Frequently Asked Questions
1. WE ARE KEEN TO BE VERY INVOLVED IN OUR CHILD/CHILDREN'S EDUCATION, HOW WILL WE BE ABLE TO DO THIS IF WE CHOOSE MARANATHA?
At Maranatha Christian School parents and teachers work together, with a constructive and on-going dialogue, to ensure that the children who attend the school get the most and very best of their education.
We use the normal model of parent/teacher meetings, but in addition to that we also find that these vital conversations happen on a daily basis. The teachers at Maranatha are extremely accessible and always encourage parents to take responsibility for and participate in their child's learning and development.
In addition to this, MCS offers a unique environment with a true family feel. We all know each other, encourage each other and stay closely in touch. We support each other in prayer, and also in very practical ways as well, for example at our work parties where parents and teachers alike gather at the school to ensure our children's environment is the best it possibly can be. This approach ensures you feel an integral part in every area of your child's life, whilst also enjoying fellowship with other parents and our wonderful staff!
2. WE HAVE HEARD THAT MARANATHA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL IS A VERY SHELTERED ENVIRONMENT, IS THIS THE CASE AND, IF SO, HOW DO THE CHILDREN BECOME EQUIPPED WITH AN HONEST AND REALISTIC WORLD VIEW?
For our little ones, we do offer an environment that could be considered sheltered, but then, why wouldn't we? At MCS our pre-schoolers, ABC's and Younger Learners, enjoy safe and nurturing formative years. They are encouraged to play, learn and develop in an environment of love and fun. They learn to pray, read and write, care for one another and communicate well. They are thoroughly prepared for their growth under caring, patient and knowledgeable teachers who work closely with parents to ensure they enjoy the true and wonderful freedom of early childhood.
For our older students we ensure they become strong, confident and self-assured, by teaching them about the world in which they live and their enormous value within it. We encourage them to hold a strong faith in Jesus Christ of their own, not simply a faith based on what they have been told to believe, but by experiencing the love of God for themselves, and by learning what it means to share it with others in need.
This is accomplished by giving them a solid foundation of experiences including exciting overnight trips away from home, outdoor adventures and a true feeling of achievement as they work at their own pace through their school work, being loved and supported through their struggles and celebrated by the whole school family when they achieve their goals. This helps them become independent and confident individuals who grow up knowing who God has made them to be and truly embracing the gifts He has given them.
We believe that God calls us to minister to our broken world, and as such our older students also get wonderful opportunities to travel with staff and parent helpers to places such as India and Hungary, as well as being provided with the chance to serve in their local community. We are called to be in the world, but not of it, we are ready to serve our world from a sure foundation and we expose our students to the harder parts of life gradually, safely, always with Jesus leading the way and, in so doing, equipping them solidly for their lives beyond their time at school.
3. MY CHILD/CHILDREN ARE CURRENTLY IN STATE EDUCATION, IN WHAT WAY IS MCS DIFFERENT AND WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TO BE DONE DIFFERENTLY?
We have had many parents bring their children to Maranatha having spent a time with them in state education.
We often find that parents cite bad language, disruptive and unkind behaviour, bullying, a sense of diversion from their own strongly held Christian beliefs, and a feeling of being external to their children's lives, to name a few, as the reasons for taking the step into Christian education generally, including deciding to enrol them at MCS.
State education is not something we wish to disparage or disrespect by any means, far from it in fact. We are simply doing things a bit differently, making different choices for our children and offering parents who feel their children would benefit from the Christian education model found at MCS, an opportunity to make that happen.
4. WE ARE RELUCTANT TO ENQUIRE AT MCS ABOUT A PLACE FOR OUR CHILD/CHILDREN AS, BEING A FEE PAYING SCHOOL, WE FEEL IT IS INACCESSIBLE TO US BOTH FINANCIALLY AND DEMOGRAPHICALLY. CAN YOU PROVIDE FURTHER INFORMATION AND REASSURANCE ON HOW THE FEE SYSTEM WORKS?
You are right, Maranatha Christian School is a fee paying school, but, we do try to, again, do things slightly differently.
As parents are encouraged (in fact it does form part of our 3 hour per week commitment request made to all parents who choose the school for their children) to participate in school life alongside our staff, we are able to keep the fees considerably lower than many independent schools.
We very rarely employ contractors or maintenance staff, we pull together, and keep all cleaning and upkeep tasks within the school family. Many of our parents also teach our students from the gifts and abilities God has given them in turn.
As such, we do not charge for these costs, and many others you might expect within our fees, keeping them as low and as accessible as we possibly can.
We warmly welcome all who visit our school, and our school family is varied and wonderfully diverse. We never seek for our fees to be a barrier, and monthly payments are available to help to spread the cost.
We invite you to consider our school and to reach out if you feel that we are the right choice for your children. We encourage open and honest conversations and we will meet with you to talk through your options and needs ahead of any commitment.
We do not want our school to be inaccessible, but inclusive across the whole of the Christian community. We do not seek to be out of reach but open and available, displaying the love of the Lord to all who visit us and wish to consider Christian education at MCS for their children.
Thank you for your interest in our school, please contact us here so we can help. We look forward to hearing from you.