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Nurture For Today

Our focus on nurture aims to build resilient children.  It helps children to develop skills to cope with life, to find where they belong, and understand how they can make a difference.  Children are taught to take responsibility for their own actions and belongings; to respect themselves and others.  This in turn, increase confidence and empowers healthy and meaningful relationships with others.

An Environment of Care

It is of upmost importance that our children are happy; that they feel safe, free to learn, secure in their environment, and confident in their self-esteem.  Our learning environment is built upon the foundation where children belong and are valued and respected.  Our Christian teachers and staff provide a safe, nurturing, and stimulating learning environment.  We focus on identifying and nurturing the strengths of our students. 

Our environment of care is established through an appreciation for individuals’ needs, respect for one another and support of each other’s values and opinions.   With this approach, children are better able to reach their full potential, develop healthy self-esteem and an appreciation for the needs of others.

Individual Attention

Our excellent student-teacher ratios allow our teachers to get to know each child as an individual.  Small class sizes mean teachers can monitor each child and cater to their individual development needs. 

Teachers are readily available at all times to talk with parents about their child’s social, emotional and academic needs.  

Student Welfare

Mr Timothy Turner is the chaplain at Macksville Adventist School.  Tim organises chapel each week for the school.  Each week chapel focuses around a different value which is then integrated into the curriculum for the week.

Tim is also involved in relationship building between students, school and home. He visits parents in their homes, runs church programs and coordinates the students in charity work.  Tim works with students in conflict resolution and mentoring, and plays a significant role in counselling students in the area of behavioural management.

A major part of Tim's role is that of School Community Liaison.  This involves:

  • Pastoral care visits to families
  • Crisis support
  • Advisory for referring on for profesional assistance
  • Relationship building

Tim has Bachelor of Arts in Chaplaincy and Music.  He is married and has two young sons.  


Pastoral Care Initiatives

Macksville Adventist School 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.  Our pastoral care initiatives work towards achieving this goal.

Students are encouraged to be involved in a commmunity project /charity work each term.  Students have been involved in the following pastoral care initiatives:

Red Cross
Cafe for Mena
ADRA – door knock appeal
Operation Christmas Child  


Macksville Adventist School welcomes and encourages the support and involvement of parents within the school.  There are many opportunities for parents and extended family to be a part of the school community. These activities include:

  • Social events 
  • Parent /Teacher nights
  • Involvement in curricular activities such as reading, art and craft, excursions and sporting events

Macksville Adventist School’s ‘open door’ policy adds to our sense of community.  Our emphasis on positive relationships between school, students, staff and families is vital in the interests of the wellbeing of our students. 

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