The Principal is appointed by ICL. The Principal has general authority to conduct the operations of the School on a day to day basis.  The Principal is effectively the Chief Executive Officer of the School. One of the Principal’s primary functions is to ensure that the NSW Education Standards Authorities (NESA) requirements are met for School registration/accreditation.

ICL Board of Directors

Academic Results


Congratulations to the HSC class of 2017 at Inaburra School. They are a fine group of students who should be very pleased with the results they have achieved through hard work and perseverance over the last 13 years of schooling.

The following subjects recorded averages that exceeded the State average by more than 15%:

Ancient History and Food Technology.

The following subjects all recorded averages that exceeded the State average by more than 10 %:

Industrial Technology (Multimedia), Legal Studies and Mathematics General and Music 1.


The following subjects all recorded averages that exceeded the State average by more than 5%:

Biology, Business Studies, Community and Family Studies, PDHPE, Software Design and Development, Textiles and Studies of Religion (1 unit).

The following subjects had 100% of students achieve a band 6 or band 5 result:

Chinese Continuers, English Extension 1, English Extension 2, Food Technology, History Extension 1, Music 1, Music Extension 1, Textiles and Design.

Other notable aspects of the HSC results for 2017 include:

  • 44% of Inaburra students achieved at least one result in the top band.
  • A total of 94 Band 6 results were recorded.
  • Alexander Samios achieved listing on the All Rounder NESA for achieving the top band in 10 units of subjects studied.
  • Vanya Jovanovic and Alicia Miller were selected for ENCORE – the HSC Music Showcase.
  • Alicia Miller was selected for CALLBACK – the HSC Dance showcase.
  • Matthew Winfred of Year 11 got a perfect score in Mathematics Extension 2.
  • Liam Woods student received 6th place in the state for Construction.

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