Our People

A Caring community

Although we are blessed with great facilities and exciting programs, it's the people that make BHCS an inviting place to be. Relationship is at the core of every student's learning journey; relationships with the teachers, staff, their peers and the extended BHCS community.

Rowan Jeffery

Year 9 Co-ordinator

For me, I love the leadership here. They allow people to do what they are passionate about with the freedom of supporting them along the way.

I am passionate about seeing students learn outside the conventional four walls of the classroom. Whether this is in the Year 9 Program or immersed in another culture on a Missions trip. Having the ability to engage with students on this level allows them to experience learning in such a unique and meaningful way. I love that in these moments I have seen lives changed and impacted that only these opportunities can bring. It's always a privilege being able to walk alongside students during these times and to challenge them as they are confronted by what is ahead.

Ann Ridder

Head of the Arts and Visual Communication and Photography teacher

This is my 10th year at BHCS having taught in a number of different schools and I love that in a Christian School I'm free to share my faith in Jesus. The camaraderie and support among our staff is unique, as is the respect and friendly banter between our students and staff. I am passionate about Visual Communication because it is all around us and I love to encourage students to discover and develop their creative side. 

One of the first things that attracted me to BHCS was the peaceful environment but now it's the wonderful people in our school community who are the reason I love to work here.

Vicky Fraanje

Head of VCE & VCAL

I think students thrive at BHCS because our staff genuinely enjoying teaching and working with young people.  I think students pick up pretty quickly if you're 'on their side or not' and that genuine desire to help them be the best they can be, enables them to succeed and potentially even enjoy being at school! One of the many things that I love about our school is our beautiful environment, many mornings when I drive down Wattle Valley road I am struck by the awesome natural beauty of the valley that our school is nestled in.

Colin Smith

Senior School English and History Teacher

I have been teaching in a variety of settings now for almost forty years. I am particularly drawn to those students who don’t find school easy. BHCS is a school that works hard to accommodate all its students, especially those who might feel like square pegs in round holes. I am passionate about creating moments where I see students open up to new knowledge, understanding and insight. Jesus’ word for this was ‘Ephphatha!’ which translates as ‘Be opened!’ This is what motivates me as an educator.

Emma

Student

I love that our school is located in the middle of a bush, that we are surrounded by nature and native animals. It makes learning so much more relaxing than being in a concrete jungle. I also love that there are so many opportunities to mix in with the younger years levels because it is refreshing to have a new perspective and they are adorable.
 
I think students at our school thrive because all of our teachers have a faith in God, and therefore are so passionate about teaching us and they care about teaching. They do all they can to give us a great opportunity to do our best and see results from hard work. 

Jane Sheppard

Learning Enhancement Specialist (Junior School)

We all want to be someone of worth when we grow up. Growing up is often a tough road, especially when there are bumps and holes along the way that make it hard work. I am thankful for the daily opportunities at this school to help and encourage students to discover ways through their challenges. The school motto from Micah 6:8 encourages us to "love mercy, act justly, and walk humbly". Our world rarely measures worth by these characteristics, yet, in God's eyes, our worth is measured by the way we live out these things.

It is a privilege to be part of a community that nurtures each child to discover that they are someone of worth as one created by God, and through that, we hope each will be someone who makes a difference in this world!