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About ICS

The International Chinese School is a pioneering K-4 (K-6 by 2021) co-educational bilingual Christian school that welcomes students of all cultural backgrounds.

The School offers a dual language program through a two-way immersion model with 50% of the curriculum delivered in Mandarin.

The education provided prepares students for the future where the relationship between China and Australia will continue to assume wider and deeper importance on economic, political and social levels.

The School pursues high levels of academic achievement in both English and Mandarin and the development of cross-cultural competence through a supportive learning community.

ABOUT OUR PRINCIPAL

Mr Jamieson holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. His experience as an educator spans over three decades, with 16 years as principal of a number of independent schools across NSW.

Mr Jamieson is passionate about Christian education and unleashing the God-given potential in all students. He has vast experience in both establishing schools as well as leading cultural change. The schools he has led have been known as centres of academic excellence where students have thrived through a caring and supportive Christian environment.

Mr Jamieson is a committed Christian who has been actively involved in the ministry of the local churches he has attended. He is married and has four children beyond school age.

PRINCIPAL’S WELCOME

On behalf of the International Chinese School community I welcome you to the School.

I believe that all students should learn a second language. Research has revealed that learning a language enhances brain functionand improves all-round learning. Further, with Australia’s increasing ties with Asia, China in particular, being bilingual in Mandarin/English will open future opportunities to our students. Most importantly however, in an increasingly globalised society bilingual education fosters a greater appreciation of other cultures. It helps students realise that people of all cultural backgrounds have been created by God and are equally loved and valued by Him.

I am amazed at how quickly our students learn Mandarin, especially considering the majority come to the School with no background in the language. From the first day of Kindergarten they are immersed in the language with a focus not only on spoken language, but also reading and writing. Our Mandarin teachers, all native speakers who have been trained and accredited as teachers in Australia, provide excellent models of the language. Student proficiency in Mandarin has been acknowledged at public events such as the Sydney Chinese Language Schools’ Spectacular.

Children and parents alike enjoy being part of such a wonderful learning community. Students feel secure through the love and personal care provided by teachers. Parents appreciate the priority given to the development of a partnership in learning, with the School encouraging active involvement of parents in their children’s education.

The education offered through ICS will prepare our students to be loving and responsible global citizens and servant leaders who will partner with Christ in transforming society to God’s original good intent.

I warmly invite you to visit our school and experience first-hand the opportunities available through ICS.

Peter Jamieson(BEd MEdL)

Vision

To serve Christ by equipping students for responsible global citizenship.

Mission

Through a high quality bilingual education the International Chinese School equips students to be agents of transformation in a globalised society. In all that it does the School is a living expression of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

CORE VALUES

The International Chinese School aims to produce students who are literate and competent users of both English and Mandarin. We value:

CHRISTIAN FAITH

We acknowledge that all things are created and sustained by God. Students are encouraged to explore God’s creation and consider the claims of Christ on their lives.

SOUND CHARACTER

We encourage our students and staff to have consistency between words and deeds so that our values of integrity, respect and responsibility flow into our actions in the way we treat others.

CULTURAL DIVERSITY

We strive to create a loving and caring community where students from different cultural backgrounds can work together and learn from one another.

PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE

We equip our students to pursue academic excellence in order to reach their full learning potential.

SERVICE TO OTHERS

We aim to develop compassionate young leaders with a heart for serving others both in the school and in the local community.

PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS

We recognise that the educational nurture of children extends from the family. In recognition of this vital partnership parents are welcomed and encouraged to be actively involved in their children’s learning.

ICS History

The Archbishop of the Sydney Diocese of the Anglican Church in Australia, the Most Reverend Dr Glenn Davies, was behind the original vision for the establishment of the International Chinese School. As the then Bishop of the North Region of Sydney (2002-2013), he identified a need to serve families on the Lower North Shore through the establishment of an Anglican Chinese bilingual school.

With the support of St Paul’s Anglican Church, Chatswood, serious planning got underway and the first application for the registration of the School was prepared and submitted to the NSW Board of Studies in 2011, proposing a 2012 opening.

Finding a suitable site proved challenging and sites under consideration, such as the National Acoustic Laboratories Chatswood, failed to meet planning requirements. The difficulty in finding a site delayed the opening of the school. In 2014 St Paul’s made its church site available as an interim measure.

Willoughby City Council approved the establishment of the School at St Pauls. The Anglo Australian Christian and Charitable Fund provided significant finances to renovate the hundred year old timber hall at the rear of the church. The project included 3 classrooms, administration and office facilities.

The school bell rang for the first time in January 2015, with the Foundation Principal, Mrs Wendy Yu, welcoming the initial kindergarten cohort. The School has continued to add a single year cohort annually and in 2019 has students enrolled from Kindergarten to Year 4. It will expand to Year 6 by 2021. The ongoing financial support of the Anglo Australian Christian and Charitable Fund has enabled the School to continue to grow while keeping fees at an affordable level for families.

The School continues to operate on the site of St Paul’s Anglican Church, but after a number of years of faithful prayer it is envisaged The International Chinese School will move to a new and permanent site in St Leonard’s in 2020. This will allow for the continued expansion of the School.

Our Campus

The International Chinese School is located in Chatswood CBD with only 9 minutes walk to Chatswood Station, Chatswood Bus Terminal and Westfield Shopping Centre. The school has its own car park so that parents can drop off and pick up their children with ease.

Employment at ICS

There are no positions currently being advertised.

Applications are welcome throughout the year for casual teachers.

All applicants are required to submit Working With Children Check details for online verification process by the School.

It is an offence under the NSW Child Protection (Prohibited Employment Act) 1998 for a person convicted of a serious sex offence to apply for any position at the International Chinese School.

St Paul's Church Chatswood

For more information, please visit www.stpauls.org.au