For those thinking about moving schools, Parkes Christian School (PCS) has all the benefits of a small school while still providing all the opportunities of bigger institutions. The staff at PCS pride themselves on getting to know every student individually in order to understand their goals and help students achieve them. School Principal Glen Westcott said, that for staff to be able to achieve this, it is vital that PCS retains its small-school culture.
“We are committed to remaining a small school despite the fact that we are continually growing,” Glen said.
There are currently 30 students enrolled in Year 7, which is the normal size of a class in a bigger school, however PCS has split the class into two streams of 15 students.
“Having these smaller class sizes allows us to work with the students more closely, and really understand their learning needs, which allows us to focus on helping them achieve their goals, rather than aiming for a mark in a test,” Glen said.
The other benefit of being a smaller school is one that many people don’t expect, Glen explains: “We often get asked about extra-curricular activities, and people assume that we can’t provide the same opportunities as bigger schools, however, our students are involved in all the same activities as other schools – from academic competitions to school musicals, sporting teams and charity events.”
“And because we are a smaller school, all our kids can get involved. Our kids leave school with very impressive resumes because they can be involved in so many activities. This serves them extremely well when they apply for jobs or university.”
PCS is enrolling now for 2021 but only has limited spaces available in Kindergarten and Year 7. If you would like to book a tour of the school, call 6862 4164.