Our model of education

& Policies

Illawarra Christian Education schools are based on the concept that the education of children is primarily a parental responsibility and not simply the responsibility of the State (Deut 6:4-7).
Our Schools are

An extension of the Christian home

Prior to 2017, Illawarra Christian School was registered as Illawarra Christian School, Cordeaux Campus, with an additional campus, Tongarra.

Illawarra Christian School and Illawarra Christian School Prep are operated by Illawarra Christian Education.

Illawarra Christian Education schools are based on the concept that the education of children is primarily a parental responsibility and not simply the responsibility of the State (Deut 6:4-7).

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."
— Deuteronomy 6:4-7 ESV

Our schools are an extension of the Christian home, with home and school working in partnership in the education of the child, as detailed in our Vision and Mission Statements and Educational Creed.

Our model of education provides for this responsibility to be shared with the teaching staff which has been delegated authority through the Illawarra Christian Education Association, composed of Christian parents. Parents and teachers work in partnership as they provide for the spiritual, emotional, social, intellectual and physical wellbeing of the child.

Our model provides parents (through membership of the Association) with the capacity to directly influence their children’s education.

Illawarra Christian Education Association Board

The Board is responsible for the financial and overall governance of the schools and the overall management of the Association.

Any full member of the Association is eligible for election to the Board. Board members are elected to a three year term.


Andrew Spence

Andrew and his wife have partnered with Illawarra Christian Education for many years, and all three of his children have been nurtured and shaped at ICS.

Andrew is a mechanical engineer, with a Masters degree in Engineering along with an MBA. Andrew works for BlueScope Steel as the National Manager Operations and Supply Chain.

Andrew served on the Board of St Columba Preschool when his children attended and has also been a member of the Illawarra Chapter of Engineers Australia and the Asset Management Council. He also serves on the Illawarra Christian School Parent Committee.

Andrew and his family are members of Figtree Anglican Church.


Andrew Brennan

Andrew and his wife Cheryl have two children who attend Illawarra Christian School. Andrew has a long standing connection with ICS, first as a student from Year 3 (graduating Year 12 as the second graduating class in the history of the school) and as a parent and member of the Association. Cheryl taught at Calderwood Christian School for over 17 years. 

Andrew has a Bachelor of Nursing and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accountancy). He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia. After serving clients within large professional firms, Andrew recently purchased his own accounting firm in the southern Illawarra. He is a member of his local Rural Fire Service Brigade, an association that has lasted over 25 years.

Andrew and his family attend and are active members of Figtree Anglican Church.

Deputy Chair

Gordon Coleman

Gordon and his wife Leang have three children, the youngest of whom is still studying at Illawarra Christian School.

Before training for ministry, Gordon worked as a Science teacher in the public school system, then completed a PhD in Neurophysiology at the University of New South Wales.  

Gordon has been the Minister at Albion Park Presbyterian Church since 2002. In addition to serving on the ICE Board, he has been a member of the Presbyterian Theological College Committee since 2013.

Board member

Jennifer Gray

Jennifer has been involved with Illawarra Christian School since its inception in 1982 as one of the ten pioneer students commencing at Woonona. She and her husband have three children, all of whom attend Calderwood Christian School.

Jennifer works as a vocalist nationally, and internationally as a guest entertainer in venues and on luxury cruise ships, as well as caring for her three children. She has previously worked as a para-legal in residential and commercial conveyancing.

Jennifer and her family currently attend Dapto Anglican Church.

Board member

Simon Moran

Simon and his wife have one child who attends Illawarra Christian School. Simon works for a local information technology support company as a product manager. He was the founding President of NSW Tickford Owners' Club, now the Ford Performance Vehicles Club of NSW. Simon is a motor racing and photography enthusiast.

Simon and his family attend and are active members of Figtree Anglican Church.

Board member

Geoff Hewitt

Geoff and his wife Marilynne have three adult children and seven grandchildren. Marilynne and their daughter teach at Illawarra Christian School and four of their grandchildren attend school there too.

Geoff was Principal of ICS from 1988 to 2007. Since then he has been Principal of Emmanuel Christian School in Hobart, and Kuyper Christian School in Kurrajong, before becoming NSW State Executive Officer for Christian Education National. He currently works part time for Charles Sturt University in pre-service teacher training.

Geoff has a Bachelor of Education, a Masters of Educational Studies and a Graduate Diploma of Christian Studies, and has been involved in teaching and leadership in Christian schools for over 40 years. He values the opportunity to continue to serve the Illawarra Christian Education community through Board membership.

He and Marilynne enjoy walking and the theatre and Geoff is a keen cyclist. They attend Figtree Anglican Church and St Jude's Anglican Church in Bowral.

Board member

Steven Rajcany

Steven and his wife have four children, all of whom attend Illawarra Christian School.

Steven has a Bachelor of Nursing and a Master of Health Management and has been employed as a private hospital CEO at Ramsay Health Care for nearly 15 years.

Steven is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and serves as a non-executive director on the Boards of Adventist Aged Care Ltd (Sydney) and Seventh-day Adventist Church (Greater Sydney Conference) Ltd.

Steven and his family attend and are active members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Wollongong.



Policies provide advice for schools, students, parents and the wider school community on the provision of education services and decision-making processes at Illawarra Christian Education. Not all school policies are listed, but are available from the school office.

Illawarra Christian School is bound by the policies as set out by its governing body, Illawarra Christian Education.

A Model for Christian Parent-Controlled Education

Anti-Bullying Policy

Assessment Policy (HSC)

Assessment Policy (Years 7-11)

Attendance Policy

Discipline Policy

Electronic Media Policy

Enrolment Policy

Homework Policy

Learning Support Policy

School Fees Policy

Uniform Policy

Vision and Mission Statement

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