st andrews Christian college

wantirna south, melbourne
About Us

Values, Mission & Purpose

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2

In This Section:

College Motto

Glory to God

Our Values

At St Andrews, everything we do and teach is centred on Christ.

St Andrews Christian College is dedicated to reflecting a distinctively Christian perspective in its curriculum and culture. It is a co-educational Christian college, and all staff members are committed Christians.

Our College has a strong sense of community and family atmosphere, created by Christian teachers, parents and students, as they partner together in their educational journey at St Andrews.

The College’s Statement of Faith reflects the commonly-held tenets of the many Christian churches represented by our students and their families.

The College is associated with the Presbyterian church in Victoria and has representatives serving on the College board alongside parents and community members. All of these representatives have a strong commitment to Christian education.

The College is a member of Christian Schools Australia, a national body with member schools in all states.

St Andrews supports and promotes the principles and practices of Australian democracy per Australian law. This includes respect for the authority of the elected government; the rule of law; equal rights for all; freedom of religion; and freedom of speech and association.

To educate our students so that they are well skilled, understand life on the basis of biblical truth, and are motivated to walk with God and serve Him in their lives, so that they will be a positive Christian influence in the world.

Our Purpose

To honour and glorify God in all we do at St Andrews Christian College. We do this through:

  • Learning the truth of the gospel and how to apply this into everyday life
  • Providing a safe, nurturing learning environment that encourages students to know, love and serve God and to know their purpose in the world
  • Learning to love and serve others in an environment of grace, acceptance, truth, justice and mercy
  • Supporting parents as the prime educators of their child
  • Aspiring to educational excellence that enables each child to fulfil their potential academically, spiritually, emotionally, physically, socially and culturally
  • Aiming to be a leading provider of Christian education and academic excellence.

Our Pillars of Purpose highlight the core outworking of our College mission. 

Statement of Belief

The College aims to provide children with an education of a general nature consistent with the teachings of Christianity, including religious instruction and education in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments interpreted not inconsistently with the doctrinal basis of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria. That basis comprises the Westminster Confession of Faith read in the light of the Declaratory Statement of 1901.

The following doctrines are included in that doctrinal basis:

  1. The unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the Godhead.
  2. The sovereignty of God in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgement.
  3. The divine inspiration and infallibility of Holy Scripture as originally given, and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. In accepting the authority of the Holy Scripture, and secondly, the authority of the Westminster Confession of Faith (24.1) we believe that marriage, and therefore sexual intimacy, is to be between one man and one woman (See e.g. Gen 2:24; Ex 20:14; Matt 19:5, 6). As such, we live by the principle that sex should occur only within a monogamous marriage, with abstinence from pre-marital sex, extra marital sex, de-facto ‘marriage’ and homosexual relationships.
  4. The two distinct, complementary genders (sexes) of male and female together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27). The Bible ties gender identity to biological sex (Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:22-24) and does not make a distinction between the two. God’s intended best for humankind is that we live our lives in accordance with our biological sex. According to Scripture, our gender identity is to align with our biological sex, as designed by God. The determination of biological sex commences in the womb and is recognised at birth (Genesis 1:27; Genesis 5:1-2; Psalm 139:13-14; Mark 10:6). We therefore acknowledge the biological sex of a person as recognised at birth and require practices consistent with that sex.
  5. The universal sinfulness and guilt of human nature since the fall, rendering mankind subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
  6. The full deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God; his virgin birth and his real and sinless humanity; his death on the cross, his bodily resurrection and his present reign in heaven and earth.
  7. Redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death once and for all time of our representative and substitute, Jesus Christ, the only mediator between God and mankind.
  8. Justification as God’s act of undeserved mercy, in which the sinner is pardoned all their sins, and accepted as righteous in God’s sight, only because of the righteousness of Christ imputed to them, this justification being received by faith alone.
  9. The need for the Holy Spirit to make the work of Christ effective to the individual sinner, granting repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ.
  10. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit in all those thus regenerated, producing in them an increasing likeness to Christ in character and behaviour, and empowering them for their witness in the world.
  11. The only holy universal Church, which is the Body of Christ, and to which all true believers belong.
  12. The future personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge all mankind, executing God’s just condemnation on the impenitent and receiving the redeemed to eternal glory.

College Prayer

Almighty God, our Father in heaven,
May your holy name be honoured through our school.

We thank you for Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.
We thank you for our families and friends.
We thank you for St Andrews Christian College.
We thank you for our nation, Australia.

Please help us to be diligent in our learning.
Help us to develop our talents and gifts to fulfil
The plans and purposes you have for our lives.

May your Word guide and teach us how to live
so that our lives will bring glory to your name.

We ask this in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.


College Hymn

1. O Lord our great God, how majestic your name is!
How great is your name, Lord, in all the wide earth!
Your glory is higher than all your creation,
And children sing praises that tell of your worth.

2. I think of the worlds that you’ve hung out in space, Lord,
the moon and the stars – all creation above,
And wonder how ever you think of each person
and want us, each one, to discover your love.


How Majestic your name is
How Majestic your name is Lord
Your glory is higher
Your glory is higher

3. Yet man is unlike all earth’s creatures
For in the beginning God made us His image to bear.
He crowned man with glory and honour, and told us that we in his work of dominion might share.

M.V Old

The National Anthem

Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil,
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature’s gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history’s page, let every stage
Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
We’ll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who’ve come across the seas
We’ve boundless plains to share,
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

Additional Christian Verse

With Christ our head and cornerstone
We’ll build our nation’s might
Whose way and truth and light alone
Can guide our path aright.
Our lives a sacrifice of love
Reflect our Master's care,
With faces turned to heaven alone
Advance Australia fair
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia fair.