At BHC, we believe that every child is unique and deserving of individual care. We endeavour to lead our students to know their God, themselves and their place in society. Pastoral care embraces a total caring for each child, and influences all teacher/student relationships.
BHC is committed to the wellbeing of the entire school community. To facilitate this, a chaplain is employed to cater for the pastoral care needs of BHC staff, students and their families.
The particular approaches to the provision of pastoral care depend upon the age of students. In the primary school, the individual classroom teacher assumes great importance in knowing and understanding each child in his or her care. In addition, our chaplain plays an important role in the pastoral care of our primary students.
In the secondary school, the pastoral care program works towards developing a sense of community and belonging. The school community provides a safe, nurturing and positive environment in which students and staff alike, demonstrate care, compassion, courtesy and respect for others. Religious Studies classes, weekly chapel periods, class devotions, school camps and excursions all play an integral role in building positive relationships and in teaching students to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and achievements.
We promote respect and care for the environment, as well as the development of a deepening sense of care for others, especially those who are disadvantaged.
Pr Horace Evans, is an ordained minister of the Adventist Church. Known as Pr Horace, his office is located in the administration block and he enjoys students dropping by with or without an appointment.
Pr Horace is responsible for organising the weekly chapel programs. These provide opportunity for the student body to hear a variety of inspirational and motivational speakers. Students are also able to use their talents and skills by participating in the worship band and drama group.
Every Wednesday, students are involved in the weekly Chapel program as follows:
9am Senior Primary Chapel
10am Secondary School Chapel
11am Junior Primary Chapel
Students who would like to be involved in Chapel music should see Mrs Rogers.
BHC has a strong commitment to ensuring that every student feels safe, enjoys coming to school, and can achieve their best in a classroom learning environment that is enthusiastic, challenging and well-managed. We believe our students have an equal right to learn, work and play, while being treated with respect and dignity. We encourage them to appreciate their own worth, and that of others.
Worship and Religious Studies classes are held as part of each day’s classroom life and the teachers at BHC are committed to the spiritual nurture of their students. Teachers give freely of their time, working closely with students who demonstrate a need. Individual students and their families are specifically prayed for during staff meetings throughout the year.
BHC is committed to providing students with a range of service opportunities. These include:
Pr Horace is available to counsel students and families with specific needs. The service provides a confidential support avenue for students who feel the need to seek adult guidance with problems that they prefer not to share with their teachers. Pr Horace is available to all members of our school community by appointment. Protocols apply to students who want to visit the chaplain during class time.
For an appointment with Pr Horace, please contact the College office.
The school Administration exhibits an ‘open door’ policy for students and families with concerns.
As a result of our worship programs and Christian education classes, many students indicate a desire to study the Bible further. Pr Adrian, along with local church pastors and mentors, offer small group Bible studies for students at BHC. These study groups provide a forum for students to explore God’s word and ask questions they may have. The study groups operate on campus at specific times throughout the week.
Students who are interested in joining a study group should sign up at Pr Horace’s office, or complete the request form.
Students or parents who have any questions about the chaplaincy program at BHC or about Adventist Education, please complete the form below, or contact Pr Horace via the College office 02 6625 6000
Suggestions and comments are also welcomed: BHC Question and Suggestion Form
Alstonville Adventist Church
77 Pearces Creek Rd
Alstonville NSW 2477