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Vision and Purpose

CSA describes its purpose, vision and current priorities in a diagram. The “purpose diagram” represents outcomes of extensive conversations involving members, councils and the executive over some 18 months leading up to CSA’s tenth anniversary in 2012.

The purpose of Christian school education is the educational and spiritual development of each individual child. Spiritual formation is an essential component of a Christian school education.

In a Christian school, students are taught that we all are made in the image of God, who wants us to be fulfilled in life and work, in relationship with Him, with each other, and with the world he made for us to enjoy.

The brokenness around us is ample evidence that we fall short of God’s standards. Our society bears little resemblance to the Kingdom of God. In a Christian school students are encouraged to consider the implications of the Christian gospel: that despite our shortcomings, in the death of Jesus, God has offered forgiveness and reconciliation to everyone.

The hope is that in response, students will commit their lives, in faith, to follow Jesus and empowered by the Spirit, commit to serving others and the world.

Thus Christian schools aim to prepare students to live full, productive and purposeful lives, contributing to the wellbeing of their families, communities and as global citizens.

Our purpose (the big ‘why’ of Christian education) is to see students find their life’s purpose in Christ.


As an organisation we support and promote growth in the capacity of schools to serve Australian communities: whether as new campuses or existing schools, or as unique start-ups. The ‘growing schools’ priority also encompasses personal spiritual and professional growth, an essential element of the Christian life.


CSA is committed to the spiritual and professional growth of staff in member schools. An ongoing current need is the development of teachers and leaders. An essential priority is to promote growth in the knowledge and understanding of Biblical principles and Christian beliefs as they apply to the practice of teaching and school leadership: in other words, the integration of Biblical principles with school education.


A priority for the CSA movement is for the collaborative development by members of curriculum and pedagogical resources to underpin quality teaching and learning, integrating Biblical principles and a Christ-centred worldview with the requirements of the Australian Curriculum.

In addition, two cross-movement priorities are identified.


CSA is committed to working efficiently and collaboratively with other organisations representing Christian Schools for the good of the whole movement. We actively pursue unity.


We actively promote public policy that will provide a favourable environment in which Christian schooling can flourish. Our work in this area includes effective advocacy, media and government relations.