St. Narsai Assyrian Christian College, established in 2006, is a year 7 – 12 co-educational Christian independent College of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East.
St. Narsai Assyrian Christian College is considered a unique educational institution in many aspects. It is the first Assyrian College to be established in the Western World and came into existence as a fulfilment of His Beatitude, Archbishop, Mar Meelis Zaia’s (AM) dream.
Only a short time after he was appointed Bishop of Australia and New Zealand, His Beatitude identified the need for members of the Australian Assyrian Community to preserve their Assyrian faith, language and culture. He believed that one way for the community to grow in these areas, was to establish independent Assyrian schools that would cater for the unique needs of all Assyrians in Australia.
The dream of building an Assyrian school came to fruition when St. Hurmizd Assyrian Primary School was established in 2002.
His Beatitude’s vision did not stop there. He also envisaged the development of a secondary education institution. This became a reality with the establishment of St. Narsai Christian College in 2006.
With the achievement of establishing our College to provide a continuum of quality education for students of our sister school, St. Hurmizd Assyrian Primary School and students from the wider community, our Archbishop has created history, and will be remembered and supported for his achievements by Assyrians around the globe for generations to come.
Members of our Assyrian community in Australia should be proud of these achievements and thankful that future generations of Assyrians living in Australia will have the opportunity to learn about their faith, language and culture.
Our College Crest
The College Crest speaks of the school’s foundational beliefs and what it stands for. At the head of the crest sits the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East Patriarchal insignia. This symbolises the Church as the head of our College.
Following, is the picture of an open Holy Bible with an image of a harp on one side and a dove on the other. These images portray the Bible and it’s teachings as a central part of our College life. The Harp and the dove stand as a symbol of our Patron Saint – St. Narsai, the faithful Christian writer who was lovingly known as “The Harp of the Spirit.”
The Cross in the centre of the crest – speaks for itself, the College is founded and centred on the teachings of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Finally, the College motto, “Excellence, Christian Values, Commitment” instils in our College community the value of showing Excellence in every aspect of our daily lives, Christian values, are reflected in our actions, manners and quality of life, while students are encouraged to show Commitment to preserve through the challenges of College life in order to grow and mature into successful students who implement these foundational characteristics through their lives.
The College Motto
Excellence, Christian Values, Commitment
We foster the heritage and Christian values of the Assyrian Church of the East, developing individuals who strive for excellence, are life-long learners, and live their faith.
We provide students of any background a unique education based on 21st-century pedagogy in order to equip them with necessary skills so that they will be active Australian citizens, reflecting the faith, heritage, language and culture of the Assyrian Church of the East.
The mission of St. Narsai Assyrian Christian College is to provide a continuum of education founded on rich traditions of faith, family and community values as well as commitment to academic excellence cultivated alongside a Christian faith-filled learning environment.
At St Narsai Christian College, we endeavour to create an environment conducive for learning, a student in our school is not just a name or number but has a face, we cater for the needs of every individual student in our care, academically, spiritually and physically.
At this College we offer Students:
- Pastoral Care before the start of each school day, where the PC teacher leads the group of students in a prayer
- Student advisors a teacher is appointed as a year advisor for each cohort, where students in that cohort feel free to meet with and discuss issues related to the student’s performance and wellbeing
- Counselling the college has a permanent position for a counsellor who can be sought out by individual students to discuss issues and needs, Year advisors could also place students on the counsellors list should there be a need for it.
- School Chaplain whose main role in the school is to spread the good news and lead the school spiritual and Religious education Teams, as well as provides opportunities for spiritual and faith development of our students and staff, conducts mass on regular bases for the whole school community.
At St Narsai Christian College:
- We proudly affiliate with the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East
- We work in partnership with parents and caregivers of our students
- We expect full parental/caregivers support of our policies and procedures
- Parents and Caregivers are primarily responsible for their children’s well-being and behaviour
- We welcome all parents to attend our school functions such as school mass, P&F meetings, and school carnivals
- We expect and it essential that all parents actively supervise their children at home
- Parents are expected to use filters and other devices to control their children’s usage of devices such as mobile phones, iPads and computers
At St Narsai Assyrian Christian College:
- We do not tolerate bullying of any kind in our school
- We do not tolerate student behaviours that is disrespectful to teachers and staff or to each other
- We do not tolerate students who use technology to cyber bully others or spread inappropriate messages about other students or staff
- We do not tolerate bad language and swear words used in the classroom or on school grounds
- We do not tolerate interruptive behaviour in the classroom,
- Most of the above information is also in both junior and senior diaries where students should be familiar with.