College Vision, Mission and Faith Statements

 
The College motto, adopted in 1998, is:

“In Whom are hidden all the treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge”
(Colossians 2:3)



St Mary and St Mina are the patron saints of the College. Their life stories are the epitomy of the Faith, courage and the strong conviction of love with, and in, our Lord Jesus, that the College aims to foster in the children. They remind us of the sacrifice and strength of our Coptic Orthodox Faith.

OUR VISION



To provide a holistic education which strives to enhance the spiritual, intellectual, social, cultural and physical potential of young people. The nurturing and development of Disciples of Christ is our foci.

OUR MISSION



St. Mary and St. Mina's Coptic Orthodox College aims to assist each child to grow up in the fullness of Christ. As a family we aim to instruct our children in recognition that the fullness of knowledge is Christ.

Fullness of Knowledge is Christ



We believe that the Orthodox family has a unique spirit with a sense of belonging and the College seeks to develop this further. We take up the challenge with the Grace of our Lord Jesus to impart the qualities that will provide a source of strength to each individual, enabling them to take an active and responsible role in society in the spirit of the Holy Bible.

OUR OBJECTIVES



1. To promote and develop a Bible-based understanding, acceptance and practice of Orthodoxy.

i. To assist the children to develop a personal relationship with God through prayer and regular reading of the Holy Bible.
ii. To assist the children understands of Orthodoxy through the Bible by emphasising the importance of the Gospels as the cornerstone of the Orthodox Faith.
iii. To encourage the children to understand the relevance of the Bible in their day to day lives through simple, practical exercises.


2. To foster the growth of students towards the full realisation of their academic potential.

i. To encourage students to achieve their best through individual attention, tailored class work and homework.
ii. To focus on introduction and consolidation of the core learning competencies; reading, writing and arithmetic.
iii. To assess student progress on a regular basis through a variety of testing mediums.
iv. To identify accelerated learning potential with the view to co-ordinate accelerated learning classes.
v. To identify and assist students with special learning needs.
vi. To make learning fun through the use of a variety of audio-visual material and encouraging creativity.


3. To develop an awareness of the History and traditions of the Coptic Orthodox Faith as it relates to the rites of the Church.

i. To develop the children's knowledge and understanding of the Sacraments and their importance in the Orthodox Faith.
ii. To encourage the children to participate in the Sacraments on a regular and on-going basis.
iii. To instruct children in the history of the Church and stories of the Saints.


4. To encourage and develop co-operation, friendliness, integrity and respect for the social and cultural community to which we belong.

i. To instruct children in the learning of both the Coptic and Arabic language.
ii. To encourage the children to understand and appreciate the development of our culture from the Pharaonic tradition.
iii. To assist the children to understand and read the teachings of the Holy Fathers.
iv. To encourage the children to reconcile their Egyptian background with being Australian.

 
STATEMENT OF FAITH

Beliefs and Values

THE ORTHODOX CREED


The Creed is the essence of our Christian faith. The Church gives great value to the Creed such that it has included the Creed as part of the daily Hours prayers, as faith is an essential element for our spiritual life, not only for our beliefs.

 


The Council of Nicea in the year 325A.D, was the first ecumenical council which refuted the Arian heresy that denied the Godhead of Christ. The Coptic Orthodox Church was represented in this council by Pope Alexander, the nineteenth Patriarch of Alexandria, accompanied by his deacon Athanasius who formulated the contents of the Creed. The section of the Creed relating to the Godhead of the Holy Spirit was added in the ecumenical council of Constantinople held in 381 A.D to refute Macdonius’ heresy which denied the Godhead of the Holy Spirit.

The Creed includes the following main facts of the Faith:

I. The unity of God. The Creed starts with the words “Truly we believe in one God.”
II. The Holy Trinity, the Godhead and the role of each.
III. The incarnation, redemption and salvation.
IV. Baptism for the remission of sins.
V. The resurrection of the dead and the life to come in eternity.
VI. The second coming of Christ for judgement.
VII. The one Holy, Universal and Apostolic Church.

The Creed



Truly we believe in One God, the Almighty God the Father, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages; light out of light, true God out of true God, begotten not made; consubstantial with the Father through whom all things came into being. He descended from heaven for us and for our salvation, and was incarnated from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man.

