Inaburra Learner Profile
The Inaburra Difference
The original vision for Inaburra School involved a strong commitment to a number of key areas; Media, Computing, Christian education, pastorally-caring relationships and academic excellence. Since then Inaburra has also developed an excellent reputation for its Creative and Performing Arts, world-class teaching practice, excellence in its facilities, the use of ICT for student learning and innovative programs such as its Global Education Program. These have all been driven by a future-oriented mindset that has enabled Inaburra to become known as a leader in independent education in NSW. These features have become defining characteristics of the school.
World Class Teaching Practice
Academic staff at Inaburra are not only dedicated to students and their learning but also to developing themselves professionally and implementing global best practice. Our Teaching, Learning and Innovation team consisting of Karen Lymn, Lyndal Tait and Chris Smith along with the Learning and Enrichment Team both work alongside our academic staff building our Teachers’ individual and collective capacity for continuous and sustainable professional improvement.
As our mission statement articulates, Inaburra exists to be a Christ-centred learning community. Teachers and staff hold to a Christian world-view and events such as Mission Week, religious forums and Bible studies are part of the fabric of the school. Our founding church, the Menai Baptist Church, also continues to be actively involved in serving the school through a range of initiatives.
Inaburra has built a strong reputation for its commitment to student welfare. School families are supported by a collaborative network of teachers, peer group leaders, Year Advisors, Home Group Leaders, welfare and counselling staff who are all focused on each student’s individual well-being.
Creative and Performing Arts
Music, Visual Arts, Dance and Drama have developed as prominent features of the school. Inaburra provides a range of programs that are supported by excellent tutors, teachers and in some cases alumni. The music program typically includes performances in the Performing Arts Centre, various outdoor venues and international music tours. Dance, Drama and Visual Arts students also have many opportunities to showcase their talents.
Since Inaburra’s inception, the study of media has continued to be one of the key pillars of the school. A fully functional TV and recording studio has enabled students to pursue successful careers in media. Students acquire skills in sound recording, video production and camera work using high quality equipment.
ICT For Learning
The use of technology as an aid in learning is introduced in the Junior School years, which includes instruction in basic programming, blogging and e-portfolios. This includes forming global connections using technology. From Years 5-12, the Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) program enables students to bring their preferred technology to school to use in their learning. The program attempts to ground a student’s ICT use in line with school values.
Inaburra has developed a reputation for its exceptional facilities, which include a fully operational Media Centre, a 650 seat Performing Arts Centre, modern visual arts rooms and well-equipped music and band rooms. Music tuition is conducted in sound proofed labs. Students are also encouraged to keep active in the Gymnasium and Circuit Room and enjoy all-weather Junior School playing fields and Senior School court spaces. Inaburra recently opened a new Stage 3 Learning Centre, Senior School Learning Commons and Junior School Sensory Playground. Read more about these award winning spaces here.
As a Christian School, Inaburra is committed to service-learning, acknowledging that some of the most profoundly formative experiences that young people encounter arise in the context of the service of others. Offered to Year 10 students, The Global Education Program is one manifestation of this commitment.
The teaching staff in the Junior School are professional, dedicated and dynamic Christian educators who hold a passion for developing the capacity of young children. Teachers at Inaburra follow the NSW Board of Studies syllabus documents and students are offered programs in Mandarin, PE and music; each taught by specialist teachers. Each class in the Junior School offers opportunities which allow for differentiated curriculum.
Inaburra Senior School students experience a world-class environment where they can make real progress in their learning. Our students are supported by a team of educators who seek to extend each individual’s potential. Inaburra is well-known for its care of students as they transition into Year 7 and graduate successfully from Year 12. An After School Study Program is offered along with mentoring support from excellent tutors made up of alumni and school peers. We aim to shape students into life-long learners by encouraging them to take responsibility for their own learning and providing programs that build their capacity consistent with the Inaburra Learner Profile.
Inaburra has built an excellent reputation for the quality of its musicals, creative arts, drama, media production and dance performance. Graduates have continued to build their careers in the performing arts and on occasion have returned to Inaburra as either teachers, tutors or volunteers.
Inaburra is renowned for its vibrant, high quality and extensive music program. Music instruction begins early in the Junior School years and Senior School students are given various opportunities to perform in public locally, nationally and internationally.
The Inaburra Sports Program offers students of all levels of athletic ability the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of competitive and recreational activity. Inaburra also supports students who perform at the elite level through exposure to high quality competitions and championships.
In order for students to become engaged and globally aware citizens, Inaburra believes it is imperative that members of the next generation are able to see themselves as part of a global society that benefits from their social awareness and contribution.
Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is an enriching program that invites young people to participate in a number of activities over a set length of time. This allows students to develop as individuals and leaders as they serve the community.
Inaburra School is nestled in a bushland setting at Bangor, in Sydney’s south. Students have a number of transport options to get to school each day. Buses from Sutherland Station take students directly to the school. A daily Punchbowl Bus Service is also available for students in the St George district.
Our integrated campus accommodates approximately 1000 boys and girls from Kindergarten to Year 12 in contemporary, well-equipped buildings. It features innovative learning spaces such as The English Hub, the Senior School Learning Commons and Stage 3 Learning Centre that came online in 2017.
The School’s facilities include:
- A fully-equipped Media Centre, which can also operate as a live television and recording studio
- A state-of-the-art 650 seat Performing Arts Centre (PAC)
- A multi-purpose Gymnasium and Circuit Room
- All-weather playing fields and court spaces.