Principal's Welcome

Principal's Welcome

Welcome to the Inaburra community.

Since its 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. Inaburra continues to be a community in which every individual is known and loved – a place where every student is valued as a person made in the image of God. It is, first and foremost, a learning community in which staff and students learn with, and from, one another.  While we seek to encourage all students to grow in their understanding, we recognise that students will need more than just knowledge and understanding to flourish today and into the future. They will need to become competent and confident learners, ready to learn, perhaps even unlearn and relearn, how best to engage in different activities throughout their lives.

Education at Inaburra, however, is not about ensuring that our graduates, as a consequence of developing their capacity to learn, are empowered to accumulate more resources over the course of their lifetimes. Our desire for our students is that they might become people of generosity rather than accumulation, humility rather than arrogance and compassion rather than self-importance. We seek to encourage our students to be generous in the classroom, humble enough to admit when they don’t understand something and compassionately supporting their classmates who are struggling with a particular concept or idea. As a Christian school, our focus is on the development of learning character. Staff and students alike are encouraged to become people who are gracious, compassionate and self-controlled learners, ready, willing and able to be a blessing to those around them now and into the future.

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

Dr James Pietsch became Principal of Inaburra School at the start of 2018. Prior to commencing at Inaburra, Dr Pietsch was the Dean of Professional Development and Learning at St Luke’s Grammar School in Dee Why where he had previously been Head of Mathematics. He has also held positions as the Dean of Residents at New College at the University of NSW, and as a lecturer and tutor in educational psychology at the University of Sydney. He holds a doctorate in educational psychology and brings a wealth of experience in education and leadership to his role as Principal.

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.


Inaburra School operates on a site that is under the control of Inaburra School Limited (ISL).  ISL acts in a trustee capacity and holds the Inaburra site in trust for Menai Baptist Church.  ISL 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 ISL. The Principal attends ISL Board meetings by invitation.

The School’s Administrator acts as company secretary.

ISL 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 ISL.

The Principal is appointed by ISL. 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.

ISL 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