He was crucified for us at the time of Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried; arose from the dead on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures; He ascended to the heavens and sat at the right hand of the Father; He shall also come in His glory to judge the living and the dead; of whose kingdom there will be no end.

Truly we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Life giving Lord, who proceeds from the Father, we worship and glorify Him together with the Father and the Son, who spoke in the Prophets. And in one, holy, universal and Apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

In a society where all values are seen as relative, where truth itself is seen as a human construct, it is important for a Christian school to teach Biblical concepts and values. St Mary and St Mina’s Coptic Orthodox College generally accepts teachers who believe in the Orthodox Creed or in the following beliefs:
  1. God is our Creator and sustains His creation by His power. The world did not evolve by a random process or chance and thus the world has purpose and meaning.
  2. God created man and woman in His own image. Each individual person regardless of age, sex, race, wealth or poverty, ability or disability has equal significance and value. People were created to care for and develop the world God created for His glory.
  3. The world was made perfect, but sin entered the world by Adam and Eve’s rebellion, and this has corrupted the world and introduced suffering, death and imperfection.

  1. God’s only Son Who existed from all eternity, and Who was born of a Virgin, died for our sins, was raised from the dead and sits at God’s right hand and will return to the earth to receive His own people and to judge the living and the dead. A person is saved by God's grace and through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, expressing these in his/her deeds as “Faith without works is dead.” (James 2:20).
  2. We believe in the One True God revealed in the Holy Bible as three Hypostasis (Holy Trinity) – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the indwelling Spirit who bestows the gifts of the Spirit and manifests the fruit in the believer.
  3. God gave to people the responsibility to have dominion over His world. Each person has a responsibility to care for God's creation and His creatures and the privilege of enjoying His good creation. We should thus value beauty and creativity and reflect these values in our classrooms.
  4. God has revealed His will to people through the Holy Bible, His authoritative and inerrant guide to how we should live a life of love and service to God and our neighbours. This includes the Values We Share, below:

VALUES WE SHARE



We as staff, parents and students of a Christian Community School seek to honour God by:
a) giving first priority in life to the One true God revealed in the Holy Bible;
b) not worshipping material goods, popularity or power;
c) not using language that is blasphemous or unclean, and being just and fair in all our dealings with other people and not discriminating unfairly against others because of their race, beliefs, gender, disability or values;
d) being willing to work to support the provision of our needs and also to set apart time for God and for our relaxation;
e) honouring parents and those set in authority over us;
f) respecting the sanctity of life in all situations; loving others as oneself and avoiding actions, words or attitudes that will deliberately hurt others;
g) respecting the sanctity of marriage as a lifelong commitment, rejecting divorce as an option to solving marriage difficulties, except as allowed by the Holy Bible through the Church, and ensuring that sex occurs only within a monogamous marriage, and that we abstain from pre‑marital sex, extra marital sex and homosexual activities;
h) respecting the property and good name of others and not stealing their property or their reputation;
i) speaking truthfully and not lying or spreading false or distorted information about others;
j) avoiding greed, lust, pornography, gluttony and addiction;
k) abstaining from alcohol and dancing; respecting the use of soft and spiritual music and rejecting all types of harsh music and non-Christian songs.

Christian Life and Witness


Essential to initial appointment and continuing employment at St Mary and St Mina’s Coptic Orthodox College include:

a) a personal faith in our Lord Jesus Christ;
b) an understanding of, and an acceptance of, the philosophy of Christian education, the beliefs and values of St Mary and St Mina’s Coptic Orthodox College as set out above;
c) a lifestyle that is consistent with the beliefs and values as set out in this paper and that honours Jesus Christ as our Lord;
d) maintaining an active fellowship with a Church that is acceptable to the College Board
e) respecting the rites and traditions of the Coptic Orthodox Church e.g. masses and the hierarchy of the Church
f) respecting the social and cultural community to which we belong.

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Primary Campus (Bexley)
Address: 339 Forest Rd, Bexley NSW 2207
Postal: PO BOX B63 Bexley, NSW 2207
Phone: (+61) 2 9599-1155
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Secondary Campus (Rockdale)
Address: 4 Alexandra Parade, Rockdale NSW 2216
Postal: PO BOX B63 Bexley, NSW 2207
Phone: (+61) 2 9597-4833
Fax: (+61) 2 9597-4922
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