From the Principal
Northholm Grammar is known as the hidden gem in Hornsby and the Hills District. The School is a vibrant and supportive environment where young people can develop the knowledge, skills and personal attributes they need to live a rich and purposeful life as future global citizens. While our students enjoy the benefits offered through personalised learning and the tranquil nature of our semi-rural location, we are profoundly aware of our responsibility to ensure they are prepared for life. Northholm is strongly committed to the growth and success of each student both in school and beyond, ensuring their wellbeing in a caring, supportive and nurturing community.
As a school that supports Christian values we actively encourage our students to be generous in nature, tolerant in thought and compassionate in action. Our students have the ability to develop caring, sensitive relationships based on strong self-discipline which enables them to not only withstand the many negative influences which our modern society holds up as worthwhile, but also to see the shallowness of these influences. We recognise the critical importance of preparing young people with a holistic education so they can flourish academically, socially, physically, culturally and spiritually.
Our teachers are dedicated, passionate, motivated and inspirational educators with expertise in curriculum and relationship building capacity. They are actively involved in the many different aspects of school life and support our students experientially in diverse environments where risk is acknowledged and managed for authentic growth to occur, through both failure and success in building resilience, curiosity and courage. This approach is fundamental to the nature of our dynamic and innovative context, where teaching and learning is informed and shaped by the latest thinking in education and students are prepared for the realities of life in our world beyond school. Northholm firmly believes that the best learning occurs in an environment where students are happy, known and supported by staff who demonstrate expertise and dedication in fields whilst promoting high standards and expectations.
Teachers and students are supported by parents in this three cornered partnership which has personal best as its ultimate aim. Distinctive people, values, learning spaces and experiences distinguish a Northholm education to that of its competitors. Parents and schools need to be at one in keeping school education anchored in values which promote true human dignity of the person and which help to build a just and caring society. We provide regular opportunities for parents to meet with tutors and classroom teachers to celebrate their children’s achievements and discuss their changing needs through our pastoral care structure and school communication systems. The strong sense of community that is built through these practices is further supported by opportunities for parents to interact with other members of the school community at both school events and social group activities.
In considering Northholm as your school of choice for the education of your children, know that they will be respected for who they are and valued for what they can achieve. At Northholm, young people become successful, confident and articulate individuals with a strong sense of commitment to each other, to their community, to those who are less fortunate and to the natural environment.
I look forward to welcoming you to Northholm and sharing our exciting vision for the future as a place of quality education for all.
Christopher Bradbury, Principal